“What makes us unique is not only our latest dental equipment and high-end materials but our attention to detail and careful consideration of our patients’ needs. Because of Chevy Chase Dental Center, dentistry is not only a science — it’s an art form and a truly pleasant experience.” — Dr. Sannaa
Akram Sannaa, DMD
Dr. Sannaa is a graduate of Boston University School of Dental Medicine. Prior to attending dental school, he was involved in public health research at Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Sannaa was awarded with the Prestigious International College of Dentists Leadership Award along with the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine High Achievement Award.
Dr. Sannaa is known for his delightful charisma and deep knowledge of general dentistry as well as his textbook work in his practice. He enjoys all aspects of general dentistry but is particularly passionate about cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Sannaa is known for using advanced dental equipment and the latest techniques. He is known for his impressive results and his high-end dentistry. He is committed to providing his patients with the best care possible and thrives off patient satisfaction.
Outside the office, Dr. Sannaa enjoys spending quality time with his family and friends, traveling, skiing, touring D.C., cooking, tasting new recipes, exploring new hiking trails and camping. Dr. Sannaa’s family has been making olive oil for so many generations that it has become their heritage, which is where his last name “Sannaa” derives from: “the makers.”
Sherman H. Telis, DDS
Dr. Telis attended Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he received his BA and DDS degrees. He has been practicing in Washington, D.C., since he graduated in 1976. Dr. Telis has performed thousands of porcelain veneers, bonded porcelain inlays and onlays, and porcelain bridges and crowns to not only restore his patients’ mouths but also give them confident smiles. He uses only bonded tooth-colored restorations and quiet drills. He is able to add subtle bits of color to achieve the most natural appearance.
He believes in minimally invasive dentistry and has air abrasion available for drill-free fillings when appropriate. His patients feel relaxed and comfortable about their treatment and good about their appearance and their smiles. His wide recognition for creating beautiful, natural-looking veneers, crowns and implant-supported crowns is rooted in his ability to change many patients’ attitudes toward dentistry through his caring and gentle approach.
He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Dental Association® and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and actively pursues his professional advancement through high level continuing educational courses. He has received advanced training in occlusion and aesthetic dentistry. He stays abreast of the latest advances in dentistry out of his commitment to provide each patient with the most advanced level of care. His non-judgmental attitude enables patients to feel better about themselves, their treatment and their smiles.
Outside of the office, Dr. Telis can often be found spending time with his family – his wife, Karen, is a lawye rand educator; his two sons, Alexander, who is a trauma surgeon, and Michael, who is a private lawyer. Dr. Telis also enjoys traveling and classic cars.
Mina Jassam, DMD
Dr. Jassam earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine from Boston University, where she served as her class’s vice president. She also earned her Master of Science in oral health from there. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry with honors from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Dr. Jassam is passionate about providing oral healthcare for all people and preventive medicine. She did research at Harvard School of Public Health for two years, working on water fluoridation and worked at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine studying the correlation between periodontal disease, diabetes and obesity. She is a current member of the ADA®, American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD).
Dr. Jassam is known for her cheerful personality, positive outlook on life and calm demeanor. Because she grew up in different countries before moving to the states, Dr. Jassam is very well-rounded and can connect with anyone. She believes that patient education is the first step to any treatment. Dr. Jassam works to create a patient pool that is very educated about oral health and its impact on their overall health. In her free time, she likes to volunteer to provide oral health care to those in need, spend time with her family, travel and go salsa dancing.
Henry Foerester, DDS
Our Talented Periodontist Dr. Henry Foerster enjoys a career in dentistry because of the unique variety of opportunities to serve his patients. Being a periodontist, he can effect positive changes in his patient’s lives while preserving or restoring their smile. Dr. Foerster is understanding to his patients’ fears about going to the dentist and believes strongly that good communication between patient and the dental team equates to positive experiences and excellent treatment outcomes.
Dr. Foerster received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL, majoring in Liberal Studies. He earned his D.M.D. from the University Of Florida College Of Dentistry in 2010. Following dental school, Dr. Foerster attained his Certificate in Periodontics through the Air Force Postgraduate Dental School and Master’s Degree in Periodontics from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 2013.
Dr. Foerster is board certified by the American Board of Periodontology and enjoys staying on the forefront of technology and research in the field of periodontics. Dr. Foerster is a member American Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology, and the Academy of Osseointegration.
Dr.Foerster currently lives with his wife and daughter in Alexandria, VA. In his spare time he enjoys staying active, playing music, and watching the CAPS!
Meet Our Team
Donna Bader — Dental Hygienist
With 25 years of experience in the dental field, Donna is a star hygienist. At Chevy Chase Dental Center, she loves working with a proficient dental team who appreciates and respects her work ethic while also treating her like family.
Each day, Donna provides optimal, individualized care for her patients using a warm and calming approach. Donna recently relocated to Washington, D.C., to join her better half. She is the proud mom of two kids: a daughter, who is currently attending college and a son, who is a college graduate.
Lily Aviles – Dental Hygienist
Lily is one of the most talented and caring hygienist you will ever encounter. With over 10 years of experience, her skill level is admirable. She enjoys working in an environment with professionals that trust and encourage her clinical skills. Lily is diligent in providing optimal, customized care to each patient she meets. When not in the office, she spends time with her husband and 21-year old fashionista daughter. Lily’s hobbies include trying new restaurants around DC, traveling and cooking.