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Harmony Dental Wellness
A Great Dentist

Meet the Team at Harmony Dental Wellness

Dr. Farahani and her team would love to welcome you to the practice!

With extensive knowledge of the connections between the mouth and body, our clinicians are adept at finding the source of dental problems instead of just treating symptoms. Our goal is to prevent dental disease instead of waiting for a problem and then trying to fix it.

At Harmony Dental Wellness, you will find a peaceful and spa-like environment complete with many amenities provided for your comfort including our innovative NuCalm treatment. We are also an eco-friendly office, which means that we use earth-friendly or organic materials and avoid one-time use plastics whenever possible.

Dr. Farahani is very active in continuing education courses, taking several per month. Dr. Farahani is currently working towards Fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry. She doesn’t think of these courses as requirements for her license, but rather as opportunities to provide better care for you.

Outside of the office, Dr. Farahani believes in donating time to help others. Most recently, she has worked with the Lucy Hobbs Project to empower women in dentistry and has been a local as well as national speaker for them. In 2018, she focused on donating her time with GirlForward here in Austin. GirlForward is a non-profit that provides mentorship services and cultural experiences for newly arrived refugee girls. Most girls in the program are high school age. Girls come from all over the world but most often from the Middle East, Burma (Myanmar) or DR Congo. Dr. Farahani mentored a girl last year who was from Afghanistan and survived violence from the Taliban.

GirlForward seeks to help bridge the gulf between their past experiences and their current world by pairing each girl with a woman who can provide help with the transition. Dr. Farahani believes that America can provide an opportunity for dreams to come true, but that it is our responsibility to help level the playing field for those who need help.

Read on to learn more about Dr. Farahani and her team.

Sheila Farahani, DDS

Dr. Sheila Farahani, DDS

If you are a new patient with us, let me welcome you and tell you a bit about me. My path to dentistry was winding, but each step along the path provided a foundation for the unique dental practice that we have created here in Austin.

I found a love of science beginning in elementary school that persists today. I have a passion for learning as much as I can about how the body and the universe work. My favorite area of science is physics, which seems to be rubbing off on my sons, Hunter and Logan, as they both are aspiring astronauts!

I studied biochemistry as an undergraduate at the University of Washington and went on to post graduate study in coral reef biology before earning a Master's in Teaching degree. I taught high school chemistry and biology for a few years but was frustrated with the red tape of the education system. As a result, I decided to pursue a career in dentistry where I would have the freedom to create my own systems to improve the health and lives of my patients. I feel that my teaching experience fits hand in hand with my dental degree to help me create a partnership with you where you are heard, understood and are an active participant in living your healthiest life. Other random interests of mine include rock climbing, swing dancing, and the flying trapeze.

With a passion for lifelong learning, I am regularly involved in continuing education courses. I don’t think of these courses as requirements for my license, but rather as opportunities to provide better care for you. In addition to my work in comprehensive, preventive and cosmetic dentistry, an area of concentration in my career has been the treatment of dental anxiety. With a history of severe dental fear in my family, I have completed extensive training to provide accessibility for patients who avoid the dentist due to fear.

Looking forward to meeting you,
Sheila Farahani, DDS

 

 


Professional Background

Dr. Farahani received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Washington. Throughout her career, she has studied across the country under some of the most respected practitioners including Dr. Gordon Christiensen, Dr. Martin Anderson, Dr. Mike Evans, Dr. Sami Dogan, Dr. Frank Spear, Dr. Susan Maples, Dr. David Galler and Dr. Dick Tucker Jr with the RV Tucker Study Clubs. She was hand-selected by Dr. Matthew Steinberg to take over from him when he stepped back from clinical dentistry in 2018. 

Dr. Farahani was also selected as Top Dentist in 2013 and 2014 in San Jose, CA before moving to Texas!

Associations: ADA, TDA, CADS, AGD, AACA, Seattle Study Clubs: Impact Austin, Austin Aligners

Areas of Continuing Education Dr. Farahani completed in 2019:

  • Sleep Apnea and Snoring
  • Sedation
  • Laser Dentistry
  • Clear Aligner Therapy
  • Tongue Tie Therapy
  • Veneers and Cosmetic Restorations
  • Pharmacology and pain control
  • Implant Restorations
  • Cement and Bonding
  • Bacterial Equilibrium
  • Nutrition and the Oral-Systemic Link
  • Cancer
  • Pain Control
  • Intra-oral photography
  • Conservative Gold Restorations
  • 3-D Scanning and Digital Technology
  • Periodontal Therapy
  • Salivary Testing
  • All-on-four implant supported dentures
Janet Engle, RDH

Janet Engle

Dental Hygienist

Janet is originally from Austin, TX and has been in the field of dentistry for over 15 years. What Janet enjoys most about being a dental hygienist is meeting new people and educating them not only about their oral health, but also how it affects their overall health and well being.

When Janet is not taking care of patients, she enjoys spending time with family as well as gardening and bird watching.

Simone McClelland

Dental Hygienist

Simone is a military spouse turned dental hygienist originally from Detroit, MI. She has been in the dental field in various capacities for many years. What Simone enjoys most about being a dental hygienist is being able to help and educate patients on the best possible ways to care for their health in general. 

When Simone is not providing excellent patient care, she enjoys spending time with her family, painting and doing arts and crafts. 

Jeannie Carl, RDA

Jeannie Carl

Registered Dental Assistant

Jeannie was born and raised in Austin, TX, and she's been with the practice since 2008. Jeannie is committed to providing patients at Harmony Dental Wellness with the best care possible.

When she's not taking care of patients, Jeannie loves to spend time with her husband Bryan and her son Parker.

Lani Blackwell, RDA

Lani Blackwell

Registered Dental Assistant

Lani is new to Harmony Dental Wellness, but brings years of experience with her. Coming from a dental family, her knowledge and friendly spirit are a fabulous addition to our team. 

Angie Perez, RDA

Angie Perez

Dental Assistant

Angie is originally from Lubbock, TX and has been in the dental field for over 20 years. She enjoys seeing the confidence it brings the patient when they are happy with their smile. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, baking and reading. 

Jeanne Taylor

Jeanne Taylor

Office Manager

Jeanne grew up in a military family, which means she considers many cities her hometown. She received her training at The University of San Francisco and The University of Washington. Jeanne enjoys taking care of patients and getting to know them on a personal level.

When she's not at the office, Jeanne enjoys traveling, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.

Danielle Chyten

Danielle Chyten

Lead Patient Relationship Coordinator

Join us in welcoming Danielle to our team! She comes to us with more than a decade of experience working with patients to bring you unparalleled service. Look back soon for her bio!

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