Dental Staff

All professionals at Aspen Hill General & Cosmetic Dentistry maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training. 

Dr. Douglas F. Dompkowski

Dr. Douglas F. Dompkowski Dentist in Silver Spring

Dr. Douglas F. Dompkowski hails originally from Buffalo, NY. He received his undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, in 1987 at the University of Richmond, in Virginia. He then attended the Medical College of Virginia, graduating in 1992 with a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery). In June 1992, he entered a three-year residency in Periodontics at the Eastman Dental Center, located in Rochester, NY. Upon completion of his periodontal training in 1995, Dr. Dompkowski relocated to the metro Washington area and entered private practice. His professional focus is on clinical periodontology and implant dentistry.

Dr. Dompkowski is an active member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), the Southern Maryland Dental Association (SMDA) and the Academy of Osseointegration (AO). He also teaches at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. In addition, Dr. Dompkowski lectures extensively on many aspects of periodontal treatment.

Dr. Ali Eghtesadi

Dr. Ali Eghtesadi Silver Spring Dentist

Dr. Ali Eghtesadi is an Endodontist specializing in root canals and endodontic microsurgery. He attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) as an undergraduate student earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology with honors. He then went on to attend the University of Maryland Dental School on a full academic scholarship, which he earned for being in the top 5% of entering dental school class. After graduating from dental school, Dr. Eghtesadi was accepted for the General Practice Fellowship at the prestigious Harvard University School of Dental Medicine. Upon completion of his general residency, Dr. Eghtesadi went on to pursue a specialty in Endodontics at the Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Eghtesadi also has an MBA from Mount St. Mary's University in Maryland. As an MBA, Dr. Eghtesadi manages his practice with seamless, efficient and ethical business standards that support its clinical excellence.

Dr. Eghtesadi is greatly concerned with patient care and explaining, in detail, treatment procedures to his patients. Making his patients comfortable and reducing their anxiety is of great importance to him.

Dr. Eghtesadi firmly believes that the best clinicians are the ones most eager to stay on top of their craft. In order to provide the best care for patients, clinicians must engage in a philosophy of life long learning. It is for this reason that Dr. Eghtesadi hosts a Study Club at Georgetown Park Endodontics, several times a year, for colleagues in the DC Metropolitan area.

Away from the office, Dr. Eghtesadi enjoys traveling, reading, movies, and photography.

Dr. Soorita Goorah, DDS

Dr. Soorita Goorah has been practicing dentistry for 25 years. Dr. Goorah received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from McGill University in 1987. She went on to earn her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from McGill University in 1991.

Dr. Goorah has been listed in America’s Top Dentists several times. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Maryland State Dental Association, and the Southern Maryland Dental Society.

Dr. Goorah believes in providing the highest level of dental care for all her patients. She works with most insurances and financing plans to ensure that her services are accessible and affordable to her patients. Dr. Goorah’s services include crowns and bridges, cosmetic dentistry and implant restorations.

Dr. Goorah’s favorite motto in the practice is “Patients Come First,” and she strives to provide each and every patient the best smile in the most comfortable, caring and professional environment. In her free time, Dr. Goorah enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking and spending time with her family.


Dr. Lee

Dr. Lee Silver Spring, MD Dentist

Richard J. Lee, DMD, MS, MPH, CAGS is a certified, Ivy-League trained, an orthodontic specialist who creates stunning, confident smiles using state-of-the-art equipment and revolutionary personal services. Dr. Lee offers treatment including Phase I expanders and space maintainers, metal and clear braces, Invisalign, and retainers.

Dr. Lee values and emphasizes the importance of education. He is dedicated to his patients and community and support them outside of the office through, education, and outreach.

Dr. McLaughlin

Dr. McLaughlin has been in private practice for over 10 years. Her emphasis is on comprehensive dentistry and strives to provide compassionate and innovative oral healthcare for all of her patients. She advocates making oral healthcare accessible to everyone and educating patients on the benefits of maintaining oral health. Dr. McLaughlin believes that changing a person's smile can change a person' life—enhancing their self-esteem and confidence. A smile is the same in any language and one of the first things that people notice.

As an undergraduate at the University of Central Florida, she pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Molecular Biology in addition to a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with honors from Howard University College of Dentistry.

During her residency at King's County Hospital and SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York, Dr. McLaughlin provided comprehensive dental treatment to pediatric, geriatric, special needs and the general patient population. Services included restorative dentistry, prosthetics, periodontal surgery, endodontics, implants, oral surgery and oral health education.

She has special interests in cosmetic and family dentistry and providing care for the under-served and disadvantaged. She believes that everyone deserves access to superior healthcare services, regardless of age or income. To that end, Dr. McLaughlin has taken hundreds of hours of extensive continuing education courses and volunteers locally and aboard in dental clinics.

In her free time, Dr. McLaughlin enjoys spending time with her family, photography and traveling.

Dr. Tram Nguyen

Dr. Tram Nguyen Silver Spring, MD Dentist

Dr. Tram Nguyen came to the United States as a child refugee from Vietnam and grew up in California. She received her dental degree from Meharry Medical College and graduated first in her class. She received numerous awards which include clinical and research awards. She then completed her Orthodontics residency and earned her master's degree in 2012 at the University of Nebraska. Although she enjoys general dentistry, she absolutely loves orthodontics and is thankful that she can provide patients with beautiful smiles that last a lifetime. She is a very caring and compassionate person that always has her patients' best interests in mind; she treats them just the way she would treat her family. Dr. Nguyen maintains active memberships in various professional organizations including the American Association of Orthodontists.

Outside of Orthodontics, Dr. Nguyen loves animals and currently has two dogs and a parrot. In the past, she has had both fresh and saltwater fishes, corals, a hedgehog, and various types of reptiles. She enjoys nature and likes to go fishing, hiking, and traveling to many different national parks. She also has a love for art and enjoys playing the piano and oil painting. Having lived in many different regions of the United States, Dr. Nguyen has decided to settle with her husband in Maryland. She thinks Maryland is a beautiful place with its four seasons and its close proximity to Washington, DC. It is one of the most wonderful places to live and grow a family.

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