About Your Dentist
A practicing Periodontist for more than 20 years, Dr. Friedman’s passion is helping patients maintain or achieve a beautiful healthy smile. His expertise extends into all phases of periodontal and dental implant care. His goal is to provide a safe and comfortable dental experience.
His interest in periodontal care began while studying biological sciences at the University of Vermont where he graduated in 1985. He went on to earn both his D.D.S. degree and his periodontal specialty certificate at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.
Committed to providing the best, most advanced periodontal care, Dr. Friedman keeps up to date on the advances in the dental field by attending courses throughout the country. Dr. Friedman has been a career-long member of the American Academy of Periodontology as well as several other professional organizations and study groups.
Dr. Friedman has lived in Howard County, Maryland for over 20 years. Some of his interests outside the office include spending time with his wife and two teenage sons. He enjoys skiing, cycling, travel as well as good movies and food!
Dr. Tofigh completed his bachelor’s degree in biology at Towson University, graduating magna cum laude. He then attended University of Maryland Dental School in Baltimore where he again graduated at the top of his class (magna cum laude). He went on to continue his education in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Hospital in New York City. During this time, he received his medical degree and completed an internship in General Surgery. In addition, he traveled abroad to Bolivia and Mexico among a team of surgeons treating congenital cleft lip and palate deformities. Dr. Tofigh attended to patients at multiple hospitals in NYC, including The Mount Sinai Medical Center, Bronx VA, Jamaica Hospital, St. Barnabas Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he was involved in resident training as an Attending as well, before returning to Maryland. Dr. Tofigh cares for his patients with dedication and professionalism. His professional interests focus on dentoalveolar surgery, third molar removal, dental implants, bone grafting, general anesthesia / IV sedation, corrective jaw (orthognathic) surgery, oral pathology, facial trauma and reconstruction and TMJ disorders. He is particularly interested in utilizing the newest technology in computer-aided surgical treatment planning to gain the highest level of precision and predictability achievable. He has coauthored a chapter in the text book Digital Technologies in Craniomaxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Tofigh is a part of several professional organizations. He is a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Dental Association. Outside of caring for patients, Dr. Tofigh enjoys spending time with his wife and their two children. He has a passion for nature and outdoor activities.
“Wrinkles will only go where smiles have been.” – Jimmy Buffet
“My goal is to make sure that each of my patients experience a safe, thorough, and fun visit. I strive to stay abreast of the latest advances in dentistry by regularly attending continuing education courses and seminars.
I practice many aspects of general dentistry and take great pride in staying up to date with the latest advancements to provide the most current treatment options for my patients.”
Education & Continuing Education
Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency
Doctor of Dental Surgery
Howard University College of Dentistry – Washington, D.C.
Bachelor of Science in Biology, Minor in Chemistry
George Mason University – Fairfax, Virginia
Dr. Narmin Hejazifar is highly accomplished, and a skilled practitioner who provides a wide range of comprehensive dental services in caring for our patients. She enjoys helping people and making them feel better.
Dr. Narmin strongly believes in establishing optimal dental health for her patients while saving teeth and restoring smiles that will last a lifetime. Her main focus is to provide each patient with stellar clinical expertise and compassion
Dr. Narmin is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of Dentistry, the Maryland Dental Association, the Virginia Dental Association, and the American Association of Women Dentists.
Life & Hobbies
Outside of caring for patients, Dr. Narmin enjoys spending time with her husband, Arman, and her friends. Her Hobbies include Traveling, outdoor activities and she loves wineries. In her free time, she also enjoys volunteering at dental clinics for underserved communities.
Dr. Ali is an experienced dentist with advanced training via Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency that incorporates oral oncology, oral surgery, anesthesiology, operative procedures, and treating special needs patients. A native of Madison, Mississippi and a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry, Dr. Ali brings southern hospitality to your dental visit. She can't wait to meet you and work on a patient-doctor relationship that helps guide you through the uncertainty of your dental problems and accommodating your needs.
Dr. Ali prides herself on being ethical, compassionate, and detail oriented in her approach. She is always interested in keeping up to date with new techniques in the field of dentistry. Dr. Ali is also an active member of ADA, MDA, AGD, and AAWD. Dr. Ali’s philosophy is to value each individual and their needs to deliver the best dental treatment possible. She believes that the foundation for better dental health is based on mutual trust, respect, communication, and understanding. Dr. Ali believes that as dentists we should give back and help our communities. She has volunteered with charities that include Mission of Mercy, Give Kids a Smile, Habitat for Humanity, and Mission First dental clinics.
When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Ali enjoys spending time with her husband and two lovely daughters. She also enjoys traveling and painting.
Dr. Sharlini Sockanathan is a board-certified pediatric dentist. She always loved going to the dentist as a kid herself and now strives to make every visit a fun experience for her patients. She looks forward to making her patients and families feel comfortable while bringing a smile into their lives. She loves when kids leave happy and are excited to come back to see her again!
Dr. Sockanathan was born and raised in New Jersey. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with minors in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Business from New York University. She earned her DMD from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Upon completion of dental school, she went on to complete a General Practice Residency at Staten Island University Hospital.
She then practiced for a few years in Dallas, TX before realizing and pursuing her passion for pediatric dentistry. She returned to the east coast and completed her Pediatric Dental training at St. Barnabas Hospital, where she served as Chief Resident.
Dr. Sockanathan enjoys giving back to the community and has volunteered in dental outreach programs in Israel and Peru. She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Outside of dentistry, Dr. Sharlini enjoys traveling, baking, reading, and spending time with her family and friends!