Of course, my dad is from Iran. His culture has really been driven into his family. Myself, my sisters, we've been thoroughly grounded with the foundation that family comes first. If you would have asked me 10 years ago, "What would you think about working with your family?", I probably would have said, "No way. This would not be possible."
Then as I grew up, I got to know other dentists, I got to know many other father-son, father-daughter, mom and son, mom and daughter type practices. I've never really seen amazing things come out of it, so I've always been skeptical before I started practicing here. I was always skeptical, how are things going to work out?
Then as time went on, as my training continued and whenever I was getting ready to come to Galleria of Smiles, both my sisters, my mother and my father, of course, Dr. Emami worked at Galleria of Smiles. So I'm getting ready to enter into this voyage with my entire family, so I'm wondering, "How is this going to work?", because at home we're not always the nicest to each other, brothers and sisters. We love the heck out of each other, but it is what it is. We're brother, sisters, mom, dad and we're a family. Everyone knows kind of how those experiences play out.
But whenever I walk into these doors, whenever I walk into the office, my sisters are wonderful ladies. They've been blessed very much with their intellect, the things that they're able to do, their passion for other people, their passion for taking care of others. So whenever we're here, we are on a mission.
We are on a mission to take care of every single person who walks through these doors. And because our goals are aligned, because we've been trained as very young kids that family comes first, we've been able to implement those strategies to make sure that every person that comes in here becomes one of our family.
So many of the other team members are also concerned. They see sister, sister, brother, dad, mom. They see all of that and they're concerned, "Well am I be a part of the group?", but actually a lot of our different team members, they'll tell you they feel like they're adopted. We adopt everyone who comes in and works for us, and then we start adopting our patients.
It's really, really fun that we're able to take those family values and we're able to give them to patients and we're able to give them to patients, we're able to create more of a family atmosphere that everyone gets taken care of just like they were our own, just like they were our own brother and sister, or just like they're our own mother, father, grandmother, whatever role they may play.
But we've been blessed and it just works so well. It's a cohesion. It's perfect in every single way and I couldn't be more honored to work with my family. I've been very blessed in being able to work with my father, very, very smart man. He's on the forefront of technology, always wanting beautiful things for his patients.
His dream, his dream has always come first and I don't know if he always wanted to have his family work together. I always know he wanted the best for his family and he's worked very, very hard for us to be at the levels that we are, to take care of the people the way that we take care of other individuals. And that's his passion. His passion is other people.
I've always loved that and that's why I wanted to join Galleria of Smiles, because that core foundation that Dr. Emami has created is a beautiful one and we've been able to touch so many other people's lives. My whole family included. We're just here to take care of other people and we're blessed that we even get to see each other every single day, because I know a lot of families don't get to say that, but we get to see each other every day and we love each other and it works so well, very, very beautifully.
Dr. Justin Emami works with his father, Dr. Mehrdad Emami, at Galleria of Smiles. He feels blessed to be doing what he loves and is passionate about helping the Tulsa, OK community have better smiles and a higher level of dental health.
Dr. Justin Emami attended high school in Tulsa, OK at Victory Christian High School. After he graduated, he moved on to Oral Roberts University and received his bachelor’s degree in biology. From there, Justin was accepted into the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry. He was awarded his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS).
Since becoming a dentist, Dr. Justin Emami has worked tirelessly on continuing education courses. This has allowed him to further his knowledge in many ways and provide the most effective care he can for his patients. Dr. Justin Emami is a member in good standing of the following professional organizations:Dr. Justin Emami on why he became a dentist Read Transcript
Of course, initially, like most children, we always think that we know exactly want to do in life, become a firefighter, become a doctor, become different things like that. With me, I really didn't know exactly what I was really wanting to do, but I definitely did know that I wanted to go in the field where I care of take care of humans, take care of other people. I love, I fascinated by the human body itself, everything that has to do with it. I didn't really know what I wanted to do. Through high school, went through college. It was really in college I started having to sit down and think, “What is it that I want to do?“
I've always been fascinated, actually, by surgery, so I figured why not look into more of the surgical field in the medical side of things. I started realizing that there wasn't a lot of ways to really talk to individuals, to get to know people. I met a lot of different doctors. I love the surgical aspect of it, but I really didn't feel as if that was me. I talked to Dr. Emami, my father. I explained to him some the concerns and things that I had whenever it came to medical field. He told me that possibly look into the dental field. Take a look and see what is out there, so that I'm able to make a better decision on my own of what I'm really wanting to do, what I want to create a passion for.
I started examining the different aspects of dentistry, looking at different root canal specialist surgeons, different things like that, orthodontist. I really just started opening up my mind, opening up what there is out there. After seeing it, I figured that this is really for me. I'm able to get to know individuals. I'm able to create a relationship with patients. I'm able to make them smile, which is really what I love doing. I love making people smile whether it's in the office or outside the office that is just what I truly look for in life is making other people smile.
I went into the dental field. Through my experiences, after I graduated, after all my residencies that I've done, I started realizing that there's so much more out there for us. I've been blessed that I've been able to take so many different courses, looking at so many different areas of dentistry whenever it comes to straightening teeth, whenever it comes to the surgical aspect, oral sedation, IV sedation. There's so many different possibilities that we have out there.
As I've been researching and learning and learning, really created something amazing here in Gallery of Smiles. We've been able to bring everything in-house and really grow to make it that we're able to take care of so many individuals. That's really what I was looking for as a kid is how I can take care of someone in a full-person aspect. You start looking at sleep apnea and different things like that. It's really just grown our practice and made it that we're abele to take care of so many different aspects of health, not just with the mouth, but with the sleep, even anxiety patients who are extremely fearful of the dentist.
Most patients that I do see here are extremely fearful of the dentist. We've been able to create a program for them that we're able to bring them in, get everything that they need taken care of in minimal visits. They're also able to forget about what happened, so it's not something that they had created a bad experience or remember the experience itself. It's been a wonderful experience because of that. I've been able to take care of patients. I see so many patients who are fearful, so many people who had no idea what's going on. We've been able to create that smile. It's a blessing for me to be able to touch those individuals lives, no matter what, however small the procedure is or however large the procedure is. We've been able to really take care of so many different patients, no matter what's going on in their life.
- Las Vegas Institute
- Misch International Implant Institute, Fellow
- International College of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), Master
- Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), Fellow
- American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE)
- American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID)
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)
- American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM)
- American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (ADSA)
We have a lot of patients who come in and see us, and they've been to other dentists. They've had dentists as a kid, they've had dentists as they've grown up, and so many people always wonder, “Why should we choose Gallery of Smiles?“ I mean, there's a ton of different reasons that we have of why you should choose us, why patients do choose us, and really, those patients are looking for specific things that we're able to provide.
We have a lot of patients who found us on the internet, they've looked at different videos that we have, they've seen us on billboards, and things like that, and they're looking for technology. They're looking for someone who's not an archaic-style dentist. Someone who's top of the line, and they know the best procedures, minimally invasive, or able to customize a plan for them. And we've been, we specialize in that. We love technology, we love the best of the best. Every day, we're growing. Every day, we're learning.
A lot of patients want the experience. They want to make sure that I have the most complex treatment plan. I have a plan that's so difficult and so many doctors have said, you have to go somewhere else. We can take care of you, and they've been turned away. So they're looking for the experience, and whenever we bring patients in, we're able to show them, we're able to explain to them exactly what they're needing. We're able to create that customized plan for them and show them that, “This is the best plan. We have everything under control. We're able to do everything and under one roof.“
So patients are also looking for something, a place that they can go, where they don't have to go to five different offices, two different offices, dealing with two different doctors, three different doctors. That they're able to get it done all here, under one roof. So many people are looking for that and that's why they choose us. Is because we're able to provide a one-stop-shop, if you would, and be able to give all these services under one roof, reducing the number of visits. Reducing the numbers of doctors, of course, you get to see two doctors.
My dad's here. We're always around, having fun as a family. So you're able to see that. A lot of people choose us because of the family atmosphere. They want to bring their family into an atmosphere that's good, one that's going to be best for their children. They want to get their children's teeth straightened by a dentist who's nice, kind, who actually loves what he does, and he's able to create a smile for their family. A lot of people are looking for that trust value, and making sure that this is the place for them because they trust the individual who's taking care of not just themselves, but their entire family.
They're looking for more of that relationship, so there's so many different reasons of why people do choose us, and they always wonder why they should choose us. There's so many different things that make, that set us apart. Because there are, there's so many different dentists out there, and we want to make sure, we want to take care of everybody. Everybody who walks through our doors, we want to provide them with really what they're trying to achieve. So everyone comes in wanting something different.
Not everyone is the same. There's no one size fits all in this field or in what we do, but we're able to customize it specifically to what they want, and we're also able to provide quality. We're providing a quality care, so it's not that it's the cheap care, the run of the mill-type of a thing. It's specifically designed for what each individual wants. It's customized specifically for that and that's what a lot of people are looking for. They're wanting to make sure that this is a plan for them, them alone, and they're wanting a value.
They're wanting to create a quality. They're wanting to create a relationship. They're wanting to make it sure that this is their home. That this is the place that they're going to be taken care of. And we've taken care of so many people because of that, and we've created so many great relationships, just based off of that. And then, there's a lot of people who are looking, they're concerned about the financial aspect of it. We know everyone is financially concerned, or most everybody is, and we've been able to create make it.
We've been able to make it that every single person who comes in here, whether finances are of concern, or not, no matter how much the actual plan costs, or the investment of what they're wanting to do to achieve, we've been able to structure it that every single person who wants that plan is able to achieve it, and get the best that they deserve. Every single person who walks in these doors deserves the best. They deserve the best quality. They deserve to be treated as if they are the number one person.
We want to tell our patients, “That no matter who you are, what you believe is going on, what experiences that you've had in the past, we're going to take care of everything that you want. And our goal is your goal.“ And that's why people choose us.
So many patients ask me, I'm getting to the end of their treatment, and they're like, “Justin, how much time is this gonna take? How much more time do we have left?“, and I sit there and I tell them, “We have a certain amount of time, but I have a question for you. My question for you is this, are you okay with me being a little bit of a perfectionist and taking a little bit more time to make it perfect?“. Never have I got, no, don't be a perfectionist Justin, don't, just cut it short, but everyone loves the attention to detail and I pride myself in that.
Dr. Emami and myself and Dr. Emami himself has really ingrained that within me. Don't cut corners, make sure that you're a perfectionist. Sometimes it's the little details that count and it's gonna go the long way. That's really what we are looking for is creating something that's a long term, a long term plan. Making sure that they're smiling for a very, very long time. So, those little attention to details, patients love it. They love the little things that we do sometimes and it's beautiful in making someone smile. Like I said, relationships are big. We create amazing relationships with our patients and everyone loves the fact that we're a little perfectionists here and there. A little OCD every once in awhile. It's fun.