MEET THE TEAM
Arash Niazi, DDS
Dr. Niazi obtained his Doctorate in Dental Surgery from Case Western Reserve University in 2003. After practicing for five years as a general dentist in Tacoma and Gig Harbor, he attended the University of Southern California to become certified in Endodontics (root canal specialist).
Dr. Niazi's past experience as a general dentist is an asset in providing a multidisciplinary approach to long-term treatment in conjunction with a patient's general dentist. Dr. Niazi believes root canal treatment is the best method of saving teeth and improving oral health, an essential part of a patient's overall health. He believes that endodontic treatment should be affordable, comfortable, and of long-lasting results. Dr. Niazi has enjoyed returning home to serve the endodontic needs for the people of Pierce, Kitsap and Mason counties.
Dr. Niazi is active in endodontic research and publication. He has volunteered and traveled to El Salvador to provide endodontic care to the less fortunate. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Rebecca, and their daughter and son.
Hadjir Haghparast, DDS
“Dr. H” was raised in Sweden where he earned a Master of Science Degree and Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from Malmo University. He continued to practice general dentistry in a multi-specialty practice where he discovered his passion for endodontics. Dr. H was also a faculty member at Malmo University where he was active in research and publications.
In pursuit of professional growth, Dr. H moved to the United States and attended the University of Southern California, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry. Here he completed his post-doctoral residency in Endodontics.
Dr. H now calls the Pacific Northwest home. Coincidentally, this area reminds him very much of where he grew up in Sweden. Hadjir’s unique cross-cultural background and life experiences enable him to relate to everyone, regardless of socioeconomic, religious, or cultural background. He is fluent in English, Swedish, German and Farsi.
He is looking forward to getting established here and getting to know our wonderful community.
Kristy has been a part of Gig Harbor and Port Orchard Endodontics since 2007 as administrative assistant and insurance coordinator. She enjoys playing a part in making our patients comfortable during their office visits. She was born in the Midwest but has lived most of her adult life in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. When away from the workplace, she and her husband Mark enjoy checking out local restaurants, travelling and always make sure to allow plenty of time for their adult children and grandkids!
Linda joined our practice in 2016 with 16 years experience in the dental field. She started her career in oral surgery eventually moving to endodontics. She has worked 14 years in the endodontic field, specializing in different aspects of the front office. Working “up front,” her goal is to make patients feel welcome, putting them at ease and helping their experience in the office be comfortable and pleasant. Linda is a lifelong resident of the Northwest. She loves to spend time with her family. Linda and husband Tom have 6 children between them and 14 grandchildren to keep them busy. Her hobby is party planning and when she can, she likes to travel.
Administrative & Dental Assistant
Ashley is new to Gig Harbor Endodontics and the dental field. She wants to get involved in dentistry to help people get the smile they desire knowing it will boost their confidence. Growing up in Gig Harbor, she always had a great experience with dental visits and was impressed by the many different specialties in the dental field. She found it spell binding how multiple doctors from different specialties come together to help one patient. In the future, Ashley wants to pursue a career as a dentist, specifically a pediatric dentist. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree with an emphasis in pre-med and cell biology from Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, CO. In her free time, Ashley keeps busy with some of her favorite activities: boating, camping, hiking, skiing, traveling.
When you first visit our office, you will be greeted by Margaret. Though new to the office, she has more than 25 years of dental experience. This has helped her transition to our front office to be a smooth one. She greets you with a smile and sense of humor, and takes care of all your front office needs. She really enjoys helping patients have a fantastic dental experience.When Margaret is not at the office she enjoys running,camping, hiking, traveling, visiting family, and spending time outdoors.Margaret has a son with whom she enjoys spending time. She is an avid animal lover and has a rescue dog named Rosie...her "partner in crime."
Riane started at Gig Harbor Endodontics as an “Extern” from Clover Park Technical College. Since completing her training she decided to stay with our Endo family. Having a positive experience as a patient, Riane decided dentistry was the career for her. She loves meeting new people and helping others maintain a great smile. As a lifelong resident of Gig Harbor, Riane loves spending time with her friends and family. You may see her in the harbor walking her Mini Australian Shepherd “Riley” and Yorkie “Moose.”
Hillary has always enjoyed helping people and started her dental career at a pediatric office. Later she made the choice to leave that position to gain more experience and expand her dental knowledge. She continues to learn more and more about the dental field every day. Previously she worked in the medical field. When comparing medical and dental assisting she says, “The two fit together!” What does she like about this field of work? Hillary enjoys being able to relieve patients pain and ease the frustrations from past experiences. During her free time, she spends it with her boyfriend, family and friends. Having been born and raised in the Bremerton area, her favorite activities are hiking and just being outside.
Kailyn is brand new to working in a dental office. Although she is “just a beginner,” her mom has always worked in the dental field, inspiring Kailyn to follow in mom’s footsteps. With her new dental position, she is excited to expand her knowledge of patient care and have new experiences every day. Kailyn has always lived on the Kitsap Peninsula between Port Orchard, Bremerton and Silverdale. As a car enthusiast Kailyn spends her free time going to car shows in Seattle. Her favs? Trucks and Japanese cars. She also loves hiking and camping with her Boxer/Labrador dog named Todd. Kailyn’s talents also include playing the ukulele and singing!
Tara enrolled as an Alumni at Penn Foster Career School graduating from their Dental Assistant program in 2016. She says, “as a biracial female, I knew from previous life experiences that my passion was helping people, especially the under-privileged and immigrant populations.” With this intent, she began her profession working as a Dental Assistant in Community Health. Tara grew up in Canada, but moved to the US nearly ten years ago. She loves working in the dental field because every day is an opportunity to make a dramatic and positive difference in someone’s life. She says her job is more than assisting a dentist; her job is one of reassurance, empathy and compassion. When not studying to pass her last national board exam to become a CDA, Tara enjoys spending time with her soon-to-be fiancée in their new home. Soaking in the hot tub, gardening and caring for their little zoo of animals, they can most certainly be found all over Western Washington fishing from their kayaks.
Tana joined our Endo family after working for a local pediatric practice. Wanting to be in the medical field, she joined dentistry on the recommendation of friends and went to the Colorado Dental Assisting School. She likes the focus on the mouth and teeth but enjoys the variety of specialties that dentistry offers. Tana is new to the Puget Sound area. Originally from sunny and hot Arizona, a year and a half ago the navy brought Tana and her husband here from Colorado. Her two fur babies, Axel Rose and Pochoko, keep her busy with new hikes and trips to the beach. She loves getting out and seeing the northwest sights: new restaurants, live music events, and all that Mother Nature offers. An avid Harry Potter fan, Tana is known to binge watch all 36 hours of movies in a weekend!
As a young student, Mallory job shadowed at dental offices and learned to appreciate the work that dentists do. Because she has always loved helping people, the dental field seemed like a good career fit. Mallory appreciates the opportunity to provide a relaxing environment to patients and help them have a good experience during their dental visit. She attended Clover Park Technical College dental assisting school and was an extern for Gig Harbor Endodontics before working at our sister office, Anchor Endodontics. Mallory was born and raised in Gig Harbor and is very active in her church youth group as a small group leader. Other activities that keep her busy are hiking, kayaking and playing music!
Nicole has been with Gig Harbor Endodontics for 10 years. As the office liaison, she has had the privilege to travel throughout Pierce, Kitsap and Mason County areas visiting the offices of our referring dentists. You will most likely find her on the road delivering lunches, flowers, or other seasonal goodies to show our appreciation to those who help the practice thrive. She has been learning on the job by adding website design and social media management to her work skills. When she's not working she enjoys spending time with her husband Ted, daughter Miranda and new son-in-law Matthew. Ruby, the Labrador keeps everyone on their toes! Together they like to camp, hike, fish, garden and work on their home.