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Meet Dr. Mars

Dr. Rick Mars has practiced patient-centered dentistry in the Miami area for 25 years and enjoys the relationship he has built with his family of patients. Dr. Mars always says, “Patients come first in our office, and I never forget one of the first lessons that I learned in dentistry: behind every smile is a person and thus, we treat people and not just mouths.” Most importantly, he not only loves dentistry, but has a great time treating his terrific patients alongside the amazing team at The Dental Care Group. He uses state of the art technology to provide outstanding dentistry in a safe, caring environment. If it is The Wand® to provide the ultimate in comfort when anesthetizing his patients or iTero® scanner that is used in lieu of those mushy impressions, patients know that they are experiencing something special when they are being treated by Dr. Mars.

Dr. Mars attended Emory University for his undergraduate education, continuing on to Georgetown University School of Dentistry for his Doctorate of Dental Surgery. He is an Invisalign® Premier Provider and has lectured internationally on Invisalign for several years. While he practices family dentistry, he places an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, as seen by the great smiles on his patients. It is not uncommon for a celebrity patient to be seen in Dr. Mars’ chair.

Dr. Mars was voted one of America’s Top Dentist in 2013 for Invisalign, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry by Consumers’ Research Council of America. He was also the featured speaker on Invisalign to an international group of dentists in Costa Rica in May 2013. He has presented in hospital settings in both South Florida and Philadelphia on various dental issues over the years. He has also lectured to an early pregnancy class at Memorial Hospital in Hollywood, FL for several years. Dr. Mars in an author of many dental articles published in both Aventura Magazine and community newspapers.

Dr. Mars has received proclamations from the Governor of Florida, the Mayor and City Council of Aventura, the Mayor of the City of North Miami Beach, and from the Miami Dade County Office of the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

Dr. Mars is active with the Aventura Marketing Council Chairman's Roundtable, Beth Torah congregation (President), Michael Ann Russell Jewish Community Center as a Board Member, and is a former Board Member of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. He has also been a Little League Baseball and Youth Basketball Coach for the last 14 years.

Dr. Mars and his wife, Alison, have been married since 1990. They have three sons, Zachary, Blake, and Cory, of whom they are proud. They also have a Tibetan terrier named Rocky. In his free time, Dr. Mars enjoys playing tennis, running, working out, and traveling.

Professional Memberships:

  • American Dental Association
  • Florida Dental Association
  • South Florida District Dental Association
  • Invisalign® Premier Provider
  • Academy of Laser Dentistry (Certified in Laser Dentistry)
  • American Academy of Group Dental Practice
 
 

Meet Dr. Bui

Dr. Baokhoi Bui received his formal dental education at the State University of New York at Buffalo, in both the School of Pharmacy and the School of Dentistry. He completed his residency in endodontics at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bui continues to update his education through courses specific to endodontics in order to provide his patients with the most effective treatment options. He is also an active member of the American Association of Endodontics.

It is Dr. Bui’s goal to help his patients retain their natural teeth whenever possible. He finds it very satisfying to treat fearful patients and show them that endodontic treatment, root canals is particular, can be completely painless.

Dr. Bui is a native of Buffalo, NY, and has lived in Fort Lauderdale for the past six years. He has two daughters who he loves to spend quality time with, especially when they’re at the beach, kayaking, and biking.

 
 

Meet Dr. Shullman

Dr. Howard Shullman is a lifelong resident of South Florida. He was born and raised in Miami. He received his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering at the University of Florida and, eager for four more Gator football seasons, stayed in Gainesville to complete dental school. He practiced general dentistry, focusing on the treatment of children, and then completed his orthodontic training at NOVA Southeastern University’s College of Dentistry, where he was the Chief Resident for the Department of Orthodontics in his final year.

Dr. Shullman is an active member in good standing of the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, Southern Association of Orthodontists, Florida Association of Orthodontists, and the South Florida Academy of Orthodontics.

Dr. Shullman lives in Lake Worth with his wife Deanna, and their daughters, Maddie, Emma, and Kate. When not spending time with family or patients, he enjoys hiking, golfing, skiing, and water sports.

 
 

Meet Dr. Fien

Dr. Matthew J. Fien received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his doctorate degree from Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery. He completed post graduate training in the specialty of periodontology at Nova Southeastern University and is Board Certified by the American Academy of Periodontology.

Dr. Fien has presented at several dental meetings and has authored multiple articles that have been published in the dental literature. Dr. Fien is a member of the American Academy of Periodontology and the Academy of Osseointegration.

Born and raised in South Florida, Dr. Fien enjoys playing golf and spending time with family and friends. Dr. Fien is married and he and his wife are expecting a baby boy!

 
 

Meet Dr. Socher

Dr. Ari Socher was born and raised in New Jersey. After earning his Bachelor in Science degree in Biology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst he pursued his aspirations of becoming a dentist and completed his Doctorate of Dental Medicine at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey where he graduated with honors. Dr. Socher completed his post-graduate training at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL where he received his General Practice Residency certificate focusing on general dentistry, implantology, and facial trauma.

Prior to joining The Dental Care Group, Dr. Socher worked in private practice for three years in Northern Virginia and was active in community outreach as well as volunteering as a mentor for local high school students interested in a career in dentistry.

Dr. Socher is an active member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and the local Chamber of Commerce. Priding himself on staying on top of the latest in dentistry, he has earned continuing education certificates in cosmetic dentistry, veneers, advanced oral rehabilitation, and painless dentistry techniques.

When he is outside the office, Dr. Socher enjoys exercise, watching football, fishing, listening to music, and spending quality time with his family and English bulldog.

 
 

Meet Dr. Pagani

Dr. Pagani is originally from Caracas, Venezuela and completed her undergraduate studies at Universidad Central de Venezuela in 2002 and her doctoral in Dental Studies in 2007. Dr. Pagani graduated Magna Cum Laude and Valedictorian of her graduate class of 2007.  She continued her training her at NOVA Southeastern University completing post graduate studies in Prosthodontics in 2012. This additional three years of training prepared Dr. Pagani for certification as a prosthodontist, specializing in the restoration and replacement of teeth including crowns, bridges, complete and removable partial dentures, traumatic injuries to the mouth’s structure and/or teeth as well as Dr. Pagani stays up to date on the current clinical trends for removable and fixed prosthodontics as well as Implant Restorations and Full Mouth Rehabilitations.

When not busy restoring smiles of her patients, Dr. Pagani can be found chasing after her toddler with her husband, attending HEAT games or even out for a jog  or boxing(when time permits!)

 
 

Claudia Gibson

Dental Hygienist

I am very passionate when it comes to educating my patients on improving their oral health. It is very exciting when I see a patient’s health improve because of what they learned from our visit. Dental hygiene is all about health and wellness of the mouth, and of the entire body as well. I am proud to provide such an important service to those in my community. I am a home body, so I love spending time with my two daughters and our dog, Coby. I volunteer my cooking skills for the middle and high school track meets and stay active with spinning classes.

 
 

Veronica Parra

Dental Hygienist

I am one of our dental hygienists here at our amazing dental care group facility. I am always friendly, optimistic, and dedicated to making sure you have a comfortable, stress-free dental visit. I love the fact that I change people’s lives by promoting good health and self confidence, and creating bright smiles that last a lifetime. I am a happy mother of one daughter and the wife of a loving husband. We also have a Maltese named Richie. I love watching movies, am a voracious reader, and I dance every chance I get.

 
 

Jessica Machado

Office Manager

I am very passionate about what I do and consider myself extremely fortunate to be in a position where I am able to help people every day. I take pride in my work and in my relationships with our patients. I am lucky to be surrounded by a staff of professionals that not only care for our patients’ well-being, but also about educating them along the way. Every day is full of new challenges that I openly embrace, as I am always looking to gain knowledge or encounter something new.

When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my amazing (and very big) family and close friends. They are my biggest blessing and have given me the morals and foundation that make me proud of who I am today. My happy place is by the ocean and I try to spend as much time on or by the water as possible. I love music, cooking, traveling, a good read, and my biggest fan is my yorkie, Tinkerbelle.