I want to personally thank you for visiting our website! We are fully committed to the highest standards of preventive, cosmetic and rehabilitative dentistry possible. Our emphasis is on gentle, yet thorough care for discriminating adults.
Our primary goal is to keep your mouth disease free and make your visits inviting and fun (yes fun)! If you have found dentistry difficult or inconsistent in the past, we invite you to visit our office and experience our relaxed, non-traditional approach for happy patients and healthy teeth!
Dr. Laleh Sotoodeh was born and raised in the east bay and is pinching herself that she is now a part of the Marin community! She received her Bachelors in Science from UC Davis in Biotechnology and went on to earn her DMD from Tufts Dental School in Boston, Massachusetts where she met her husband, Dr. Claudiu Marin.
Dr. Sotoodeh prides herself on continually advancing her knowledge in the field of dentistry on a local and national level. After graduating from Tufts, Dr. Sotoodeh received her fellowship in implants from Columbia University and subsequently has spent much of her time in Scottsdale Arizona at the Spear Institute, where she has received extensive training in reconstructive and smile design dentistry including veneers, crown and bridge rehabilitations, TMJ and occlusion. In addition, she is certified is a certified DOCS provider in oral conscious sedation as well as Invisalign orthodontics, a clear and comfortable approach to straightening teeth.
Dr. Sotoodeh is a member and fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Marin County Dental Society and active in the Spear Study Club and the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry.
Dr. Sotoodeh does not take for granted that every day she has the power to help her patients maintain and improve their health, enhance their happiness and be someone her patients can turn to for a thoughtful approach to achieving their dental needs. Her goal is to always work with her patients, not on her patients, to provide them with beautiful invisible dentistry in a comfortable and warm environment.
Outside of the office, she maintains a very active lifestyle and is eager to start exploring the beauties that Marin has to offer alongside her husband and their 6 year-old Shiloh Shepherd, Achilles. Dr. Sotoodeh is ecstatic to be here and thanks you all for the warm welcome!
Dr. Claudiu Marin attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, graduating in the top 15% of his class. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Tufts as well making him an official Double Jumbo! After working six years in Massachusetts, he and his wife, Dr. Sotoodeh, relocated to California in 2015 to escape those New England winters and be closer to her family (the Marin family is on their way!).
Five years into his dental career, the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) awarded Dr. Marin with the prestigious “10 Under 10 Award” given to the top ten dentists demonstrating excellence in dentistry. He would go on to serve and be elected President of its local chapter, the Hampshire Dental Society for the next three years.
Dr. Marin considers himself a life long learner, passionate about innovative techniques and technologies to improve his patients’ experience and quality of dentistry they receive. His continued professional training includes a fellowship from the International College of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), certification in CEREC Crown-in-a-day Dentistry, reconstructive and restorative training from the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona, over 150 hours of advanced training in implant, periodontal and grafting procedures as well as certification in oral conscious sedation through the DOCS institute. Dr. Marin is also one of the few clinicians certified to perform the Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation procedure, a unique and non-invasive way of treating gum recession. Dr. Marin is eager to incorporate even more advanced dentistry to the practice including crowns in a day, 3D imaging and digital impression scanning. You can count on Dr. Marin to always be ahead of the curve and provide his patients with the most up to date techniques and materials.
Dr. Marin is also a member and fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Marin County Dental Society and active in the Spear Study Club.
What you may not learn on your first visit with Dr. Marin but find interesting is that he is fluent in Romanian, Italian and Bostonian. When he is away from the office he enjoys spending time with his wife and their dog, skiing, running, hiking, and golfing.
"If your smile is not becoming to you,
you should be coming to us!"
You may not believe it, but I actually planned to be a dentist when I was 13 years old! In fact, I sent away for admission requirements to the American Dental Association at that time, and wrote an essay for my junior high English class "On Becoming an Oral Surgeon" long before I ever knew a scaler from a tooth brush. Strange you say? I call it fortuitous!! It created amazing momentum and focus for me, and once decided, I never looked back or questioned my choice.
Before I knew it, I graduated from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in 1972 and went on to serve 3 years with the U.S. Army Dental Corps. in Aschaffenburg, Germany. After my discharge, my wife, two children and I drove all over the United States and Canada in our Dodge motorhome for a whole year, winding our way back to beloved California. The trip west was an outstanding experience, giving us a chance to see and visit with so many friends and family all over the country. We knew that this was our last chance to take it all in, because the next five years or more would be devoted to starting our practice.
Locating our first office was another amazing experience. Whenever I thought of where I wanted to practice, I felt tremendous yearnings for Marin County. However, when I asked anyone who should know, I was advised against it. My banker, my financial advisor, my old professors and finally my future landlord, all told me that Marin had too many dentists already and "shouldn't I look somewhere else?". Not being one who is timid about challenges, I told them all that Marin felt right, and especially this little office across the street from the College of Marin, because it was the ONLY space available from Santa Rosa to Sausalito that had good KSAN reception (my favorite rock & blues FM station).
Feeling totally confident, we opened our office with no clientele, publishing hours on our business cards, "open Noon til Nine pm". Our carpet layer turned out to be our first patient and we were off and running. Apparently, I was the first dentist in Marin to feature music on headphones, nitrous oxide, wine in the reception area, Saturday hours and a pretty laid back environment. The office was all done in redwood, with wine cork curtains strung on monofilament and a silk canopy weaving, hung from the fluorescent lights. Fortunately, we weren't busted as some sort of opium den!
Although our current private office door still sports the etched glass "Bar and Drill " logo, coined while serving wine to our patients as they perused our Music Menu, much has changed in our Corte Madera Town Center offices. First of all, juice, tea and coffee has replaced the white wine! However the greatest changes have occurred in our technology. The past 20-30 years have seen an explosion in new materials, instruments and techniques which is fueling a revolution in dentistry. This past decade, we've added intra-oral video cameras, lasers, digital x-rays, non-metallic alternatives for exquisite cosmetic techniques, implants, shot-less/painless air-abrasion restorations, synthetic bone grafting and much, much more. These enhancements are allowing us to communicate, educate and achieve far superior results for our patients than ever before.
Of notable interest, since we 1st opened in 1976, our practice has attracted national recognition from the media with articles in numerous publications including Newsweek Magazine. We were also written up by San Francisco's legendary columnist Herb Caen, and have been featured on broadcast television's "Evening Magazine" and "P.M. Magazine" for our unique approach to patient management and implant dentistry. In 1984, we were chosen and published in the Journal of the California Dental Association as one of the "Outstanding Dental Practices of California".