Dr. Taimour Raja
Taimour Raja, DDS, earned his dental degree from the New York University College of Dentistry, after earning dual bachelor’s degrees from the University of Miami. He maintains professional memberships in the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID). He has completed the AAID’s one-year fellowship and taken a maxi-course in implantology at the Medical College of Georgia. Much of his postgraduate education has focused on dental implants, and in 2010 he completed over 375 continuing education hours, which enables him to offer start-to-finish implant surgery and restoration.
Drs. Raja and Rafiq love spending time with their beautiful daughter. Dr. Rafiq also enjoys running, while Dr. Raja indulges his spare time in reading, road cycling, and cooking.
Dr. Anika Vellore
Dr. Anika Vellore joined the Smile Design Centre team in January of 2016, and we are so excited to have her! A Maryland native, Dr. Vellore is excited to be practicing dentistry in her home state, in fact, she earned her dental degree from our very own University of Maryland (go Terps!). She did spend some time away from home earning her bachelor’s degree from NYU and completing her General Practice Residency at a Rehabilitation Center in California where her focus was on treating patients with mental and physical disabilities. Longing for home and family, she moved back to her hometown of Gaithersburg and quickly decided that the Smile Design Centre was the place to be. Dentally, she’s focused on helping patients live a healthier life, one dental visit at a time.
During her down time, you’ll catch Dr. Vellore in a yoga class or on a cardio machine. She’s driven to eat well and live well… Although she does enjoy baking the occasional treat (her banana bread is mmm mmm mmmmm!). The Washington Redskins have a loyal fan for life with her and she’s never met a pooch she didn’t love.
We can’t wait for you to meet her!
Billie has been a dental assistant since 1999, and joined Smile Design Centre in 2001. She enjoys her role as office manager, and is focused on providing an upbeat work environment for her team members, as well as ensuring patients have a positive dental experience. Billie and her husband Christopher take pleasure in spending family time with their 2 children.
Taryn has been a part of the Smile Design Centre family since graduating from Allegany College of Maryland in 2006. A friendly and caring person by nature, she strives to develop lasting relationships with her patients to individualize their needs during their appointments. Taryn continues to expand her knowledge through continuing education courses, implementing new ideas and techniques to provide the utmost care and comfort for her patients. Outside of work, Taryn enjoys traveling, baking, and spending time with her husband and their two young sons.
Abby graduated from Allegany College of Maryland in 2009 and is excited to be on the Smile Design Team. Abby is passionate about her occupation and genuinely cares for her patients and their oral health. This enthusiastic approach to her profession coupled with a sweet and compassionate personality will assure you’ll feel relaxed and at ease in her care, as well as educated about your oral health. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her Yorkshire Terrier, Ralph.
Callie Joined our team during the Summer of ’16 as a Certified Dental Assistant. Callie graduated from NOVA’s Dental Assisting program in 2016 and is an absolute natural chair-side assistant. She has a gentle nature and calming demeanor that is sure to help ease your dental anxiety. In addition to being a natural with patients, she’s a superb doctor’s assistant so you can be sure your procedure will be well orchestrated from beginning to end.
Callie has been voted ‘Most Likely to be Napping’ by her friends and Grey’s Anatomy marathons happen often. When she’s feeling outdoorsy you’ll find her by the lake with a fishing pole in hand. Oh, and if you have a dog, she really wants to pet it!
The Smile Design Centre was lucky to find Karen in 2016 when she and her husband relocated to Western Maryland. Karen has been in the Dental Field for over 30 years as a Certified Dental Assistant calling a few select practices Home. Karen takes pride in the service she provides to our patients and strives to help you have a positive and comfortable experience. Her calm, soothing personality is a beautiful compliment to the soothing amenities offered at the Smile Design Centre.
Karen and her husband/best friend of 27 years are excited to become a part of our local community. Her love for fresh fruits and veggies will be fulfilled each season here in beautiful Western Maryland. Her passion lies in healthy living, gardening, arts & craft. We absolutely love working with her and know that you will too!
Kelli Joined the Smile Design Centre Team during the summer of 2016 as our Scheduling Coordinator. Prior to joining SDC, Kelli worked in the ophthalmology field where she developed her passion for assisting with patient care. Kelli is the first friendly face you’ll see when you enter our soothing waiting room, and the one who will help you secure your next appointment for a time that is super convenient for your schedule. She’s also the little butterfly behind our social media sites so be sure to check in with her on Facebook! Her smile and personality are incredibly endearing and great distraction from ‘the dentist office’.
When Kelli isn’t scheduling appointments, answering the phone or interacting with our patients via Social Media, you can be sure she’s hanging out with her husband Jack playing video games (did someone say COD? Or wait, Super Mario Bro’s?? Yep, she’s a fan), watching Netflix (How many times can one person watch Step Brothers??!!) while multitasking with her slick culinary skills! For Kelli, it’s all about Autumn. There’s pumpkin everything, the Dallas Cowboys taking the field, and a nice glass of Moscato while watching the leaves change color. Doesn’t she sound like fun?! You have to meet her, we’re so proud to have her on our team!
Will joined the Smile Design Centre in 2013 after a long career in retail management. His commitment to the public and his community will shine through as excellence in your customer service experience. Will likes to spend his Spring and Summer enjoying the outdoors and landscaping his yard, and in the Fall and Winter you can find him at the Bowling Alley. Will and his Husband Don love to spoil their Puggle ‘Toby’, who is the reigning king of the castle!