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Meet the Doctors


Helen Jafari, DDS

A compassionate and gentle chair side manner is the hallmark of Dr. Helen Jafari's Family and Cosmetic Dental Practice. Dr. Jafari recognizes that each patient has unique needs, and it takes an individualized approach in order to meet them. While function, oral health, and comfort are the foundation for the standard of care she maintains, she believes that artistry plays an important role in achieving desired results. Her years of experience, aesthetic eye, and attention to detail are what give her the unique ability to accomplish this goal.

With the philosophy that a patient’s smile and oral health have great impact on quality of life, Dr. Jafari’s approach is one of collaboration with her patients, and she listens to make sure that the goals set will achieve the patient’s own vision. The relaxing environment of the office encourages open communication so that every individual’s questions are addressed thoroughly. Her associates, staff members, and lab partners are carefully selected and coached to embrace her philosophy of care for patients and uncompromising standards of quality.

Dr. Jafari's dedication to creating beautiful, functional, and healthy smiles has earned her a remarkable reputation. She regularly attends continuing education courses and strives to stay up to date and bring the very best of modern materials, technology and skills to her patients. Her most recent research has been regarding Sleep Apnea, and the unique ways that the dental field is positioned to help people with this condition. She completed her dental education in 1991 and continued for an additional two years residency in advanced education general dentistry at The University of Rochester in New York and Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Jafari lives in Bellaire with her husband, daughter, and Labradoodle Cole. In her free time she enjoys cooking with family and friends, traveling, hiking, and especially being a mom.



Paulette Arana, DDS

As a local Houstonian, Dr. Paulette Arana finds joy in serving the patients in her community. She enjoys coming to work every day, building great relationships with her patients, helping create beautiful smiles, and promoting good oral health. Dedicated to a patient’s comfort and convenience, Dr. Arana and her staff have ongoing training and continuing education in order to provide up-to-date technology and techniques.


Anthony Ly, DDS

Dr. Anthony A. Ly is an attentive, detail-oriented dentist treating patients in Houston and Greater Texas. His goal is to provide the best-quality dentistry possible, which means treating each patient individually with undivided attention. He strives to ensure that his patients do not feel like a number and stands behind his work with every patient. Originally from Vietnam, Dr. Ly graduated from Houston Baptist University. He continued his medical education at the University of Texas at Houston, where he earned his DDS. Dr. Ly now regularly attends conferences with the Las Vegas Institute to keep his practice up to date. He is also a member of the Asian Dental Society. Patients visiting Dr. Ly can receive a full range of general and cosmetic dental services. Implants, oral surgery, and neuro-muscular dentistry are available, as well as general consultations, fillings, crowns, and extractions. When he is not treating patients, Dr. Ly involves himself in the Houston Food Bank and Bush Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization. He also enjoys racquetball, reading, exercise, and spending time with his family.


Lan Nguyen, DDS

Dr. Lan Nguyen has been a practicing dentist for over twenty years. She loves getting to know each patient individually and appreciates all the unique aspects of their lives. Dr. Nguyen enjoys interacting with people of all ages. She strives to make her patients feel comfortable so they are relaxed and excited about visiting the dentist. She truly loves helping patients improve and maintain their dental health and knows that their overall physical health will benefit from the care she provides.

Dr. Nguyen received her Bachelor of Arts in Zoology/ Physiology from the University of Texas in Austin. She went on to complete her Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of Texas Dental Branch, and her General Practice Residency at the Temple VA Hospital. She stays up-to-date with current dental technology by completing continuing education courses throughout the year, and is certified in conscious oral sedation. She is a member of the American Dental Association as well as the Texas Dental Association.

Dr. Nguyen currently lives in Pearland with her husband and two beautiful children, Donovan and Leilani. They enjoy traveling, biking, and taking long walks with their dog, Whiskey, on weekends. Dr. Nguyen loves trying new foods and ethnic cuisine, so she and her husband dine out whenever possible. The Nguyen family also enjoys outdoor activities, so in the summer, they may be spotted at the lakes jet skiing or at the beach building sandcastles.


Ariana Moreno, DDS

Dr. Ariana Moreno was born in Los Angeles, but was raised in Houston, TX. She completed
her undergraduate studies at University of Houston, and continued with her doctorate of dental
surgery at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
She is a member of many prestigious organizations including American Dental Association,
Texas Dental Association, and the Hispanic Dental Association.


Dr. Moreno prides herself in compassionate dental care for all ages because everyone
deserves a healthy smile. She takes her time to listen to everyone’s concerns and is
passionate about providing the best care possible.


In her free time, Dr. Moreno enjoys trying new local restaurants with her husband Tim, and
taking joy rides in the car with her dogs, Luna & Louie. They all enjoy running outside when the
weather is nice. You can also catch Dr. Moreno at the local OrangeTheory!


Allison Cohen, DMD

A Florida native, Dr. Cohen graduated from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology. She received her Doctorate of Medical Dentistry (DMD) at Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine, where she received the prestigious Academy of General Dentistry Senior Dental Student Award. Dr.Cohen continued her dental training in restorative and surgical dentistry through the completion of a general practice residency at Denver Health Hospital in Colorado. Dr. Cohen practiced in private practice for several years in Denver prior to moving to Houston, where her husband is from.
 
Dr. Cohen is a patient-focused, quality-driven dentist who brings a high level of attention to detail to her practice. Dr. Cohen strives to provide excellent individualized care to her patients by building treatment plans that achieve both oral health and cosmetic desires. She accomplishes this through positive communication with her team and clear conversations with her patients about their care. Dr. Cohen is proud to offer a comprehensive scope of dental services to her patients.
 
Appreciating that dental technology is regularly evolving, Dr. Cohen engages in continuing education to stay on top of the latest technological advancements, allowing her to provide the best possible care for her patients. She is very involved in her local Spear Education study club, and is an active member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Cohen completed Spear’s core workshop curriculum, studying sophisticated procedures and specialized treatments taught by industry-leading experts. Spear is widely regarded as the best advanced dental training program. Dr. Cohen believes in life-long learning and the active pursuit of continuing education in the fields of periodontics, implant dentistry, endodontics, cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Dr. Cohen’s dedication to continually honing her skills is reflected in the dazzling, healthy smiles of her patients.
 
Dr. Cohen lives in the area with her husband (Jeff), son (Mayer), and French bulldog (Frankie). When she isn't working, Dr. Cohen gives back to the community through her involvement with the Junior League of Houston. In her free time, she loves traveling, hiking, and discovering delicious new restaurants!


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