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Rahul G. Kode, DDS, FAGD

Since 2004

Dr. Rahul G. Kode is one of the few dentists who created his own accelerated dental degree program. After attending university for only three years, he was granted admission to the Arthur A. Dugoni University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco. Only a handful of students around the nation are accepted to dental school without a Bachelor’s degree. In school, Dr. Kode achieved great heights, receiving the prestigious honor of excellence in full mouth rehabilitation. After graduating, he decided to move to the Valley of the Sun. After only working for a few experienced doctors, he opened up his own practice in Ahwatukee in 2003, creating Dental by Design.

Dr. Kode’s full focus is to provide quality cosmetic dentistry to his patients. His long-standing team has been created to provide the utmost in quality dental care and excellent customer service. Dr. Kode has taken care of thousands of patients over the last eight years and always strives for excellence. Being a member of many dental organizations, you will see him flying around attending many continuing education courses. Dr. Kode is on track to finishing his Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry, of which there are only a small percentage of dentists around the nation.

JoAnne Curry, DDS

Since 2006

In 2007, Dental by Design was thrilled to announce the joining of Crescent Dental Care to his office. Dr. JoAnne Curry has been making a name for herself as one of Ahwatukee’s friendliest dentists for many years. She provides great family dental care for patients of all ages. From toddlers to adults, you will see Dr. Curry smiling and laughing with all of our patients. The combination of these two doctors has made their practice, Dental by Design, one of the most sought after practices in the area. Dr. Kode and Dr. Curry provide the comfortable, relaxing, and convenient atmosphere our patients’ desire.
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Azam Khan, DDS

Since 2015

Dr Azam Khan is an experienced general dentist who has worked in a community health center for the past 15 years, as clinical staff dentist and an instructor. After graduating dental school from Ohio State in 2000, Dr Khan pursued an AEGD in Tucson, Arizona. After completing the residency program, he was hired full time to be one of their clinical staff dentists. About eight years ago, his clinic opened a brand new 18 chair clinic, and he was assigned to be the lead dentist to help run and develop the clinic. His goal was to help advance their dental department into one of the best in a community health center setting.

He also has the privilege of being the main educator for our externship program with the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. The school has many externship sites throughout the country, and fortunately, they have ranked among the top for providing a great clinical experience and patient care.

Dr. Clinton Lepetich, Pediatric Specialist

Since 2014

Dr. Clint Lepetich has a long family tradition in Tempe/Chandler for over 40 years. His grandfather was a pharmacist in the area and his father is a well respected obstetrician serving the east valley for over 25 years. Dr. Lepetich attended Arizona State University and obtained his bachelors degree. He as fortunate enough to stay in the East Valley for his dental education and he obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree, and Certificate in Public Health from the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral health in 2012. He then completed his his post-doctoral residency training in Pediatric Dentistry that included a Masters Degree (MSD) at Loma Linda University in 2014.

Dr. Lepetich interests outside of dentistry include spending time with his children, cycling and outdoor activities. He is currently a scout leader in the boy scouts and enjoys camping and other activities. He also has been a part of mission trips to Nicaragua, Honduras, and Ecuador. Dr. Lepetich is excited to join and continue the tradition of excellent treatment for its patients

Brittany K. Ellis, DMD - Orthodontist

Brittany K. Ellis is a dedicated community orthodontist who prides herself on building the perfect smile for each patient. She received her orthodontic certificate from A.T. Still University and has been an active member in Arizona’s Orthodontic community for the last 3 years. Prior to attending her residency, she attended the University of Washington in Seattle and Midwestern University’s College of Dental Medicine. Brittany is a former professional cheerleader and has been apart of various Arizona sports teams including the Phoenix Suns and the Arizona Rattlers. She was invited to dance during the Super Bowl XLI halftime show and has been elected to the Arena Bowl’s Dream Team. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and young son, watching Disney movies, and exploring the outdoors.

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Thomas Cipriano, DDS, MS - Endodontist

Dr. Thomas J. Cipriano is originally from New York where he graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology, cum laude. He obtained a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Iowa State University before entering dental school at the University of Iowa - College of Dentistry. Dr. Cipriano completed both his Hospital Residency and Endodontic training at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.
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