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Sahar Yaftaly, DMD
A Great Dentist

Meet Dr. Sahar Yaftaly, DMD

Dr. Sahar Yaftaly strives to help every patient achieve a healthy smile. Her passion for dentistry began byvolunteering at the Free Clinic of Simi Valley where she met her mentor, Dr. Josie Dovidio, who inspiredher to pursue a career in dentistry. Her desire is to make every patient feel as if they are part of thefamily and offers enthusiasm while providing high quality comprehensive dental care. Dr. Sahar Yaftalyis a Simi Valley native and is thrilled to be able to serve the community in which she was raised.

Meet Dr. Josie Dovidio, DDS

As a dentist, Dr. Dovidio loves helping her patients and making their experience more comfortable, as opposed to an event to dread. Her goals are to create long-term relationships between our team and our patients that establish a sense of trust based upon our tradition of warmth and caring, provide dental services and techniques with an emphasis on patient education and prevention, and do both at a level higher than our patients have ever experienced.

Our Mission

We like our patients to feel at home when they come to our office – to enter as patients and leave as friends. Our purpose is to provide quality care for the entire family, with the advantages of modern technology paired with the comfort of an old-town private practice.


Dry Mouth Relief | XlyiMelts | Product Review

XyliMelts for Dry Mouth | Dry Mouth Relief

Hey Friends!

As you can imagine, I am always hearing about new dental products that are touted as the latest and greatest for solving common dental problems. Usually, those products don't live up to the hype. But, from time to time, a new dental product comes across my desk that is actually worthwhile. So, I thought I'd share a product that my patients, who experience dry mouth, are really liking!  It's called XyliMelts. These "discs" are coated with Xylitol that adhere to your gums and help relieve the symptoms of dry mouth.  

Dry mouth can be caused by a variety of things from medications to systemic health ...

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Assimilating Back into American Culture

The past week has been more difficult than I expected it to be.  Both Bonnie and I have seemed to struggle with resuming life as usual.  We’re not sure life will ever be the same after what we’ve seen.

We notice how much we (us Americans) are distracted by “things” and not focused on people or our relationships with them.  We seem to be in such a hurry.  Perhaps that is what makes life go by so fast.

We seem to have our priorities out of balance.  What are we choosing to spend our money on?  Is it more important than using that money to educate a child and give them a chance ...

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On the Road Again…

Sunday March 7th

At 6:30 am this morning, we headed back to Kampala. This is a 5 hour drive. Oy! The hotel packed us boxed breakfast which included a hardboiled egg, a slice of watermelon, a juice box, a dry doughnut and small sandwich with a “mystery” spread inside, an orange, a banana, and a slice of cake (similar to a pound cake). We munched along the way, but there was a lot of untouched food.

About 2 ½ hours into our drive, one of our 2 busses got a flat tire. Actually, due to the conditions of the road in Uganda, I was surprised this was our first one. Both busses ...

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The Nile…It Ain’t Just a River in Egypt

I’d like to start off by thanking all of you who have commented on my blogs. I appreciate the compliments about my writing, however, I have noticed many typos and grammatical errors. I typed most of them late at night, so my editing skills weren’t very sharp. Thanks for liking the posts anyway!

March 4, 2010 (new photos just added….click on them to enlarge)

We left our accommodations at 5 am to head for the game parks which are about 5 hours away. Waking up at 4 am was brutal. Luckily, our teammates woke us up as neither Bonnie nor I brought a watch or cell phone with us. We have been ...

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Officially the Last Day in the Bush

March 3, 2010

Today, the ladies of the group (including myself) left at 7:30 am for Bethany Village where we were scheduled to do dental work on the orphans. We took the 30 minute boat ride across Lake Victoria and we were concerned that it would rain on us. This time, the boat didn’t have a tarp covering us and the clouds were dark!

The men attended the graduation ceremony for ARM sponsored students. These kids graduated from high school and “university” (our equivalent of college). The students considered it an honor to have “Muzungus” at their ceremony.

Our boat ride to Bethany was so peaceful. The water was very calm and the ...

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Idi Amin’s indirect influence as a torturous dictator

Monday March 1, 2010 and Tuesday March 2, 2010

Today we took a 4 hour drive northwest to Mmubende to visit more villages. Bonnie arranged to stay back and go back to the baby house and then spent the night with Christine Atherstone, a missionary we know who lives here.

The ride to Rakai was scary at times due to the constant rainfall and muddy conditions. There is a reason Ugandans pray before departing on a road trip! But Moses, our driver, would put stunt car drivers to shame.

At the first village, Muleete, we met Pastor Wilson who has planted over 72 churches and schools to date. He has an incredible life ...

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Bethany Village

Sunday 2/28/10

Today we went to Gaba Community Church for services. It was just as you would imagine an African church service to be – a long joyful worship celebration. We look like total stiffs compared to them. It was really fun to watch and to let loose and participate.

Pastor Peter spoke about God’s sovereignty and it was really powerful. The church actively participates in the sermon by shouting “Amen” and “Praise the Lord” whenever the desire strikes them. It was a lot of fun.

After lunch, we took a 30 minute boat ride across Lake Victoria to Bethany Village, the prettiest of ARM’s projects. We pulled up to a scenic dock ...

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