Meet The Orthodontist
Dr. Richard Ziehmer
What is a Board Certified Orthodontist?
Being an orthodontist constantly has a positive impact on my life. The transformation I see patients go through during the treatment is simply amazing. You don’t get to know someone’s true potential and genuine personality until a patient feels confident with their smile. You will never regret the benefits of a great smile, and I look forward to helping you achieve that!
I am so grateful to have the opportunity to work in a field I have a real passion for. I completed my undergrad studies in my hometown of Tucson at the University of Arizona, followed by training in dentistry and a specialization in orthodontics. This has given me the ability to provide my patients with the best quality of care. I began my orthodontic training in July of 2003 at Saint Louis University’s Center for Advanced Dental Education, regarded as one of the top programs in the nation. During my residency at SLU, I had the opportunity to work with some of the leading clinical orthodontists in the country. I graduated from Saint Louis University in December 2005 with a Master of Science in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.
- Undergrad studies – The University of Arizona, 1995-1999
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – Indiana University, 2003
- Masters in Orthodontics – St. Louis University, 2005
- Certification – American Board of Orthodontics, 2006
- Phase 3 certification -- American Board of Orthodontics, 2011
- American Board of Orthodontics
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Arizona Dental Association
I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, and currently reside in Scottsdale, Arizona, with my wife Gina and our two children, seven-year-old Zia and four-year-old Zac. Free time is hard to come by with two small children, so we spend most weekends with our little ones!! There’s nothing like seeing them explore and discover new things. We know this time will go by fast so we want to enjoy every minute! We love to travel, cook, discover new restaurants in the area, and spend time outdoors. And during our very favorite time of year, otherwise known as football season, I’ll be rooting for my Arizona Wildcats along with my other favorite team, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish! We love Scottsdale and are so grateful we have been able to call it home for the last two years!
Dr. Hoda Salim
I am a native of Phoenix, Arizona., and was raised there. I attended Arizona State University. I graduated ASU summa cum lade with high honors and was thrilled to be accepted into the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine where I began my dental career. I was an active member of the ASDA while in dental school and participated in many outreach groups and programs. I graduated at the top of my class and continued my dental journey working as a private practitioner in Phoenix, Arizona. With orthodontics being my passion, I was excited to continue my education and began my orthodontic residency at the University of Colorado.
When I am not working, I enjoy running, hiking, doing yoga, and spending time with my family.
- Certification – American Board of Orthodontics, 2020
- Undergrad - BS from Arizona State University in Biology, 2008-2012
- Doctor of Dental Surgery - University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, 2012-2016
- Masters in Orthodontics – University of Colorado, 2020