Instead of introducing ourselves with only traditional bios, we have chosen to share our WHYs behind the work we do too.
The word WHY has inspired not only my professional career but my personal life as well.
WHY has caused me to dig deeper into my impact as a practitioner and the effect that the power of understanding a patient’s WHY can have. Understanding that WHY can heal and even change the length and trajectory of a patient’s life.
As a general dentist for twelve years, I have had the opportunity to treat cases ranging from the most complicated full mouth reconstructions to the simplest of fillings. As each case presented, I began to wonder WHY. WHY did the patient get to this point, WHY are they in pain, WHY are their teeth failing them? Then there was the biggest WHY of all. WHY isn’t the patient’s overall health not being addressed in connection with this condition? The question of WHY led my search into this greater connection. The more I searched the more I came to understand the vital connection between the dental arches and the airway. Once I understood this connection, the WHY for so many of my patients was finally answered!
Dr. Julienne “Evie” Sabet is an accomplished general dentist who focuses on craniofacial development, airway health, and TMJ disorders. She has also served as a clinical advisor, retail founder, and product developer. She attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate education and completed her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Maryland. She has practiced in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, public health clinics, private practice, and teaching facilities. Dr. Sabet has designed multiple consumer and dental products and proudly holds multiple patents. In addition to her professional positions and dental practice, Dr.Sabet is also a proud wife and mother of three.
Airway-focused dentistry has become my passion. With every patient I help, the drive to impact even more patients’ lives becomes even stronger. That is WHY I founded Developmental Dentistry - to bring healing, health, and longevity to all those we serve.
I look forward to meeting you!
I have always been very inquisitive specially when it came to science and healthcare in particular. When I was practicing general dentistry, I encountered patients who despite getting extensive restorative and endodontic treatments were still not able to get relief from pain and discomfort. I wanted to know "WHY" and learn more about the root of the pain. I decided to pursue specialization in Orofacial Pain at the University of Kentucky and learned the "WHY" of orofacial pain. It also answered "WHY" regarding the relationship between sleep and chronic pain.
I am an empathetic listener and spend time to understand who you are and your history of suffering, whether you have to see me for Orofacial pain or dental sleep medicine. My goals have remained constant: to allay fears, educate, validate their pain, and provide and evidence-based care to address your pain.
Dr. Hasan trained in Orofacial Pain Residency program at the University of Kentucky; and managed patients who were suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Snoring, Temporomandibular Joints Disorders (TMD), Nueropathic Pain, Primary Headaches, Myofascial Pain, Dystonia, Burning Mouth Syndrome, Central Post Stroke Pain, Complex Regional pain Syndrome (CRPS), and Post-radiation Oral Cancer Patients.
She is a former Clinical Associate Professor at East Carolina University Dental School & Director of interprofessional Education at East Carolina University, School of Dentistry. She published several scholarly papers and currently is contributing to a book on Oral Medicine. Dr. Hasan has also been invited to be a speaker on Orofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine locally and internationally.
She was involved in a didactic and clinical teaching of dental students and residents in Orofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Hasan had a robust practice at ECU Dental School where she managed patients with Complex Facial Pain and Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Snoring. Her goal as an Orofacial Pain/Dental Sleep Medicine specialist is to serve the community to providing the highest quality patient centered care.
Years ago, I realized that understanding and remembering my “WHY” would sustain me to do the right thing, even when it was difficult. In both large and small decisions — personal and professional — this has proven to be true. It has also spurred my passion for dentistry and kept my curiosity fresh. This is especially true in the area of the link between oral and systemic health.
During my last ten years practicing as a general dentist, I have repeatedly felt motivated to dig deeper into patients’ conditions and to challenge myself to identify the underlying causes that have led to their symptoms. That drive to go deeper has also led me to pursue myofunctional therapy, an exciting field that aims to help patients breathe, swallow, and chew more optimally. The goal of this treatment is to encourage better orofacial development in growing patients and to help address the root causes of an array of conditions in patients of all ages.
I feel humbled and honored by the responsibility of caring for my patients in this way, and I am grateful for the trust each patient places in me when I care for him or her. I don’t take that trust or that responsibility lightly. I am grateful to work with a team that also feels this way and with patients who are motivated and proactive.
Elizabeth “Shanley” Lestini Hamby, D.D.S., received her B.A. from Duke University in 2009 and her D.D.S. from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in 2013. She has completed extensive post-graduate dental training at the Dawson Academy and the L.D. Pankey Institute. She has also trained with both the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy and Myomentor. She has served as a Teaching Assistant at the Dawson Academy and as a member of the Pankey Institute's Advisory Board. Additionally, she has served as a board member of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health. She is the co-author of “The Shift: The Dramatic Movement Towards Health-Centered Dentistry.” Dr. Hamby lives with her family in Raleigh, NC.
Breathing permeates every moment of our existence, influencing critical aspects of life such as speech, dietary choices, sleep quality, and social interactions. Yet, what if this vital process is compromised without our awareness, particularly during sleep? Can we truly say we are living well under such circumstances? The repercussions of impaired breathing extend far beyond mere physical health, subtly yet significantly altering our day-to-day experiences and interactions.
Consider this: for some individuals, coping with these breathing challenges is akin to navigating life's race track with shoelaces perpetually tied together—a feat one might manage adeptly over time, but at what cost to their true potential? Given that a third of our lives is dedicated to sleep, the quality of this rest is paramount. However, compromised breathing can disrupt this essential restorative process, manifesting as irritability, distraction, fatigue, depression, and anxiety. These symptoms are more than mere discomforts; they are crucial signals from our bodies, indicating a deeper need for attention and care.
It was only when I matriculated into dental school I realized that dentists play a pivotal role in helping our loved ones, patients, and colleagues understand and treat restricted airways and compromised breathing. A major sign of restricted breathing? Snoring and poor sleep, of course. With the help of a referring physician, a comprehensive evaluation to create the best plan to treat the patient for their sleep related breathing disorder, my path in dental sleep medicine was created.
As I continued to learn about disordered breathing and compromised airways, I realized how few resources are available to exhausted parents who are frustrated with the difficulties of feeding their babies.
Dr. Monica Kim was born and bred in Chapel Hill. She attended Phillips Middle School, East Chapel Hill High School, and attended UNC-CH for both her Bachelor’s of Science and Doctorate in Dental Surgery. Go Tar Heels! She obtained her Master’s of Science studying cancer at the NCSU's veterinary medical school. Go Wolfpack! Dr. Kim prides herself in having practiced diverse clinical settings including private practice, public health, and hospital dentistry. She enjoys spending time with family, in the outdoors, yoga, and cherishes her pets. Her aspirations include becoming a better cook, trying new foods, and traveling.
Similar to Dr. Sabet's approach, I have also embarked on a journey to unravel the 'WHY' behind numerous health challenges and issues. My exploration revealed that successful feeding, craniofacial development, and achieving growth milestones in babies and young children are influenced by a variety of factors. Unaddressed, these issues can escalate into food aversions, speech impediments, ADD/ADHD, poor behavior in school, and other complications in later life, including serious conditions like obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. These problems often stem from compromised airways leading to inadequate sleep, which is crucial for healing and maintaining health. The need for well-educated and trained healthcare providers in this field is urgent and undeniable.
As a doctor focused on root cause etiology analysis and evidence-based early interventions, I'm committed to providing solutions that cater to all ages, from infants to the elderly. Understanding that chronic illnesses like fatigue, migraines, and mood changes are often symptoms of deeper health issues, I find immense satisfaction in helping patients grasp the true nature of their problems, not just treating the symptoms. This approach has brought profound meaning and purpose to my work, reinforcing my belief that better health leads to happier lives. I invite everyone to explore the transformative potential of evidence-based care and compassionate treatment at our clinic, where we're dedicated to guiding you towards a healthier, more fulfilling life.
My guiding principle is simple yet powerful: Better health means happier people.
Steve Jobs famously said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
Or, better yet Confucius said “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
A large body of evidence-based career advice says those who are passionate about what they do will be happier and more productive at work. Their passion stems from caring deeply about what they do or where they work and being personally invested in and motivated by its mission.
Pursuing passion in my work is the purpose of my career in the “2nd 50 years” of my life.
To back up … I first started working in a dental office as a teenager in 1986. I was in a program that allowed me to experience different professions in the medical field, and was able to intern in a dental office. I fell in love with the dental office, and attended a program at the Medical College of Virginia to become a Certified Dental Assistant. Many years and a few great mentors in the dental office later, I felt I had gone as far as my career path could take me, and considered quitting.
In 2001, I heard a testimonial from a patient at a SC state dental meeting that shared how she had suffered with TMD pain, struggled to live, thought about suicide, and then was rehabilitated. I have been focusing my continuing education on that ever since! Most of that through LVI Global, a dental school that focuses on the comprehensive care and physiologic connection essential for treating TMJ and Sleep Apnea diagnosed patients. I am always saddened by how many years, misdiagnosis, and providers my patients have been through to seek help. Dubbed the “TMJ girl” in most offices I’ve worked in, I am proud of how well I understand my patients, their varied symptoms, and how each therapy is different.
Fast forward to 2021 … I love helping adults and teens recover from their TMJ dysfunction, BUT what about preventing the problem? What about growing a generation that doesn’t become one of my adult pain patients? What about educating the next generation’s parents to spot the issues their children are dealing with before they become those unhealthy, painful adults?
Enter Developmental Dentistry. I’m excited and inspired to see that vision come to life through parent education, co-therapies with providers that communicate the health of their patients for our current and next generation. We can’t treat what we can’t diagnose AND we can’t diagnose what we can’t see. Educating parents is the biggest part of the “why” in what I am doing in my “2nd 50 years”. I want to teach parents how what they see in their child’s mouth and face shape is related to their health symptoms.
I can't wait to meet you and your family at Developmental Dentistry!
I have worked with Dr. Evie Sabet for a while, even before she started this practice. Her passion and dedication in pursuing this industry is simply inspiring. So many providers are so focused on treating the immediate needs of their patients, they are not looking any further. Until recently, options were limited as to what could be done - there were plenty of solutions to fix the immediate need, but didn’t necessarily get to the root of the problem.
I absolutely love learning about the “why” in dentistry, and it is exciting to be part of this new type of dentistry. Dr. Sabet has dedicated herself to being part of the newest forms of dentistry and appliance therapy. Most people don’t realize how much our bodies are connected to our oral health and airway.
Working with Dr. Sabet has opened my eyes to so many things. I, myself, struggled with TMJ and sleep issues, and Dr. Sabet was able to dive right in and explain the “why” to me. It just makes sense, and I wanted to be a part of that life-changing experience for others. Once you start to learn about it, you can’t help but be passionate about it.
I have been in dentistry since 2005, as a part of both the clinical and administrative teams. I am thrilled to be able to share this knowledge and help people discover the “why” behind their issues. I look forward to helping you with payment options, assisting with insurance filing, and answering your calls. But, I am even more excited to see the transformation in your life and the lives of your families!
I look forward to seeing you soon!