Attleboro, MA General Dentist
Get To Know Dr. Poya Jafari
Visiting the dentist should feel like you’re visiting caring family members you haven’t seen in a while. Dr. Poya Jafari has always enjoyed the family atmosphere provided at Capron Park Dental, and he looks forward to continuing that tradition as your dentist. His extensive knowledge and versatility in general dentistry makes him the perfect go–to professional for all of your oral health needs.
Why I Became A Dentist
Originally from Auburn, MA, Dr. Jafari is the son of Iranian immigrants. Starting in high school, he always knew that he loved biology, but wasn’t sure where he would take his passion for science as a career. At a young age, he always helped his father around the house. Whether it was fixing lawnmower engines or DIY projects, he knew he enjoyed working with his hands. By the time he was in high school, Dr. Jafari had the opportunity to shadow dentists while visiting Iran with his family.
With both his parents being involved in the scientific/medical field at the time (his mother a pharmacist, his father a chemical engineer), it was the perfect opportunity to see what being a dentist could be like. Following his trip shadowing dentists, as well as speaking with previous dentists on the subject, he realized that dentistry provided the perfect combination of engineering and biology. Of course, the true catalyst occurred when he had a chance to work for a local dentist while he completed his undergraduate education. Being able to talk to patients directly and experience this face-to-face dynamic was what truly sealed the deal for Dr. Jafari’s career in dentistry.
My Educational Background
Dr. Jafari attended the University of Massachusetts for his undergraduate education, where he landed on the Dean’s list every semester he was there. He would eventually enroll at the University of Connecticut for dental school. There, he completed two years of medical school and two years of dental school, giving him a unique perspective of the field many dentists don’t experience. He chose general dentistry because of the freedom it provides to speak with patients consistently and build relationships with individuals and families alike.
During his time at New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, Dr. Jafari received the Prosthetic Dentistry Award for outstanding clinical performance was exposed to many different dental specialties, patients and complex cases. While he looked up to many teachers, mentors and other dental professionals, it was Dr. Aaron Brandwein that stood out to him the most. As a general dentist as well, he greatly appreciated how he never shied away from anything and was truly a jack of all trades when it came to dentistry. This inspired Dr. Jafari to be the best general dentist he could be, and that’s truly reflected when patients visit him for care.
As someone with parents who grew up in a small town in Iran, he understands that many people don’t grow up with the same resources that you might take for granted. It’s partly why he was raised with such a do–it–yourself attitude, and this has not escaped him as an adult.
During his time in dental school, he and many other students organized a mission trip to Honduras in order to provide care to underserved communities in need of dental care. Through contacts provided and organized by faculty at the school as well as a contact with a local church in the Honduras area, they were able to plan a one–week trip, giving Dr. Jafari his first opportunity to work on real dental patients. Just like how he worked with what they had growing up, he and his colleagues gathered funds, dental tools, technology, and materials to help those who needed it most.
My Life Outside of the Dental Office
Outside of the dental office, Dr. Jafari enjoys snowboarding with college friends, particularly in New Hampshire and Vermont. He often visits Killington and Loon, but he recently visited Sunday River in Maine this past year. He also enjoys hiking in southern Utah. As a kid, he always enjoyed woodworking and appreciates the detailed craftsmanship it requires.