Brett Lent, DDS
Dr. Brett Lent grew up in Santa Monica and was always known to be active in the community, local athletics, and Troop 2 Boy Scouts. His love for Santa Monica is only matched by his passion for dentistry. At Santa Monica Bay Dental, he strives to provide high-quality, professional, and gentle care utilizing state-of-art technology and the latest techniques available for his patients.
He continues his pursuit of excellence in dentistry through continuing education courses and his willingness to learn about and embrace current advances in dentistry. He has been on the forefront of implementing current technology by offering CEREC same-day crown technology. Dr. Lent is also an active faculty member of Spear Education, which is a prestigious interdisciplinary group of practitioners focused on comprehensive treatment planning to achieve optimal results.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in molecular cellular development biology from UCSB, and a master’s in oral biology from UCLA. During his time at UCLA, he also served as a research assistant in studies regarding chewing efficiency in denture wearers and implant patients at the West Los Angeles VA Hospital. This experience led to his master’s thesis topic of “Perceived Chewing Difficulty of Dentate Persons and Complete Denture Wearers.” Dr. Lent then graduated from the UCLA School of Dentistry where he was one of three in his class to receive the Excellence in Restorative Dentistry award.
Dr. Lent married his wonderful wife, Shana, in 2007. Together they have a son, Parker, born in 2013, and a daughter, Katelynn, born in 2016. Besides enjoying the thrills and challenges that parenthood brings, this active family enjoys travelling, skiing, snowboarding, snorkeling, walking their dogs, family time, and good meals with friends.
Tricia Feist, DMD
Dr. Tricia Feist was born and raised in southern California. Her enthusiasm for teeth began early when, after the removal of her braces, she declared that she was “going to be a dentist, because I can’t imagine a better job than helping people keep their smiles.” This interest in dentistry only flourished as she learned just how vital a healthy mouth is to a person’s overall mental and physical well-being.
Her favorite part about practicing dentistry is building relationships and trust while having the opportunity to provide a caring and comfortable experience for all of her patients. From her perspective, a trip to the dentist should feel more like a catch-up visit with friends who just happen to be experts in dentistry at the same time!
Dr. Feist loves that dentistry allows lifelong learning and growth. She remains actively committed to enhancing her clinical and diagnostic skills through a strenuous course of continuing education. She is a faculty member for Spear Education, which is a prestigious group of practitioners committed to providing comprehensive, preventive treatment that is interdisciplinary and focused on providing optimal results. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin from UCLA, and a Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) degree from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition, she completed her general practice residency at the Denver Health Medical Center where she received advanced training in all aspects of general dentistry, emergency dentistry and management of medically-compromised patients.
She lives in the South Bay with her husband, James, and her two children, Robert (4) and Shealynn (2). In addition to trying to keep up with her very energetic children, this avid baseball, hockey and Disneyland fan enjoys watching movies, playing games, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.
Sahar Shafi, DDS (Periodontist)
Dr. Sahar Shafi brings extensive training and expertise to our team. It was her own experience as a periodontal patient at the ripe age of 19 that motivated her to become a periodontist, where she discovered what she claims is “a beautiful blend of medicine and dentistry.”
Originally from the San Joaquin Valley, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from California State University, Fresno and graduated summa cum laude. She then received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. She continued on her quest for learning by completing a one-year General Practice Residency at the VA North Hills, followed by a rigorous three-year Periodontal Surgery and Implantology Residency from UCLA. Most notably, she is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. This title is given to a periodontist who has made significant achievements beyond the mandatory educational requirements of the specialty. In addition, Board Certification requires comprehensive oral and written examinations covering all phases of periodontal disease and its treatment, including dental implants. By successfully completing the examination process she has earned one of the highest recognitions of achievement afforded by the specialty.
Dr. Shafi has published and conducted research in the field of dentistry as well. While at UCLA, Dr. Shafi was heavily involved in cutting-edge research using osteoinductive growth factor-based therapies in an attempt to find a more effective and safer method for bone regeneration. She is an expert not only in minimally-invasive procedures such as flapless extractions, soft tissue grafting microsurgery, bone grafting and regenerative procedures, but also in full mouth rehabilitation cases involving esthetic periodontal plastic surgery, sinus augmentations, and immediate and delayed implant placement.
Dr. Shafi is committed to delivering the best care for her patients and is dedicated to remaining at the forefront of her field in order to provide patients with predictable and successful results. She cares tremendously for her patients and is a true advocate for education, demonstrated by her appointment as Lecturer and Instructor at UCLA’s School of Dentistry, along with lecturing to other dentists about various aspects of periodontal surgery. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and has been recognized for her knowledge and expertise in the field of periodontics. Her honest, kind and gentle demeanor will truly make your experience a positive one.
Dr. Shafi is an active member of organized dentistry at the American Academy of Periodontology, American Board of Periodontology, California Society of Periodontology, California Dental Association, and the West Los Angeles Dental Society.
Dr. Shafi currently resides in West Los Angeles with her husband, Shahaab. When she is not on a yoga mat or meal-prepping for her family, you can usually find her planning her next international excursion or nose-deep in a good book. Most of all, she enjoys quality time with her family and friends.
Richard Edwards, DDS (Endodontist)
Dr. Richard Edwards is the newest addition to our team at Santa Monica Bay Dental. He joins his fellow classmates, Dr. Lent, Dr. Shafi and Dr. Feist, as graduates of the UCLA School of Dentistry. He shares their vision of success by aspiring to provide the highest excellence in care.
Dr. Edwards grew up in the rural town of Yuba City in northern California. He began his education and pursuit of a career in dentistry in 1998 when he realized his curveball wasn’t made for the major leagues. His education and aspiration have taken him from University of Florida to UCLA, to Camp Pendleton, Guam and San Diego with the United States Navy, then off to Long Beach, where he obtained his degree in endodontics at the VA hospital. After a couple of years in private practice as an endodontist, Dr. Edwards is happy to have finally settled in the Santa Monica area. Dr. Edwards brings a wide range of experience to the practice. In addition to his degree in endodontics, he also has a degree in hospital dentistry and five years of general dentistry practice with a focus on emergency care for patients in severe pain or with severe infection or trauma.
Dr. Edwards is a man with a wide range of passions and interests including, but not limited to: bowling, baseball, basketball, softball, golf, swimming, Pilates, yoga, snowboarding, paddle boarding, coaching, teaching, comedy, and piano. He still stays active in sports and coaching, but as he ages, finds himself more active in the stretching sports, such as yoga or Pilates. When he is not working or enjoying the city of Santa Monica, Dr. Edwards is trying to find a way to serve the less fortunate in our community and the world. Whether he’s using his skills to serve on yearly mission trips in Central America which he’s done for the past 12 years, or to volunteer teaching at UCLA, Dr. Edwards is always looking for ways to give back and make a difference.
Dr. Edwards’ Dental Philosophy:
“A professional man has no right, but to be a continual student.” – G.V. Black
Dr. Edwards believes that it is the doctor’s moral responsibility to know what the best current practices are and to implement them into his treatment of patients. Dr. Edwards’ commitment to education is evident by his teaching at UCLA Dental School, and his continual pursuit of knowledge is evident by his pursuit of a board certification in endodontics (something only accomplished by 10-20% of the profession).
Dr. Edwards takes his oaths and pledges seriously. Every patient should feel comfortable in knowing that their health, healing and comfort are his primary concerns. In an era dominated by corporations, Dr. Edwards’ goal is to bring back a personalized experience and a personal touch to the treatment of patients. No case is started without the patient understanding everything involved in their treatment and their choices, and no treatment will be finished until everything possible is done to ensure healing and symptom relief. Any patient who comes to Dr. Edwards in pain can feel comfortable in knowing he won’t rest until he finds a solution and he won’t treat any teeth unless he is absolutely sure that treatment serves to benefit the patient.
Benjamin Freed, DDS
Dr. Benjamin Freed is no stranger to Santa Monica – he was born and raised less than a mile from our office! He is thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with and serve as a general dentist in the community he loves. His goal is to provide high quality and professional care while considering the needs of his patients.
Dr. Freed holds a Bachelor of Science in statistics from U.C. Davis where he graduated with honors and used this degree to spend time working in public health research prior to commencing dental school. He graduated from the UCLA School of Dentistry, where he was a recipient of the Dean’s scholarship. He went on to complete a general-practice residency at the West L.A. Veterans Hospital, where he received advanced training in all aspects of general dentistry, management of medically-compromised patients, as well as training in oral surgery and the placement and restorations of implants. Dr. Freed is listed as co-author on published articles in many esteemed journals, including the Journal of the American Dental Association.
Having spent the last few years as the dental director for a public health clinic in the city of San Fernando, he is excited to have joined the group at Santa Monica Bay Dental. He shares the commitment to excellent patient care and continued learning, and appreciates the close relationships with the providers in the practice. Since joining the group, he has completed comprehensive training in CEREC CAD/CAM dentistry, and recognizes this technology will continue to grow and expand within the dental field. Dr. Freed also joins the other doctors in their continuing education pursuits through Spear Education seminars and workshops designed to help dentists pursue and achieve the best patient care.
When Dr. Freed is not working hard to help others maintain optimal oral health, you might see him around town on his bicycle as he is an avid cyclist. He also enjoys playing soccer and working on do-it-yourself projects in his free time.