Dr. Gashparova, also known by her patients as Dr. Dara, has been practicing dentistry for nearly 20 years now. She is known by her staff at Advanced Dentistry of Alhambra for her approachable personality and willingness to listen. Her patients describe her as skilled, caring and especially gifted at calming patient’s fears and anxieties. To learn more about her, just keep reading below!
"Dentistry is a unique profession. Both challenging and rewarding and offers constant opportunities for growth. Being a dentist and a business owner challenges me to fuse clinical with personal and in that process build long-lasting relationships."
-- Dr. Dara Gashparova
Dr. Dara’s parents believed strongly in the power of education and encouraged her to become a physician. Since she loved chemistry and biology, the natural career path seemed to lead to medical school. However, she quickly realized that something was missing and decided to go to dental school instead. Dentistry combined her sense of compassion and her desire to work directly with her hands.
Today, Dr. Dara is still highly passionate about her work. She loves the instant gratitude that comes from seeing patients smile with confidence after hiding their teeth for a while. Plus, the field of dentistry is improving every day with new technology and techniques, which makes it very easy to stay enthusiastic about it!
Dr. Dara received her Doctor of Dental Science in 1996 from the prestigious University of Medicine, School of Dental Science in Sofia, Bulgaria. She started her first private dental office in her home country but eventually chose to move to California and complete her Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2005. She constantly pursues continuing education opportunities at USC and UCLA, as well as courses through SPEAR. She is also trained in CEREC and Invisalign technology.
Dr. Dara and her husband have been married for 21 years and have two wonderful daughters, one in college and one in middle school. Neither of the girls officially wants to become a dentist yet, but that’s okay – if you want to be successful in that career, you have to love it! Meanwhile, her husband is a very important part of the dental office, helping with software, computers, handyman repairs, and much more. When she isn’t busy at work, she likes to travel, watch her daughter soccer games, play with her rescued cats, and tend to her vegetable garden and fruit trees. She loves to dance traditional Bulgarian dances and just spending time with her family.