AboutArtisan Dental

Artisan Dental is a Bellevue based dental practice that treats patients of all ages. Our team is committed to serving with integrity, compassion and exceptional clinical care. We strive to provide comprehensive dental evaluation and care, using the latest technology, in a warm and friendly environment. Oral health is an integral part of the body and we believe in preventive and integrated approach to improve overall health and enhance well-being. Our services include family, restorative, cosmetic and implants dentistry. We provide emergency dental care, bonding, extractions, root canal treatment, periodontal therapy, crowns and bridges. We also provide facial esthetic services like botox and dermal fillers. For our patients with dental fear and anxiety, we help them with counselling and offer options of conscious sedation and hypnotherapy. We are the leading dental center for snoring and sleep apnea management in Washington state.

Dr. Syeda Bakhtawar is the key opinion leader for J Morita’s Cone Beam CT machine and we offer the top notch and safest 2D and 3D imaging in the dental industry.

As your local dentist, we create lifelong relationships with our patients and their families and work to ensure that they receive treatment in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Dr. Syeda and our team invite you to schedule an appointment by calling 425-454-2005 and experience why our patients think Artisan Dental is the best dentist in Bellevue.

DMD Honors (UPenn) MFDS (UK) BDS
Diplomate, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine

Dr. Syeda Bakhtawar

Dr. Syeda is a conscientious dentist who is committed to providing the highest quality dental care to the patients in a gentle and compassionate manner.

With over 18 years of experience, she has demonstrated excellence and leadership in the dental field. She earned her DMD from the Ivy league, University of Pennsylvania, and graduated top of her class. She was awarded Clinical Honors for successfully treating complex restorative cases in Advanced dental care center. She is the key opinion leader of J Morita’s Cone Beam CT machine.

Her dedication to strive for excellence has culminated in many awards and recognition over the years.

Dr. Syeda is winner of:

  • OKU (Omicron Kappa Upsilon) National Dental Honor Society Inductee Award - For academic excellence and exemplary character
  • American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry Award - For skills in creating beautiful smiles.
  • International College of Dentist Merit Award- For excellence in Oral Surgery
  • Best Advanced Standing Dentist Award- For clinical and academic achievements.
  • Colgate Research Award - By American Association of Women Dentists Award for academic distinction and excellence in research.
  • Seattle Metropolitan Magazine’s Peer-reviewed Top dentist 2022, 2023, 2024
  • Top Doctor WA State 2019-2020
  • America’s Best dentists 2017-2022.
  • Global Women Leadership Award in Healthcare 2021 by Non-profit Organization AmPowering
  • Dr. Syeda has undergone advanced training in all dental procedures and her interests are focused towards Restorative procedures, Smile Makeover, Root Canal Treatment and Implants.

    Dr Syeda is a Diplomate of American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, which is the highest credential a dentist can achieve in the field of sleep medicine. To earn the Diplomat status, Dr Syeda has demonstrated significant competency in the field of dental sleep medicine. She passed the competitive board exam, attended rigorous training for over 200 hours, spent many nights in the certified sleep centers of Greater Seattle and submitted successful case studies to the board following strict guidelines. Dr Syeda has treated hundreds of sleep apnea patients with oral appliance therapy and considers this most rewarding and life transforming service. Some of the most severe cases of sleep apnea which involved CPAP intolerance have been referred to her and there has been a great success rate. She receives referrals from physicians to treat snoring and sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy for their patients.

    Dr. Syeda completed her residency in England’s distinguished Oral and Maxillofacial centers - University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool and University Hospital Birmingham, and was awarded Membership in Faculty of Dental Surgery from the prestigious Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 2004. Besides gaining surgical training and experience, she got involved in ground breaking research activities. Her work on “Risk Stratification for Adjuvant Radiotherapy for the treatment of Oral and Oropharyngeal Cancer” was presented in 10th International Oral Cancer Meeting in Greece in 2005 and was published in the Oral Oncology journal in 2007. She also holds Bachelors in Dental Surgery degree from India which she earned with various awards and accomplishment in 2002.

    Dr. Syeda lives in the Newcastle area with her husband and eight year old son and is blessed to have her extended family around. She has been the judge for 'Most Beautiful Smile' for Miss Asia WA Global in 2019 Pageant contest. She has been involved with community service with non profit organizations in the Greater Seattle area. She recently travelled to Santa Domingo for a mission trip to serve the underprivileged patients with dental and oral surgery services. She is an avid reader and continues to indulge in research activities.

    Dr. Syeda’s interview has been published in the Sleep Review - A Journal for Sleep Specialists, 2021, showcasing her amongst the 5 successful dentists physician collaborations across the USA and UK for the management of sleep apnea patients.

    Dr. Syeda has undergone advanced training in all dental procedures and her interests are focused towards Restorative procedures, Smile Makeover, Root Canal Treatment, and Implants.

    She has received Advanced Education in Implant Dentistry from Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

    DDS MSD (Indiana University)
    Certificate in Public Health (Texas A&M University)
    Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology

    Dr. Niloufer Danesh

    Growing up Dr. Dr Niloufer Danesh was influenced by her mother who was a periodontist and a professor. Witnessing the close relationship she had with her patients, and how she truly improved their quality of life inspired her to pursue a career in Periodontology. Shortly after graduating from dental school, Dr. Danesh pursued her passion for Community Health and Wellness, to study Public Health at Texas A&M University. While there, she researched factors affecting periodontal health and identified the close relationship between periodontal and systemic health. Her next endeavor was a residency in Periodontology and Dental Implants. Dr. Danesh completed her training and received her master’s degree and Certificate in Periodontology from Indiana University School of Dentistry where she graduated top of her class. Dr. Danesh is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, which is one of the highest recognitions of achievement awarded by the specialty.

    Dr. Danesh has published many articles in peer-reviewed journals. Her extensive research includes the importance of keratinized gingiva around dental implants, techniques for placement of implants in compromised and narrow ridges, and the use of laser in dentistry. She was the recipient of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry grant for her studies on the osseondensification techniques for implant placement. Dr. Danesh’s research on the osseodensification methods for implant placement has been selected for oral presentation at the prestigious Academy of Osseointegration annual meeting. For her interest in minimally invasive dentistry and regeneration techniques, she was selected as one of the winners of the “Residents in Regeneration Case Challenge”, among residents of the US Periodontology programs. During Periodontology and dental implant residency Dr. Danesh has been awarded the best clinical case report at the graduate level, the graduate educational and professional educational grant, and the Nobel BioCare scholarship.

    Besides her love for periodontology and research, Dr. Danesh is passionate about giving back to the community. She has volunteered with several non-profit organizations such as “Give Kids a Smile”, “Hospice” and “Ronald McDonald House Charities”.

    Dr. Danesh and her husband’s love for nature and outdoor activities brought them to the Pacific Northwest. During their free time, they enjoy hiking, biking, camping, and exploring new outdoor activities. They also enjoy trying new restaurants or cooking / baking new recipes at home.

    Dr. Naila Rani

    DDS (Univ of Washington) BDS

    Dr. Susan Cha

    DDS (Loma Linda University)
    Administrative Team


    Practice Administrator

    Michelle grew up in Bellingham, WA. She has been in the dental field for over 12 years and possesses a thorough knowledge of all the clinical and administrative aspects of dentistry. As our Practice Administrator, she ensures the smooth and efficient functioning of our office, implementing our policies, overlooking scheduling and team management. She is exceptionally talented and she inspires our team to do their best.

    "I consider myself a life-long student and continue to attend courses to further my dental knowledge and improve patient care. It is such a rewarding experience to work in a field that changes peoples lives. Outside of the workplace, I enjoy going to parks, trying new restaurants, and traveling with my family."


    Patient Care Coordinator

    Leanna has worked in the dental field for over 13 years, as a front office manager in the distinguished practices of Northbend and Bellevue. Her experience and knowledge as well as her passion to help others make her a great addition to our staff. She keeps up with the latest in dentistry and cutting edge technology and is very informative. She strives to give the best customer care service, and her positivity is contagious. Leanna has a charismatic personality and is always willing to go an extra mile to help in any way she can.

    "I enjoy spending time with my family as well as hiking with friends in the beautiful Snoqualmie valley, which I have been blessed to call home for most of my life."
    Assistant Team


    Dental Assistant

    Maria joined the Dental field in 2013 as an Dental Assistant . She strives to do the best she can to help others be more comfortable during the dental procedures. Maria is a pleasant, energetic and a very hard working member of our work family. She is organized and well experiencedise in all fields of dentistry and implantology.

    "Dr. Syeda and her team taught me the importance of treating our patients like family, and making sure that their visit here can be the best visit possible. I couldn’t imagine working for a better dental practice, and am grateful for the opportunity to work with such caring people"


    Dental Assistant

    Gio was born in California, but has called Washington home for the past 10+ years. She has a very warm and comforting personality. Outside of the office, she enjoys the company of family and friends. She is also an avid soccer player and diligently practices the sport at least three times a week.

    "I love making people laugh and smile. Working in the dental field allows me to help people achieve not only a beautiful smile, but also a healthy one. This fills my heart with so much joy!"



    Dental Assistant

    Rachel grew up in Portland, OR. She has a passion for dentistry and has been in the field for over 11 years. She is well experienced in family and cosmetic dentistry, implants, oral surgery, and sleep apnea. Rachel has a pleasant and kind demeanor and deeply cares about the well being of patients. She is very detail oriented and focuses on patient educating and making their dental visits as comfortable as possible.

    Outside of the office, Rachel enjoys spending time with her daughter. They enjoy the zoo, shopping, and going to the beach!

    Miley (Hue)

    Dental Assistant


    Dental Assistant
    Hygiene Team


    Dental Hygienist

    Yelena is a trilingual hygienist with great communication and clinical skills. Originally from Ukraine, she graduated from Yakima Valley College. Her attention to detail, organization and outstanding care make her a great asset to our team. Yelena is optimistic, enjoys work and does not let stress get in her way. You will always find a smile on her face and a willingness to go the extra mile to make your visit pleasant and comfortable.

    "Outside of the dental office I enjoy spending time with my family, exploring the beautiful state of Washington, and socializing with friends."


    Dental Hygienist

    Swetha completed her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree from Lake Washington Technical College and has been working as a full-time hygienist at our office. Prior to that, she has been trained as a Dentist in India, where she acquired her Bachelor's in Dental Surgery from Mangalore University. On moving to the U.S., she also gained experience as a dental assistant for three years.

    "Patient centered care is most important to me. I believe in maintaining excellent rapport with patients. I want all my patients to feel that a visit to the dentist can be a positive and enjoyable experience. In my spare time, I enjoy playing board games, volleyball, traveling, and spending time with my family."


    Dental Hygienist


    Dental Hygienist
    Consulting Team



    Jackie, a consulting staff member, is a Hypnotherapist and Retired Registered Dental Hygienist.

    When Jackie did her training for hypnotherapy in 1999, she was able to incorporate her hypnotherapy skills into her dental hygiene practice and provided a much more comfortable experience for all her patients.

    She specializes in stress relief, which naturally supports patients in having a more easy comfortable dental experience.

    Jackie's diverse skills allows her to help people get rid of the fear of injections, break habits such as cheek, tongue and lip biting, reduce/eliminate teeth grinding and release clenching of the jaws.

    "I'm excited to be part of Dr. Syeda's team to be consulting and helping her patients with their dental fears, procedure worries and any habits they are wanting to get rid of. I am honored to serve this practice."