Meet The Doctor

Dr. Syeda Bakhtawar

Dr. Syeda Bakhtawar

DMD Honors (UPenn), MFDS (U.K)

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 15 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.

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.

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 is Invisalign certified.

Dr. Syeda has developed passion for treating Sleep Apnea patients and considers it as the most rewarding and life transforming service. She successfully passed the competitive Diplomat Exam conducted by American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and earned over 100 hours of continuing education courses in sleep dentistry. Dr. Syeda has spent many nights in the sleep centers in Greater Seattle area, observing the sleep study, oral appliance titration and management of the sleep disordered breathing. She receives referrals from Physicians to treat sleep apnea patients with oral appliances.

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 five year old son and is blessed to have her extended family around. She has a passion for traveling all over the world, exploring and learning about different cultures and people. Locally, she spends her free time hiking the beautiful northwest. She is an ardent reader and continues to indulge in research activities.

Artisan Dental

Artisan Dental Patient Information

Artisan Dental is a Bellevue based family dentist practice that treats patients of all ages. We are committed to delivering the highest quality dental care and do so using advanced dental equipment. We are a cosmetic dentist that offers services like checkups, teeth cleaning, crowns, veneers and more.

We also perform emergency dentist services that include bonding, root canals, crowns, and bridges. As a local dentist, we create lifelong relationships with our patients and their families and work to ensure that they receive treatments in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Dr. Syeda and our staff invite you to schedule an appointment by calling 425-249-7794 and experience why our patients think Artisan Dental is the best dentist in Bellevue.

Meet The Team

Leanna Blais

Leanna Blais

Office Manager

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."

Mary Hilldebrand

Mary Hilldebrand

Dental Hygienist

Mary started working in the dental field in 1987 in Northern California in the Business office. She later had the opportunity to assist chairside. The experience working directly with patients, and encouragement from coworkers, gave her the desire to become a dental hygienist, and she eventually graduated from Shoreline Community College Dental Hygiene Program in 2000.

"Dental hygiene has been a wonderful and satisfying career in which I have been able to help people regain and maintain their oral health and their overall health.

"Metalsmithing has been my passion outside the dental office, creating and designing jewelry. Working with my hands and creating art out of raw material gives me a great amount of pleasure and I have found metal to be my favorite medium"

Maria Cruz Espara

Maria Cruz Espara

Dental Assistant

Maria joined the Dental field in 2013 as an expanded function 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 experienced 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"

Jackie Foskett

Jackie Foskett


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."