Meet The Doctors

Dr. Abbas Fazel

Dr. Abbas Fazel is a 1977 graduate of the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in England where he earned his degree in Dental Surgery. He practiced in London, England for 8 years before moving to Arizona in 1985. After acquiring his DDS and license to practice in Arizona, he took over a practice in Mesa in January of 1986 where he practiced until 2006, when he sold that practice to focus on his second practice in Scottsdale, which he opened in 1989. He sold his Scottsdale practice in 2012 to dedicate his time to the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health in East Mesa as adjunct faculty. 

In 2015, he was hired as the Site and Clinical Director of The BrighterWay Dental Institute in downtown Phoenix where he supervised the fourth-year dental students on clinical rotation during their fourth year of Dental School. He also mentored dental graduates who pursued their Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) under his supervision at this Institute. 

Dr. Fazel developed a keen interest in the field of implant dentistry early in his dental career. He first attended the International joint meeting of the British Dental Implant Association and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, England in 1988. In 2008/2009, he completed an executive residency program at the University of Southern California’s Comprehensive Surgical and Restorative Implant Training Program. In the past ten years, Dr. Fazel has placed over 1500 dental implants. 

Dr. Fazel is an active board member of two Arizona-based non-profit foundations. He is a long-standing member of the K2 Adventures Foundation, whose mission is to care for children, adults and families with special needs and/or life-changing medical and financial circumstances. K2 Adventures Foundation also supports and funds local and international educational and medical enrichment programs. He also serves on the board of Global Smiles for All, whose mission is to provide comprehensive dental care to the underserved, both locally and abroad. One of his prime accomplishments is establishing a dental clinic at the Mwereni School for the Blind and Orphanage located in the town of Moshi, Tanzania. The clinic services the dental needs of local children, many of whom are medically compromised and/or orphaned. 

Dr. Fazel has been happily married to Valerie for the last 39 years and has three grown children – Nadia is a dentist, Natasha is a physician, and Aaron completes his Earth and Environmental Studies degree Spring 2020 at ASU. Dr. Fazel enjoys the outdoors, travel, and plays tennis three to four days per week. 

Dr. Edward Kent Fritch

Doctor E. Kent Fritch graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry with a DDS Degree. He then completed a three-year Residency in the Specialty of Prosthodontics with a Master’s of Science Degree also at the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis. Prosthodontics is one of the American Dental Association’s recognized Specialties to diagnose and treat conventional restorative dental patients as well as the more complex reconstructive patients such as those that require full mouth treatment of natural and prosthetic replacements including dental implants. Dr. Fritch practiced in Indiana as well as taught at Dental Schools prior to relocating to Scottsdale, Arizona. He has had a successful private and concierge practice in the Valley working with other dentists and dental specialists for the past 18 years. Currently, he has Membership in the American College of Prosthodontics, American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics, American Dental Association, Arizona Dental Association and is Licensed in the State of Arizona. Dr. Fritch has served as President of the Arizona Prosthodontic Association Section and Presented at National Association Meetings.

Dr. Robert J. Koch

Dr. Koch was born and raised in Lansing, Illinois, a south suburb of Chicago. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology at Purdue University in Hammond, Indiana and his master’s degree in biomedical science from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. He then went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Midwestern University, as well.

Dr. Koch believes in a patient-centered treatment model, where he educates and informs his patients about their dental concerns while allowing them to feel comfortable in the decision-making process of their treatment. Knowing that many find the dental office a stressful environment, Dr. Koch continually does his best to build patient rapport and ensure that their oral health is being held to the highest standard, as it ultimately affects our whole-body health. Effective communication combined with continually staying up to date with the latest research and dental procedures, is how he provides optimal care for patients. Dr. Koch’s ongoing involvement in professional organizations supports his commitment and knowledge in the world of dentistry. These organizations include:

  • American Dental Association
  • Arizona Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Spear Dental Education

When not in the office, Dr. Koch enjoys spending time with his family and loves all of what Arizona has to offer. He has a supportive wife of six years, a 3-year-old daughter, and a six-month-old son. They spend their time together going on family hikes and swimming at the pool. He also enjoys an occasional round of golf. Dr. Koch looks forward to meeting you and addressing all of your dental needs.