In South Charleston, I sit down with Steven Ghareeb, one of the owners of Ghareeb Dental Group, on the Kanawha Valley Hustlers podcast. Our conversation unfolds, shedding light on the intriguing history of this dental dynasty.
Steven’s family’s dental legacy started with his father, Dr. Sami Ghareeb, who initially planned to practice in Lebanon but had his path altered when he met and married Steven’s mother at West Virginia State. The family grew, and the dental practice expanded across the Kanawha Valley.
I learn about the unique dynamics of the Ghareeb Dental Group—comprising siblings and in-laws who are all dentists, except for one “black sheep” in medicine. The conversation weaves through family ties, educational journeys, and the eventual establishment of multiple dental offices.
As Steven recounts the family’s dental saga, it becomes evident that their commitment to education sets them apart. Dr. Sami Ghareeb played a pivotal role in starting the West Virginia Academy of General Dentistry, emphasizing a dedication to continuous learning. This commitment has shaped the family’s approach to dentistry, ensuring they provide top-notch care to their patients.
Steven elaborates on the practice’s distinctive features, such as offering high-end cosmetic dentistry, including Botox, fillers, and non-surgical enhancements. The family’s dedication to expanding their skill set is evident in their venture into implant dentistry, a field where they manage comprehensive treatments, from single implants to full-mouth rehabilitation.
A crucial aspect that distinguishes the Ghareeb Dental Group is their broad scope of procedures, often handled in-house due to their extensive training. This sets them apart from other practices that might refer patients to specialists.
We touch upon the perception of dentistry in Appalachia, with Steven highlighting the comprehensive training WVU dentists receive, making them versatile compared to their counterparts in other regions. Their ability to handle a broad range of procedures surprises colleagues from outside the area. As we wrap up, I ask Steven for advice for aspiring dentists or those interested in the field. He emphasizes the importance of spending time in a dental office to understand the various roles within the profession. The Ghareeb Dental Group is open to offering shadowing opportunities to guide those interested in dentistry.