Dr. Sharifi has always had a passion for healthcare and wanted to make a difference in patients’ lives. Growing up in the Bay Area, he saw his father use his hands as he worked in construction. This motivated Dr. Sharifi to want to use his hands in his career, and he decided to attend dental school at the University of the Pacific. He also studied molecular, cell, and developmental biology at the University of California Santa Cruz. He loves being able to use his skills and passions to improve his patients’ lives.