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Our Team

Ali M. Arastu

Dr. Ali M. Arastu

Dr. Ali Arastu is passionate about providing quality dentistry. He has attained extensive training in the dental field and specializes in periodontics. He values the importance of maintaining his patients’ teeth for a lifetime and understands the relationship of healthy dentition to overall systemic health. His personal practice philosophy is to provide minimally invasive and conservative treatment methods to achieve optimal dental health and a beautiful smile.

Dr. Arastu completed his undergraduate studies and received a Bachelor of Arts in classics and religion from Boston University. He then earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine. As a dental student, Dr. Arastu won a raffle to attend the American Academy of Periodontology annual meeting in 2009, and never looked back.

With his eyes opened to the field of surgery, Dr. Arastu decided to continue his education in the field of periodontology. He completed a 3-year residency in periodontology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Dentistry. During this residency, Dr. Arastu also earned a master’s degree in oral biology (MS), with his thesis focused on the use of various lasers in the treatment of periodontally compromised teeth.

Dr. Arastu strives to provide the highest standard of care and is meticulous in every detail. His primary concern is the comfort of his patients during all stages of care. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, disc golf, parkour, and he is trying to learn how to cook.

Periodontist South Philly

Dr. Howard Yen

Dr. Howard Yen is an experienced and compassionate periodontist who offers comprehensive, high quality gentle dental care in his state-of-the-art practice.

Dr. Yen completed his BS in Biochemistry at Georgia Institute of Technology (graduated with highest honor) and his Doctor of Dental Medicine at Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry (graduated with Summa Cum Laude). He is a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, American Dental Association and Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics at University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Yen and his staff are proud of the warm patient-friendly environment they have created and of the relationships they have built. Dr. Yen looks forward to meeting you and offering you the professional, caring and pain free oral health care that you deserve.

When not in the office, Dr. Yen enjoys international dental service mission trips for underserved populations, traveling abroad, hiking, cycling and watching movies and plays.


  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society
  • American Academy of Periodontology Dental Student Award
  • Director’s Award in Postdoctoral Periodontics at University of Pennsylvania
  • J. George Coslet Memorial Scholarship at University of Pennsylvania

Our team at Periodontal Consultants is very friendly and eager to help you achieve optimal oral health. We have all served patients for over 20 years and are very experienced in providing excellent customer service. We look forward to caring for your smile at our warm, welcoming office when you visit our periodontist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Contact us today if you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ali M Arastu!

Carmela, Patient Coordinator

Carmela graduated from St. Maria Goretti High School. She continued her education at the National School of Health Technology, where she received her dental assisting diploma. She has been working as a periodontal assistant/patient coordinator for over 32 years. When Carmela is not working, she is very active with her children. She volunteers for her children’s sports organization and enjoys spending her time watching their games and events.

Patty, Surgical Assistant

Patty graduated from St. Maria Goretti High School. She received her dental assisting diploma from McCarrie School of Health and Science Technology. She has been a periodontal surgical assistant for over 18 years. When Patty is not at the office, she loves spending time with her grandson and enjoys riding with her husband on his motorcycle.

Carla, RDH, DHA

Born and raised in South Philadelphia, Carla graduated from Saint Maria Goretti High School in 1987. She attended Community College of Philadelphia‘s dental assisting/hygiene program and graduated in 1991. Carla acquired her local anesthesia license in 2011 at Harcum College. She has been working as a dental hygienist for 23 years. When Carla is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


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1901 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148

(215) 391-1831