Dr. Ali Arastu was raised in San Antonio, Texas from the age of 2 after his parents transferred there due to his mother’s work as a United States Air Force Officer. He attended Boston University for his undergraduate studies, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Civilizations and Religion. He attended dental school at Boston University School of Dental Medicine and graduated in 2011. He received the American Academy of Periodontology Award for his work as a student in the field of Periodontology. He also received the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Award for his work as a student in the field of Pediatric Dentistry. He completed his specialty training in the field of Periodontics and Implant Dentistry in 2014 at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, where he also received a Master’s degree, studying the use of Lasers in periodontal therapy.
Dr. Arastu moved to Philadelphia in 2014 while his wife completed her training in the medical field. While there, he worked in private practice as a periodontist for the next 6 years. He also taught as a part-time faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dentistry, Department of Periodontics. He taught both clinical periodontics and didactic classes in classic and current periodontal literature. In 2018 he received the J George Coslet Distinguished Teaching Award from UPENN Department of Periodontics. In 2019, he received the American Academy of Periodontics Educator Award for his work at UPENN. Teaching has always been, and will always be his passion.
He is blessed with a wife, who is a gastroenterologist and transplant hepatologist in the greater Austin area, and two daughters. Dr. Arastu loves outdoor adventures with the family, and studying film and the history of cinema. Let him know what your favorite movie is when you meet him!