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About the Doctors at Our Canton & Fort Gratiot, MI Practices

Smile Zone Dental’s staff of caring professionals includes Dr. Hasanain Alani, Dr. Miriam Knio and Dr. Marzieh Ekbatani. Our dentists take pride in the wonderful care they provide patients in Eastern Michigan during any treatment we offer. Their extensive training and diverse skills in dentistry allow everyone who walks through our doors to get the beautiful smile they deserve. Give us a call today to schedule your next appointment at our office.

Dr. Hasanain Alani

Dr. Hasanain Alani

Fort Gratiot Location

Dr. Hasanain Alani graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology, then from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry with his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S). Dr. Alani then completed a General Practice Residency program at John D. Dingell VA Medical Center (Detroit, MI) where he focused on delivering care to the veteran's community. The patient family Dr. Alani treated was medically complex and that put his knowledge in general and oral medicine into use and trained him to manage medical emergencies. During his training, Dr. Alani used the latest technologies to provide quality care in Endodontics, Oral Surgery, Implant placement and restoration, prosthodontics, periodontics, and restorative dentistry.

Dr. Alani served in the National Leadership of the Council of Students, Residents & Fellows at the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) as well as a member of the House of Delegates. His affiliation with ADEA included attending several national meetings and presenting his own research projects. During that time, Dr. Alani completed the Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program (ADCFP) through fulfilling research requirements and active mentoring for faculty.

Dr. Alani provides patient-centered care that is respectful of, and responsive to, individual patient preferences, needs and values, and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions. Following his philosophy of care, Dr. Alani will present you with a treatment plan that will be thoroughly explained and discussed with providing alternatives if available.

When not hard at work practicing dentistry, he enjoys traveling, reading, fishing, sports and like everyone else… Netflix and chill!

Dr. Marzieh Ekbatani

Dr. Marzieh Ekbatani

Canton Location

Born in Michigan, Dr. Marzieh Ekbatani grew up in Toronto, Canada. She received her Bachelor of Science in Medical Sciences at the University of Western Ontario (just a 2.5-hour drive from Detroit, MI).

She then went on to graduate from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry with her Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) and has practiced in the metro Detroit area ever since.

Dr. Ekbatani prides herself on her professional manner yet gentle touch. She remains dedicated to continued education as she believes knowledge is power in all aspects of life, especially dental care. She forms long-lasting relationships with her patients built on mutual respect, trust, and compassion.

Dr. Ekbatani is a member of the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. She enjoys many aspects of general dentistry including beautiful cosmetic restorations, extractions, clear aligner therapy, and bridges. Regardless of the dental procedure, Dr. Ekbatani 's number one priority will always be providing the best comprehensive and personalized care for her patients.

In her spare time, Dr. Ekbatani loves traveling, amusement parks, taking nature walks and volunteering with local student groups. Dr. Ekbatani also loves cooking for her friends and family and loves to explore different cultural cuisines.

Dr. Miriam Knio

Dr. Miriam Knio

Canton Location

Dr. Knio joined the team in 2018 and has been practicing General Dentistry for over 10 years.

She received her Bachelor Degree in Dental Surgery (BDS) in 2001 and a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2006.

Dr. Knio loves what she does and consider her patients as family.

Her philosophy is education and early intervention. She understands why many people would not want to see a dentist, but believes in the importance of taking care of the problems when they are small before they affect your overall health and appearance.

She was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Grew up loving the beach and traveling.

Currently a resident of West Bloomfield. She enjoys hiking the trails with her two boys and their 2 dogs.

During her downtime, she enjoys spending time with her children & husband (a French Pastry Chef).

She is actively involved in sports and an avid soccer fan.

Dr. Rami Elrefai

Canton & Fort Gratiot Locations

"Providing my patients with a beautiful and healthy smile is the most rewarding part of my job. It brings me much joy and happiness."

Dr. Rami Elrefai earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) School of Dentistry. After practicing for two years, he enrolled in the prosthodontics program at The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University. Dr. Elrefai is involved in the Ronald Goldstein Center of Esthetic and Implant Dentistry, directed by world-renown and father of modern esthetic dentistry, Dr. Gerard Chiche.

He is a member of multiple professional organizations and is a published author and presenter. He has lectured about Esthetic Dentistry, Digital Smile Design, New Generation of Veneer preparation and Bonding Protocols for Veneers both nationally and internationally.

Dr.Elrefai is dedicated to providing his patients excellent care while creating, designing and customizing their ideal smiles.

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