About Our Aurora, CO Dentist Office
Our team of dentists in Aurora includes regular and cosmetic dentists, endodontists, orthodontists, periodontists, and oral surgeons.
Panorama was featured as a top dentist in 5280 magazine in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, and has been featured in USATopDentists.com ever since.
Dr. Giselle Serrano – General & Cosmetic Dentist
Dr. Serrano graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology. She spent over five years researching the cause of canker sores under Dr. Lorena Baccaglini. She then attended the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine where she received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery. In addition to her training, Dr. Serrano continues her education as a resident/member of the Dawson Academy. This academy has taught her that dentistry is not a “one-size-fits-all”- it is an art and each person is unique. Her practice goes beyond the teeth and gums. She takes the time to look at how the oral system works as a whole.
Dr. Serrano spends hundreds of hours of continuing education each year to bring her patients exceptional esthetic and restorative dentistry. Currently, she is working on pursuing a fellowship in General Dentistry. She is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Colorado Dental Association, and the Junior League of Denver. Dr. Serrano is a caring and compassionate doctor who is committed to addressing each of her patient’s needs and concerns. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. When Dr. Serrano is away from the office she enjoys spending time with her husband Chris and their family. They all spend countless hours enjoying food, music, books, and the outdoors.
Dr. Riya Bandekar
Dr. Bandekar (pronounced baan-day- kerr)
Dr. Bandekar was born and raised in Mumbai – the home of Indian cinema. She received her initial degree, Bachelor of Dental Surgery (B.D.S), at the prestigious Nair Hospital and Dental College. She practiced in Mumbai for three years and then decided to further her education overseas.
Her first home in the United States was Denver, Colorado. She studied at the Anschutz medical campus where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery – (D.D.S.) from the University of Colorado School of dental medicine. Work took her to Indianapolis and then Boston after graduation, but the mountains brought her back to Denver.
She loves the surgical artistry that is dentistry. She believes it is necessary to have a strong foundation and then build up that knowledge with all the dental advancements available now.
She’s graduated with honors from the AAID Maxicourse and is on her path to becoming a fellow in Implantology. She’s a certified Invisalign provider.
She strives to advance her dental knowledge with frequent education and is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Colorado Dental Association, the Metropolitan Denver Dental Society, the American Academy of Implantology, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
In her free time, she enjoys kickboxing, yoga, and hiking in the mountains. She also has two loves other than dentistry- her husband and tacos!
Dr. Georgann L. Apgar – Periodontist
Dr. Georgann Apgar is a periodontist and implant surgeon with a proven track record of helping patients obtain oral health for over 30 years. She takes pride in providing the best possible care to her patients. Her goals for her patients are a clear understanding of their condition(s), their therapeutic option(s) available, educating and helping them obtain their dental health goal(s); and most importantly, providing them with quality, state of the art, therapies to achieve their desired outcomes.
Dr. Apgar attended the University of Rochester for her undergraduate degree, then went on to Boston University for her dental (DMD) and post doctorate specialty education in periodontology (CAGS). She had her own practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland from 1991-2013. She has helped develop dental / periodontal therapies as well as beta tested periodontal therapeutic materials. She is certified in LANAP periodontal surgical therapies. She also lectured for local dental societies in the Greater Washington DC metro area.
Dr. Apgar moved back to Colorado with her husband of 30 years and her 2 children in 2013. Dr. Apgar has continued her continuing dental education in her field of specialty and has worked part time since returning to her native state. When she is not practicing you can find her skiing, hiking or just spending time with her family and friends.
Dr. Ahmed B. Salman—Endodontist
Dr. Salman was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq. His initial dental training was at the University of Baghdad where he received a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (B.D.S). Afterwards, He completed a one-year general practice residency at Cairo University Hospital in Egypt.
After a couple of years practicing as a general dentist, he decided to continue his educational journey in the United States where he obtained a second dental degree (D.D.S) from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. During his time at the dental school, he was recognized for his passion and received an award for Excellence in Endodontics.
After practicing in the Denver metro area as a general dentist his passion towards Endodontics lead him to pursue a postgraduate training at the University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, CA. He received a certificate of specialty in Endodontics and a Master of Science in Dentistry (M.S.D). During his residency, Dr. Salman received the postgraduate OKU clinical excellence day award for his 1st place clinical presentation.
Dr. Salman is Board Eligible with the American Board of Endodontics. He is an active member of the American Dental Association, the American Association of Endodontists, the Colorado Dental Association and the Metropolitan Denver Dental Society.
During his free time, Dr. Salman plays soccer on weekly basis and enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.