Meet the Team
Dr. Amireh Awad
DDS, MS, MS
Dr. Amireh Awad was born and raised in Carrollton, Texas. She is a proud comet, finishing her undergraduate Biology degree from The University of Texas at Dallas. During her time as a clinical research assistant at Duke University, Dr. Awad realized she wanted to be more involved in patient care. She moved back to Texas with her husband and completed her first master of science degree in Clinical Research Management from the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
Dr. Awad then obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas. Upon receiving her degree, she completed an AEGD (Advanced Education in General Dentistry) at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, where she focused on surgery, sedation, restorative, special care dentistry for patients with special needs, pediatrics, and geriatrics. Dr. Awad returned home to Dallas to complete her second residency in Prosthodontics at Texas A&M College of Dentistry. Over the next three years, she continued to fine tune her surgical skills and increase her restorative knowledge in complex full mouth rehabilitation cases. It was also during this time Dr. Awad completed her second masters of science degree in Oral Biology. Her research focused on the relining properties of denture materials fabricated using digital technology.
Dr. Awad is passionate about serving others. She established Dental Health Specialists to provide quality, individualized care to her patients. When she is not working on her patients’ smiles, Dr. Awad loves spending time with her husband and three young children. She also enjoys capturing special moments with her family through photography, a hobby she picked up during her residency.
Dr. Luisa Rios is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Marquette University with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree (DDS), Summa Cum Laude, graduating number 1 in her class from Marquette University School of Dentistry and also completed her Doctor of Medicine Degree (MD) at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Before joining Pinnacle, Dr. Rios completed her Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency at Texas A&M College of Dentistry as well as Baylor University Medical Center.
Originally from Guanajuato, Mexico, Dr. Rios moved and lived in Wisconsin before settling down in DFW. She has a passion for providing personalized, attentive oral & maxillofacial surgery care to her patients. She is committed to providing the highest standard of care while treating each patient like family.
Outside of the medical field, Dr. Rios and her husband welcomed their first child in October 2019. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, visiting new places, and growing in her faith.
Dr. Luisa Rios
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Dr. Hasan Zia
Dr. Hasan Zia is passionate about providing safe, quality anesthesia services. With his skills and dedication in his craft, he further pursued upskilling on a cleft lip surgery mission trip to Sudan, where he provided anesthesia to children of all ages undergoing reparative surgery.
In 2015, after receiving his DDS degree from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, he dedicated himself to treating patients of all ages and complexities both in the hospital and private office setting upon pursuing his three-year residency in Dental Anesthesiology at Stony Brook University Hospital.
Dr. Zia is a certified provider of ACLS and PALS. He is dedicated to the Lone Star Dental Anesthesia mission.
Originally from New York, Dr. Zia discovered that he was a Texan at heart after marrying his wife in 2014 and has then started establishing roots in North Texas. He and his wife, Sunna, are expecting their first child, a baby girl, this fall. Additionally in his free time, Dr. Zia enjoys playing sports, watching movies, and planning road trips.
Aya Shishani was born in Jordan and grew up in Arlington, Texas. In 2017, she received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Arlington, where she majored in Civil Engineering and minored in Mathematics. After graduation, Aya worked as a Roadway Engineer, designing streets, sidewalks, and underground utility systems in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. She left engineering and joined Dental Health Specialists in 2020 as Dental Assistant and Office Manager. Her true passions lie in caring for and helping others. If your office visit could have been made any more fantastic, she wants to know.
Aya loves traveling with her husband and aims to visit as many countries and national parks as she can. She also enjoys portrait and landscape photography, gardening, playing board games, and working on home projects. Ask her about her crazy orange tabby cat that likes to wake her up at crazy hours of the night.