Meet the Doctor


Meet Frederick Orthodontist, Dr. Zainali

“I am passionate about the art and science of orthodontics and have invested most of my life in mastering it. The most rewarding aspects of my job are being able to be a part of an incredible transformation of my patients’ teeth and facial structures and witnessing how this transformation influences their self-esteem in a positive way. I also greatly enjoy interacting with patients and their families. Over the course of orthodontic treatment, I look forward to building friendships and relationships with my patients, which I cherish for life. What is exciting about orthodontics is that no single mouth looks exactly the same, so orthodontics remains challenging and fun. My team and I believe in giving personal attention to our patient in a warm and inviting atmosphere where patients feel at home while receiving the highest orthodontic care.”


Dr. Lobat Zainali grew up in Tehran, Iran and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the National University of Iran in 1985. Shortly after, she and her husband moved to the United States. She proceeded to attend the dental school at Howard University in Washington D.C., where she attained the highest scholastic achievement and graduated with honors as the number one ranked student in her class. She received more than 15 honors and awards at graduation and was inducted to the prestigious Omicron Kappa Upsilon society. She immediately continued her post-graduate training in the orthodontic department of Howard University to specialize in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics and graduated with outstanding achievement in 1993.

After graduation, Dr. Zainali has been practicing as a solo provider in the Frederick, Maryland and the Washington D.C. areas and has had the privilege of creating thousands of beautiful, healthy smiles for the past 22 years. Dr. Zainali is a professor of orthodontics at Howard University and has trained more than one hundred capable orthodontists over the past 18 years. Teaching has kept Dr. Zainali abreast of the latest orthodontic treatment techniques, and she incorporates these new treatment modalities in her everyday practice.

Dr. Zainali is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. Less than 20% of American orthodontists have been awarded with such a prestigious title. She is also an active member in many leading dental and orthodontic organizations, including the:

  • American Board of Orthodontics
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists
  • Maryland State Dental Association
  • Frederick County Dental Society
  • Maryland State Society of Orthodontists

Community and Volunteer Involvement

In addition to her professional work, Dr. Zainali has supported several local and international charitable organizations, such as UNICEF, Save the Children and Operation Smile, as well as local fire departments, school PTAs and local sports teams.

Dr. Zainali and her husband of 32 years, Mahmoud, are the proud parents of their two children: Niki and Dariush. Niki and Dariush are now college students, and both are caring, hardworking and responsible adults. As a family, they love traveling, reading books and spending time with good friends and family.