Dr. Samira “Sam” Meymand hails from the great state of Texas and is now very happy to call Jacksonville, Florida her home. Dr. Meymand is an officer in the United States Navy who served for 11 years on active duty, achieving the rank of Commander, and continues to serve in a reserve status. Dr. Meymand is a Cumulative Dean’s Honor Roll graduate of the Baylor College of Dentistry and completed a General Practice Residency at the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, California. While on active duty, she was chosen to set up the first general practice dental clinic in Djibouti, Africa to serve our nation’s heroes at the “tip of the spear.” Following that assignment, Dr. Meymand was selected for an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at the prestigious National Capital Consortium, Naval Hospital Bethesda, Maryland.
After completing her four-year Oral and Maxillofacial surgery residency, Dr. Meymand deployed on the USNS Comfort (TAH-10) Navy ship where she performed oral surgery and served as Chief of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Antigua, and Panama. She also served side by side with Plastic Surgeons assisting in Cleft Lip and Palate treatment with Operation Smile. During her most recent tour, Dr. Meymand was Department Head and lead Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon for the Oral Surgery/Dental Clinic at Naval Hospital Jacksonville.In January 2016, Dr. Meymand deployed on the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. During this deployment, she worked closely with the Ship’s Surgeon to provide surgical care to the 5,000 personnel crew assigned to Carrier Strike Group 8. In addition to performing surgical procedures on the carrier, she took call on a 24 hour basis to provide emergency support for the sailors.
Dr. Meymand is the first female Oral Maxillofacial surgeon to practice in the Heart of Mandarin. She performs extractions, bone grafts, biopsies, sinus lifts and implants under IV sedation or Anesthesia. She is currently on staff for trauma and emergency patients at Orange Park Medical Center, Baptist Hospital and Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Meymand earned her Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2004. She is currently a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the American Dental Association. She is also on the Executive Board of the Jacksonville Dental Society and she co-founded the Jacksonville Women’s Dental Society. She is also a member of the Jacksonville Women in Medicine and also a National Association of Professional Women
Dr. Meymand enjoys volunteering her time through missions such as Operation Smile to treat Cleft Lip and Palate patients and feeding the homeless at the Sulzbacher Center. She is also involved in the yearly Jacksonville Dental Society’s February Give Kids A Smile providing Free care for Jacksonville children. Her husband, Dan, and 5-year-old son, Zachary mean the world to her.
Dr. Meymand’s awards include: Le Croy Full Scholarship, Full Navy HPSP Scholarship, Silver Scalpel Award, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 Stars).
Dr. Meymand and her staff cannot wait to take care of you! We look forward to seeing you at our clinic in Mandarin!