Arpi Patel Khare, DDS, MSD

Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Arpi Khare is the proud owner of Arlington Pediatric Dentistry and a Board Certified pediatric dentist. She was raised in Virginia and attended the University of Virginia for her undergraduate degree. She then went on to the University of Maryland for her dental degree, where she graduated magna cum laude at the top of her class. Following dental school, she completed an additional two years of pediatric dental training at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been practicing in the DMV area for more than five years and was voted a top dentist by her peers in “Washingtonian” magazine in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Dr. Arpi has always loved being around kids and takes great pride in being able to care for your children in her practice. Having two young sons herself, she will always treat your children with the experience of a pediatric dentist but the heart of a mom. She is excited to meet all of the families at APD!

Dr. Arpi is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Virginia Dental Association and the Northern Virginia Dental Society.

Carlos M. Cruz-Chu, DDS

Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Cruz hails from Lima, Peru. He received his DDS degree from the University Cayetano Heredia in Lima. He completed a one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and subsequently completed a two-year fellowship program at the school. Upon completion of the program, he was awarded a faculty appointment. During his tenure at the University, Dr. Cruz continued to practice dentistry at the community health center. He then completed a two-year pediatric dentistry residency at the University of Puerto Rico. In 2013, he moved to Virginia and joined Arlington Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Cruz-Chu believes that it is essential that all children have access to quality professional dental care. He strives to minimize the anxiety children may foster when visiting the dentist so as to form lifelong habits of regular dental visits and good dental hygiene.

Dr. Cruz-Chu is a Board Certified pediatric dentist and a member in good standing of the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Cruz-Chu speaks fluent Spanish.

Shiva Kermanshi, DMD


Dr. Shiva Kermanshi received her Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of California. She then received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Boston University with magna cum laude honors. While in Boston, she volunteered her services annually for physically and mentally challenged children and was also involved in services pertaining to underprivileged youth. Dr. Kermanshi earned her degree in orthodontics from Howard University, achieving the highest academic average amongst her colleagues during her postgraduate study. Her two-year specialty residency included advanced education in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, early treatment for children, adult orthodontics, Invisalign® certification, and orthodontics for patients undergoing orthognathic surgery.

Dr. Kermanshi is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and a member of the American Dental Association®, American Association of Orthodontists®, Virginia Dental Association and Southern Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Kermanshi prides herself on providing the highest quality orthodontic care in the most gentle and efficient manner possible. She strives to provide her patients with the most comfortable, personalized treatment using the latest and most up-to-date technology.

Dr. Kermanshi speaks fluent Farsi.