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On September 26, 2019, 300 people gathered in Brownsville for the IDEA Educational Excellence Luncheon.  Together they celebrated the great strides taken by students and donors to become impactful leaders in their community. During this exciting time, IDEA Founder and CEO, Tom Torkelson presented the Champion in Educational Award to Dr. Saam Zarrabi, Co-Founder of Rodeo Dental & Orthodontics.

Passionate about community and developing global leaders, Dr. Zarrabi committed himself to education by providing 48 scholarships to IDEA students to attend the LEAP Leadership conference in Los Angeles over the past five years. Grateful students left handwritten notes for Dr. Zarrabi. One student letter stated, “This opportunity has changed my life. The program has changed my world. YOU have changed who I was, who I am, and who I will ever be.” Another student wrote, “Thank you again for giving me a chance to become my better self, after this program I completely feel like a 10.” 

The path forward never ends, and Rodeo Dental & Orthodontics will continue to actively engage in education one student at a time to create change, inspire big ideas and keep moving in perpetual forward motion. 

Dr. Zarrabi graduated from UCLA with a BS in Economics in 2005, and from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in 2008. In 2008, he founded Rodeo Dental and Orthodontics (a multidisciplinary large group practice) and has been a leader of practice culture since its inception.

GREAT PLACE: In early 2008, Rodeo Dental began it’s legacy as a Texas-based multi-specialty group dental practice serving patients of all ages. Inspired by the famous Stockyards, we are committed to serving a flavor of Texas, thinking big and doing things differently.   WOW CULTURE: Rodeo has a distinctive set of core values that empower employees and promote individuality and self-expression. Its unique culture fuels deep emotional connections with patients and produces spontaneous, one-of-a-kind experiences that are so fun they light up social media venues. Rodeo’s dancing mascot, Moo Moo, is a family favorite and cultural Icon in the communities it serves! PATIENT EXPERIENCE: Rodeo’s award-winning doctors and crazy team provide awesome patient outcomes and genuine smiles. Every patient interaction is an opportunity to entertain – and build trust. At Rodeo, parents have a voice and make all decisions regarding treatment options! Our team is extremely proud of the 1,000+ 5-Star Google reviews at each practice!  RODEO CARES: Rodeo Dental spends an enormous amount of time and resources in philanthropic endeavors.  Every Rodeo practice is deeply ingrained in its surrounding community and regularly evangelizes the importance of oral health care to Moms, schools, and other organizations.

“Thank you to all who were able to join us yesterday to celebrate 13 years of educational excellence in Brownsville! The IDEA Educational Excellence Luncheon welcomed close to 300 attendees.  IDEA Founder and CEO, Tom Torkelson, presented the Champion in Educational Award to Dr. Saam Zarrabi, Co-Founder of Rodeo Dental & Orthodontics, for his commitment to education by providing 48 scholarships to IDEA students to attend the LEAP Leadership Conference in Los Angeles over the past five years.  We are thankful to have supporters like Dr. Zarrabi as well as a community that shares our commitment to providing educational opportunity to all students.”