by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Soul of Photography

Serving with Heart

family_mojaver2The Ghassemi and Mojaver family focuses their time and energy on serving others and helping them smile. As dentists, Nina and Ramin have made charity work part of the family tradition.

Fifteen years ago, the Rancho Santa Fe residents began volunteering for Doctors With a Heart. The nonprofit organization is a group of medical and dental professionals who provide services to those who cannot afford it. The work is specifically focused around Valentine’s Day but also occurs year-round. The couple’s first experience volunteering for the organization was “working on inner city kids on Valentine’s Day,” Nina said.

Nina and Ramin also volunteer for Chargers Team Smile, where pro sports teams pair up with oral health professionals “to provide life-changing dental care to underserved children in our communities,” Nina explained. The partnership with the athletes works “to solidify the message that oral health care is vitally important to long-term health,” she said.

Parents: Nina Mojaver and Ramin Ghassemi
Children: Bella and Cameron
Community: Rancho Santa Fe


Cameron, 18, and Bella, 14, have followed Nina and Ramin’s lead. When Cameron was a student at Cal Coast Academy, he began organizing charity trips through his leadership class. “The Mission at Natuvu Creek happened to have a dental clinic with people in need of help,” Nina said. The whole family participated, and the experience was so positive that the family has returned to Fiji since then. “Doing charity work has been a life-changing experience for our family as we realized we get more back than what we give,” Nina acknowledged.

Today, Cameron is a freshman at Sonoma State University, while Bella is starting high school at Canyon Crest Academy. Professionally, Nina and Ramin practice dentistry in San Diego. Nina is working on a patent for her latest dental invention, and Ramin lectures and publishes across the world.

Between the professional careers, family life, and service work, the Ghassemi and Mojaver family has been happy to call Rancho Santa Fe their home for the last decade. “Even though we lived in Del Mar and La Jolla, we have found Rancho Santa Fe to be the real paradise – lush green, windy streets, beautiful trails scented with jasmines, fabulous restaurants, fabulous schools, and most importantly, a true sense of community with wonderful people,” Nina shared.