Get To Know Your Blue Lake Orthodontics Team

Meet Dr. Zehra Syed

Hey everyone! I’m Dr. Zehra Syed (most patients call me Dr. Z!), and I’m so excited to welcome you to Blue Lake Orthodontics. I am genuinely passionate about helping my patients achieve the beautiful, confident smiles they desire all while providing a comfortable and easy orthodontic experience. Whether it’s in day-to-day life or in providing orthodontic care, my greatest happiness comes from the ability to help those around me laugh more, smile often, express joy, and exude confidence.

As a Birmingham, AL native, I grew up in the Oak Mountain community, where I was recruited to Mississippi State University to play soccer for the MSU Bulldogs (Hail State!). There, I pursued Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Business and later attained an MBA before returning to Birmingham to embark on my dental education.

While at UAB School of Dentistry, I discovered the life-changing impact orthodontic treatment could have for patients in all walks of life. I loved the genuine connections and strong doctor-patient relationships that could be fostered throughout the course of treatment.

This profound interest in orthodontic care led me to the Medical University of South Carolina, where I completed a 3-year residency and served as Chief Resident. With a strong education in advanced surgical orthodontics, clear aligner therapy, growth modification treatments, and traditional braces, I completed my certification process to become a Board Certified Orthodontist.

Following my education, I returned home to Birmingham, AL, to live out my dream of being an orthodontist. I can’t wait to welcome you to our Blue Lake Orthodontics Family!


  • Bachelor of Science in Biology from Mississippi State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business from Mississippi State University
  • Master of Business Administration from Mississippi State University
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry
  • Master of Science in Dentistry and Certificate in Orthodontics from the Medical University of South Carolina
  • Board Certified Orthodontist from the American Board of Orthodontics

Fun to know

  • Dr. Z enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle, including hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, and running with her 1-year-old puppy, Reese.
  • She is creative and loves DIY projects, painting, and drawing. In fact, you will see some of her work showcased in Blue Lake Orthodontics!
  • Dr. Z loves attending sporting events, traveling, and attending concerts.
  • Family and friends are paramount in her life.

Meet the Team

Nooni Syed

As an integral part of the Blue Lake Ortho family, Nooni is experienced in various roles in the office. You can expect to see her clinically assisting Dr. Z and taking orthodontic records throughout your treatment.

Nooni enjoys spending time with family, trying new restaurants around Birmingham, and traveling!

Borden LeSieur

Borden has been a part of the Blue Lake Ortho journey since the beginning! You can expect a warm welcome from Borden when you visit or call us at Blue Lake Orthodontics.

In her free time, Borden enjoys hiking with her dog (Atty!), being active, and spending time with her nieces.


As Blue Lake Ortho’s designated mascot, Reese is a happy golden retriever you may see in the office occasionally. Reese enjoys long walks (escaping), landscaping (digging holes), and laundry (stealing socks)! But above all, Reese loves to make those around her smile.

Your smile, our priority

At Blue Lake Orthodontics, we’re committed to providing genuine, high-quality, efficient, and reliable orthodontic care. We serve patients of all ages, prioritizing kindness and personalization. Our goal is to create an exceptional orthodontic experience, leaving every patient with a healthier, happier smile and a strong sense of being valued and well-cared for.

Why Choose Us

With a commitment to quality over quantity, Blue Lake Orthodontics offers a unique orthodontic experience. We prioritize personalized care, providing direct access to Dr. Z for questions and concerns. All patients and loved ones receive individualized attention and a comfortable environment in our welcoming, boutique-like atmosphere.

Relaxing Atmosphere

Our practice stands out by creating a calming environment. We want you and your loved ones to feel comfortable and valued, fostering a strong doctor-patient relationship where you’re more than just a number.

Same-Day Service

To make the most of your busy schedule, we offer the convenience of same-day service, enabling patients to begin their orthodontic treatment immediately on their first consultation. Whether it’s same-day braces or same-day aligners, we streamline the process so you get on the path to a confident smile without delay.

Flexible Payment Options with OrthoFi

To offer more flexibility in managing the cost of your care, we’ve partnered with OrthoFi. Choose from customizable payment plans including zero-interest financing, a pay-in-full discount, or lower monthly payments after an initial payment.

Our Orthodontic Services


Clear Aligners

Surgical Orthodontics

Our Orthodontic Services


Clear Aligners

Surgical Orthodontics

About Blue Lake Orthodontics

Led by Dr. Zehra Syed and located in Vestavia Hills, Blue Lake Orthodontics is your destination for orthodontic excellence, designed to serve patients of all ages.

We’re not just another orthodontic office — we’re on a mission to transform your orthodontic journey into an empowering and uplifting experience. With tailor-made appointments, a serene atmosphere, cutting-edge technology, and an unwavering commitment to efficiency, we’re confident that your time with us will be truly special.

“Dr. Z is the absolute best! She is genuine and kind and listens to her patient’s concerns. I used to be self-conscious about my smile, but not anymore. Now I get compliments on my smile all of the time.”

“Whenever you go see a health professional, you want to know that the services are top-notch and the hospitality is evident. Dr. Z gives both at an unprecedented level. Our family couldn’t be happier.”

“Dr. Z is the best! Our family ENJOYS going to the ortho because they know they’ll get to see her. The care and overall interest she shows her patients is unmatched.”

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Begin your journey to a confident smile with our available same-day options.

Office information

At our office, we're surrounded by a world of convenience. Here's a glimpse of what's just around the corner:

Right downstairs, you'll find Gentry Pharmacy for prescriptions and pharmacy goods.

But that's not all; our neighborhood is filled with healthcare and cosmetic neighbors, including Studio 21 for salon services, Cohn Plastic Surgery, and shopping malls like the Summit and the Colonnade.

This is just a taste of the many amenities and providers at your fingertips, all within reach of:

    • 3100 Blue Lake Dr., Suite 200
      Vestavia Hills, AL 35243

    Appointments Available

    Monday: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
    Wednesday: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
    Thursday: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
    Friday: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm