Meet Your Team

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Roya Amini
D.D.S
General Dentist

About Me

Dr. Amini says, “Changing people’s smile is one of the most enjoyable moments of my life! As a practicing dentist for almost 20 years, quality of dental work and patient comfort is my number one mission. I am so dedicated to what I do. I will go above and beyond to make sure patient is happy with my work and bed side manner. I always treat them as a family member!”

After graduating from University of California at San Diego, Dr. Amini received her Dental Degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry, from which she also completed their post-gradyate AEGD course. To keep up with evolving technology, she’s a member of the American Dental Association and the California Dental Association. She also speaks Farsi.

Dr. Amini says, “In my free time I enjoy painting, reading books, biking and jogging with husband and my daughter.”

Education

  • B.S.–University of California at San Diego
  • D.D.S.–University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry
  • AEGD–University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry

Affiliations

  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
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Natalya Carmichael
D.D.S.
General Dentistry

About Me

Dr. Natalya Carmichael was always attracted to professions that would give her the opportunity to get people out of pain and improve their sense of well-being. Dentistry provides her with a way of changing lives by changing smiles. Her main goal for each patient is to find treatment options that will yield successful results without unnecessary risk. With these healthy new smiles, she knows that her work will increase her patients’ self-confidence. Her goal is to provide a caring and comfortable dental treatment so that each visit is an positive experience and sees every day is an exciting challenge and enjoys interacting with her patients.

Before moving to the United States, Dr. Carmichael completed her Bachelor’s studies at Kyrgyz State Medical Academy in Kyrgyzstan. She received her dental degree from the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in California. She is now a member of both the California Dental Association and the American Dental Association. Dr. Carmichael also speaks Russian.

Outside of the practice, she likes to travel, cook, rollerblade, and do Pilates.

Education

  • B.S., Dentistry – Kyrgyz State Medical Academy (Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic)
  • D.D.S. – Loma Linda University School of Dentistry

Affiliations

  • California Dental Association
  • American Dental Association
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Doug Lee
D.D.S.
General Dentist

About Me

Dr. Lee is committed to helping his patients and delivering quality dentistry in a comfortable, caring environment, which is one of the reasons he chose Gentle Dental. He enjoys working together with his patients to develop beautiful, healthy smiles it’s an added satisfaction for him to witness the improvement of his patients’ self-esteem as their course of treatment progresses.
 
After graduating from UC Irvine with a degree in Biology, Dr. Lee received his D.D.S. from the USC School of Dentistry. To keep abreast of cutting edge technology, he’s an active member of the American Dental Association and the California Dental Association.
 
Away from the office Dr. Lee enjoys tennis, reading and playing with his two year old son, Travis.

Education

  • B.S., Biology-UC Irvine
  • D.D.S.-USC School of Dentistry

Affiliations

  • American Dental Association California Dental Association
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Mohammed Kadhem
D.M.D.
General Dentist

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Haris Lakisic
D.D.S.
Endodontics

About Me

Entering the field of dentistry was a natural choice for Dr. Lakisic: his father and brother were both dentists, and introduced him to this profession of helping others. He enjoys being able to help relieve people’s pain and discomfort, as well as improve better health and esthetics.
 
Dr. Haris Lakisic grew up in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but became a refugee and escaped to Southern California at the age of 15 due to war in his homeland. After finishing high school in Costa Mesa, Dr. Lakisic attended Pepperdine University for his Bachelor’s degree, then received a scholarship to attend the University of Pennsylvania for his D.M.D. degree. During his four years of dental school, he was consistently ranked in the top 10 of his class.
 
Dr. Lakisic’s hobbies include travel, fishing, and outdoor activities.

Education

  • B.S., Biology – Pepperdine University
  • D.M.D. – University of Pennsylvania

Affiliations

  • American Association of Endodontists
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Stephen E Needle
D.D.S., M.S.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

About Me

As an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Dr. Needle appreciates his role in providing pain relief to his patients through surgical procedures. He applies a caring, detail-oriented approach to each patient’s case, taking time to solve their dental issues effectively, and thoughtfully provides treatment choices that are specifically designed around each clients needs.
 
Dr. Needle earned his D.D.S. from the UCLA School of Dentistry. He later earned his Certificate in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Georgetown University Medical Center. To keep abreast of cutting edge technology, he’s a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is also a Fellow, American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
 
Away from the office, Dr. Needle enjoys tennis, skiing and travel with his family

Education

  • D.D.S-UCLA School of Dentistry
  • M.S., Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery-Georgetown University Medical Center

Affiliations

  • American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Academy of Osseointegration
  • Fellow, American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
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Kory McHenry
D.M.D., M.S.
Orthodontics

About Me

A specialist in Orthodontics for Children and Adults, Dr. McHenry is an Orthodontist who appreciates his profession for its life-changing opportunity to help people achieve beautiful and healthy smiles.

After graduating from Brigham Young University, he attended Nova Southeastern University Dental School. He served as Student Body President while obtaining both dental and specialty orthodontic degrees. After graduating summa cum laude, Dr. McHenry then served at Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital where he worked with Plastic and Neurosurgeons as part of the Cleft and Craniofacial team repairing congenital anomalies in young children.

Dr. McHenry has performed extensive research for his field, which has been published in various professional journals and presented to numerous organizations. The American Association of Orthodontists has especially recognized his work and awarded his outstanding research in 2008.

He is fluent in Portuguese, and enjoys playing the guitar. He is the proud father of three wonderful children.

Education

  • B.S., Biochemistry & Mathematics – Brigham Young University
  • D.M.D. – Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine
  • M.S., Orthodontics – Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine

Affiliations

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
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Stephen Kallaos
D.D.S.
Periodontics

About Me

Dr. Stephen Kallaos’ goal is to provide a pleasant periodontic evaluation and an informative discussion of the options for attaining optimum oral health. He offers multiple levels of sedation to make treatment for his patients as comfortable as possible. He is also very active with his peers to stay on top of the latest technology and procedures available. His membership to industry associations include the Academy of Osseointegration, the American Dental Association, and the California Society of Periodontists, to name a few.

After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from UCLA, Dr. Kallaos continued his studies as a Bruin, entering the UCLA School of Dentistry for his D.D.S. degree. He then focused his studies on Periodontics and earned his certificate in this specialty from the UC San Francisco School of Dentistry. He is Board-certified by the American Board of Periodontology.

Dr. Kallaos has been practicing Periodontics since 1998. Outside of the office, he enjoys bicycling, snow skiing, and Sudoku, and his favorite author is Dan Brown. He is married and has three children.

Education

  • B.S., Biology – University of California
  • Los Angeles D.D.S. – University of California
  • Los Angeles School of Dentistry Certificate
  • Periodontics – University of California
  • San Francisco School of Dentistry

Affiliations

  • Diplomate – American Board of Periodontology
  • Newport Harbor Academy of Dentistry
  • Academy of Osseointegration
  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • California Society of Periodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • Orange County Dental Society
  • Tri-County Dental Society

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