About Our Practice
Meet Northridge Dental Group
Northridge Dental Group has provided excellent oral health care to Northridge and its surrounding communities in Southern California since 1974. Utilizing the latest advanced technology and procedures, we offer a wide array of services that are performed in-house, including but not limited to cosmetic dentistry and teeth whitening, routine exams and cleanings, dental implants, and tooth extractions. The expert dentists and oral surgeons at Northridge Dental Group see to it that patients are treated like family. That means providing payment and financing options to those in financial straits and giving each person the time and attention they deserve through personalized care that leaves a lasting impression.
NORTHRIDGE DENTAL GROUP
DR. FARSHID ARIZ, DMD
Dr. Farshid Ariz, DMD is a graduate of the Boston University School of Dentistry receiving his Doctor of Dental Medicine in 1989. He returned to Boston University to receive his Certification of Advanced Graduate Studies in Periodontics in 1991. For the past 25 years, Dr. Ariz has been an Assistant Professor of Advanced Periodontics at the Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California. As a Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain, American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine, and the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. Ariz currently focuses on treating craniofacial pain, TMJ dysfunction, and sleep disorders. Dr. Ariz lectures in academia and presents at educational meetings with active involvement in TMJ & Sleep Therapy Research through non-invasive treatment methods significantly improving the quality of life for his patients. Doctor-To-Doctor World’s Top 100
DR. SHAHDAD ARAMI, DDS
Dr. Shahdad Arami, DDS, is an expert dentist who works to transform the smile of every patient at Northridge Dental Group in Northridge, California. With specialized experience in general dentistry, as well as advanced knowledge of aesthetic and implant dentistry, Dr. Arami ensures patients receive the best dental care to maintain their best oral health. Dr. Arami started his career in general dentistry after graduating from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Dentistry in 1993. He went on to complete his general practice residency at UCLA, specializing in the treatment of phobic and medically compromised patients. As a member of the American Dental Association and the California Dental Association, meeting the dental needs of hundreds of patients in California and still strives to expand his knowledge in the field through continuing education in the advancements of aesthetics and implant dentistry. In Dr. Arami care at Northridge Dental Group, patients can rest easy knowing their smile is in good hands.
DR. MONA ENTEZAM, DDS
Dr. Mona Entezam, DDS has dedicated her 20+ years career to educating and treating her patients with gentle and minimally invasive dental care. As a graduate of the UCLA School of Dentistry with the highest honors, she is extremely proficient in the field of cosmetic and general dentistry. Dr. Mona continues to stay current with the latest technology and research on the safest dental methods and materials available. Her love of clinical dentistry and her caring approach to patient care add up to a dentist that the most discriminating patient will appreciate. In her spare time, Dr. Mona enjoys reading books, traveling, yoga, and spending time with family and friends.
DR. SAHAR REZVANI, DDS
Dr. Sahar Rezvani, DDS graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry in 2010 after earning her Bachelor of Science from UCLA. Since graduating, Dr. Rezvani has continued her education by completing at least one or two continuing education courses every month. Dr. Rezvani has been a member of the American Dental Association since 2010 and is also a member of the San Fernando Dental Association, Spears Dental Study Club, and California Dental Association. In her free time, she enjoys painting, drawing, and hiking.
DR. NAVID NOBAHARESTAN, DDS
Our Periodontist, Dr. Navid Nobaharestan, DDS received his Bachelor of Science in Biology with honors from UCLA. From there, he attended the University of the Pacific (UOP) School of Dentistry, where he received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery, he pursued his specialty in Periodontics at the University of Southern California, where he also earned his Masters degree in Craniofacial Biology. Dr. Navid takes pride in helping his patients save their teeth for life. He thrives on working alongside other care providers who share a common goal: improving the overall health, function, esthetics, and quality of life of patients, through the gift of first-class dentistry.
DR. DANIEL YACOOB, DDS
Our Oral Surgeon, Dr. Daniel Yacoob, DDS graduated from McGill University in 2008 and later completed the remainder of his training at UCSF for Dentistry, Medicine, and Oral Surgery. Whether it is wisdom tooth removal or reconstructive jaw, Dr. Yacoob understands the importance of patient-centered care and the need for collaboration in order to achieve optimal results. Dr. Yacoob’s specialty of dentistry includes the diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries, and defects involving both the functional and esthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region.
DR. ALI VAZIRI, DDS
Our Endodontist, Dr. Vaziri, DDS completed his undergraduate studies in Chemistry and Biology at CSUN in 1987 and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1991 from UCLA School of Dentistry. Attended USC School of Dentistry to complete his Specialty training in Advanced Endodontics in 2006. Dr. Vaziri is a Board Eligible Endodontist and a member of the American Association of Endodontists, American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and Western Los Angeles Dental Society. Dr. Vaziri has taught general and emergency dentistry in the past at both UCLA and USC School of Dentistry.
DR. HENRY LO, DDS
Our Oral Surgeon, Dr. Henry Lo, DDS graduated from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry with honors at the top of his class and was the recipient of the Outstanding International Student Award. He also obtained his training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at U.S.C. and the Los Angeles County USC Medical Center. Dr. Lo is board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery since 1993. He is also a member of the American Dental Association and the California Dental Association. In addition to English, Dr. Lo also speaks fluent Chinese (Cantonese).
ALI SOTOODEH, CHt HYPNOTHERAPIST
Our Hypnotherapist for Hypno Dentistry with Ali Sotoodeh CHt. Ali Sotoodeh CHt is a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Neuro-Linguistic Programing, Success and Life Coach, Reiki Master and EFT.
The aim of Hypno Dentistry is to help our clients reduce their anxiety without the aid of any drugs. During the hypnosis, the client achieves a state of very deep relaxation, similar to daydreaming, meditation, or being engrossed in a good book. The sensation of being under hypnosis is like the feeling just before falling asleep. During the hypnosis, the patient’s anxiety fades into the background instead of being overwhelming. You are not asleep, just deeply relaxed, yet in full control at all times. Ali Sotoodeh’s CHt Credentials
KRISTY BORQUEZ, CDA, RDAEF
Kristy joined the Northridge Dental Group team in 1974. She is a Nationally Certified Dental Assistant and holds a state license as a Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions. She began working as a chairside assistant right out of dental assisting school and has been here ever since. Her role at Northridge Dental Group has evolved over the years and she is currently NDG’s patient coordinator. Kristy has always been interested in furthering the role of dental assistant. Besides teaching dental assisting classes on the weekends for 25 years, she is a past president of the American Dental Assistants Association, the California Dental Assistants Association, and the San Fernando Valley Dental Assistants Society. She is often referred to as the Mayor of Dental Town.
TERESA RUBIO, TREATMENT COORDINATOR/BILLING
Teresa is the master of all things at Northridge Dental Group including both the front and back-office. She oversees the daily schedule and operations of the practice, supporting patient care for both the Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Programs, coordinates the assignment of patients, tracks and facilitates patient appointments, make sure billing is correct, checks insurance, treatment plan, and much much more. Teresa is a jack of all trades.
DANIELA HERNANDEZ, PATIENT NAVIGATOR
Daniela works at the front line of Northridge Dental Group, as the first point of contact over the phone or on arrival. She books in new patients, greets visitors, sorts out appointments, works on recalls, and undertakes other non-clinical tasks of an administrative nature. Daniela is a workhorse on the phones by either placing or answering phone calls all day long.
CARINA LEYVA, PATIENT NAVIGATOR
Carina handles calls from patients and calling them if appropriate. She writes to them where necessary to chase payment or sending out reminders that they need to be seen for routine check-ups or further dental treatment. Using a computerized system to book and reschedule appointments. General administration tasks, such as photocopying, scanning, faxing, printing, and sorting/filing/sending forms. Handling payment from patients.
NANCY SANCHEZ, INSURANCE COORDINATOR
Nancy Sanchez works for Northridge Dental Group and serves as an intermediary between the patient and the insurance company. She is responsible for verifying patient health insurance benefits, communicating with patients, and processing insurance payments. Nancy works hard so that the patient gets their entitled benefits and allocations on covered treatments correctly the first time.
CRYSTAL BROWN, RDA
Crystal is a registered dental assistant (RDA) and has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years. She enjoys working with Northridge Dental Group. Her main duties include assisting Dr’s and sterilization, helping with a variety of health care tasks, taking dental x-rays and caring for patients, helping file records, and appointment scheduling. Crystal can be seen assisting every Doctor and thoroughly prepping rooms for the next patients.
SAIL FERNANDEZ, RDA
Sail is a registered dental assistant (RDA). Sail documents the patient’s dental history and updates overall health and medication history. He assists the dentist by handling supplies and instruments as requested, prepares tables and trays for a dentist with necessary, cleans instruments and supplies, prepares treatment rooms as needed, takes exposes, and mounts high-quality dental radiographs, ensures the appropriate supply of equipment and materials, performs patient charting as instructed by the dentist, welcomes patients, and gets them situated in the appropriate treatment room. Sail is the master of inventory logs and makes sure supplies are stocked and ready for any and all procedures that might come NDG’s way.
CAROLA GUZMAN, RDA
Carola prepares patients for dental work. Carola is a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA). She helps with infection control by sterilizing and disinfecting instruments, setting up instrument trays, preparing materials, and assisting with dental procedures. She assists dentists in managing medical and dental emergencies when necessary. Carola helps dental hygienists with procedures when necessary. She provides great patient care and records treatment information in patient records. She looks over dental x-rays from dental diagnostics and cares for dental x-ray equipment. Carola has been with Northridge Dental Group since 2013.
RYAN PASCHA, CDA/TMJ COORDINATOR
Ryan (CDA) offers chairside support on industry equipment, as well as surgical and procedural assistance with fillings, extractions, and crowns. Responsibilities also include patient care, laboratory testing, and administrative duties such as scheduling and bill processing. Ryan has dual responsibilities here at Northridge Dental Group as he works with Dr. Ariz on the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of SFV side which shares its location with NDG as the TMJ Coordinator.
BERENICE, RDH, BSDH
Berenice typically works on tasks that include preventive dental care, checking patients for gingivitis and other oral diseases, cleaning teeth, and talking to patients about how they can improve oral health. Berenice also cleans accretions, calcareous deposits, stains from teeth and beneath margins of gums, looks for indications of oral cancer, uses probes to examine and locate periodontal recessed gums and other signs of gum disease, records dental decay, promotes preventative dental care to improve patient oral health care, applies fluorides, and other dental decay prevention agents. Maintains a dental hygiene program for patients.
PAULINE VILLAFLORES, BSD, RDH
Pauline typically works on tasks that include preventive dental care, checking patients for gingivitis and other oral diseases, cleaning teeth, and talking to patients about how they can improve oral health. Pauline also cleans accretions, calcareous deposits, stains from teeth and beneath margins of gums, looks for indications of oral cancer, uses probes to examine and locate periodontal recessed gums and other signs of gum disease, records dental decay, promotes preventative dental care to improve patient oral health care, applies fluorides, and other dental decay prevention agents. Maintains a dental hygiene program for patients.
PEGAH GIDIANIAN, BSD, RDH
Pegah has been in dentistry since 2017. She typically works on tasks that include preventive dental care, checking patients for gingivitis and other oral diseases, cleaning teeth, and talking to patients about how they can improve oral health. Pegah also cleans accretions, calcareous deposits, stains from teeth and beneath margins of gums, looks for indications of oral cancer, uses probes to examine and locate periodontal recessed gums and other signs of gum disease, records dental decay, promotes preventative dental care to improve patient oral health care, applies fluorides, and other dental decay prevention agents. Maintains a dental hygiene program for patients.
RUBINA ASLANYAN, BSD, RDH
Rubina has been in dentistry since 2010. She typically works on tasks that include preventive dental care, checking patients for gingivitis and other oral diseases, cleaning teeth, and talking to patients about how they can improve oral health. Rubina also cleans accretions, calcareous deposits, stains from teeth and beneath margins of gums, looks for indications of oral cancer, uses probes to examine and locate periodontal recessed gums and other signs of gum disease, records dental decay, promotes preventative dental care to improve patient oral health care, applies fluorides, and other dental decay prevention agents. Maintains a dental hygiene program for patients.
RACHEL DUVO, RDA
Rachel Duvo is Dr. Arami’s main assistant. She is a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) and functions as a circulating assistant in chairside dental procedures, under the direction of the Doctors. Rachel performs all dentistry procedures, clinic infection control procedures, cleaning and sterilization of instruments, tray setup, and materials. Rachel has been Dr. Arami’s assistant since 2001.
EDITH FARIAS, DA
Edith Farias is Dr. Arami’s assistant. She is responsible for providing the patient with high-quality care by performing a variety of office, laboratory, and patient care duties. She usually helps the dentists handle patients, instruments, and supplies during the treatment of the teeth, mouth, and gums. She also documents patient care and takes x-rays. Edith is constantly making sure every instrument is sterilized and put away properly.