Dentists have to go through a bachelor’s degree, earn a DDS or DDM, and pass the national and state licensing exam in about four years. This career path requires years of dedication and practice in order to care for their patient’s overall health and make the best decision for them. Dentists don’t just clean teeth, but they focus on gums and other tissues in the mouth that requires years of experience. Specialties could range from oral surgery, pediatrics, radiology, and more!
Word of Health would like to take the time to highlight a few of these individuals. Below is a list of the top ten dentists in the Greater Los Angeles Area.
1. Yosi P Behroozan, DDS
A second generation dentist, Dr. Yosi P. Behroozan has built his practice with the concept of comprehensive, quality dental care for the entire family. He takes pride in delivering oral health and needs-based dentistry. Dr. Behroozan is a 5-star, top-rated general & cosmetic dentist in Santa Monica who is a graduate & clinical instructor of the UCLA School of Dentistry. Since graduating in 2002, Dr. Behroozan was recruited to join the clinical faculty. He currently enjoys spending a half day of each week teaching dental students as a Continuing Lecturer and Clinical Instructor at the UCLA School of Dentistry. He is constantly researching the latest dental materials and technology in order to deliver the most cutting-edge, advanced dentistry. He has been serving Santa Monica since 1981 and is also a tripartite member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and Western Los Angeles Dental Society.
2. John Kim, DDS
Dr. John Kim is one of the most talented dentists in Southern California. He is a graduate from USC Dental School in 1986 and since then, he has surgically placed more than 10,000 Dental Implants. Dr. Kim is a Diplomat of International Congress of Implantologists and holds the Mastership of Implant Prosthetic Section. He is an overall well-experienced in cosmetic restorations and is a member of the California Dental Association and American Dental Association. He currently works at Cal Dental Group and is able to communicate in English and Korean. Dr. Kim places an emphasis on supportive, caring and gentle dentistry with a mission to provide personal attention, individualized treatment, and a caring family environment.
3. Dani Benyaminy, DDS
Dr. Dani Benyaminy, DDS is a top-rated dentist offering a full scope of general and cosmetic procedures and preventative care to patients throughout the Westside of Los Angeles, including: Brentwood, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica. A native of Southern California, Dr. Dani completed his undergraduate degree at University of California – Los Angeles and went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree at New York University College of Dentistry. After graduating, he completed a residency at Saint Barnabas Hospital where he received advanced training and experience in laser dentistry, full-mouth rehabilitation, and cosmetic dentistry. At his state-of-the-art office in the Century City/Westwood area, Dr. Dani, as patients call him, is committed to restoring optimum oral health, and enhancing the natural beauty of every patient’s smile. He offers comprehensive cosmetic, restorative, and preventive care including: teeth whitening (both Zoom and Opalescence Boost systems), Invisalign clear braces, and top-quality porcelain veneers and dental implants. Committed to providing patients with the latest and safest techniques, Dr. Dani utilizes the revolutionary iTero Intraoral Element Scanner, digital x-rays, advanced dental lasers, mercury-free fillings, and metal-free restorations. And to make sure patients are as comfortable as possible while during their dental cleanings and procedures, the practice offers free WI-FI, personalized music selections and Netflix.
4. Dr. Bernard Baseri
Dr. Baseri is committed to providing the highest quality dental care to his patients. As a graduate of USC’s Ostrow School of Dentistry, Dr. Baseri has had extensive clinical experience in treating geriatric, pediatric, and adult patients. Prior to attending dental school, Dr. Baseri completed training as a dental lab technician, specifically as a master ceramist. Dr. Baseri worked with Carlos Puga, one of the pioneers of porcelain jacket crowns in the United States. His background knowledge in both the dental laboratory field and in general dentistry is what differentiates Dr. Baseri from other dentists; it is also what ensures that his patients leave his office with a confident smile. Dr. Baseri is proud to be a competent dentist from USC. He is outgoing, personable, and compassionate. He likes to spend his spare time with his family. He loves to exercise, hike and bike.
5. Gohar Hovsepyan, DDS
Dr. Gohar Hovsepyan DDS is a professional, caring and skilled dentist in Van Nuys, CA. She obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1994. Since then she has received numerous training and certifications on the latest techniques available in modern dentistry. Following her instincts to broaden her dental practice, Dr. Hovsepyan has continued her education at the prestigious United States Dental Institute, completing their orthodontic program. Our dentist is a lifetime member of the institute and currently receives over 200 hours of dental education a year on new orthodontic techniques. She has strong affiliations with numerous dental organizations such as AACD, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Hovsepyan annually attends the AACD scientific conference, which attracts the elite of dental professionals worldwide.
6. Alessandra Raschkovsky, DDS
Dr. Alessandra Raschkovsky is a highly trained dental professional whose goal is to provide the finest quality dental care for all her patients. Specializing in general and cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Raschkovsky’s background reflects her highly skilled training in cosmetic dentistry. Having begun her education and career in Sao Paulo Brazil, she received her BS in Biology and DDS degree from Paulista University in 1993. She later taught and practiced in Sao Paulo before relocating to the United States where Dr.Raschkovsky completed a residency in cosmetic dentistry and full mouth reconstruction in addition to numerous certifications in advance endodontic therapies. In addition, Dr. Raschkovsky received a preceptorship post-grad certification in Orthodontics at the Michigan University. She has been practicing in Southern California since 2004. Also, Dr. Raschkovsky received a certificate for Comprehensive Surgical & Restorative Implant Training and a CPD degree from the University of Southern California in 2015.
7. Lisa Kederian, DDS
Dr. Lisa Kederian earned her doctorate in dental surgery from the University of Southern California. She also received a BA from San Diego Christian College in Mathematics and Science. Dr. Kederian focuses on Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry. Her goal is to deliver the best dental care and services to all her patients. She places great emphasis on patient care and comfort and maintains a high level of excellence in her work. Her warm smile and friendly attitude truly embody the caring and positive atmosphere that is sure to be a part of the patient’s dental office experience. She continues to be an active member of the dental community through her commitment to several dental organizations including the California Dental Association, American Dental Association, and the West LA Dental Associations. Outside of work Dr.Kederian enjoys playing soccer, hiking, golfing, paddle boarding and spending time with her family.
8. Arthur A. Kezian
Dr. Arthur Kezian, an LA Dentist, is a graduate of UCLA Dental School where he earned The Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1983. Prior to that, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from UCLA in 1979. His main focus of interest is in the medical and scientific component of modern dental therapy. To best provide advanced comprehensive dental care, Dr. Kezian, a LA Dentist, continues to seek training. He has earned more than 1500 credit hours in numerous specialties including Esthetic and Cosmetic Dentistry, Root Canal Therapy, Crown and Bridge, Periodontics, Removable, Prosthetics, and Pain Management. Dr. Kezian is also an active member of the American Dental Association and California Dental Association for the past 23 years. Along with maintaining ties with the UCLA Dental Alumni, he has been the Past President of the Armenian Professional Society and is active in church, local civic and school organizations.
9. Mitch Levitt, DDS
Dr. Levitt attended college at McGill University and received his dental degree from the University of Montreal, School of Dental Medicine. He completed a one-year post-graduate residency program in Advanced Education in General Dentistry at the University of Southern California. Following his advanced training in the Los Angeles community, Dr. Levitt moved to Upstate New York to provide dentistry to an underserved community. He has been practicing dentistry for over ten years in the Los Angeles area; from Santa Monica to Beverly Hills to now owning his practice in the Miracle Mile. Over these years, Dr. Levitt has had the opportunity to train with some of the world’s authoritative leaders in aesthetic and reconstructive dentistry. Dr. Levitt is skilled in all fields of dentistry, including cosmetic, oral surgery, fixed and removable prosthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, and pediatrics. Dr. Levitt is a member of the American Dental Association and the California Dental Association. He has held licenses in Canada, New York, and California. On the side note, Dr. Levitt enjoys playing tennis and beach volleyball. He is a fan of professional hockey and football. He is a sports memorabilia collector and is an avid admirer of modern architecture and design.
10. Cynthia Cheung, DDS
Dr. Cynthia Cheung is a graduate of USC School of Dentistry and is a pre-clinical faculty member of the University. Her focus is on advanced medical and cosmetic dentistry to ensure her patients end up with a beautiful, healthy smile. Some of her latest advancements involve digital x-rays, tooth-colored restorations, and Invisalign orthodontics. She offers a variety of services such as oral and IV sedation, CEREC, BioLase, VelScope, dental cleanings, implants, and more. Best of all, Dr. Cheung takes her time to get to know her patients one-on-one.
Top 5 Meditation Apps To Try in 2019
Many individuals get engrossed in their daily routines with little time to be mindful or calm. To address this problem, people are turning to meditation apps to restore balance into their lives. Check out the Top Meditation Apps that will help you feel peaceful and will allow you to exude peace amidst a busy schedule.
Note: This is not a ranking article, and the descriptions for each app can be found on the App Store.
Calm is an app for Sleep, Meditation and Relaxation. It has sleep stories, breathing programs, stretching exercises, and relaxing music. In addition, it is recommended by psychologists, therapists, and mental health experts. Calm is the perfect mindfulness app for beginners, but also includes hundreds of programs for intermediate and advanced users. Guided meditation sessions are available in lengths of 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, or 25 minutes so you can choose the perfect length to fit in with your schedule.
Headspace helps its users learn to relax with guided meditations and mindfulness techniques that bring calm, wellness and balance. This app teaches users how to meditate, breathe, and live mindfully. It has also been proven to improve focus. There are exercises on topics such as managing anxiety, stress relief, breathing, happiness and focus. For beginners, there is a free basics course that will teach you the essentials of mindfulness and meditation.
This app is the apps of the year winner by TIME magazine and Women’s Health, and it has guided meditation talks led by the world’s top meditation and mindfulness experts such as neuroscientists, psychologists, and teachers from Stanford, Harvard, the University of Oxford, and more. It also has music tracks from world-renowned artists. Additionally, there are thousands of discussion groups and community features to help you reflect and monitor your progress.
Stop, Breathe, and Think
Stop, Breathe, and Think is an app designed to help you build the emotional strength and confidence to handle life’s ups and downs. This meditation app will help you reduce stress through a meditation timer and guided breathing exercises and acupressure. Moreover, this app will also help track your mood and progress by top emotions, total time meditated, and weekly settledness.
10% Happier is a guided meditation app that aims to help people to stick to their meditation journey. There are videos and meditation combos that make it fun and straightforward to meditate as well as a library of 500+ guided meditations on topics ranging from anxiety yo parenting to focus, ensuring that you can find the right meditation for the moment. Furthermore, there are also quick meditations that fit your busy life during your commute, lunch break, etc.
Have you tried any of these apps? Let us know in the comments below.
Top Cardiologists in Inland Empire
According to the CDC, every one in four deaths can be attributed to heart disease. Needless to say, the heart is one of the most vital organs in our body. Ensuring that the heart functions properly can significantly enhance the quality of our lives in terms of longevity and sustainability. Cardiologists specialize in treating diseases in the heart and some areas of the circulatory system.
Word of Health would like to recognize the top cardiologists in the Inland Empire for their impactful work that they are doing for their communities to combat heart disease.
Dr. Don Ahn, M.D.
Dr Ahn is the founder of Inland Cardiology. He originally started as an individual cardiologist at San Antonio Community Hospital in 1985, and eventually formed the Inland Cardiology Medical Associate Group in the year 2000. He is board certified in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Diseases,and Internal Medicine. He performs cardiovascular procedures ranging from diagnostic to therapeutic interventions. He graduated from Kyunghee Medical school in Seoul, South Korea, studied at Vanderbilt Medical School in Nashville, and underwent his Internal Medicine Residency at Wright State Medical shool in Dayton Ohio. He then finished a Cardiology Fellowship at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles. He currently serves as the Medical Director of Invasive Cardiology at San Antonio Community Hospital. He also was previously honored to serve as the Chief of Staff there in the year 2006.
Dr. Hetal Bhakta, M.D.
Dr. Hetal Bhakta is one of the most sought-after cardiologists in the Coachella Valley. Specializing in the Field of Electrophysiology and also board certified in Cardiology, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology and Internal Medicine, he offers state-of-the-art care for both diseases of the heart and its electrical malfunctions that disrupt the proper blood flow.
After graduating from Albany Medical College in New York, Dr. Bhakta completed his clinical training in internal medicine and cardiology from University of Southern California. He then completed advance fellowship in electrophysiology from Kaiser-UCLA program. After finishing his clinical training Dr. Bhakta moved to Palm Springs and founded Desert Heart Rhythm Consultants and started the Electrophysiology Program at Desert Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Bhakta has since built a comprehensive EP program which offers a full complement of services for patients suffering from heart rhythm disorders—from device-based therapies to advance ablation therapies which cure heart rhythm disorders in many cases. Dr. Bhakta also is a leader in introducing cutting-edge technologies and new procedures to the Coachella Valley and Inland Empire that provide new and safer options for improving the lives of people who live here.
Dr. Mimi Sen Biswas, M.D.
Dr. Biswas completed her B.S. at the California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech), received her MD from the UCLA School of Medicine, and completed her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. At Duke University Medical Center, she completed her Cardiology Fellowship, a fellowship in Women’s Health, obtained a Master’s in Health Science, and is still involved in clinical research. While on the faculty at Duke, she founded and was the Clinical Director of the Duke Women’s Heart Care Clinic. In addition to being board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Nuclear Cardiology, she is trained in cardiac CT imaging. She specializes in cardiovascular imaging, prevention, and women’s cardiovascular care. Dr. Biswas is dedicated to developing a center for Women’s Heart Health in the Inland Empire, and to raising awareness about women and heart disease.
Dr. Syed W. Bokhari M.D., F.A.C.C.
Dr. Syed W. Bokhari, MD is the owner and lead care provider at Advanced Cardiovascular Care in Riverside, California, and the greater Inland Empire area, and also serves as a Chairman for the Department of Medicine at the Riverside Community Hospital. As an esteemed specialist in his field, Dr. Bokhari specializes in and treats varicose veins, structural heart disease, and cardiovascular disease. He performs carotid stenting, as well as minimally invasive and nonsurgical vascular procedures, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Dr. Bokhari received his medical degree from King Edward Medical University and completed an internship and residency at Los Angeles County, University of Southern California Medical Center. He also completed general and interventional cardiology fellowships at the University of California, Irvine and University of Chicago Medical Center. He’s board-certified in endovascular medicine, cardiovascular diseases, and interventional cardiology and enjoys helping his patients regain and maintain healthy and joyful lives.
Harit V. Desai, M.D.
Dr. Harit Desai attended medical school at the M.S. University Baroda Medical College, India where he was amongst the top 5 students in the graduating class. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at New York Medical College Westchester Medical Center where he was selected as a Chief Medical Resident. He then completed fellowship training in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology at University of Miami, Florida, where he also served as a Chief Interventional Cardiology Fellow.
Dr. Desai performs all ranges of coronary interventional procedures such as angioplasty, stent placement, atherectomy, intravascular ultrasound and is proficient in performing these procedures via the radial artery (wrist) approach. He also implants permanent pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators. He has expertise in a variety of cardiac imaging methods, including nuclear cardiac imaging, vascular ultrasound, transesophageal and transthoracic echocardiograms. He specializes in the management of peripheral arterial disease causing leg pain (claudication) and/or impaired wound healing. He is also trained in structural heart disease interventions including ASD/PFO closure, balloon aortic valvuloplasty and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Dr. Desai has published numerous research papers in peer reviewed medical journals and presented his work at several national meetings.
Top Optometrists in San Diego
Sight is one of the most powerful senses that allow us to perceive and experience the world around us. The field of optometry strives to maintain optimal eye health by testing for visual acuity, depth, eye pressure, and color perception. Word of Health would like to recognize the important work that top optometrists are doing in
Dr. Amanda Dexter
Dr. Amanda Dexter received her training at Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California, where she was the class of 2010’s Valedictorian and former President of Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society. Dr. Dexter completed residency training at the VA San Diego Healthcare System in La Jolla where she gained an extensive clinical experience in ocular disease, geriatrics, traumatic brain injury and low vision rehabilitation. Dr. Dexter is a past president of the San Diego County Optometric Society where she actively participates in local vision screenings for underprivileged children. She is a current Candidate for Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry, a distinguished association of accomplished eye care providers.
Dr. Olivia Do
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Dr. Olivia Do completed her undergraduate degree at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec in 2003. She then went on to earn her Doctor of Optometry degree from The New England College of Optometry, Class of 2008 in Boston.Dr. Do
Dr. Rambod Esfandiari
Raised in San Diego, Dr. Esfandiari did his undergraduate work at the University of California, San Diego. He received his doctorates in optometry from New England
Dr. Jared Hagan
Dr. Jared Hagan was born in Rochester, Minnesota, where he attended Mayo High School. Shortly after
Dr. Gary A. Klein
Dr. Klein is originally from the Washington, D.C. area and has been a San Diego “native” since 1989. He received his Bachelor of Science from Emory University in Atlanta and Doctor of Optometry from Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia where he completed his internship at The Eye Institute in Philadelphia. With over 35 years of experience in various clinical settings including multi-specialty group practice, Dr. Klein has remained a clinical investigator and professional consultant for various companies in the ophthalmic industry responsible for bringing new eyecare technologies to fruition. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the California Optometric Association. In 2007, Dr. Klein opened Urban Optiks Optometry with a mission to provide San Diego with the highest level of
Dr. Melanie Langford
Dr. Melanie Langford received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Indiana University Bloomington. She then went on to receive her Doctorate of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL. She also chose to complete a residency with the University of California Berkeley at the Palo Alto VA Hospital where she specialized in primary care and low vision. Dr. Langford practices full scope optometry and she enjoys working with patients of all ages. She is licensed in the treatment and management of ocular disease with therapeutic pharmaceutical agents, primary open angle glaucoma, and lacrimal irrigation and dilation.
Dr. Jason Tu
Dr. Jason Tu received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Irvine and his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, a Trustee of the California Optometric Association (COA) Board, a past member of the Education & Clinical Practice Committee of the COA, and a Past-President of the San Diego County Optometric Society.
Dr. Meredith Walton
Dr Walton received her Doctorate in Optometry in 2011 from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. Following graduation she moved with her husband who is in the Navy to his new duty station in Italy. While in Italy, Dr. Walton worked at the U.S. Naval Hospital-Naples, Italy providing eye exams for active duty military members and their families. Additionally, she lectured as an adjunct professor at the Italian optometry school, Universitá Frederico II and served local communities by participating in multiple free eye-care clinics throughout Europe. After relocating to San Diego, CA, Dr. Walton opened Heights Optometry in her own neighborhood of Normal Heights in the spring of 2015. She is passionate about serving her community by delivering quality care, providing thorough eye examinations and educating her patients about the importance of routine eye health. Dr. Walton is committed to helping every patient see to the best of their ability. Dr. Walton is a participating member of the national, state and local Optometric Societies and volunteers locally to help patients with limited resources have access to eye exams and glasses.
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