Our Team

Dr. Shalini Shah, D.D.S.

Dr. Shah received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Loma Linda School of Dentistry. Dr. Shah is well trained in children’s dentistry, orthodontics, and in all area of adult dentistry with a focus on Cosmetic Smiles.

With over a decade of experience in private, Shalini Shah, D.D.S. is a Dentist based in Huntington Beach, California. With training in pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, and other areas of adult dentistry, Shalini Shah, D.D.S holds an impressive track record of using only the most innovative and least invasive dentistry methods. Educated at the Loma Linda School of Dentistry, Shalini Shah, D.D.S., graduated in 2003 with her Doctor of Dental Surgery and also functioned as Vice President of her graduating class.

After graduating from college, Shalini Shah, D.D.S. became the primary dentist at A Kids Dentist in Huntington Beach, California. Her dentistry practice specializes in pediatric oral health care, offering orthodontics, orthopedics, preventive work, restorative service, and X-rays. There are also limited services available for adults. A Kids Dentist is a high-tech office that uses air abrasion techniques and panoramic X-rays, which offer a complete image of the entire mouth. A member of many professional dental organizations, such as the California Dental Association, the Orange County Dental Society, and the International Association of Orthodontists, Dr. Shalini Shah also utilizes her dental experience to assist her community.

After she graduated in 2003, she worked for a non-profit organization for the assistance league of San Bernardino for three years serving under privileged children.

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Instructions and Consent for Sedation/Anesthesia

Dr. John Khalaf, D.D.S.

• Dental Anesthesiologist
• Loma Linda University Graduate
• USC Faculty Department of
Anesthesia and Medicine

Dr. John Khalaf graduated from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry.

After graduating from dental school, he completed a two-year residency program in Dental Anesthesiology at Loma Linda University Medical Center, and Currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesia & Medicine at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Khalaf has a California General Anesthesia
permit and is also certified in Basic Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

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Pediatric Patients Receiving Sedation or General Anesthesia

Pre and Post Anesthesia Instructions

Office-based Anesthesia for Dentistry

The most recent advancements in anesthesia equipment and technique 4 has allowed the art of dental anesthesia in the office to become a safe and rewarding experience for both the dentist and the patient.
The use of intravenous anesthetics is easily administered and can be adjusted for different levels of sedation. This allows the patient to complete their dental treatment in a single visit.

What is a Dental Anesthesiologist?

A Dental Anesthesiologist is a trained dentist in the specialized field of general anesthesia.
This extensive training consists of a two year hospital-based general anesthesia residency, covering a variety of medical and dental cases in a hospital, outpatient surgery center, and dental offices.
The training also consist of pediatric, orthopedic, ENT, critical care and many
more fields in medical anesthesia.
This broad scope of intensive training received by Dr. Khalaf will provide the dentist and patient with a safe and secure setting.

What kind of patients need Anesthesia?


These patients are usually in pain, uncooperative, have an extensive dental treatment plan, or have had a negative dental experience in the past.

The Physically and Medically compromised:

These patients might have medical conditions such as, but not exclusive to, cerebral palsy, a seizure disorder, heart disease or asthma.
Due to their conditions, stress from a normal dental experience can exacerbate their medical condition.
While the dentist is performing multiple dental procedures in a safe and stress free outpatient surgical environment, Dr. Khalaf will be managing the patient’s medical condition while under sedation.

The Dental Phobic Population:

Unfortunately, these patients have one or more fears including anxiety, stress, low pain threshold and past unpleasant dental experiences. Patients who have extensive dental treatment plans such as multiple implants, root canals, periodontal, and oral surgical procedures can also be treated by and benefit from anesthesia.

Anesthesia in the Dental Office

Dr. Khalaf will bring all the necessary medications and medical equipment to provide safe and quality anesthesia in the dental office.
Dr. Khalaf is equipped with the most advanced computer controlled monitors, infusion pumps, and all the necessary resuscitative drugs and equipment. This will allow Dr. Khalaf to constantly monitor and control the patient’s level of sedation and vital signs.

Financial Consideration

Anesthesia services provided for dental procedures at the dental office will cost considerably less than the same services provided in a hospital or at an outpatient surgery center.
A cost estimate for anesthesia services will be given prior to treatment.

Dr. Apel Keuroghlian MD, D.D.S.

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Implant Dentistry

Dr. Apel Keuroghlian is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon that graduated from UCLA. His career began with a biomedical/biochemical engineering degree from the University of Southern California, where he graduated among the top of his class. Throughout his undergraduate education in engineering, Dr. Keuroghlian researched the effects of the different surface characteristics of implants and their integration with bone.

He later decided to further his education by obtaining a dental degree from USC. While at the USC School of Dentistry, Dr. Keuroghlian received several endowed scholarships for academics/research including the California Dental Association research scholarship and academic scholarship as well as the Class of 1964 endowed scholarship. He once again graduated amongst the top of his class. Dr. Keuroghlian truly enjoyed the surgical aspect of dentistry while in dental school and decided to further his education in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at UCLA which includes a Medical Degree from UCLA, as well as an internship certificate in general surgery.

In addition to practicing at A Kids Dentist, he currently holds a faculty position at UCLA. Dr. Keuroghlian truly enjoys what he does and is committed to enhancing patient care by integrating his engineering, dental, surgical skills, and education. He is dedicated to patient care, and looks forward to continuing research in the future.

Dr. Keuroghlian is fluent in both English and Armenian. When not working, Dr. Keuroghlian enjoys travelling, skiing, playing basketball, or just hanging out with his friends.

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Dr. Matt Nashed, Orthodontist

Dr. Nashed has been practicing pedodontics and orthodontics for over 20 years in Southern California. Dr. Nashed has treated over 400 cases of Invisalign and is an Invisalign lecturer.


Dr. Matt Nashed is a native of Cairo, Egypt and graduated from Cairo Dental College in 1985. Both of Dr. Nashed’s parents are dentists. Dr. Nashed’s father is a general practitioner and his mother is a Professor Emeritus at Cairo Dental College. While in Egypt, Dr. Nashed practiced as a general dentist for 6 years with his father.

To further his education and expertise, Dr. Nashed received an additional dental degree from the University of Tennessee in 1995, which has the equivalent reputation in the South as USC does in the West. He was ranked second in his class of eighty students, and graduated with high honors.

Since Dr. Nashed especially enjoyed working with children, he decided to gain more experience as a pediatric dental resident at the St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. During his two year residency, he had the opportunity to do some interceptive orthodontic therapy, which he thoroughly enjoyed. So much so that he decided to become an orthodontic specialist, and started the three year graduate orthodontic program at the University of Tennessee. In 1998, Dr. Nashed graduated and received his Masters Degree in Orthodontics.

Because of Dr. Nashed’s experience in both general and children’s dentistry, and his dedication to learning and research, he was recognized and honored with five awards for excellence. He was further honored by his election into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the prestigious honor society limited to the top 10 percent of the graduating class.

Dr. Nashed is married and has two beautiful kids, a daughter and son. During his spare time, Dr. Nashed enjoys spending time with his family and playing racquetball.

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Dr. Ben Levi, Endodontist

Dr. Levi was raised in Orange County, California. He received his Bachelors of Science degree from the University of California Irvine. During his undergraduate studies, Dr. Levi gave back to the community by being a police officer.

Afterwards, he moved to New York to attend New York University for his Doctorate in Dental Surgery. While in dental school, Dr. Levi became extremely interested in Endodontics.

After his doctorate degree, he attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan, New York where he got a degree in General Practice Dentistry. He pursued his interest in endodontics which lead him to New York University College of Dentistry Endodontics program to earn his post graduate certificate in Endodontics.

Dr. Levi is an active member of the American Associate of Endodontics and is presently Board Eligible in the field of Endodontics.

In his free time Dr. Levi enjoys spending time with his family and friends. His hobbies include travelling, jet skiing, snow skiing, horseback riding, target shooting amongst many other things.


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Dr. Kathryn Le, Anesthesiologist

Dr. Kathryn Le is a graduate of the Dental Anesthesiology Program at Loma Linda University, a two-year post-doctoral residency. Her extensive training at the Veterans Affairs Loma Linda Health Care System, Riverside County Regional Medical Center, and Loma Linda Medical Center provided her with invaluable experience in cardiology, internal medicine, and medical anesthesiology. This training allowed her to successfully manage a large variety of complex medical and surgical cases. In addition to her hospital-based experience, she also has considerable experience in providing outpatient ambulatory anesthesia. At Loma Linda University’s Special Care Dentistry Center, a clinic treating approximately 5,000 patients annually, Dr. Le provided general anesthesia for a variety of special needs adult and pediatric patients. Examples include patients with autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, Down’s Syndrome, and pre-cooperative young children.

Dr. Le is a member of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists, the International Anesthesia Research Society, the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association and the Orange County Dental Society. She is also certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. Prior to her training in anesthesiology, she received her bachelor’s in Neurobiology and Behavior from the University of California, Irvine in 2002. During her stay at UCI, she conducted research under the National Institutes of Health. In 2006, she received her doctorate in dental surgery from the University of California, Los Angeles. She was twice awarded the Regents Scholarship, the highest level of recognition within a UC, at both UCI and UCLA. From 2006-2007, she completed a general practice residency at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System.

As a dentist anesthesiologist, she is committed to providing the highest level of comfortable and safe anesthesia for dentistry.

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Child Health History Form

Dr. Rudolph Gamarnik, DDS, MSD –  Periodontist


Dr. Gamarnik received his DDS degree from the University of Southern California in 1995. After graduating dental school Dr. Gamarnik was commissioned a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, Dental Corps, during which time he completed a one-year residency in advanced general dentistry. After completing his military obligations, Dr. Gamarnik pursued his specialty training in the field of Periodontics and Dental Implants. During this time Dr. Gamarnik served as Chief resident, while also serving as a clinical instructor at the Indiana University School of Dentistry.

In 2002 Dr. Gamarnik received his clinical specialty certificate from the Roudabush Veterans Administration Hospital and Master of Science Degree in Dentistry from Indiana University. Since then he has continued his advanced clinical training in the areas of periodontal plastic surgery, dental implants, and bone and soft tissue reconstruction.

Dr. Gamarnik enjoys time at home with his wife and 2 children ages 6 and 10, as well as some down time on the golf course.

Vanessa Montano, Registered Dental Hygienist

I have been in the dental field for 3 years. I received my education in the dental hygiene program at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry located in Stockton, CA. Upon graduation I moved back to my hometown, Fullerton, CA and have been practicing in the Orange County area since. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, taking my dogs on hikes, and going to amusement parks.