About Us
About Us

About Us

SoCalSmiles has been improving patient's smiles for over 40 years. We serve multiple generations of patients from young adults to the elderly. We are committed to providing a lifetime of optimum oral health for our patients and strive for relationships based on mutual trust. We only provide treatment to our patients that we would perform for ourselves or our families. We measure success on the quality of the relationships we have, not just the dental care we provide. We believe that every patient deserves to be treated honestly and with respect.

We provide the basic services such as teeth cleaning and routine dental exams as wells as more complex dental treatments to repair and restore dental health, such as root canals, treatment of gum disease, dental implants and implant crowns. These procedures allow our patients to regain dental function and reclaim their dental and overall health.

Our experienced dentists also provide an array of cosmetic dentistry services. More common than ever, cosmetic dental procedures allow our patients to feel confident with their smile and realize enhanced self-esteem.

Whether you need to improve the appearance of your teeth through veneers, dental crowns, cosmetic bonding or Invisalign, or you simply want a whiter, brighter smile with Philips Zoom! teeth whitening, SoCalSmiles can help. We have something for everyone with our cosmetic dentistry options.

For our patients' comfort and to ensure a pleasant experience, we also offer various sedation dentistry options. There's absolutely no need to fear the dentist when you can experience procedures with little to no pain with a compassionate staff that is both professional and courteous.

Our Doctors stay current on cutting edge technology, applying innovative dental techniques and materials to their practice of dentistry. Our passion is to provide pain-free, aesthetically satisfying and state-of-the-art treatment to all our patients. It gives us great satisfaction to be able to help patients improve their smiles and eliminate their dental problems. Seeing our patients happy and satisfied always reminds us why we love dentistry and why our profession is a fulfilling one. It gives us great pleasure taking care of our patients and improving the quality of their lives!

Meet Anoosheh Shahkarami, DDS

Anoosheh Shahkarami, DDS Dr. Shahkarami is a 2003 graduate of University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. She never stops expanding her skills and knowledge through continuing education. Why? Because Dr. Shahkarami believes her patients deserve the benefits of leading edge dental technologies, techniques, and materials. She enjoys all areas of practice, taking special interest in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, including implant restorations and Invisalign orthodontics.

"My passion and priority is providing excellent care. I know that pain-free, aesthetically satisfying, contemporary treatment, improves quality of life for my patients," says Dr. Shahkarami.

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Meet Chela Altman, DDS

Dr. Altman received a doctorate in dental surgery from San Francisco’s University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. Upon graduation, her outstanding academic and clinical achievements earned election into the prestigious Tau Kappa Omega dental honor society.

Dr. Altman focuses more than a decade of experience on cosmetic and restorative dentistry. She sets high standards in clinical excellence, and works to create comfortable experiences for each patient in her care. Dr. Altman’s warm smile and manner project the caring attitude of the practice.

Meet Allison Yen, DDS, MS

Dr. Yen graduated in the top ten of her class at University of the Pacific. At Dugoni School of Dentistry, she was honored with many awards for academic achievement. After dental training, she completed three-years of postgraduate residency in periodontics in Chicago at University of Illinois. In the midst of intense residency, Dr. Yen earned a Master of Science (MS) degree in oral sciences, also conducting research in wound healing.

With a passion for patient comfort, Dr. Yen trained in administering oral conscious and intravenous sedation. To ensure comprehensive care with advanced techniques, she attends many continuing education classes. Her professional affiliations include American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and American Academy of Periodontology.

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Meet Debra Stein, DMD, MMSc – Endodontist

Debra Stein, DMD, MMSc – Endodontist
Dr. Stein is a Los Angeles native who moved east to study at University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine. After graduation, she stayed in Philadelphia, completing general practice residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center. Her work included caring for medically compromised patients in clinical and operating room situations, and treating traumatic dentoalveolar injuries.

Postdoctoral training at Harvard University’s School of Dental Medicine provided a strong background in conventional and microsurgical endodontics. There, Dr. Stein earned a Master’s degree in medical science/oral biology. Her thesis, OroFacial Pain and Trigeminal Neuralgia, was featured by the Academy of Orofacial Pain at their annual conference. Dr. Stein remained in Boston for 11 years, practicing endodontics in a private practice. She also taught pre-doctoral and postdoctoral residents at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Stein maintains active membership in American Board of Endodontics, American Dental Association, and California Dental Society. Her spare time is filled with film, theatre, and art projects with her daughter.

Meet Our Team

Agita

Agita
Practice Manager

Agita joined the SoCalSmiles Dental Office family more than 12 years ago. She is adept at overseeing all practice operations, working closely with clinical staff, and building relationships with patients. Agita is known for her encouraging manner, helping patients get the care they need for healthy, attractive smiles.

Brooke

Brooke
Registered Dental Hygienis

The SoCalSmiles Dental Office welcomed Brooke in 2009. We are privileged to have her excellence on the team. Brooke graduated from her dental hygienist program with honors, receiving the Best Dental Hygienist award. Her priority at the practice is creating a comfortable atmosphere that puts patients at ease. Brooke cites teamwork as her favorite part of the job.

Outside the office, Brooke keeps busy with three children and a passion for horseback riding.

Kathy

Kathy
Dental Hygienist

Kathy joined our dental family six months ago. She graduated from the San Joaquin Valley dental hygiene program in 2008 and is currently pursuing specialty training in jaw pain. She has additional experience in orthodontics, pediatrics, and whole-body connection dentistry. Kathy enjoys the teamwork and ethical code at our office. She works hard to make our office and treatments as comfortable as possible, using her experience and experience with dental techniques.

In her spare time, Kathy enjoys painting, yoga, and live jazz music.

Darwin

Darwin
Registered Dental Hygienist

Darwin joined the SoCalSmiles Dental Office team in 2016, with a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene from Loma Linda University. He earned that organization’s Service Learning award for his work in Ethiopia and Bangladesh. Darwin says he likes working with our team of dental specialists, providing the best possible individualized healthcare for each patient. He enjoys educating patients on how to maintain a healthy mouth and live a healthy lifestyle.

Darwin feeds his adventurous soul with travel, outdoor activities, and good food.

Brenda

Brenda
Registered Dental Assistant

Brenda has been assisting our dentists for more than 14 years. She finds the calm, relaxed office atmosphere extremely beneficial to providing excellent patient care. Brenda contributes to the spirit of teamwork at SoCalSmiles Dental Office with a warm smile. Her welcoming nature helps patients feel at ease.

Marylin

Marylin
Dental Assistant

Marylin is one of our newest team members. She has a long-standing interest in dentistry and is studying to become a dental hygienist.

Marylin assists our doctors with a variety of procedures. She says, “I like my co-workers and I feel like a valued part of the office family.” Her pleasant attitude relaxes patients for treatment. She loves helping others gain confidence in their healthy, appealing smiles.

She has a large family, and enjoys the company of others. Marylin is married and has three cats. Arts and crafts, cooking, crochet, and music fill her spare time.

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Love this dentist!

The whole team is friendly and helpful. I love how everything is online and easy to use. I highly recommend this place!

Rachel, Los Angeles

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Quick, painless and extremely friendly!

Finally getting around to going to dentist. Quick, painless and extremely friendly. The staff is extremely pleasant and friendly. I will definitely be returning!

Abby, Los Angeles

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You can't ask for anything better!

I've been going to SoCal Smiles for over a year. They have proved time and time again how sensitive and responsive they are. I'm a baby when it comes to dental work and ended up needing to replace a filing that was causing me a problem. They worked with me on every level and were very patient and understanding. You can't ask for anything better than that.

April, Camarillo

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I have been telling everyone I work with to go see SoCal Smiles!

I went back for a deep cleaning and it was a great experience. Dr. Shahkarami is very personable and made me feel like she at ease. She explained everything I needed and each procedure. My sister also sees them now since my experience was so great and I have been telling everyone I work with to go see SoCal Smiles!

 Gabriella, Camarillo

Financial options

Dr. Shahkarami and her team believe every patient deserves the benefits of a healthy mouth and confident smile. A variety of payment options makes high quality dental care affordable to virtually every budget.

SoCalSmiles Dental Office is an in-network provider with most PPO dental insurance plans. Our friendly front desk staff is happy to assist with insurance questions and coverage estimates.

We accept these forms of payment for uninsured costs:

  • Cash
  • Cheque
  • Debit card
  • Credit card
  • CareCredit treatment financing
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Contact Us




18399 Ventura Blvd #251, Tarzana, CA 91356
Phone: (818) 345-5286
Fax: (818) 975-5083

Office Hours

Monday   8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday   10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday   8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday   8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday   7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday   Closed
Sunday   Closed

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