(818) 210-3885| 18399 Ventura Blvd #251, Tarzana, CA 91356

About Us

In this section of our website, you can get to know more about us – the people behind the lab coats and front desk. The dental professionals in Tarzana who genuinely care about your smile and wellbeing.

Our dentists

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.

Chela Altman, DDS

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.

Allison Yen, DDS, MS

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.

When she is not caring for patients, Dr. Yen likes to travel, play tennis and volleyball, watch movies, and spend time with her family.

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.

Our team

Agita – Practice Manager

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.

Sarah – Insurance Coordinator

Sarah joined our practice in 2015, bringing nearly two decades of experience in the dental field. She likes the professionalism projected by the office, and loves our patients. She applies her knowledge and expertise in insurance to keep them smiling.

Sarah’s family includes husband Peter, three children, a grandchild, and a dog. Sarah spends her spare time singing and playing keyboards for a classic rock band.

Brooke – Registered Dental Hygienist

Brooke – Registered Dental Hygienist 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 – Dental Hygienist

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 – Registered Dental Hygienist

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 – Registered Dental Assistant

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 – 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.