Anoosheh Shahkarami, DDS
Dr. Anoosheh Shahkarami graduated from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in 2003. Along with completing her continuing education requirements, Dr. Shahkarami has stayed current on cutting-edge technology, applying innovative dental techniques and materials to her practice of dentistry. She excels in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, dental implant restorations, and Invisalign® orthodontics.
Dr. Shahkarami’s priority and passion is to take excellent care of her patients and to improve the quality of their lives while providing pain-free, aesthetically satisfying, and state-of-the-art treatment.
Chela Altman, DDS
Dr. Chela Altman earned her doctorate in dental surgery from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco, CA. Upon graduating from UOP, she was elected into the Tau Kappa Omega dental honor society for her outstanding academic and clinical achievements.
As a distinguished clinician with over a decade of experience, Dr. Altman focuses on cosmetic and restorative dentistry. She maintains a high level of excellence in her work and strives to create a comfortable experience for each of her patients. 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.
Allison Yen, DDS, MS
Dr. Allison Yen graduated from the University of the Pacific, Dugoni School of Dentistry, where she graduated top 10 of her classes and was honored with many awards for academic excellence. Following her dental training, she completed a three-year postgraduate residency program in periodontics at the University of Illinois, at Chicago. During her training, Dr. Yen obtained a Master of Science (MS) degree in oral sciences from the University of Illinois where she conducted research in wound healing. She is trained to deliver oral conscious and intravenous (IV) sedation for patient comfort.
Dr. Yen is actively involved in numerous professional organizations, including the American Academy of Periodontology, the American Dental Association, and the California Dental Association.
Dr. Yen keeps up to date on many continuing educational classes, ensuring that her patients receive the most comprehensive and advanced dental care. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, playing volleyball and tennis, movies, and time with her family.
Debra Stein, DMD, MMSc – Endodontist
Dr. Stein was born and raised in Los Angeles California. She moved east to pursue her education. Dr. Stein graduated from The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine. She stayed in Philadelphia to complete a General Practice Residency Program at Albert Einstein Medical Center. It was there that she attended to medically compromised patients in the clinic and in the operating room, as well as traumatic injuries to the dentoalveolar process. After her training in at Penn and Einstein, she completed her postdoctoral training in conventional and microsurgical endodontics at Harvard University’s School of Dental Medicine. It was at Harvard that she also obtained her Masters in Medical Science in oral biology and completed her thesis on OroFacial Pain and Trigeminal Neuralgia. Her work was presented at the annual conference of The Academy of Orofacial Pain. Upon graduation, Dr. Stein stayed in Boston and practiced endodontics in a private practice setting for eleven years. During this time, she also taught pre-doctoral students as well as postdoctoral residents at The Brigham and Women’s Hospital and at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Stein is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Society, and the American Board of Endodontics. In her spare time, she enjoys art projects with her daughter, theatre, and film.
Meet Our Team
Our caring team of dental professionals at SoCalSmiles Dental Office is committed to helping our patients enjoy healthy beautiful smiles. When you visit our family-oriented practice, we provide compassionate, individualized dental care with a gentle touch. We welcome you to visit or call our office today at 818-345-5286 to learn more about dental care in Tarzana, California, and to schedule your appointment with one of our skilled dentists. We look forward to getting to know you and to caring for your smile!
Agita – Practice Manager
Agita has been part of our dental family for 12 years. She enjoys working with our team and building relationships with our patients, encouraging and helping them to get the treatments they need to enjoy healthy smiles.
Sarah – Insurance Coordinator
Sarah joined our dental family 2 years ago and has 18 years of experience in the dental field. She enjoys our professionalism and loves our patients. Sarah works hard to help our patients keep smiling!
Sarah and her husband, Peter, have 3 children, Sean, Chloe, and Mariah, and are grandparents to Ryden and Coco the Maltese poodle. In her spare time, she enjoys playing keyboards and singing in a classic rock band.
Brooke – Registered Dental Hygienist
Brooke has been with SoCalSmiles Dental Office for 8 years. She graduated with honors from her dental hygienist program, and has received the Best Dental Hygienist award. She works hard to provide a comfortable atmosphere and to help keep our patients at ease. Brooke’s favorite part of our practice is the great teamwork of our fantastic team.
Brook has 3 children. She has a horse, and rides often.
Kathy – Dental Hygienist
Kathy joined our dental family 6 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 has been with SoCalSmiles Dental Office for 1 year. He earned his Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene from Coma Linda University and earned the Service Learning award for his work in Bangladesh and Ethiopia. Darwin’s favorite part of our practice is working with a team of dental specialists to provide each patient with the best possible individualized healthcare. He encourages our patients to not only maintain a healthy mouth but to live a healthy lifestyle as well.
Darwin’s hobbies include outdoor activities, travel, and food adventures.
Brenda – Registered Dental Assistant
Brenda has been with SoCalSmiles Dental Office for 14 years. She enjoys the calm and relaxed atmosphere at our office, and how well our team gets along and works together. Brenda always maintains a warm and welcoming attitude to help our patients feel at ease when they visit our office.
Marylin – Dental Assistant
Marylin has been with SoCalSmiles Dental Office for 4 months. She is currently studying to become a dental hygienist. She enjoys being around her co-workers and feels like she is a valued part of a family at our office. She assists our doctors during dental procedures, bringing a pleasant attitude that sets patients at ease while receiving their treatments. Marylin has always been very interested in dentistry and loves knowing that she has helped others to perfect their smile and achieve the confidence that comes as a result of a beautiful smile.
Marylin is married and has 3 cats. She comes from a large family and enjoys the company of others. Her hobbies include arts and crafts, crochet, guitar, and cooking.