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Your Dentists in Redwood City

Dr Ghina Morad

Dr. Ghina Morad

General Dentistry & Orthodontics

Dr. Ghina Morad grew up in a family of physicians and became interested in science and medicine at an early age. She also had a passion for art and music, and soon discovered that dentistry was the perfect blend of science, medicine and art. Dentistry, it seemed, was her destiny.

Dr. Morad graduated from the Boston University School of Dental Medicine as a DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine). Her passion for dentistry shined early in her career as she graduated top of her class...

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Dr. Shifteh Iranmanesh

Dr. Shifteh Iranmanesh

General Dentistry

Dr. Shifteh Iranmanesh grew up in the Bay Area. After earning her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, where she studied Microbiology, she received her Masters from San Jose State University in biotechnology. She joins our team from the Western University School of Dentistry where she graduated with honors.

She has conducted several Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Externships, and has practiced throughout the Bay Area, including the Peninsula, North Bay and East Bay. Her philosophy is to treat every patient like family and with the highest level of care and quality....

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Dr. Shantia Kazemi, DDS

Periodontist

Dr. Kazemi is a board certified Periodontist & Implant surgeon. She completed her certificate in Periodontal surgery & Implant dentistry at University of Southern California, Los Angeles. During her time at USC, she was the President of ‘’Advanced Periodontology Residents Study Club’’ and was selected to receive ‘’Associate endowed scholarship’’ from USC School of Dentistry. Before her time at USC, she earned MS degree in Clinical Translational Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she received the ‘’Board of trustees Scholarship’’ for academic excellence.

A recipient of several awards and honors, she has also lectured nationally and internationally on implant dentistry and laser dentistry. Dr. Kazemi has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals, and serves as peer reviewer and associate editor of scientific journals in the field of implant dentistry and periodontology.

Dr. Kazemi strives to make dental visits a low-stress experience with minimal discomfort. She takes pride in providing high quality evidence based care to each patient based on their unique individual needs. When not working, she spends time with her family & friends, enjoys hiking, working out, cooking and traveling.

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Dr. Melinda Reynard, DDS

Periodontist

Dr. Melinda Reynard received her Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of the Pacific in San Francisco in 1989. Post-graduation, she spent 3 years in the San Mateo Dental Society Peer Review Committee to ensure a high standard of care throughout the community. She also received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Texas in Austin, and her Master’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science a few years later. With the extensive knowledge of diet and health related conditions, she is able to provide a holistic approach to treating all patients. She also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Pacific Dental School in San Francisco.

Dr. Reynard’s goal has always been to provide a positive, nurturing dental experience. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, swimming, hiking, traveling, practicing or teaching water fitness and yoga. She enjoys all types of crafts, reading and listening to audio books, as well as experimenting with healthy recipes.

Meet Our Dental Team

We’re nothing without our incredible team! Everyone in the office is dedicated to providing comprehensive, multidisciplinary dental care to each and every patient. We all have a dedication to lifelong learning to enhance our knowledge and skills and better serve our patients. At the office of Ghina Morad, DMD, you’re always in good hands.

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Pong Thongsavanh
PRACTICE MANAGER

Pong has previously been a dental assistant in both specialty and general dental practices (including ours). Her knowledge of the dental field and her organizational skills have qualified her to become our practice manager. She's smart, adventurous, caring and fun to be around. She loves new challenges and is especially quick to learn new things. She enjoys cooking, biking and other outdoor sports. She's fluent in 3 languages: Laotian, Thai and English.

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Maria Muratalla
Dental Hygienist

Our full-time Hygienist, Maria, comes with over 25 years of experience. She ran a full hygiene department in her previous dental office and is LASER certified. Maria is always laughing and talking with patients. She is an amazing Hygienist with limitless ambition. She has two daughters and a grandson who is the love of her life. She rides to the office on her cute bike, and loves swimming, cooking, and fishing with her boyfriend. Speaks English and Spanish.

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Zhen Shi
DENTAL HYGIENIST

Zhen spent many years working in business between China and the East Coast before he decided to stay in the US to pursue his dream of becoming a dental hygienist. He completed his Hygiene program from the University of Pittsburg then moved to California where he has been practicing as a registered dental hygienist at Bay Area dental offices. Zhen joined our office early 2021 and has been providing very thorough and gentle care for our patients. He prides himself in providing his patients with personalized tips to keep their oral health at its best. Outside of work, he enjoys cooking, swimming and hiking the beautiful Bay Area trails. He is fluent in Mandarin and English.

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Miguel Ureno
DENTAL HYGIENIST

Miguel joined our practice recently as a registered dental hygienist after he graduated at the top of his class. His passion for hygiene and health is undeniable. He fell in love with the dental hygiene profession at an early age. He always felt that his smile was a source for his confidence and a key element to connect him with people so he wanted to dedicate his life to providing people with the same feeling. Miguel enjoys spending time doing activities with his wife and the queen of his heart, his beautiful daughter. Fluent in Spanish and English

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Kathleen Umlas
Financial Coordinator

Kathleen started her career as a Dental Assistant. She then shifted roles to a Front Desk Manager and worked at a San Mateo practice for 10 years before starting with us in our San Carlos office. She has three kids, and she loves fashion and Karaoke. Kathleen speaks Tagalog and English.

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Lety Cruz
Dental Assistant

Lety has been Dr. Morad's Dental Assistant since 2003. They started together in the old San Carlos office. She is one of the most upbeat, caring people. She and Dr. Morad have enjoyed so many laughs with their patients over the years. Lety lives in Redwood City with her family. She is a pet lover who has had multiple pets from hamsters to several cats and dogs. She is creative and is always busy repainting, redecorating and building stuff around the house.

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Marisa Ruiz
Dental Assistant

Marisa was a dentist in the Philippines where she ran her own office for four years before coming to the United States. She has been a dental assistant for over 20 years in the states, and has a degree in Extended-Function Dental Assistance as well as Orthodontics. Marisa enjoys spending time with her family and singing Karaoke with her cockatoo.

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Joclyne Gonzalez
Front Desk

Joclyne earned her Medical Assistant degree, but soon fell in love with dentistry. She worked as a Front Desk staff member in a specialized TMJ office where she learned all about dental billing and scheduling. She soon took on more responsibilities as a treatment coordinator and a Clinical Assistant. Joclyne is dynamic, energetic and a high achiever. She lives in San Jose with her husband where she runs her own online company after work and on the weekend.

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