Dr. Ilya Zak
|Dr. Ilya Zak graduated from USC Dental School in 1990. He was one of eight students to complete both his undergraduate and graduate requirements from the ADAPT program (an accelerated 6 year dental program). After graduating school, he completed a TMJ/ Pain Management residency at White Memorial Hospital and was a qualified medical examiner for TMJ dysfunction in the state of California. He served as a part-clinical instructor at USC dental school. He practices in Simi Valley, Valencia, Agoura Hills, and Santa Barbara since 1994.|
Dr. Howard Kopel
|Dr. Howard Kopel, DDS, is a graduate of the University of Southern California's School of Dentistry. With over 30 years of clinical experience, he is knowledgeable in all fields of dentistry. Amongst many other awards and citations, Dr. Kopel has been presented with excellence in diagnosis of oral cancers. The doctors and staff at Dr. Zak Family Dentistry have had the honor of working closely with Dr. Kopel for over 10 years. Due to his extensive experience, he holds the position of dental diagnosis and is the managing doctor at our office.|
Dr. Charles Chung
|Dr. Charles Chung, DDS, has been working with Dr. Zak since 2001. A 1999 graduate of Loma Linda University's School of Dentistry, he performed numerous volunteer missions throughout southern California and South America-ranging from dental work to inner-city volunteering-and worked at various dental offices before settling at Dr. Zak's. Dr. Chung's professional memberships include, among others, the American Dental Association and the California Dental Association. He brings to Dr. Zak Family Dentistry impeccable dental precision in his work as well as a calming demeanor, qualities which make him very popular with patients.|
Dr. Afsana Danishwar
|Dr. Afsana Danishwar, DDS, started out with Dr. Zak Dental Care as receptionist in 1996. She went back to school to become a hygienist and then a dentist, receiving her degree in Dental Surgery in 2006 from USC Dental School. After Dr. D graduated Magnum Cum Laude, she once again became an invaluable member to our Dental Team. In addition, Dr. D's impeccable skills and expansive knowledge earned her the prestigious position as a part time clinical instructor at her Alma Mater. Dr. D's professional memberships include, among others, the American Dental Association and the California Dental Association. She brings to Dr. Zak Dental Care a passion for perfection and a gentle touch, qualities which make her very much appreciated by even our most nervous patients.|
Dr. Akhila Rai
|Dr. Akhila Ria earned her Doctor of Dental Surery Degree from the prestegious Mangalore University in 1992. She has various clinical experience, including served as the Clinical instructor in Endodontics at the Shetty Institute of Dental Sciences. In 2000, she move to the United States with her Husband and two children. Here, she received her clinical instruction from UCLA, and was awarded her California Dental License in 2001. Dr. Rai has been with Dr. Zak Family Dentistry since 2001, where she contributes impressive experience and proven commitment to her patients and work.|
Dr. Ben Walline - Oral Surgeon
|A board-certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Dr. Walline practices oral surgery with a particular interest in corrective jaw surgery and dental implant placement. After graduation from the University of Nebraska's Dental School Dr. Walline moved to California, where he completed a general practice residency at the VA hospital in San Francisco and eventually graduated from the UCLA School of Medicine with an emphasis in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He is president of the Southern California Academy of Oral Pathology and has partaken in various humanitarian trips that have taken him all over the world.|
Dr. Dennis Hunt - Periodontist
|Dennis Hunt, DDS, is a board certified Periodontist with over 17 years of dental experience. A 1994 UCLA graduate with a DDS degree, Dr. Hunt returned to partake in UCLA's Periodontal Residency Certificate Program and in 1997 earned a Master's Degree in Oral Biology. He is listed in America's top dentists of 2009 by the Consumer's Research Council of America. It is not only his dental mastery that has given him this title, but also his research which produced five published papers in academic journals. Dr. Hunt remains a part-time faculty member at UCLA and holds rewards from the California Dental Association, the American Academy of Periodontics, and the European Academy of Ossteointegration.|
Dr. Dara Saadat - Orthodontist
|With over ten years of dental experience, Dr. Dara Saadat, DDS, MS, is an Orthodontics specialist. In 2005 he earned her DDS degree from UCLA's College of Dental Medicine. He continued his higher studies at the prestigious Columbia University all while performing various dental research. From Columbia, Dr. Saadat was rewarded with a Masters of Science degree in Orthodontics. Dr. Saadat has been with Dr. Zak Family Dentistry 2008. A warm people's person, he is fluent in English and Farsi and proficient in conversational Spanish and French.|
Dr. Omar Sosa - Endodontist
|Omar Sosa, DDS, is a board certified Endodontist with over 42 years of dental experience. He graduated from NYU Dental school in 1969 and from USC's Endodontics Specialty Program in 1973. Dr. Sosa has been an active faculty and a clinical instructor at USC Dental School since 1973 and UCLA Dental School since 1983. Dr. Sosa's practice philosophy is providing the most gentle, caring, and positive root canal experience by offering the highest quality of care using the latest technological advances in the dental field. He believes that root canal therapy should never be a painful experience and lectures extensively on the patients' right to a gentle, comfortable, and completely painless experience. He is a member of the American Association of Endodontics and American Dental Association (ADA).|
Our staff is trained and skilled, and we strive to provide energetic and fun-loving service to each patient. Each member of our treatment team is a registered assistant, and our office staff has years of experience in treating patients with the highest level of care.
Dr. Zak Dental Care Office in Valencia serving Valencia, Newhall, Santa Clarita, Saugus, Canyon Country, Stevenson Ranch, Castaic, Agua Dulce, Acton, Palmdale, Lancaster, California City, Lake Hughes, Fillmore, Piru, Frazier Park, Rosamond, and Mojave, since 1996.
Dr. Zak Family Dentistry Office in Simi Valley serving Simi Valley, Moorpark, Fillmore, Santa Paula, Granada Hills, Reseda, Tarzana, Chatsworth, Northridge, Porter Ranch, North Hills, Mission Hills, Canoga Park, and West Hills, since 1994.
Sea Breeze Dental Office in Agoura Hills serving Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Newbury Park, Malibu, Oak Park, Hidden Hills, Woodland Hills, Santa Rosa, Camarillo, Conejo Valley, Oxnard, and Somis, since 2003.
Sea Breeze Dental Care in Santa Barbara serving Goleta, Santa Barbara, Summerland, Carpinteria, Buelton, Solvang, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, Santa Maria, Lompoc, Los Alamos, Casmalia, Nipomo, Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach, and San Louis Obispo, since 1998.