Dr. Ilya Zak is the Founder and Visionary of our Wellness³² Dental Team. His passion for dental care took hold at a tender age of 10 when he began to shadow his dentist father, Dr. Boris Zak and volunteer at a local dental lab. He solidified his calling when he graduated from University of Southern California Dental School in 1990, and shorty after opened his first practice in an underserved community of Simi Valley in 1994.. He enriched his career and scope of practice by also completing his TMJ/Pain Management residency at White Memorial Hospital and became a qualified medical examiner for TMJ dysfunction in California. Dr. Zak’s passion is mentoring other dentist professionals. He served as a part-time clinical instructor at his alma mater, USC Dental School, and is currently a clinical instructor of the UCLA Dental School. Dr. Zak brought his experience as an educator into the Zak Dental practices by adopting many of the quality assurance steps practices an dental education institutions in the private settings of all Zak Dental locations.
Dr. Moya is a native Angeleno who grew up in the east San Gabriel Valley and its environs, living for a number of years in New Jersey and New York while pursuing his undergraduate and graduate studies at Rutgers and NYU. He has been practicing dentistry since 2007. Dr. Moya's aim is to cultivate a systematic and reasoned approach to dentistry, delivering an end product that is altogether long-lasting, stable and beautiful, and--perhaps most importantly--exceeds your expectations. An amateur violinist with a particular interest in Baroque and other early music, he is the founder of the @voxsaeculorum composer's association and served as composer-in-residence for the Long Beach-based Kontrapunktus Baroque Ensemble from 2016 to 2018.
My name is Dr. Zach Ward, and I am excited to be coming back to the bay area after a few years away. I graduated from La Cañada High School in 2008, after which I received my Bachelor’s of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Economics. Toward the end of my time there, I discovered that I did not want a career in economics. A family friend invited me to his dental practice. I saw a few patients get new smiles, and I knew what I had to do. Four years later, I left the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, D.M.D. degree in hand, and set out to make my way back to Southern California. Dental school provided me with many opportunities to learn and serve in the nearby community. I was privileged to serve as Class President all four years and was able to coordinate service opportunities for classmates throughout the area. While I felt prepared to treat patients upon graduating, I chose to train for an additional year in an Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at UCLA. This past year, I have been working at the UCLA clinic in Venice and gaining valuable experience in a variety of complex treatments, including endodontics, oral surgery, implant placement and restoration, full mouth rehabilitation, and occlusal management to help with chronic TMJ issues. This training has prepared me to serve you with the highest standard of dental care available to patients today. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Kate, and our three children, Henry (5), Benjamin (3), and Grace (born May 2021). I am and always have been an avid Dodgers, Lakers, and UCLA fan (but will not hold it against anyone for being a Trojans fan). I am thrilled with the opportunity to be a part of this practice. I have always admired their passion for dentistry, his kindness, and his conservative approach, and I look forward to providing the same service to all of you.
Hi, I'm Dr. Rohin Ambaram. I grew up in the Northern California area, then moved to Los Angeles for dental school at UCLA, and finally landed in Detroit, Michigan for my Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency. Its been a long journey and I love what I do, particularly when I'm able to make my patient's feel comfortable and help them achieve their dental health care goals. Outside my practice, I enjoy playing golf and being with my family - my lovely wife and 2 year old daughter.
Dr. Nima Ebrahimi graduated from University of Illinois Chicago, College of Dentistry in 2010 and furthered his education with a specialty in Periodontics in 2013. He has been practicing in the specialty of Periodontics in the greater Los Angeles area since 2013. Dr. Ebrahimi is also an Adjunct Clinical Professor at UCLA, School of Dentistry for the Periodontal Department, since 2014. He specializes in gingival treatment and surgeries for gum disease, implants, bone grafts, surgical extractions, gingival soft tissue grafts, and biopsies. In his off time, he loves to travel joining dental outreach missions in third world countries in providing basic dental care in places like Vietnam, Mexico, South America, Caribbean, and rural China.
Dr. Raffi Asadorian joined our Wellness32 Team in 2019. He received his DDS from the University of California in San Francisco in 2012. He specializes in a wide scope of oral surgical procedures including impacted 3rd molar and complicated extractions, alveoloplasty, and biopsies.
Dr. Robert I. Zama was born in Romania where he attended Dental School at University of Medicine and Pharmacy Grigore T. Popa. He graduated in 2010 with the title of Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry. After immigrating to the United States, Dr. Zama attended the Advanced Standing Program for International Dentists at USC where he was top of his class in Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Zama takes great pride in his work and goes above and beyond to meet his patients expectations and provide them with quality and painless dental care. In his spare time Dr. Zama enjoys spending time with his son. His hobbies also include, hiking, mountain biking and traveling. One of his passions aside from dentistry is learning new languages. In his free time, he likes to restore old watches, clay sculpting and playing the piano.
Dr. Aiham Machhadani graduated from Damascus University in Syria in 1999. He then continued his education at California's Dr. Duggan Study Institute. Dr. Machhadani then continued his education at Columbia University, earning his specialty certification in Endodontics in 1999. For nearly 20 years, Dr. Machhadani has serviced patients in southern California. In his spare time, Dr. Machhadani lives an active life playing soccer and tennis.
Jerilee Malang graduated from Bryman College in 2003 as a dental assistant. She always had a passion for helping others and always knew she wanted to dedicate herself to a career that allowed her this rewarding experience. Her career in dentistry started in 2004 at Zak Dental Care as an xray technician. In 2007, she furthered herself in her profession and obtained her Registered Dental Assistant License. Expanding her knowledge in all aspects of dentistry has given her a deep understanding of the field and most of all doing her best to help all her patients in achieving perfect smiles. She is coming on her 16th anniversary at Zak Dental and is proud to be part of a team who cares about their patients. In her spare time she loves to play videogames, loves anything with Harry Potter on it, goes on mini adventures with her dog and likes to try new things especially when she travels.
Dr. Kristen Miller is graduated from UCLA with general dental education and UCSF with her orthodontist training. She graduated the class as top 5% students. She was also the Vice President of her dental school class. Dr. Miller participated in the UCSF mobile clinic. She is fluent in Spanish.
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Dr. Nischit Shah moved to sunny California to join our Wellness32 Team from Boston. He has a passion for restoring healthy smiles through his advanced degree as a Periodontist, which he received from the Boston University of Dental Medicine. Outside of dentistry, Dr. Shah loves to watch movies, listen to a variety of musical styles, play basketball, and travel.
I am originally from Ojai, where I attended Nordhoff High School. I subsequently completed my undergraduate studies at UCLA before leaving the Southern California sun for the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. After dental school, I elected to stay in beautiful Ann Arbor and continue my training in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, as well as complete medical studies at the University of Michigan Medical School. It was during that time, that I met the love of my life, and we started our family. From there, I followed my passion and did a fellowship in Craniofacial Surgery and Pediatric Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. After finally completing my training, I began practicing in West Michigan, where I have been for the last 10 years. I have focused on dental implants, exodontia, orthognathic surgery, pediatric anesthesia, and cleft lip and palate surgery. I remain faculty at Michigan State University, and was the previous chair of Dentistry and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Spectrum Health System, the largest hospital system in the state of Michigan. I am double board certified by the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. I make the promise to all of my patients that no one will be more knowledgeable of the current literature base, and that I will always practice cutting edge, evidence based dentistry and medicine. My patients deserve this. I happily bring with me my amazing wife Kelli, my daughter Colleen, and my son David. We are avid explorers of all that California has to offer, from the amazing hiking trails, to incomparable beaches. We are thrilled to be a part of this amazing community.
Joshua Parfitt DMD is a board eligible Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon. He was raised in a small rural town in Oregon, attending Linfield College where he graduated with a B.S. in physiology. Dr. Parfitt was a prolific collegiate swimmer in the long distance events. He attended the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health and graduated as valedictorian. Additionally, Josh met his wife Nina, and started residency in Oral & maxillofacial surgery at Highland General Hospital in Oakland, receiving certificate of specialty in 2019. Following the years of hospital training, the San Diego area became home and they are excited to start the next stage of life. In their free time, Dr. Parfitt takes advantage of the local activities than San Diego weather offers; including running, biking, and triathlons.
During this time, I like how they observe social distancing and follow state guidelines. Very friendly associates and staff and make me feel comfortable. It makes me eager to come back again for future appointments. Thank U very much.
I hadn’t been to a dentist in over 3 years before coming here and couldn’t have been happier about the decision to place my care in the hands of the Dr. Zak team! Every encounter and appointment has been helpful, friendly, and educational with this staff. Sandra, Jessica, and Ferdy are both professional and personable with my paperwork and appointments. If I could give this place 6 stars I would!
I recently switched dentists after hearing about Dr. Zak in Long Beach. I went in this morning and was pleasantly surprised by Dr. Williams who did my exam, Dawn who checked me in, and Nara who handled my paperwork. They were all so sweet and accommodating and extremely helpful. I admittedly don’t like the dentist but they made the experience much more enjoyable and actually I look forward to coming back.
I haven’t been to the dentist in quite some time, but I had such a pleasant experience. They were all very professional and walked me through each step. Overall, very happy I picked this place and will be keeping them as my primary dentist. A few people that were extra helpful were: Ferdy, dawn, Tony, and of course my dentist who was a super nice women Dr. Roshi.