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. Howard Kopel, DDS, attended USC School of Dentistry and has been working in the field for more than 3 decades. He has received excellent training in every dental field, and he has received numerous awards for excellence in oral cancer diagnosis. He utilizes his keen understanding of comprehensive dental care to ensure that his treatment plans are optimized for the ultimate goal of enhancing patients’ wellness. In his free time, Dr. Kopel loves to race fast cars, play tennis, and spend time with his family.
Dr. Stephen Robin graduated the USC School of Dentistry in 1988. He earned his Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry in 1993. He is an Associate Clinical Professor at the USC School of Dentistry, part-time faculty with the USC Mobile Dental Clinic, and volunteers regularly in Ecuador. His father was a Dentist and his middle son is a Pediatric Dentist. Dr. Robin enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family and his dogs. As a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, his extensive experience in the dental field is a true asset to the Zak Dental Family.
Dr. Paul graduated from USC Dental School. He has more than 15 years of experience in the dental field. Dr. Paul has been treatment planning and treating more than 50,000 patients. Dr. Paul’s emphasis on the patients’ overall well being and his ability to prioritize treatment plans to any budget has allowed his to enhance the oral health of nearly all patients that he sees irrespective of their financial challenges.
Dr. Raymond L. Wright, Jr. attended undergraduate college at the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL for two years and was then accepted into the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in Chicago, IL. He graduated with a DDS degree at age 24 and then obtained his Certificate in Periodontics from the same school. He was the youngest Doctor to ever receive a Certificate in Periodontics from the University of Illinois at the age of 26. Following his graduation Dr. Wright was an Assistant Professor in Periodontics at both the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in Chicago, IL and MeHarry School of Dentistry in Nashville, TN for nine years. He was also an Assistant Professor in Orthodontics for two years at the University of Illinois completing a research study that was later published in American Journal of Orthodontics. Dr. Wright was appointed as a Minority Student Advisor at the University of Illinois for nine years. Dr. Wright opened his private practice Limited to Periodontics in Chicago, IL. He was a staff dentist with the Illinois Department of Corrections for eleven years. He served as Sergeant of Arms, Scholarship Chairman, Program Chairman, Secretary, Vice-President and President of two local Chicago dental societies as well as a consultant to Delta Dental Insurance. He was a board member with the Chicago Museum of Natural History Collector Committee and the Joseph Holmes Dance Theatre. Dr. Wright was nominated and received an Outstanding Young Man of the Year Award. After leaving Chicago Dr. Wright was employed as a Periodontist with Dental Service Organizations in Denver, CO, Phoenix, AZ, Atlanta, GA, San Diego and Los Angeles, CA. While in Denver he served as a volunteer photographer for the Denver Broncos Junior Cheerleaders squad. Dr. Wright has presented many topics in Periodontics to colleagues and remains current with dental education and procedures with annual continuing education courses. His goal is to provide the most comprehensive and beneficial periodontal and implant therapy to his patients in a safe and comfortable manner. Dr. Wright hobbies include traveling, biking, hiking, skiing, swimming, bowling, photography and going to movies. He is currently married to his wife Baitao and they are raising a fourteen-year-old son Jason and an eight-year-old daughter Zoe. Dr. Wright has a son, Dr. Raymond L. Wright III, who is a well-respected general dentist in Chicago. Dr. Wright’s father was an Army officer and he was raised as an Army Brat who traveled frequently and has lived in Virginia, Massachusetts, New York, New Foundland, France and Japan. After twenty years in the Army, his father retired as a Major in the 5th Army Brigade and moved the family to Chicago when he was a sophomore in High School.
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Dr. Sina received both his bachelor’s degree (B.S) in Biochemistry as well as his doctorate degree in dental surgery (D.D.S) from UCLA (go Bruins!). He then moved to the Northeast and received his certificate in Orthodontics from the University of Connecticut Orthodontic Program. Aside from being a board-certified orthodontist, Dr. Sina is an avid Taekwondo enthusiast and enjoys cooking at his free time! With roots in Los Angeles and San Diego, Dr. Sina is thrilled to provide you with comprehensive and gentle care, and can’t wait to bring your best smile!
Michael Gavin graduated from Saint John's University in 1969 as a dentist. He then went to the University of Minnesota of Dentistry and graduated from there in 1976. He opened his own practice in 1977 and has been practicing endodontic treatment since. In his spare time he likes to practice horsemanship and read histories of various topics.
Hi, I'm Dr. Coddington. I have an undergraduate degree from UCLA in Physiology and Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from USC. I have been blessed with being a part of Dr. Zak's amazing clinical team since 2012 having the opportunity to work in the Santa Barbara, Valencia, and Agoura Hills offices. I love being a dentist and always maintain a gracious and professional manner when communicating with people, including patients and staff. Having had extensive dental work myself, in my teenage years, I know going to the dentist can be an intimidating and sometimes frightening experience. My goal as a dentist is to do everything I can to make the experience a more positive and enjoyable one through care and compassion while providing the best dental care possible.
I received my DMD from University of Illinois at Chicago. After that I did a residency at UCLA in the department of Advanced Education in General Dentistry. I stayed on as a contract dentist for the same clinic at UCLA for several years. I treat each patient as if they were a member of my family and hope to help them with their dental needs. My hobbies include spending time with my kids, going on hikes and watching the NBA. I have been part of the Wellness³² Team since 2019.
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.
Dr. Mai Phan initially received her Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. Then, Dr. Mai Phan went on to obtain her DDS from USC. She is a gentle individual by nature, and strives to provide great services and care to her patients. Dr. Mai Phan tries to complete her work in a fashion she truly stands behind. Her expertise as a dentist is laser assisted periodontal management, hygiene cosmetic fillings, veneers, inlay/onlays, teeth whitening. In her spare time, D. Mai enjoys books, traveling and spending time with her family.
Dr. Charles Chung graduated from Loma Linda University’s School of Dentistry in 1999. While there, he went on many volunteer missions in southern California and South America that involved dental work and inner-city volunteering. He is a member of the American Dental Association and California Dental Association. His work is always precise and performed calmly, making him very popular with patients.
Dr. Schaeffer graduated with honors from the University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry in 1996. In his 25 years as a dentist, he has attended numerous graduate education programs and has earned certificates in CAD/CAM dentistry from Sirona as well as implant dentistry from the Misch International Implant Institute. He strongly believes in giving back to the community and recently volunteered with the US Navy aboard the USNS Comfort on its 2018 Humanitarian Mission to South America.
Dr. Johnson is board eligible Endodontist, having graduated from the University of Southern California. He services a majority of our practices at Zak Dental and has partnered with us for several years. He revels in helping his patient’s keep and maintain a healthier smile!
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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From Toronto, Canada, Dr. Wong studied Medical Sciences at the University of Western Ontario and received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Temple University’s Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry. He then further enhanced his education by completing a General Practice Residency at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received training in treating special needs and medically compromised patients under intravenous moderate sedation and general anesthesia. In his spare time, Dr. Wong enjoys playing golf, spending time with friends and family, and cheering for the LA sports teams.
Sonya (Sophia) Zak joined the Zak Dental team in 2010 following her graduation from Stanford Graduate School of Business with a PhD in Management Sciences. She also received a dual BA/BS degree from UC Berkeley in Business Administration and Psychology in 2004. She currently oversees all non clinical operational support functions of Zak Dental including Revenue Cycle Management, Patient Journey, Marketing & Team Building and Business Intelligence. She is passionate about utilizing her deep understanding of culture and social behavior. in optimizing our Patients’ Wellness³² Journey and organically developing and nurturing our Zak Dental.
Edwin is the Director of Operations at Zak Dental Care and ensures the company’s offices processes are aligned with the ability to enhance patient Wellness³². Edwin currently focuses on our team’s overall expenditures, procurement and resource allocation, company-wide compliance of protocols, operational development, and administrative mentorship. Before becoming Zak Dental’s Director of Operations in 2020, Edwin served as the regional manager and helped lead administrative and revenue processes, training processes, implementation of new systems, human resources, staffing, information technology infrastructure maintenance. During his tenure Wellness³² Team and the Zak Dental practices achieved more than 100% growth through the acquisition of 6 dental offices, in addition to more than a 30% revenue increase among the existing offices. Before joining Zak Dental, Edwin was part of a large dental chain, where he quickly grew from a dental reception to treatment coordinator and finally a dental office manager. The practice under his leadership become one of the most successful and exemplary practices inthe chain. Edwin earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Chicago. Outside of work, Edwin likes to drive fast cars, build super fast computers :), and spend time with his family.
Bianca Koohbanani is an experienced dental administrator, billing instructor, and information technology support specialist. After earning her Master's degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of South Florida, she began her medical career in cancer pathology research at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. She left the Sunshine State for the Golden in 2012, and has since dedicated her career towards evolving and embettering the patient-provider experience in the dental field. When she's not managing insurance claims or conducting training, you can find her fishing/playing golf with her Dad on the weekends or snuggling with her small Poodle-Shih Tzu mix, Goldie!
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.
Shanttel Rodriguez started at 16 years old as a sterilizer and loved it so much she decided to pursue a career in the Dental Field. As she grew professionally so did her daughter which was her motivation. In her spare time she enjoys watching her daughter play softball, taking her dog on hikes, travel, arts and crafts. She loves being able to touch a patient's life in a positive way. She not only likes giving them a reason to smile, but actually enhancing their quality of life.
Suelem Guerrero graduated from the University of California San Diego and received a bachelor's degree in communications . After living in Florida for about a year, she moved back to California and found a job in the dental field where she discovered her passion and career. She has been in the dental field for 10 years now. She enjoys cooking, organizing, cleaning, loves to travel, loves her dog goofy and goes to Disneyland as many times as possible in her spare time. She loves to provide great customer service and cares for her patients like family to help them achieve their smile goals.
Alejandra joined the dental field 12 years ago while attending college for child development. It was then when she realized her love and passion for the dental field. Helping others and achieving their perfect smiles is what makes her happy. In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with her daughters and baking cakes.
I have spent the past 26 years serving others in the dental field. I love people and enjoy working with others. I have hands-on experience with patients in both the back office as a dental assistant, as well as all aspects of front office administration, including management, insurance billing and coordinating treatment. I enjoy helping others find the best way to move forward with the exceptional care they deserve. I have dedicated my efforts to making sure our patients receive quality, personalized care, while ensuring they are comfortable at all times. I enjoy spending time with my grown children and grandchildren as often as possible, and of course we cannot forget our fur babies, who are also an essential part of our family and are involved in many outdoor family activities. I have recently transitioned into managing our specialty department with Zak Dental and am very excited to be a part of the specialty process. I am happy to be able to help our patients navigate through the process with insurance to receive the specialty care they need and I love working with our specialists to help insure it is a great experience for all. I look forward to continuing to serve others in our offices.