Dr. Arash Hakhamian DDS, Co-founder and CEO of Dentulu, comes from a long line of dental and medical professionals. He graduated with College Honors, Departmental Honors, and Latin honors from UCLA and was accepted and went onto graduating from the prestigious USC School of Dentistry with honors with an emphasis on providing care to medically compromised patients. Dr. Hakhamian is a co-founder and board member of the Global Dental Implant Academy, Global Implantology Summit, International Extraction Academy and lectures both Nationally and Internationally on dental surgery, office/business management and marketing. He was recognized as one of the Top 40 Under 40 dentists in the USA in 2018 by Incisal Edge Magazine and as one of the Top General Dentists in Los Angeles by Los Angeles Magazine in 2018. Dr. Hakhamian has a passion for international Volunteer work and has traveled to Guatemala, Peru, Brazil, Belize, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Vietnam, Jordon, Colombia and many other impoverished nations providing 100% free dental surgeries/services using mobile dental equipment designed to service underserved populations in remote locations. Dr. Hakhamian is also the founder and organizer for Global Health Summit which takes pre-medical students to 3rd world countries to assist in medical missions. Dr. Hakhamian has been interviewed by Howard Farren from Dental Town for his accomplishments in dentistry and has been invited as a guest lecturer in schools and Universities such as UCLA for the student population. Dr. Hakhamian is an official dentist for the Special Olympics as well as the NFL Alumni Association and also provides mobile dental services to the rich and famous in Beverly Hills including the Saudi Arabian Royal Family and numerous A-list celebrities. In addition to his passion in lecturing to other dentists, Dr. Hakhamian’s dream and passion is to provide increased access to preventative and emergency dental work to millions around the world who cannot travel to dental offices due to old age, handicaps, or limited time. Dr. Hakhamian’s hobbies include learning new languages and salsa dancing and his bucket list is to visit all the modern wonders around the world.
ShivaKumar Chandrasekaran, Co-Founder and CTO of Dentulu, was born in Chennai India, a city well known for producing some of the world’s most talented and established technology professionals. Mr. Kumar completed his Bachelor’s degree from prestigious Loyola College Chennai with top honors. In addition to successfully receiving a bachelor’s degree in the field of Physics, Mr. Kumar completed his Masters in Business Development and Marketing. Coupled with his incredible academic accomplishments, Shiva was an avid and accomplished Cricket player and was set for a professional career in athletics until a career ending injury derailed his athletic dreams.
With his professional athletic goals derailed, Shiva implemented his vast knowledge in and passion into business development and advanced marketing. With the help and guidance from a long line of successful businessmen and Entrepreneurs in his family, Shiva began his professional career focused on strategic business solutions in the technology sector.
With over 15 years of experience in the technology sector, Mr. Kumar has started up a number of successful companies providing technology solutions through strategic partnerships with western businesses and Entrepreneurs. Mr. Kumar currently possesses a strong and proven knowledge of some of the world’s leading programming languages by Microsoft and other Open source technologies and oversees an entire team of software developers and programmers.
In addition to his background in coding and software development, Mr. Kumar has extensive experience in server side security, cyber security, and has served as a consultant to other companies on the management of private and sensitive data storage. At the forefront of technological and industry trends, Mr. Kumar has recently shifted his focus on creating and implementing industry changing solutions relating to mobile app development serving various mobile service verticals. Included in his repertoire of software development, Mr. Kumar has overseen and managed numerous mobile applications on both IOS and Andriod Platforms internationally. These applications include projects in a multitude of divergent fields including contracts from Health Care Industry, Real Estate, Logistics, Retail, and Government based firms.
Mr. Kumar also has vast experience in developing Enterprise software solutions for some of the leading businesses in Middle Eastern Countries, namely Omega Software Inc. These enterprise solutions have enabled these organizations into digitizing their operations with cloud based, multi layered security designed to handle HR, Business Management, Operations, Logistics, automation, and extensive data reporting and delivery. His extensive expertise in ERP programming and contributions enabled these companies to save millions of dollars in operational costs while increasing efficiency.
Mr. Kumar is a member of a number of tech communities in and around Chennai such as the Young Indian Entrepreneurs, NASCOM and the Software Industries Development Association. In addition, Shiva is involved in supporting many charity organizations in India for noble causes.
Shiva is married to his beautiful wife Deepika and has two young sons and maintains an active passion in cricket.
Mary Gonzales has worked in the dental field in various capacities for over 33 years, with a focus on management, Human Resources, OSHA, Infection control, dental safety protocols and Employment Law. Also included is an extensive working knowledge of all positions within dentistry, including front office assistant, office manager, regional manager, marketing director, dental consultant, and product development.
Mary has served as the office manager for some of the most reputable and well known dentists in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles. In addition to writing and revamping corporate manuals and protocols, she has managed both general dental offices as well as specialty offices including orthodontics, prosthodontics, oral surgery, and pediatric dentistry.
Mary continues to serve as a private consultant for multiple dentists, assisting with ever changing needs including dental office sales and acquisitions. She consults dentists who are either selling or purchasing, which often times requires in-depth audits and assessments of the functionality and operations of dental practices.
Dr. Molayem is a widely recognized and respected doctor of dental surgery focusing his time and energy in providing life-changing dentistry to his patients and teaching dentists advanced clinical procedures. He has successfully placed over 4,000 dental implants in his career.
He comes from a long family line of doctors and dentists and as such sees the mouth and oral health as one integral piece of a connected system affecting and working with other parts of the body.
Dr. Molayem’s expertise is in Full Mouth Reconstruction, particularly in complex cases where patients have not been to the dentist for several years and may need extensive work such as several extractions, bone grafts, and dental implants to create a new smile and restore function.
Dr. Molayem is the proud founder of both the UCLA and USC Journals of Dental Research—The Explorer. They are now in their 12th and 10th years of publication, respectively. He has conducted and published research in the field of dental implants.
Dr. Molayem is seen as a leader in dental education. One of his main passions outside the clinic is teaching. He was a course instructor and lecturer having trained several dentists how to place dental implants. He is also co-founder of Synergy Specialists, the largest network of dental specialists in the country. In this role, he is in charge of clinical mentorship and training of newer graduating periodontists and surgeons through webinars and training videos.
He has over 35,000 followers on his professional Instagram account where he posts his cases with detailed explanations and teaches them to the international dental community.
Dr. Sherwin Matian was born and raised in Los Angeles, California where his family resides. From a very young age, Dr. Matian has exhibited a great passion for health care and business. In high school was chosen to participate in the prestigious Academy of Business Leadership where gained tremendous insight into business and leadership applications
Dr. Matian’s passion for community service and outreached was highlited by his active involvement with The San Bernardino Valley Woodworkers toy drive which is an annual club event that produces over 1,000 handmade wooden Christmas gifts for local hospital children. Dr. Matian has been awarded both a UCLA Regent Scholarship and UCLA Alumni scholarship which highlight his keen ability to reach across various avenues of both academy and community outreach.
Dr. Matian attended The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, where he played an active role in research and community outreach. He was part of the Albert Schweitzer fellowship program where he was in charge managing a team of Writers, directors and actors in the production of several patient education videos geared towards the oral health of newborns and the pregnant mothers. His project attracted support and grants from ORHP, HRSA, and DHHS to help address some of the most persistent dental issues in Southern Pennsylvania area.
His passion to support underserved patients pushed him to receive advanced Certification and accreditation from The University of Pittsburgh Medical Hospital in Gerontology. With his background in serving elderly and Geriatic patients, Dr. Matian gained tremendous experience and insight in working closely with the UPMC Gerontology department helping shape and improve protocols on how to better provide dental care for this very undeserved community.
Dr. Matian sought and completed additional schooling after receiving his dental degree by completing an Advanced Education General Dentistry at University of New Mexico hospital. During the program he was able to work in various undeserved remote communities and federally qualified health centers. He received additional training in providing preventative, surgical, and restorative care to this subset of the population. After receiving his advanced training in general dentistry, Dr. Matian returned to California and continues his passion for improving dental care and access to the community through both local and international volunteer and advocacy groups. Dr. Matian has routinely traveled with international NGO’s and volunteer groups on medical and dental missions aimed at providing free healthcare to very poor and rural areas. His greatest passion is traveling to Guatemala where he works with Faith In Practice in providing dental care to patients in severe pain living in remote areas. Dr. Matian is also a prominent and well established dentist in the West Hollywood area where he has his own private office providing high end dentistry to his community. His hobbies include traveling, carpentry, and community outreach.
Kamran Dastoury, MD grew up in the Los Angeles area where he also received his graduate degree from University of Southern California with top honors. He then moved to New Orleans where he received his Medical Degree from one of the United States’ most competitive and well recognized programs in facial trauma, the LSU School of Medicine. Dr. Dastoury’s initial surgical background was in maxillofacial surgery which included training in areas such as facial cosmetics, trauma, head & neck cancer but through this program he gained extensive experience in full body micro vascular reconstruction and craniofacial surgery.
With a deep sense of communal responsibility and philanthropy, Dr. Dastoury has used his surgical expertise in providing much needed medical services in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico and other 3rd world countries. With his ability to speak multiple languages coupled with his extensive background in surgery, Dr. Dastoury has a vast amount of knowledge about the logistics of providing mobile health services to underserved populations and medically compromised patients.
Dr. Dastoury was also heavily involved in regenerative research and worked with several prominent and well established researchers and Professors. Dr. Dastroury completed his general surgery internship at Charity hospital, a Level 1 trauma hospital located in downtown New Orleans where he enhanced his surgical background. During his residency, he also had extensive training in general anesthesia and working with medically compromised and geriatric patients which enabled him to attain his general anesthesia certificate in California.
With an already extensive background and interest in surgical reconstruction, Dr. Dastoury was accepted to and completed one of the Nation’s most competitive cosmetic surgery fellowships where he excelled his surgical and reconstructive abilities by providing advanced body augmentation and reconstructive revisions. Dr. Dastoury is passionate about his work, his patients, and in advancing quality care to those who need it most. Dr. Dastoury has a flourishing Surgical Practice in Colorado and travels between California and Colorado providing surgical care for his patients. He also boasts Board Certification in the United States and is an active member of the Academy of Cosmetic surgery. Dr. Dastoury’s hobbies include product development, research, and volunteer work.
Nancy comes from a dental family and wanted to go into dentistry from a young age. She received her Bachelor’s of Science at the University of Cal State Fullerton majoring in Biology. After graduating from CSUF she attended the Prestigious New York University College of Dentistry receiving her degree in Dental Hygiene. During her time at NYU, she had the honor of providing dental treatment to those in underprivileged communities where they were able to serve countless patients from disadvantaged backgrounds. After graduating from NYU with top honors, Nancy moved back to Southern California where her family resides and has practiced as the lead Hygienist for one of Los Angeles’ top dental practices.
Nancy has continued her dental education with regular CE courses on a variety of topics to help provide the best dental care for her patients. She is an expert on the use of Periodontal lasers and has implemented laser dentistry into her daily hygiene routines. Nancy’s goals are to expand not only her own knowledge and capabilities in the field of Dental Hygiene but to also empower other hygienists to do the same for the betterment of patients around the world. She has a unique passion for educating patients and for training other hygienists that work under her.
Nancy has been instrumental in the testing and implementation of Dentulu protocols and guidelines. During her time off, Nancy loves spending time with her grandparents, family, and friends.
Linda Brookman is an Associate Professor of clinical dentistry in the Department of Dental Hygiene and in the Division of Dental Public Health & Pediatric Dentistry at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. She has directed courses in dental hygiene at the undergraduate and graduate level. Professor Brookman is the Co-director of the Neighborhood Mobile Dental Van Prevention Program where she supervises dental hygiene students who provide preventive oral health services to children in inner-city elementary schools in Los Angeles. Prof. Brookman is also the supervising dental hygiene faculty for the Geriatric Mobile Dental Unit at Hollenbeck Skilled Nursing facility.
She has worked in private practice in general, prosthodontics, and periodontics and has taught in academia for 17 years. She has co-taught nationally and internationally with Ms. Anna Pattison on Advanced Instrumentation for Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment. She has lectured nationally and abroad on Interprofessional Education/Collaboration and Mobile and Tele-dentistry. Ms. Brookman has published articles in peer-reviewed journals on instrumentation and mobile dentistry. She has collaborated with a dental service organization and created pilot-programs for RDHAPs to provide oral health care in alternative settings in the community. She is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), a member of ADEA, ADHA, AO, SCDA, WSP, CDHA, and CDHEA.
Ladan Taklifi is a Registered Dental Assistant with Extended functions receiving her degree from UCLA and has reached the highest level of licensure from the Dental Board of California available for a dental Registered Dental Assistant. Before her career as an RDAEF, she practiced as a registered mid-wife assisting in various surgical procedures including child C-Section birth at the Prestigious Shahram Hospital in Tehran, Iran. She is the mother of three doctors and a dental Hygienist and currently serves as an advisor to Dentulu on operations and logistics.
Dr. Kaye Omid DDS graduated dental school in 1975 at the top of his class in the prestigious Ferdosi University. He was chosen to meet the King of Iran, Shah Pahlavi in his palace for his outstanding academic achievements and for ranking in the top 1% of his entire University. In addition to coaching college swimming and volleyball, Dr. Omid operated a successful dental office in Tehran, Iran before immigrating to the United States in the 1980’s. Even after many years of private practice, Dr. Omid was re-licensed in the United States passing all necessary board testing on his first try and established a flourishing practice in the Diamond Triangle in Beverly Hills. With the intention of providing high quality dental work to under served communities, he closed his Beverly Hills office after 20 years of service and opened a low cost dental clinic in the City of South Gate where he practiced for another 15 years before retiring in 2018. Dr. Omid is an avid international volunteer and has traveled to Guatemala with his wife to offer free dental services to remote populations of under served indigenous patients. He serves as a dental consultant for Dentulu with an emphasis on quality control and infection control practices. Dr. Omid is fluent in 4 languages and enjoys reading and writing poetry as well as traveling around the world.
Who We Are
Dentulu’s mission is to provide, improve and innovate oral healthcare delivery to broaden dental care access and information. Our goal is to create a revolutionary innovative, high quality dental service that becomes the standard in the dental industry now and in the future around the world.