Dental Home

Welcome!!! If you are looking for a "dental home" you don't need to look any further. Our team and our office is truly a treasure. Nestled against the backdrop of the beautiful Claremont Hotel, with smells of freshly ground coffee beans wafting in from Peet's coffee and fresh bread from the bakery, and the boisterous sounds of laughter, families and friends gathering in the courtyard below, it is truly a wonderful environment in which to work, and to serve you, our wonderful patients.  

We are blessed and grateful for your continued support of our office. Your confidence in us and the generosity of your referral of our practice to family, to friends, and colleagues is the best compliment that we can receive.

We look forward to taking care of you and your families for many years to come.


Our Doctors

Nooshan Mirhadi, D.D.S. was born in Iran but is a bay area native and is proud of being an Iranian-American. A graduate from the University of California at Berkeley with a double major in Integrative Biology and Near Eastern Studies, emphasis in Persian Studies, she was driven towards a career in health, medicine, education, and service. Dentistry, with its need for strong interpersonal skills and connection, in addition to integrating both science and art, was a natural choice. She graduated from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in 2003 and after being an associate in two offices, purchased the wonderful practice of Dr. Barry Hunau in 2005. Having a strong work ethic and firm educational foundation, in addition to a vision of patient care, perfectionism, skill, and creating a true "family dentistry" environment, she has created for many a place they can call a "dental home."

She is a member of the California Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and the Berkeley Dental Society. She is an Invisalign provider, takes many continuing education courses, and is also a member of several local dental study clubs.

She embodies the ideas of family: having a wonderful network of friends and family. She loves spending time with her family, her friends, her husband and two beautiful children.

Jennifer Gee Schoon-Tong D.D.S. grew up on the Monterey Peninsula but considers herself a bay area native. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology/ Neurobiology. She always knew that she was destined for a career in health and in the care of others. She graduated from New York University in 2007 and completed her General Practice Residency from the Veterans Affairs of Northern California in 2008. She joined the practice of Dr. Nooshan Mirhadi  as an associate in the fall of 2008 part time while still volunteering with low-income families, working in another dental office and teaching/working at the veteran's hospital. In 2014 she happily joined our practice as a full-time associate.

She is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and the Berkeley Dental Society. She has volunteered and continues to volunteer to serve those less fortunate in the local community. She has also served many leadership positions - was on the local dental society Board of Directors since she became a member in 2008, was the President of the Berkeley Dental Society in 2013 and served on the California Dental Association Council on Practice Support.

She loves spending time with her family, her friends, her husband and her beautiful daughters. She also loves to write and is the Editor of the Berkeley Dental Society and various local newsletters. In her "spare" time she loves music, playing the piano, reading, and enjoying nature!

 

Ryan Choi, D.M.D. is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. After attending the University of California at Santa Cruz for his undergraduate studies he headed back east to complete his Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Upon completion of dental school he furthered his dental education by completing an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency at the University of Connecticut affiliated John Dempsey Medical Center. During his AEGD residency Dr. Choi was able to advance his skills in all aspects of general dentistry while gaining advanced experience in implant restorations and cosmetic dentistry. He joined our practice as an associate January of 2017. 

He is a member of the American Dental Association, and the California Dental Association and Spears Academy. When not in the office Dr. Choi enjoys cycling, snowboarding, photography and traveling with his wife Kelly.

 

Our Front Office

Maria "Ailene" Galindo - office manager and treatment planning coordinator - Ailene joined our dental practice in 2006, having had years of experience in the general dentistry field since 1996 and has been integral in all facets of front office management when Dr. Mirhadi became the dental practice owner. She is a bay area native and very well versed in dental insurance policies. She will assist all our patients with presenting treatment cases and financial arrangements. Committed to service, customer care, and customer relations, she facilitates communication between our patients and office operations. She married her husband in 2007 and has one wonderful stepson. She is dedicated to health and exercise and living life spiritually and to its fullest potentials. She loves to travel, spend time with her family, friends, and her dog.

Katie Adams- scheduling coordinator -  Katie began her dental career in 2009 as an administrative assistant to wonderful dentist in San Carlos, CA.  As a recent addition to Dr. Mirhadi’s practice, she is now part of the administrative team and strives to provide a welcoming and friendly environment for patients. She is also very grateful to have joined such a caring, talented, and professional team who offers their patients exceptional care. Outside of her professional life, Katie enjoys spending time with her large extended family and friends. Katie is married and is looking forward to expanding her family. 

Our Hygienists

Elaine E. Armistead RDH  - Elaine, a native to California (having lived in both in northern and southern California) and joined our dental team in 2011. She completed her dental hygiene training at Diablo Valley College's dental hygiene program in Pleasant Hill, California and has been practicing for more than 10 years. Her goal, besides making people smile, is to provide quality dental care, improve patient's dental knowledge and help them achieve their dental goals. When not educating and working she loves being outdoors, traveling, and enjoys spending time with her three beautiful children.

Kim Fong RDHAP - Kim is a native of the Bay Area, a true San Franciscan. She received her dental hygiene training from Chabot College in Hayward, CA. She continued her studies and received her alternative practice license from the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. This allows her to practice hygiene unsupervised to reach the underserved and special needs communities. She has been practicing hygiene since 1998 throughout the bay area. When she isn't working she is enjoying time with her husband and taking care of her beautiful dog Bella, in addition to having a love of knitting, food and baking.

Patricia "Pat" Keller RDH - Pat is a native Californian, raised in the San Joaquin Valley. She has been married for 44 years - 43 of those years have been in the East Bay. She has 2 children Liza and Brandon. While raising her children she volunteered as a room mother, den mother, and even a hot dog lady. But she realized that she needed to return to school to help put her children through college. She received her RDH license through Diablo Valley College and has been practicing as a registered dental hygienist for over 25 years. Through all these years she has developed some wonderful associations with colleagues and patients and feels that this has been the best job she could have ever imagined.

Lucy Arrayga RDH  - is a native Bay Area Californian, born and raised in Oakland, CA. She has been married for almost 20 years and has three beautiful sons. She received her hygiene training at Diablo Valley College and has been a practicing registered dental hygienist for over 10 years. She is a member of the East Bay Dental Hygiene Society and the California Dental Hygiene Association. In her free time she like to travel, baking, cake decorating, and spending time with her family.

Our Assistants

Xue Mei "Sherry" Lai  R.D.A.- lead registered dental assistant

Ivette Rivadera R.D.A. - registered dental assistant

Danae Maxwell D.A.- dental assistant