San Diego Pediatric Dentistry
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Meet Our Staff



Vahid is our office manager. He studied Information management at the University of Kyoto’s PhD program prior to entering the healthcare industry. Before the dental field, he managed a successful healthcare facility in San Diego. When asked about his four kids, he brags about having put two doctors, an engineer, and an attorney through school and hasn’t had to sell his left leg to pay for them. He currently has three grandkids and loves it so much, he says he would’ve just skipped being a dad and would have opted for grandkids the first time around! We hope you’ll enjoy meeting Vahid when you visit our office.




Christina is not only a patient care coordinator but a Web & Graphic Designer. She is well-trained in front office administration and is also an insurance and account specialist. She will help you if you have any questions or concerns. Did we mention she is also computer savvy, upgrades our website, and keeps our social media up-to-date? She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. On the weekends, she can be found cooking and experimenting with different recipes from the various countries she has lived in. We can’t wait for you to be greeted by Christina as you walk in our office.




Shana is a wonderful patient care coordinator who has been in the dental field for over five years. She has a great sense of humor and will help you to get your children scheduled smoothly and efficiently. She also is in charge of monitoring our orthodontic department. If there is anything that you need, just ask Shana; she’ll be there to help! Shana is a San Diego native and loves the outdoors, whether it’s paddle boarding at the bay, snowboarding in Big Bear, riding bikes through Balboa Park, or just trying out new restaurants in Downtown. She enjoys spending time with her friends, boyfriend, and especially their pug.




Stephanie is a great patient care coordinator. She specializes in insurance and if you have any questions, she’s there to help. She has a loving and caring aura about her and will make you feel at home when visiting our office. Stephanie’s happily married and has three beautiful kids. They have two boys, one girl, and a dog. She loves spending time with her family in the outdoors, spending a lot of time going to the beach and the parks, and camping.




Rebecca is an awesome patient care coordinator. She is dual trained and has been working in dentistry for over nine years, specializing in surgical work. She has a wonderful personality and will help you with any questions you may have. She has a teenage daughter and is very involved with the marching band at her school. You can find her volunteering for the San Diego Symphony.




Marissa is a Registered Dental Assistant and is absolutely amazing with kids. She is a San Diego native, a proud military spouse, and a mother of two gorgeous little girls. She has over three years of experience in family dentistry and is now a dual trained pediatric assistant and patient care coordinator. Yup, she wears (at least) two hats at once. She’s a talented, intelligent young lady who can connect with any happy or nervous patients to make them feel at ease before their dental visit. In her free time, you can find her spending time with her family and friends. Did we mention how awesome she is with kids? Really.



Registered Dental Assistant

Katlyn has worked with kids in dentistry for two years and three years as a day care helper! She has a bubbly personality and a real passion for helping kids. You'll find her welcoming a very nervous and scared child into the office and have them leaving excited to come back again. She doesn't have kids of her own but is a mother to her two wonderful fur babies; a Golden Retriever and German Shepard. She loves San Diego, which has been her home for 23 years and she never plans on leaving.



Registered Dental Assistant

Walky is a Registered Dental assistant with 20+ years of experience. She has been working with Scripps Pediatric Dentistry for two years and she loves it! She is very patient, sweet, and gentle with children and she always treats them as if they were her own. Her favorite thing to do is touring around SD, going hiking, camping, and going to the beach with her husband, 2 daughters and 2 sons. Family is very important to her!



Registered Dental Assistant

Renee has been working in the dental field for over 10 years and absolutely loves it! Her specialty is orthodontics, whether it's braces, appliances, what have you! She will help your child feel at ease with the world of orthodontics and make their visit fun. Renee was born and raised in San Diego, and when she's not at work, she's spending time with her eight-year-old son and adorable one-year-old daughter.



Registered Dental Assistant

Cassandra has been an RDA since 1997 but really started in pediatric & orthodontic practices in 1995 and has been addicted to it ever since. In her own words: “I just love these cute little Kiddo’s!, I love their energy and excitement! When they come to the dentist and say..'I Love coming here!' It lights up my world!" She has an amazing husband and two grown awesome kiddos, who are her World! Cassandra enjoys raising her two hilarious Vietnamese mini potbelly pigs, two terriers and American Bulldog. Her latest favorite activity is fat tire mountain biking through her favorite trails in San Diego. She also loves sketching and painting.



Registered Dental Assistant / Patient Care Coordinator

Denise is a Registered Dental Assistant and has been in the orthodontic field for 33 years (18 years with Dr. Cindi Jackson) Her favorite thing about orthodontics is seeing all the beautiful smiles when their orthodontics is complete. Denise is married with a 14year son and a 11 year old daughter. She loves spending time with her family in the outdoors, camping, boating at the river, and hiking our local mountains.



Dental Assistant

Janny has been in the dental field for over 4 years. She has a background in both Pediatrics and orthodontics. Her warmhearted personality will have you and your family feeling right at home. She is a proud mother of an 8-year-old boy. On her free time, she loves to spend time with family and be outdoors.



Dental Assistant

I have been in the dentistry field for a year now after pursuing interior design. I have two little ones whom I enjoy spending time with above anything else. One of my favorite things to do is traveling; I have been to ten different countries along with spending most of my entire life overseas.

Our Doctors

Learn More About Our Dedicated Team

What Makes Us Unique?

  1. Dr. J Shahangian is board-certified and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  2. We have treated infants, children, and teens for more than a decade
  3. We have specialists in Orthodontics, Anesthesia and Oral Surgery
  4. We offer patients comprehensive oral health care from 0 to 18 years old
  5. We treat our patients like family, giving them the same standard of care and treatment we give our own children
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Our Patients Make Us Smile!

  • “I’m so glad I found this dentist for my kids.”

    Nicole F.

  • “Everyone was approachable and we never felt rushed.”

    Lyn C.

  • “My kids don't hate going to the dentist so I feel like we've won.”

    Briana W.

  • “I was so grateful and he was extremely reassuring to a scared boy and an even more-freaked out mother.”

    Hope G.

  • “Our daughter has never complained about going to the dentist's office.”

    Beth M.

  • “Our boys look forward to coming!”

    Johner R.

  • “Always a great experience and there's no one better with the kids.”

    Erika B.

  • “They are so kid friendly and know how to make them feel comfortable that I don't really need to do any hand holding or be involved which is nice.”

    Lance C.

  • “Both my kids who are pretty fearful of doctors/dentists and they both love it here.”

    Krysie S.

  • “My son felt very comfortable.”

    Christina K.

  • “My 1 yr old did not cry once during examination and teeth cleaning.”

    Leti R.

  • “My kids are never scared to go to the dentist.”

    Lindsey M.

  • “It immediately corrected her silent reflux, gas and constipation issues!”


  • “I wish they took adult patients because my husband & I would go there!!”

    Verity P.

  • “They always leave happy. Nice job!”

    Julie W.