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J. Shahangian, DDS, MS, CLEC, FAAPD

Dr. J. grew up in San Diego and went to Rancho Bernardo High School, where he played soccer for the Broncos. Currently, he is on faculty with the UCLA Department of Pediatric Dentistry and is on staff with San Diego’s Rady Children’s Hospital.  He is also a blogger and a breastfeeding advocate. Since 2010, he established his private practice in his hometown to serve San Diego families with two offices in Scripps Ranch/Mira Mesa area.  He is also a proud husband and father of three girls.


Dr J. earned an honors degree in Molecular Cell Biology at UC Berkeley, then he attended UCLA for dental school.  There, he served as Student Body President and was recognized by the Dean’s Leadership Institute. Subsequent to earning his D.D.S. from UCLA with honors, Dr. J completed 3 years of specialty training at the University of North Carolina. At UNC, Dr. J served as Chief Resident and won national recognition for his research on hereditary dental disorders. Dr J is also a breastfeeding advocate and a UCSD trained Certified Lactation Educator Counselor.

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Cynthia Jackson, DDS, MS



Dr. Cindi is an Ohio native who has been practicing orthodontics for more than 25 years, with over 20 of those serving the residents of San Diego County. She received her dental degree from the prestigious Ohio State University School of Dentistry and went on to the University of Louisville for her advanced training in orthodontics. Dr. Cindi has been recognized for her research and publications in oral health and orthodontics. She has also held multiple leadership roles in local, state, and national orthodontic and dental associations. She has served on the Board of the San Diego County Dental Society and the San Diego Academy of Orthodontists. Her gentle demeanor, extensive experience, and advanced continuing education make her an amazing provider at Scripps Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics.

When not working on perfecting her patients' smiles, Dr. Cindi enjoys spending time with her two children and husband and the beautiful San Diego outdoors.



Dr. Tyler Johnson is a dual board-certified dental anesthesiologist and has been working with Dr. J for over 6 years serving, our patients with love and care. He also works with over 60 pediatric specialists in San Diego and environs. Dr. Johnson is born and raised in San Diego and loves working with children from all walks of life. He’s serves on the Board of Directors for the San Diego County Dental Society and is an active member of the local community. He also gives lectures to pediatric residents at the Lutheran Medical Center where he serves on the faculty, part-time. When he’s not busy at work he enjoys traveling and spending time with his beautiful wife and 4 kids.

Dr. Johnson earned his post-doctoral degree in dental anesthesiology and his doctorate in dental surgery from Loma Linda University. He was also awarded Excellence in the Field of Dental Anesthesia by the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (ADSA), where he graduated first in his class. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of San Diego.


        Frank Mac, DDS


Dr. Frank Mac is a board certified Oral Surgeon with the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. He is passionate about oral surgery with particular emphasis in Dentoalveolar Surgery and Dental Implants. Dr. Frank received his Bachelor in Physiology from UC Davis in 1993 and his Doctor of Dental Surgery from UC San Francisco in 1998. After working several years as a general dentist, he decided to advance his education and completed his residency in Oral Maxillofacial Surgery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD in 2009. After twenty-one years of active service, deployments and humanitarian missions with the United States Navy, Dr. Frank is now in private practice full-time. He enjoys spending time in the great outdoors and trying out new restaurants with his wife and 3 children.
Dr. Frank works very closely with Dr. J to provide you and your family a comprehensive restorative and surgical dental rehabilitation.

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Meet Your Support Team


Vahid is our office manager. He studied Information mangement 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 4 kids, he brags about having put 2 doctors, an engineer, and an attorney through school and hasn’t had to sell his left leg to pay for them. He currently has 3 grand-kids and loves it so much, he says he would’ve just skipped being a dad and would have opted for grand-kids 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 and concerns. Did we mention she 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 5 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 most loving and caring aura about her and will make you feel at home when visiting our office. Stephanie’s happily married with 3 beautiful kids; 2 boys, 1 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, camping is her latest pastime.


Rebecca is an awesome patient care coordinator. She is dual trained and has been working in dentistry for 9 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 3 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 little patients to make them at ease before their dental visit. On her free time, you can find her spending time with her family and friends. Did we mention how awesome she is with kids? Really.


Moises is a very experienced Registered Pediatric Dental Assistant. He’s been in a pediatric specialty office since 2008. He has lightning speed when it comes to getting things done for your little child and has the funniest sense of humor around. He is also a real jewel when it comes to being a real life Handy Manny. There is not compressor too big, or instrument too small that he cant keep in tip top working shape. Moises is also a proud father to a (hopefully) future dentist named Junior. When not riding his bike, Moises enjoys following his favorite soccer team Real Madrid.


Vanessa is a Registered Dental Assistant with three years experience in pediatric dentistry. She has a warm and bubbly personality and will make you feel comfortable and at ease. She keeps the clinic running smoothly, if there’s anything that you need, just ask Vanessa! Born and raised in San Diego she is a proud mommy of a 7 year old boy. She loves going to the beach and spending time with her family. Let’s not forget she absolutely looooves eating, so she’s always looking and trying out new places to eat.


Katlyn has worked with kids in dentistry for 2 years and 3 years as a day care helper! She has a bubbly personality and a real passion for 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 never plans on leaving.



Renee has been working in the dental field for 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 hen she's not at work, she's spending time with her 8 year old son and adorable 1 year old daughter.

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” - Phyllis Diller


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