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Malia Johnson

  

Malia Johnson , DMD, Dental Director

University Of Study: Tufts University, University of the Pacific (DMD)
Biography:

Dr. Johnson graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelors of Science in Biology, she attended dental school at Tufts University in Boston,Massachusetts; received Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD) with honors at the University of the Pacific, earning a certificate in Advanced General Dentistry. Dr Johnson currently serves as a Clinic Instructor for the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC, Division of Dental Public Health and Pediatric Dentistry as well as Adjunct Clinical Faculty for A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health.

Clinical instructor: USC, AT Stills, Western Health Sciences

Residency: AEGD (Advance Education in General Dentistry)--University of the Pacific
Board-Certified: General Dentistry

Efren Almeida

  

Efren Almeida , DMD

Biography:
Dr. Almeida graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. He attended dental school at Oregon Health and Science University, where he received a Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD) with honors

Israel Armijo

  

Israel Armijo , DMD, MPH

University Of Study: UCLA, Arizona School of Dentistry
Biography:

Born and raised in Southern California, Dr Armijo received an undergraduate degree in International Development Studies from UCLA and a dental degree and an MPH from Arizona School of Dentistry.  He has an interest in public health and aspires to develop a career in this setting.  Dr. Armijo currently serves as a Clinic Instructor for the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC.

 

Veronica Brassea

  

Veronica Brassea , DDS

University Of Study: School of Dentistry, Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa, Mexico
Biography:

Veronica Brassea, DDS received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the School of
Dentistry, Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa, Mexico. Dr. Brassea is board certified by the
Dental Board of California. Dr. Brassea speaks Spanish, English, and French.

Board-Certified: Dental Board of California

Jennifer Chung

  

Jennifer Chung , DMD

University Of Study: Western University of Health Sciences
Biography:

Born and raised in Southern California, Dr. Chung received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from UC Riverside and her dental degree from Western University of Health Sciences. 

Julia Edgerton

  

Julia Edgerton , DDS

University Of Study: USC School of Dentistry
Biography:

Julia Lerch, DDS graduated from Dental School at University of Southern California. Dr Lerch currently serves as a Clinic Instructor for the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC, Division of Dental Public Health and Pediatric Dentistry as well as Adjunct Clinical Faculty for A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health.

Matthew Elston

  

Matthew Elston , DMD

University Of Study: Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Biography:

Dr. Elston received his B.S. in Biology from Chico State. and his DMD from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. After dental school he completed a General Practice Residency at the University of Washington. Dr. Elston currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC, as well as A.T. Still Arizona School of Dentistry, and Western University College of Dental Medicine.

Residency: University of Washington

Navid Fardanesh

  

Navid Fardanesh , DDS

University Of Study: University of California, San Francisco

Trey Jangaard

  

Trey Jangaard , DDS

University Of Study: University of Southern California
Biography:

Born in Southern California, and raised in Templeton, Dr. Jangaard went on to graduate from the University Of Southern California (USC) in 2008 with a B.S. in Biochemistry.  Dr. Jangaard continued his schooling at USC and received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2012.  Dr. Jangaard moved back home to Templeton with his wife to join the CHC family in the Templeton Dental clinic.  Dr. Jangaard is currently an adjunct faculty with USC, as well as A.T. Still University.

Harneet Kaur

  

Harneet Kaur , DDS

University Of Study: Universidad de la Salle, 2015
Biography:

Dr. Kaur received her Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Surgery from India and graduated in 2015 from the Universidad De La Salle , Leon, Gto, Mexico.

She previously worked as a General Dentist at Family HealthCare Network based in Visalia, California and continues to pursue her passion and service in public health.

She is fluent in 4 languages: English, Spanish, Hindi and Punjabi.  She served as a clinical instructor for Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC & for the College of Dental Medicine at Western University. 

Walter Kohnke

  

Walter Kohnke , DDS

University Of Study: University of the Pacific
Biography:

Dr. Kohnke attended Cal Poly and graduated with a B.S.in Biological Sciences in 1996 and graduated from UOP Dental School in 2001. Dr. Kohnke returned to the Central Coast in 2007 to begin working at CHC. Dr Kohnke currently serves as a Clinic Instructor for the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC, Division of Dental Public Health and Pediatric Dentistry as well as Adjunct Clinical Faculty for A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health.

Ju Lawrence

  

Ju Lawrence , DMD

University Of Study: Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland OR
Biography:

Dr. Lawrence graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors of Science in Zoology.  She continued her education at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon to obtain her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree.  After several years of practice as a general dentist, she pursued her professional dream of specializing in pediatric dentistry by attending  NYU Langone Pediatric Residency Program and obtained a Pediatric Dentistry Certificate.  Dr. Lawrence is board-certified from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Board-Certified: American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Elyse McAninch

  

Elyse McAninch ,

University Of Study: University of Southern California, University of the Pacific
Biography:

Dr. McAninch graduated from UCLA with a Bachelors of Science in Biology with Honors and despite her loyalty to the UCLA Bruins, she attended the University of Southern California for her dental degree.  She continued her education in dentistry at the University of Pacific where she graduated from the Orthodontic residency program with a Masters of Science in Dentistry. She recently became certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics in 2015. Her husband grew up in Lompoc so she came to the central coast to join the CHC family and to start a family of her own in the area. 

Residency: University of the Pacific Orthodontic Residency Program
Diplomate: American Board of Orthodontics

Joseph Mercardante

  

Joseph Mercardante , DDS, MPH

University Of Study: University of the Pacific
Biography:

Dr. Mercardante is a 1975 graduate of UOP and has been dental director at CHC for almost 8 years. For more than 35 years Dr. Mercardante has practiced dentistry both in California and internationally.
Dr. Mercardante holds an appointment as adjunct faculty for Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC, Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Public Health. He was instrumental in CHC’s involvement with the USC Pipeline program.
Dr. Mercardante also serves as Adjunct Clinical Faculty for A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. Dr. Mercardante has always worked with the under-served throughout his dental career and is working with CHC to end oral health disparities in our community.

Shannon Olson

  

Shannon Olson , DMD

University Of Study: University of Nevada School of Dental Medicine
Biography:

Dr. Olson received her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)degree in 2008 from the University of Nevada, LasVegas - School of Dental Medicine. Dr Olson is currently appointed a Clinic Instructor for the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC, Division of Dental Public Health and Pediatric Dentistry as well as Adjunct Clinical Faculty for A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health.

Anne Pedersen

  

Anne Pedersen , DDS

University Of Study: University of California Los Angeles
Biography:

Dr. Anne Pedersen graduated from UCLA in 2007 with a B. S. in mathematics. After studying statistics for the next few years, she returned to UCLA and graduated in 2014 with her dental degree. She received her certificate in Pediatric Dentistry in 2016 after completing a residency based at the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Yakima, Washington.  That year, she earned the Roche Award of Excellence from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry for having the best performance on the board exam, and she is board-certified from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.  Dr. Pedersen speaks English and Spanish.

Residency: Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Yakima WA
Board-Certified: American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Emily Renk

  

Emily Renk , DDS

Biography:

Emily Renk Hawthorne, DDS graduated in 2005 from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Civilizations.  After graduation she spent a year teaching high school English in Cherbourg, France before returning for her dental studies at the University of Southern California.  She graduated with her DDS in 2011 and completed a 1 year hospital dentistry residency at UCLA in 2012.  She then went to work for Indian Health Services for the next 5 years; at Lake Country Tribal Health Consortium in Lakeport, CA from 2012 to 2014, and at Native American Health Center in San Francisco, CA from 2014 to 2017. Dr. Renk joined the CHCCC team in 2017, continuing her dedication to public health.  She currently serves as a Clinic Instructor for the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC, Division of Dental Public Health and Pediatric Dentistry as well as Adjunct Clinical Faculty for A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Dental Medicine for Western University of Health Sciences, College of Dental Medicine.  

Dafna Tendrih

  

Dafna Tendrih , DMD

University Of Study: University Estacio de SA, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Biography:

Dafna Tendrih, received her Bachelor degree in Dental Surgery as well as Post-Graduate in Operative and Aesthetic Dentistry from the University Estacio de Sa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Dr. Tendrih received her DMD with Honors in Clinical Radiology from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Tendrih has experienced aspects of dentistry in two different countries, but looks forward to carrying out her long-term goal of practicing dentistry in the U.S.

Ameera Thomas

  

Ameera Thomas , DDS

University Of Study: University of Washington School of Dentistry/Public Health, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Biography:

Ameera Thomas, D.D.S., received her Master of Science in Dentistry with certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and a Master of Public Health with certificate in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Washington School of Dentistry/School of Public Health. Dr. Thomas received her Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Thomas graduated general practice residency from the Cambridge Health Alliance / Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA. Dr. Thomas also graduated pediatric dentistry from the University of Washington / Seattle Children’s Hospital in Seattle, WA. Dr. Thomas is board certified through the Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and has been working with CHC for over 2 years.

Residency: Cambridge Health Alliance / Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston MA
Diplomate: Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Christopher Truhan

  

Christopher Truhan , DDS

University Of Study: University of Southern California School of Denistry
Biography:
 Dr. Christopher Truhan grew up in an Air Force family with geographic duty touches of both bordering oceans along with many states and homes in between.  Originally a Spartan earning his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Michigan State University.  He then became a Trojan at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and dental license. Dr. Truhan`s background includes private dental practice, dental industry experience, and as a HOSD of USC Clinical Restorative Professor. 
His long time appreciation and familiarity of Lompoc and the neighboring areas are the result of his wife`s family roots and history here.

Paul Walker

  

Paul Walker , DMD

University Of Study: University of California, San Francisco
Biography:

Paul Walker, D.M.D., received his D.M.D, degree with honors from the University of Florida College of Dentistry and graduated dental residency from the Advanced Education General Dentistry (AEGD). Dr. Walker is a part of the American Dental Association, has been practicing dentistry for over 15 years, and has been with CHC for over 3 years.

Residency: Advanced Education General Dentistry (AEGD)
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