Marc Y. Waki, DDS
Dr. Marc Waki attended UCLA for both of his undergraduate and graduate studies, receiving his BA in Chemical Engineering in 1982 and his DDS at the School of Dentistry in 1986. After UCLA, he completed a one-year hospital residency at the Palo Alto, Veteran Administration Medical Center, and a two-year periodontal residency at the West Los Angeles, Veteran Administration Medical Center. He has taught at the UCLA School of Dentistry, and the West Los Angeles Dental Hygiene program. He has also been the team leader of various study clubs for the past ten years. Topics range from dental implants, comprehensive, esthetic and complex dental treatment, and multi-disciplinary treatment planning.
Dr. Waki is currently a member of the Straumann Dental Implant Chairmens Club/Platinum Level, the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the California Society of Periodontology and the American Academy of Periodontology. Besides holding a license in California for practicing dentistry, he also holds a license for IV conscious sedation. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, staying in shape, taking his annual vacation to the national parks, and spending time with his family.
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Taylor M. Hoang, DDS
Dr. Hoang attended the University of California, Irvine on scholarship as a Regents, Foundation, and University Scholar and graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree. She belonged to the Dean’s Honor List and the Golden Key National Honor Society while at UC Irvine. She attended and received her DDS degree at UCLA School of Dentistry in 1996. While there, she received the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry Crest Award, UCLA Section of Geriatric Dentistry Award, and the June and Paul Ehrlich Geriatric Dentistry Award for the top graduating senior. She then moved on to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for her Implant and Periodontal residency with a Rackham Graduate Fellowship and an Abigail Marie Shaw Lawler Scholarship. There, she learned the latest surgical and non-surgical techniques including placement of local antimicrobial therapy, tissue regeneration, periodontal plastic surgery, dental implant placement, and sinus augmentation. Dr. Hoang earned top honors including the Sigurd Ramjford Award for Excellence in Periodontics, given to the top graduating resident(s).
In private practice, Dr. Hoang proceeded to earn her Diplomate status and is currently a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. As a result, she is board certified. She belongs to the American Academy of Periodontology, California Society of Periodontists, Academy of Osseointegration (implant association), American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and San Fernando Valley Dental Society.
Although she has lived most of her life in Orange County where her parents still reside, she is currently living in the San Fernando Valley with her son and daughter and enjoying the many milestones in their lives.
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Vahe Nakashyan, DDS, MDS
As a diplomate, Dr. Vahe Nakashyan is board certified in periodontology and dental implant surgery by the American Academy of Periodontology. He is a Los Angeles native, of Armenian and Greek descent. He earned his undergraduate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC), receiving a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology, then a Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene. Dr. Nakashyan earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, where he was also a clinical instructor at the Department of Periodontology undergraduate clinic.
Dr. Nakashyan completed his residency in periodontology at the Dunn Dental School of UTHSC, and the Memphis VA Medical Center. He also earned a Master’s in Dental Science (MDS) from the Graduate Medical Education department at UTHSC. He was a clinical and laboratory instructor for dental students at Dunn Dental School. Dr. Nakashyan is also a published author, with his area of research on the anti-inflammatory effects of vitamin D.
Dr. Nakashyan is a participant of various non-profit organizations that provides free dental care for underserved communities in Mexico, United States, and Haiti. On his free time, he enjoys exercising, playing racquetball, and travelling.
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Martina Elenkova, DDS, MDS
Dr. Martina Elenkova is board certified in periodontology and dental implant surgery by the American Board of Periodontology. She is originally from Sofia, Bulgaria, where she first became a dentist, by completing her Masters in Dental Surgery, and graduating magna cum laude, from the Medical University of Sofia. Shortly after graduating, she came to the to the United States to complete her surgical residency in periodontology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and the Memphis VA Medical Center. She earned a Masters in Dental Science from the Graduate Medical Education department at UTHSC. She was a clinical and laboratory instructor for dental students at UTHSC. Dr. Elenkova also completed the dental program, and holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Elenkova is a published author, with her areas of research on the anti-inflammatory effects of vitamin D, as well as on the link between periodontal disease and osteoporosis.
Dr. Elenkova is a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, and the American Board of Periodontology. She holds a conscious sedation permit from the Dental Board of California.
On her free time, she enjoys crafts and interior designing, as well as photography and travelling with her family.
Drs. Waki, Hoang, Nakashyan and Elenkova belong to Straumann’s Chairman Club as a result of the high volume of implants their office places each year. As a result, they are invited to all of Straumann’s special lectures. They also lead the Spear Study Club, which meets once a month with other general dentists and specialists to discuss complex dental cases.
- Dr. Marc Y. Waki took a course in 2003 and a workshop in 2001, both called “The Exceptional Specialty Network.”
- Mastery Level Treatment Planning, Sept 2011 (Dr. Marc Y. Waki)
- Treating Worn Dentition, 2010 (Dr. Marc Y. Waki, Dr. Taylor M. Hoang)
Valerie Vera (Hygiene Coordinator)
Valerie has lived in San Fernando Valley all her life. She always knew she wanted to pursue a career in the medical field growing up. She found herself gaining an interest in the dental field when she would visit the dental office as a kid frequently. She is a certified Dental Assistant and received her license at Bryman College in Reseda, California. Valerie is a big sweet tooth, she loves her Coca-Cola and has it by her side every day. A fun fact about Valerie is that she has been in the dental field since she was 16. She started as a volunteer for a couple of hours after school during her junior year in high school. We are happy to have her on our team.
Yulia Nikitina (Administrative Assistant)
Yulia is originally from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. She has lived in California for 8 years. She loves helping and taking care of people, which made her realize she wanted to pursue a career in dentistry. She loves the hands-on work dentistry has to offer. Her dentist while growing up actually encouraged her to get into dentistry to invest in her craft. She attended Pavlov State Medical University in Saint-Petersberg and graduated as a Dentist in 2007. She received her Bachelors and studied there for 5 years. In her spare time, she spends time with her Husband, kids, and God. She actively teaches Sunday school to the children at her church once a month. Yulia likes to spend time with her family by taking road trips and one of their favorite places to drive to is to the beach.
Anna Kiredzhyan (Registered Dental Hygienist)
Anna graduated from the USC Dental Hygiene program in 2008. Her training experience and volunteering assisted establishments such as The Children’s Dental Center and Skid Row. She realized that aid and guidance towards the community were necessary. Dentistry also runs in her family, being that her brother and sister-in-law are both dentists. Anna also likes the interaction with patients and seeing unexpected and challenging cases. In the past, she has bungee jumped, skydived, and traveled to numerous countries including Armenia, Russia, Jamaica, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
Alexa Sasaki (Registered Dental Hygienist)
Alexa is originally from Southern California and attended West Coast University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene. Her aunt was the one who inspired her to pursue dentistry and she was always drawn to the dental field as a child. She enjoys working with all of our staff members and enjoys assisting the patients. While Alexa was attending hygiene school she experienced a life-changing trip and traveled to Moldova, where they treated civilians with free dental work. In her spare time, she likes going to the gym and walking her dogs. We are excited to have her on our hygiene team.
Tannia Martinez (Oral Maxillofacial Surgical Assistant)
Tannia is originally from the San Fernando Valley. Her interest in dentistry began as a child. Her personal experiences and visits to the dentists made her realize that she wanted to make a difference in a positive way. She earned her Registered Dental Assistant Degree from Everest College in 2010. She enjoys the comradery of our office and looks forward to becoming a Registered Dental Hygienist in the future. Her interests include hiking, cycling and going to museums. Tannia’s pleasant personality comes across as she works with our patients and we really appreciate having her at Burbank Perio.
Yadira Navarrete (Registered Dental Assistant)
Yadira grew up in Sylmar, CA. She earned her Registered Dental Assistant degree from Everest College in 2010. She chose the dentistry field because she was fascinated by the technical aspect of it and the creativity that it allows you to demonstrate. The stable life environment and schedule also peeked her interest, especially since spending time with her family are important to her. What excites her about working at Burbank Perio is how friendly the team is. She appreciates the comradery our staff has to offer and her friendly demeanor is acknowledged. When she is not working, she enjoys playing softball with friends, relaxing at home and traveling to Mexico to see family. Her warm smile is recognized at our office.
Delia Gonzalez (Registered Dental Assistant)
Delia is a native to the San Fernando Valley. It was her first and only doctor that she’s had in her life that sparked an interest in dentistry. He always made her feel comfortable in a pretty scary situation. She attended Everest College in 2011, and is still seeking to gain more knowledge and more certifications in the dental field. Her family and her pets makes her genuinely happy. Delia is an animal lover. She has two cats, two dogs, three chickens, and one bird, for now. Since Delia loves animals so much, she actually wanted to become a Vet Tech if she didn’t do dentistry. We are happy to have her cheerful personality on our team.