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Meet Our Dentists

Arbi Ananian
DDS

Dr. Ananian is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the New York University College of Dentistry in 2003. After a year of residency in New York he moved back to Los Angeles where he started working for the Carlson Dental Group, a Burbank staple for over 30 years.  In 2010 he acquired the practice from Dr. Leonard Carlson and expanded it to the multi-specialty clinic that exists today.  Dr. Ananian constantly strives to maintain the high standards established by Dr. Carlson for general family dentistry.

Dr. Ananian is adept at all aspects of general and cosmetic dentistry and also has 14 years of experience with the Invisalign system of  teeth straightening.  Dr. Ananian also has a lot of experience treating patients with anxiety or distinct phobias of dentistry.  Dental phobia very often results from traumatic experiences in childhood.  Dr. Ananian takes a very patient and caring approach to try to get patients feeling comfortable with the office and the team before starting any procedures that could aggravate the fear response.  Dr. Ananian also utilizes many different tools to help make the dental experience more comfortable, ranging from state-of-the-art noise cancelling headphones to minimize the sound of the drill, to general anesthesia to put patients to sleep if necessary.  If dental fear has been keeping you away from the dentist, we recommend coming in for a consultation with Dr. Ananian.
 

Melina Esraelian
DDS, MPH

Dr. Melina Esrailian specializes in general and cosmetic dentistry for families. After completing her undergraduate degree at UCLA, she obtained a Masters of Public Health degree with an emphasis in epidemiology from the Loma Linda University School of Public Health. She subsequently earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and graduated from the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. Dr Esrailian has been with our practice for 14 years.

Dr. Hunt
Periodontist
Dennis R. Hunt, D.D.S., is a board eligible Periodontist committed to research for the advancement of Periodontics. Dr. Hunt graduated from California State University, Hayward with a B.S., Biological Science and a minor in Chemistry. In 1997, Dr. Hunt graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles and UCLA graduate Periodontal Residency Certificate Program with a Masters Degree in Oral Biology.
 
Dr. Hunt’s activity in research has produced five published papers in professional journals. His research interest is primarily centered on Alveolar Bone Reconstruction. Dr. Hunt is a part-time faculty member at UCLA Department of Oral Biology. He has lectured at UCLA and worldwide. Dr. Hunt has recently won Best Research Lecture award at the Academy of Osseointegration held in Toronto, Canada. Other work has included 1997’s World-Wide Web at UCLA Periodontics Center author of Antibiotic Use in Periodontics, working with Dr. M. Newman, and Dr. J. Kim.
 
Dr. Hunt is a member of the following professional affiliations: California Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontics, and European Academy of Ossteointegration. Dr. Hunt’s hobbies are tennis, golf, and world travel.
Melody Khonsari
DDS
“ I have a passion for getting to know my patients on a personal level and educating them on how to maintain a beautiful healthy smile. I treat everyone in the same manner that I would like to be treated.“
 
I enjoy hiking, reading and traveling to exotic places. I enjoy nature and what it has to offer and like to see the beauty in the small things. I also have three nephews on my door and spent a lot of time with.
 
My favorite book is The Kite Runner And my favorite movies are Shawshank Redemption and English Patient. My guilty pleasure is going to the theater and watching Broadway musicals.
 
Professional Association: 
 
American Dental Association
Achievements
Dean’s List at UCLA
 
Education
University of California San Francisco
School of dentistry San Francisco California
 
B.S Biology
University of California Los Angeles
Los Angeles California