CIED Dental Assistants

Dental assistants take on significant responsibilities as members of the dental team at the Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry. They are all graduates of state accredited dental education programs.  Their advanced education and training provides greater efficiency for the dentist that leads to excellent treatment results combined with an overall enjoyable experience for the patient.

The dental assistants at the Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry have worked together with Drs. Daftary and Mahallati for many years. As a result, their long term commitment to CIED has created a smooth and efficient operation throughout the day, from the moment the patient enters the dental office all the way to the treatment room.  When asked, “Why did you decide to become a dental assistant?”  The response was unanimous, “Because I wanted to make a difference in a patient’s life.”  For many, going to the dental office, it can be a very stressful and/or fearful experience.  Our friendly and caring dental assistants put even the most anxious patient at ease, allowing for a calm and relaxing experience in the dental chair.

Meet our dedicated team of Dental Assistants

Maria Ocegueda

Maria has worked exclusively as Dr. Mahallati’s chairside dental assistant for the past twenty-one years.  Throughout the years, this dynamic “dental duo” has perfected the art of teamwork in dentistry creating the ultimate results in oral healthcare.  Maria, a native of Los Angeles, has been passionate about the dental field since her high school years that has led her to advanced education and training in dentistry.  Patients are drawn to Maria’s empathetic heart combined with her attention to detail, providing a trusting and comforting environment.   A passion for traveling, Maria also enjoys jogging, long walks and spending quality time with her husband and three children.

Pouran Shahidi

For the past twenty-five years Pouran has worked exclusively for Dr. Daftary as his chairside dental assistant.  Together, they have established a solid, professional team that provides optimal dental treatment results for the patient.  Pouran’s passion for dentistry began while attending classes in Iran, and later moving onto California.  Not only are Dr. Daftary and Pouran a dynamic dental team praised by their patients, they are also brother and sister.  Pouran is an avid gardener affectionately known as the, flower whisperer by those who rave about her exceptional “green thumb!”   However, Pouran’s absolute favorite pastime is spending it with her adorable grandson.

Melissa Tovar

Melissa is a native Angelino born and raised here in Los Angeles. Since a young age she has always been interested in smiles and as a result chose this path. She is interested in learning about oral health and sharing her knowledge of Oral health with her patients. Melissa enjoys Photography and on her free time she enjoys hanging out with family, going on new adventures and exploring the city of Los Angeles.


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