The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is built around the core value of humanism. We are known for our family atmosphere and the people who contribute to this unique culture. Discover the stories of some of the students, alumni, faculty, staff and administrators that make up "Our Family."
Kristoff Samm DDS Class of 2018
"The Helix Curriculum and a true humanistic approach to dentistry at the Dugoni School really sealed the deal for me. It's in line with what I see myself as a future dental practitioner."
Aly Aly Ochiai DDS Class of 2018
“This school provides an experience where you look forward to coming back the next day – it’s what makes the Dugoni School so special.”
Amir Sanjabi IDS Class of 2016
"I'm very fortunate to have such a caring group of people in my program. Here, everybody is backing each other up and helping each other so no one falls behind."
Daniela Auerbach Jimenez IDS Class of 2016
“Dentistry is one of the most rewarding professions in the world. To be able to further my dental education in the United States and at Pacific Dugoni is a dream come true.”
Ibrahim Sayeed IDS Class of 2016
“I was already impressed with the old school, but I’m even more impressed with the new school. From the building itself to the newest technology, it’s beyond my imagination.”
Storm Hagen DDS Class of 2016
“Pacific Dugoni provides the best clinical experience for students.”
Navid Torabian DDS Class of 2016
“I always strive to be great at what I do and Pacific's reputation for clinical excellence made the decision easy."
Deanna Lee DDS Class of 2016
"One of the main reasons I wanted to attend Pacific Dugoni was the family atmosphere."
Chrystle Cu DDS 2008, Dugoni School of Dentistry
“During my time at the Dugoni School, I learned that oral health education and prevention are the most valuable gifts that we can pass to our patients and peers.”
Sam Christensen DDS 2005, Dugoni School of Dentistry
"What I enjoy the most is introducing dental students to the Dugoni School culture and being an ambassador for the profession."
Daniel Nam DDS 2002, Dugoni School of Dentistry
"I can’t thank the school enough for its dedication to the humanistic model of education. It taught me the value of serving others with the talents that I was given."
John Kim Board Member of the Pacific Dugoni Foundation
"I think it's rare that dental schools have the caliber of events we do, but I think it reflects the caliber of our Pacific Dugoni family."
Nava Fathi San Jose, California
“There’s a definite family feeling that develops at our school and that feeling doesn’t end after graduation.”
Debra Finney Folsom, California
"I'm grateful for the respect that I was shown as a student which contributed to a positive attitude and a desire to be involved and hopefully make a difference in our profession."
Melanie and Richard Lundquist
"What captured our hearts was not only the philosophy of the school and how it treats its students, but most importantly how the school treats its patients, particularly those in need."
Steve Rose Las Vegas, NV
"It truly is a great feeling to donate and I have seen so many alumni give and enjoy doing it."
Karl Brose Santa Cruz, California
“Working with patients involves education. You teach all the time, every day. We’re all teachers all the time.”
Tyler Nelson Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program, Oakland, CA
"My experience at the dental school was outstanding, and I hope to be an alumnus who helps to make it just as wonderful for future students."
Tom Keller Encinitas, California
“As Dugoni graduates, we understand the importance of giving something back.”
Berry Coleman Sergeant, Division of Public Safety
“One of the unique challenges is to keep an atmosphere of comfort and calm while presenting an image of authority.”
Jan Fricke Dental Auxillary Utilization Teaching Assistant, Pediatric Dentistry Clinic
"I enjoy giving back and I don't see myself stopping."
Raybel Ramos Director, Information Technology & Telecommunications
"All my life, I've set a goal, and then I get there."
Drew Malimban Manager, Building Operations
"I want to improve our facility and help Pacific become greener and more efficient."
Teresa Kuhlman Manager, Integrated Clinical Sciences Curriculum
"I love my position at Pacific because each day I come to work is an opportunity to make a difference."
Torri Keever Senior Admissions Advisor
“I enjoy getting to know the incoming class. I’ve watched some of our students progress from the day they were interviewed to becoming faculty members here.”
Sandra Shuhert Graphic Designer, Design & Photo Department
“When I started working at the dental school, I heard that there were many long-time employees here. Now I know why.”
Robert Trezia Clinic Business/Intake Manager
“We help people in the community in so many different ways.”
Mark Booth Group Practice Leader
“What’s special about Pacific Dugoni and sets us apart are the relationships that are built, the family that is created here.”
Marie Tolarova Professor of Orthodontics; Executive Director, Pacific Craniofacial Team and Cleft Prevention Program; Director, Research Fellowship Program
“This is my lifetime passion. I believe we can save children, we can save their smiles.”
William Sands Vice Chairperson, Clinical Practice Strand
"The humanistic paradigm of Pacific Dugoni means that we treat every student, every faculty and every patient as a valuable individual."
Parag Kachalia Vice Chair, Preclinical Education, Technology & Research in the Department of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Sciences
"Something I love about Pacific is that we are willing to take calculated risks and reinvent ourselves when appropriate.”
Deborah Horlak Dental Hygiene Program Director
"I feel fortunate every day that I am working for Pacific in general, the Dugoni School in particular and especially our little dental hygiene program."
Allen Wong Director, Hospital Dentistry Program
"I feel privileged to be a dentist and an educator, and I’m very happy to do what I do."
Marc Geissberger Chair, Department of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Sciences
“I have a lot of graduates come back years later and tell me that I’ve taught them more than they realized while they were here.”
Cindy Lyon Chair, Department of Dental Practice
“I love the student interaction that comes with teaching.”
Christine Miller Associate Professor, Director of Community Programs
“Working with people with developmental disabilities transformed and expanded my views as an oral health professional.”
Ove Peters Professor, Department of Endodontics
“The people in this school are filled with a particular spirit that makes it a pleasure to work here. There is a positive attitude here that serves as motivation to get things done.”
Nader Nadershahi Interim Dean
“People wanted to get to know me and cared about my success. That environment is really why I came back to teach.”
Arthur A. Dugoni Dean Emeritus, Professor of Orthodontics and Senior Executive for Development
"At Pacific we build people, and along the way they become doctors."