Meet Your Team

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Peter Abude
D.D.S.
General Dentist

About Me

Dr. Abude says, “I love making people smile, and I believe strongly in doing everything possible to achieve that. Having the ability to touch patients’ their lives by improving their smile is what first attracted me to Dentistry. It is about being able to see the transformation and joy on a patient’s face when they realize that you met their goals and surpassed it!”   
After graduating from the University of Benin, Dr. Abude received his Dental Degree from the New York University College of Dentistry. He’s a member of the American Dental Association, the American Dental Education Association and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Away from the office, Dr. Abude enjoys travel and is an auto enthusiast.

Education

  • B.S., Dentistry–University of Benin College of Dentistry, Nigeria
  • D.D.S.–New York University College of Dentistry

Affiliations

  • American Dental Association
  • American Dental Education Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
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Fadi Bitar
D.D.S.
General Dentistry
About Me

For Dr. Bitar, patient care is his first concern and he appreciates how the teamwork at Gentle Dental allows him to concentrate on helping his patients develop comfortable and confident smiles as he nurtures trusting relationships with them. He feels that building a foundation of trust by treating his patients as special individuals is vital and understands how uneasy some patients may feel about their dental visits, and how he can make a difference in providing a relaxing and positive experience.

Dr. Bitar received both his Bachelor’s and D.D.S. degrees from Aleppo University, in Aleppo, Syria. After coming to the United States, he attended Loma Linda University School of Dentistry through the International Dentist Program, where he was featured on the Dean’s List for his academic success. To keep abreast of  cutting edge technology, he’s a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and has received the Clinical Excellence Gold Foil Award for his work in Cosmetic Dentistry. He is fluent in Arabic.

His time away from the office is spent unwinding with friends and family. Dr. Batar enjoys travel.

Education

  • B.S. - Aleppo University (Syria)
  • D.D.S. - Aleppo University (Syria) International
  • Dentist Program - Loma Linda University School of Dentistry

Affiliations

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
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Stephen Kallaos
D.D.S.
Periodontics

About Me

Dr. Stephen Kallaos’ goal is to provide a pleasant periodontic evaluation and an informative discussion of the options for attaining optimum oral health. He offers multiple levels of sedation to make treatment for his patients as comfortable as possible. He is also very active with his peers to stay on top of the latest technology and procedures available. His membership to industry associations include the Academy of Osseointegration, the American Dental Association, and the California Society of Periodontists, to name a few.

After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from UCLA, Dr. Kallaos continued his studies as a Bruin, entering the UCLA School of Dentistry for his D.D.S. degree. He then focused his studies on Periodontics and earned his certificate in this specialty from the UC San Francisco School of Dentistry. He is Board-certified by the American Board of Periodontology.

Dr. Kallaos has been practicing Periodontics since 1998. Outside of the office, he enjoys bicycling, snow skiing, and Sudoku, and his favorite author is Dan Brown. He is married and has three children.

Education

  • B.S., Biology – University of California, Los Angeles
  • D.D.S. – University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry Certificate
  • Periodontics – University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry

Affiliations

  • Diplomate – American Board of Periodontology
  • Newport Harbor Academy of Dentistry
  • Academy of Osseointegration
  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • California Society of Periodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • Orange County Dental Society
  • Tri-County Dental Society
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Paul Anderson
D.D.S., M.D.
Oral Surgery
About Me

Dr. Paul Anderson has always enjoyed working with his hands and doing things that required hand-eye coordination. But it was a pre-dental class in college, at the University of Utah, that decided his career as a dentist.
 
After receiving his D.D.S. degree from the UCLA School of Dentistry, Dr. Anderson picked up his studies at the University of Texas, Houston, to earn his Medical Doctor degree in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. He is now a Fellow of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, as well as a member of numerous other professional organizations. In his practice, he most enjoys utilizing modern sedation (anesthesia) techniques to turn a potentially frightening experience for his patients into a pleasant one.
 
Outside the office, Dr. Anderson is active in community service and with his church affiliations. His personal hobbies include alpine skiing and photography. Dr. Anderson is also fluent in Mandarin.

Education

  • B.S., Biology – University of Utah
  • D.D.S. – UCLA School of Dentistry
  • M.D., Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery – University of Texas, Houston

Affiliations

  • Fellow – American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • Orange County Dental Association
  • American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
  • Academy of Osseointegration
  • American Dental Society of Anesthesia
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Peter Galgano
D.D.S.
Orthodontist

About Me

Dr. Galgano goal is to provide a caring, comfortable and superior dental treatment so that each visit is an outstanding dental experience. He feels Dentistry combines creative artistry with the fundamentals of science and sees every day is an exciting challenge.

He has been practicing orthodontics exclusively for 25 years. He attended Washington State University, where he graduated Cum Laude and received his B.S. degree in Biology. He then attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, where he received his D.D.S. degree and later the University of Pennsylvania, where he completed his residency in Orthodontics.

Dr. Galgano is committed to his profession and attends several continuing education courses throughout the year. He enjoys all aspects of orthodontics including research, new technologies and product development. He is a Certified Invisalign Provider and is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists, The California Dental Association and the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists.

In his spare time, Dr. Galgano likes to play golf, travel and spend time with his wife and two sons.

Education

  • B.S., Biology–Washington State University
  • D.D.S.–Marquette University School of Dentistry
  • Orthodontics Certificate–University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry

Affiliations

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • California Dental Association
  • Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
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Haris Lakisic
D.D.S.
Endodontics
About Me

Entering the field of dentistry was a natural choice for Dr. Lakisic: his father and brother were both dentists, and introduced him to this profession of helping others. He enjoys being able to help relieve people’s pain and discomfort, as well as improve better health and esthetics.
 
Dr. Haris Lakisic grew up in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but became a refugee and escaped to Southern California at the age of 15 due to war in his homeland. After finishing high school in Costa Mesa, Dr. Lakisic attended Pepperdine University for his Bachelor’s degree, then received a scholarship to attend the University of Pennsylvania for his D.M.D. degree. During his four years of dental school, he was consistently ranked in the top 10 of his class.
 
Dr. Lakisic’s hobbies include travel, fishing, and outdoor activities.

Education

  • B.S., Biology – Pepperdine University
  • D.M.D. – University of Pennsylvania

Affiliations

  • American Association of Endodontists

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