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Our doctors provide the most up-to-date and thorough treatment for a wide variety of dental procedures in an atmosphere that encourages your child to feel relaxed and comfortable. They are trained and qualified to treat all children including those with special needs who may have emotional, physical, or mental challenges. This specialized training and commitment to comprehensive oral health is why many parents wisely choose a pediatric dentist in a very similar way in which they choose a pediatrician to provide their children’s medical care. To insure that your children stay healthy, our doctors work with pediatricians and other medical and dental specialists as an important part of your child’s health team.

Sunil Ilapogu DDS








Sunil Ilapogu, DDS (Dr. Sunny)

Dr. Sunny attended Loma Linda University Dental School and completed his degree in 2002. While studying dentistry, Dr. Sunny recognized that he had a great love for working with children and chose to complete the pediatric residency program at Loma Linda University Hospital in June 2004. After graduation, Dr. Sunny moved to Ventura, CA to be an associate in Dr. Channer’s pediatric dental practice. One year later, Dr. Sunny acquired the practice and is striving to provide all children and teens with a positive dental experience. Dr. Sunny and his wife, Natalie, have three children and enjoy living in Ventura. They are actively involved in the community and volunteer with Interface Children & Family Services, Give Kids A Smile and Head Start. Sunny Smiles Dentistry is a sponsor of YMCA and provides dental education to over twenty preschools, kindergartens and day cares in the local area. Dr. Sunny enjoys travel, golf, basketball, hockey and spending time with his family.

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Daniel Nobel DDS








Daniel Nobel, DDS

Dr. Nobel is a native of southern California. A true Bruin, he attended UCLA for undergraduate, dental school, pediatric dentistry training and is currently on the faculty at the UCLA School of Dentistry. Throughout his career, Dr. Nobel has dedicated himself to the treatment of under served children. He created “Ticket to Smile”, an organization dedicated to the dental care of children in homes affected by domestic abuse. His wife Ariana grew up in Ventura and attended Ventura High School. Their sons Ethan and Noah are both very interested in trucks and bathtime. Dr Nobel is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

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Christine Tran, DDS

Dr. Christine Tran is a Southern California native who graduated from UC San Diego with duel degrees in Biochemistry and Psychology. She was then awarded her Doctorate in Dental Surgery from USC and continued her post-doctoral training in Pediatric Dentistry at LSU and at the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans.

As a board certified pediatric specialist, Dr. Tran is a child advocate who commits herself to delivering excellent dental care for all infants, toddlers, children and adolescents including those with special health care needs. She tailors her care and treatment based on your child’s individual. Dr. Tran wants to ensure that your child’s dental visit is both comfortable and enjoyable.

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Steven N Mascagno, DDS

Dr. Mascagno, also known as Dr. M, was born and raised in Southern California. He attended UC Santa Barbara and then continued his studies at USC School of Dentistry. While at USC he was a proud founding member of the USC Mobile Dental Clinic.

Dr. M received certificates in Pediatric Dentistry, Hospital Dentistry, and Cleft palate rehabilitation from USC and Rancho Los Amigos Hospital. Dr. M was previously on staff with The Pediatric Dentistry Department at USC.

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Dr. Joe Virata

Dr. Joe Virata was born in Hawaii, but spent most of his youth living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated from UC Davis with dual degrees in Neurobiology and Psychology, before going on to UCLA School of Dentistry to obtain his degree in dentistry. He then received his pediatric specialty training at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.

Within a year of graduating from residency, Dr. Virata was awarded Diplomate status by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, distinguishing him as a board certified pediatric dentist. He has since enjoyed teaching dental students and pediatric dental residents as faculty in the section of Pediatric Dentistry at UCLA.

Dr. Virata is proud to have participated in his high school baseball team that won the NCS Championship for their division. During his free time Dr. Virata loves spending time with his two dogs Westley & Watson, cooking new recipes with his fiance Christine, and watching baseball.

Adi Genish

Dr. Adi Genish

Dr. Adi Genish has spent many years working with children in different capacities whether teaching dance classes, volunteering at schools, or tutoring, Dr. Adi has always enjoyed her time mentoring and working with children. For her, becoming a pediatric dentist was a perfect match.

Dr. Adi began her education at UCLA where she received her B.S. in Physiological Sciences graduating with honors from her department. After graduation, she also spent five years as a teaching associate for UCLA’s Life Science Department teaching seminars as well as molecular cell biology and physiology. Dr. Adi then attended the UCLA School of Dentistry to complete her DDS. During dental school her heart was set on treating children exclusively. She then decided to complete an additional two year training program to specialize in pediatric dentistry at LomaLinda University in Southern California. She concurrently…. Read More About Dr. Adi Genish


Our doctors are members of:

American Dental Association
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
California Dental Association
California Society of Pediatric Dentistry
Santa Barbara  / Ventura Dental Society *

* Dr. Sunny and Dr. Nobel