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 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 comprehensive health team.
Sunil Ilapogu, DDS (Dr. Sunny)
Dr. Sunil Ilapogu, also known as Dr. Sunny, was born and raised in Canada. After earning his bachelor’s degree at Canadian University College, he moved to California continuing his education and completing his pediatric dental residency at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry.
After graduation, Dr. Sunny moved to Ventura to become an associate in Dr. Channer’s pediatric dental practice. One year later, Dr. Sunny acquired the practice, pursuing his dream to provide exceptional dental care for children and young adults, including those with special health care needs. After about 10 years with Sunny Smiles Dentistry for Children and Young Adults, he continues to provide all children and teens with a positive dental experience.
Dr. Sunny stays up-to-date with the latest in pediatric dentistry by having active memberships with the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the California Dental Association, and the Santa Barbara and Ventura Dental Society.
Dr. Sunny, his wife Natalie, and three children love living in Ventura County. They are actively involved in the community, volunteering with Interface, Head Start, Mom’s groups and a few other organizations. Sunny Smiles Dentistry for Children and Young Adults is a proud sponsor of YMCA and provides dental education to many preschools, kindergartens, and day facilities in the surrounding area.
After hours, Dr. Sunny enjoys golf, basketball, hockey, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends.
Daniel Nobel, DDS
Dr. Nobel is a Southern California native and a true Bruin. He attended UCLA for his undergraduate studies, and continued his education, training and specializing in pediatric dentistry at UCLA School of Dentistry. He even maintains a position on faculty as Lecturer for the Division of Pediatric Dentistry.
Throughout his career, Dr. Nobel has dedicated himself to the treatment of under-served children. He created an organization called “Ticket to Smile.” This organization provides dental care for children in homes affected by domestic abuse. This organization is a true reflection of Dr. Nobel’s passion and enthusiasm for serving children and young adults, including those with special health care needs.
After graduation, Dr. Nobel moved back here with his wife Ariana and became part of the Sunny Smiles team. Dr. Nobel has a great sense of humor and makes coming to the dentist an awesome experience for both children and their parents.
Dr. Nobel stays current with the latest in pediatric dentistry maintaining active memberships with the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the California Dental Association, and the Santa Barbara and Ventura Dental Society. He is in the elite group of Diplomats of the American Board of Pediatric Dentists.
In his spare time, Dr. Nobel enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife Ariana and sons Ethan, Noah and a third son on the way. He likes trying new restaurants and keeping up with the latest technology.
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 needs. Dr. Tran wants to ensure that your child’s dental visit is both comfortable and enjoyable.
Dr. Tran stays current with advancements in pediatric dentistry by maintaining active memberships with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the California Dental Association.
As often as she can, Dr. Tran enjoys traveling with her husband Joe, volunteering, running with her and dogs, and training diligently for half marathons.
Joesph Virata, DDS
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 wife Christine, and watching baseball.
Adi Genish, DDS
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 Loma Linda University in Southern California. She concurrently was working on completing her MS in Pediatric Dentistry where her research focus has been treatment of infants with cleft lip and palate.
On her free time Dr. Adi enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters and their dog, a Shiba Inu, Lucah. Dr. Adi believes in treating every child as she would want others to treat her own. Her goal is to have every experience be a positive, enlightening one. She is grateful to be given the opportunity to play a small part in each child’s life.
Steven 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.
Since 1984, Dr. Mascagno maintained a private practice in Santa Barbara until Dr.’s Sunny and Nobel acquired it in 2014. He enjoys surfing and playing tennis. He has two children that he is extremely proud of. His son Nicholas is a deep sea diver in Alaska and his daughter Tianna teaches English in Brazil.
Linda Ngo, DDS
Dr. Ngo graduated from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC in 2009 and completed a General Practice Residency at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital in New York. She practiced in New York for several years, where she focused on serving the underprivileged community in the Bronx. In 2013, she had an opportunity to join Columbia University and Lutheran Medical Center of Brooklyn as a part time AEGD attending.
Throughout Dr. Ngo’s career, her passion remained in treating children and those with special needs. In 2015, she pursued this dream to specialize in pediatric dentistry at Loma Linda University, School of Dentistry. Her residency at Loma Linda has enriched her knowledge and skills in pediatric dentistry and in 2016, she had the opportunity to take these skills to Botswana, Africa and provide two weeks of dental treatment to the children that live in the Kalahari Desert.
In her free time, she loves watching Disney cartoons, hanging out with her family, friends and adorable nephew. She recently became engaged and looks forward to her wedding in 2018.