Dr. Lili Mirtorabi
I am humbled and honored that you have taken the time to browse through our website, and hope you find it most informative. Please allow me to introduce myself.
My educational background started at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where I completed both a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. Subsequently, I attended the University of Southern California, where I was accepted into the three-year, dual-degree orthodontic program. I received both a Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics and Masters of Science (M.S.) degree in Craniofacial Biology from USC. My current professional affiliations are active memberships with the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontics, California Dental Association, and Western Los Angeles Dental Society.
I find importance in high ethical and moral standards and have pursued this philosophy in both my personal and my professional life. I have been blessed with a supportive family and an excellent team of orthodontists and staff. Together we thrive to give our patients a gift that they can cherish for the rest of their lives....beautiful straight teeth!!!
El Monte Location
Dr. Bethany Chong
As a Texas native, I received my Bachelor of Science (BS) at The University of Texas at Austin and Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at Baylor College of Dentistry. I moved to Los Angeles to complete my specialty training at the University of Southern California where I received my Certificate in Orthodontics along with a Master of Science (MS) in Craniofacial Biology. It was during this time that I fell in love with sunny Southern California and decided to call it home.
I feel incredibly lucky to do what I do as a career! The impact I can make on a person’s life by improving their self-confidence with a beautiful smile is what drove me to pursue a career in orthodontics and what motivates me to provide the best quality of care and overall experience for patients everyday.
When not practicing orthodontics, I enjoy going to the beach, traveling, exercising, and trying out new foods.
Dr. Melineh Dereghishian
Born and raised in Southern California, I attended my dream school, UCLA, for both my undergraduate and graduate studies. I received Highest-Honors and Magnum Cum Laude awards for a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and later pursued a Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree. I then moved out-of-state to Las Vegas, Nevada, for a three-year orthodontic specialty residency program, and also completed a Master’s of Business Administration. In addition, I practiced as a general dentist while completing my schooling.
I decided to move back to my roots, to Southern California. I enjoy the diverse population Los Angeles has to offer. I love learning from people with different backgrounds and trying foods from various cultures. I was privileged to become involved with Latin American communities during dental school, by organizing health fairs and oral cancer screenings.
As an orthodontist, I treat the individual rather than just the misaligned teeth. I like to listen to the needs of my patients, and customize my treatment for them. My goal is to make orthodontics as enjoyable and fun for my patients as it is for me!
Huntington Park Location
Dr. Erin Ma
Originally from Canada, I received my Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta. During this time, I completed a Double Major in Biological and Physical Sciences and graduated with Honors with Distinction. Subsequently, I moved to Florida where I obtained my Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) at Nova Southeastern University. After graduating from dental school, I attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where I earned both my Masters of Science in Oral Biology and my Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.
Having travelled extensively for my education, I decided to permanently relocate to Los Angeles. Here I enjoy exploring new types of food, cooking and hiking with my Alaskan Klee Kai, Mika.
As part of Dr. Lili’s team I am honored to have the opportunity to help improve your smile!
Dr. Jennifer Wu
A native of Southern California, I was born and raised in San Diego and earned my Bachelors of Art from University of California, Berkeley (UCB). After completing my degree in Molecular Cell Biology, I went on to attend dental school at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Then, I completed my three year post- graduate training in Orthodontics at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) while also receiving a Master's degree in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences. I am thrilled to be a part of Dr. Lili's team and am committed to providing excellent patient care.
Dr. Nilou Sherf
One of my greatest childhood memories is the excitement I felt the day my braces were removed. I fell in love with my smile, and as I got older, I wanted to provide others with that same feeling of happiness and satisfaction.
I attended the University of California, Los Angeles for my undergraduate education, and received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I continued my graduate studies at the UCLA School of Dentistry, and became involved with community outreach programs for children. Lastly, I moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where I completed my orthodontic training at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and received a Masters of Medical Science in Oral Biology. During my free time, I love to travel, paint, and spend time with my family!
Santa Ana Location
Dr. Carrie Imoto
I am originally from Fresno, California. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and graduated with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles. Continuing the proud Bruin tradition, I completed my professional education and received my Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the UCLA School of Dentistry. Upon graduating, I completed my General Practice Residency at University Medical Center in Fresno, California. The following year, I moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and completed my Orthodontic residency and received my Masters in Oral Biology from Temple University. I am an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association. I have a passion for working with patients of all ages and I am excited to be joining Dr. Lili’s team to provide patients the smile they deserve. Having had crooked teeth once myself, I can empathize with my patients and help guide them through the treatment process. It is my ultimate goal to help patients gain the self-confidence they need by creating beautiful smiles. I am big fan of the UCLA Bruins sports teams, and in my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, learning about other cultures, and trying new foods.
Dr. Sheila Luwiharto
My family immigrated and settled in Los Angeles, California years ago. I have been blessed to live in the best country on earth and never take a day for granted! I attended University of the Pacific (UOP) and received Bachelor of Science in Biological Science. I pursued my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from University of Southern California (USC) where I graduated on top of my class with high honors. Prior to starting a career in orthodontics, I received advanced training in general dentistry and practiced general dentistry in Navajo Indian reservation in Arizona helping one of the most underserved population in the nation.I completed my post-graduate training and received Specialty Certificate and Master of Science in Orthodontics from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).
My passion is to provide the highest standard of care to create beautiful healthy smiles. I love getting to know my patients and sharing stories.I listen to your concerns and I will explain the best options for you. To stay active in the community,I am a member of American Association of Orthodontists, Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists and American Dental Association.Outside of the office, I love spending time with my husband and our 1 year old son.
As a Californian native, I attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and received my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology. I continued my training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where I earned my Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. I moved to Henderson, Nevada to complete my specialty training at Roseman University of Health Sciences, where I received my Certificate in Orthodontics along with a
Master in Business Administration (MBA) focused on Healthcare Management.
Through the course of my education and professional experience, I have developed a strong work ethic and a commitment to excellence. As a result, I have received national and local awards for excellence in academic, research, and community outreach. However, the biggest accomplishment I have achieved is the ability help patients transform their smile and improve their self-confidence. My goal is to make orthodontics a comfortable and enjoyable experience for all patients.
When not practicing orthodontics, I enjoy traveling, practicing yoga, and experimenting as a food blogger.