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Meet Our Dentists

Arbi Ananian

Dr. Ananian is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the New York University College of Dentistry in 2003. After a year of residency in New York he moved back to Los Angeles where he started working for the Carlson Dental Group, a Burbank staple for over 30 years.  In 2010 he acquired the practice from Dr. Leonard Carlson and expanded it to the multi-specialty clinic that exists today.  Dr. Ananian constantly strives to maintain the high standards established by Dr. Carlson for general family dentistry.

Dr. Ananian is adept at all aspects of general and cosmetic dentistry and also has 20 years of experience with the Invisalign system of  teeth straightening.  Dr. Ananian also has a lot of experience treating patients with anxiety or distinct phobias of dentistry.  Dental phobia very often results from traumatic experiences in childhood.  Dr. Ananian takes a very patient and caring approach to try to get patients feeling comfortable with the office and the team before starting any procedures that could aggravate the fear response.  Dr. Ananian also utilizes many different tools to help make the dental experience more comfortable, ranging from state-of-the-art noise cancelling headphones to minimize the sound of the drill, to general anesthesia to put patients to sleep if necessary.  If dental fear has been keeping you away from the dentist, we recommend coming in for a consultation with Dr. Ananian.

Melina Esraelian

Dr. Melina Esrailian specializes in general and cosmetic dentistry for families. After completing her undergraduate degree at UCLA, she obtained a Masters of Public Health degree with an emphasis in epidemiology from the Loma Linda University School of Public Health. She subsequently earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and graduated from the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. Dr Esrailian has been with our practice for 20 years.

Dr. Hunt
Dennis R. Hunt, D.D.S., is a board eligible Periodontist committed to research for the advancement of Periodontics. Dr. Hunt graduated from California State University, Hayward with a B.S., Biological Science and a minor in Chemistry. In 1997, Dr. Hunt graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles and UCLA graduate Periodontal Residency Certificate Program with a Masters Degree in Oral Biology.
Dr. Hunt’s activity in research has produced five published papers in professional journals. His research interest is primarily centered on Alveolar Bone Reconstruction. Dr. Hunt is a part-time faculty member at UCLA Department of Oral Biology. He has lectured at UCLA and worldwide. Dr. Hunt has recently won Best Research Lecture award at the Academy of Osseointegration held in Toronto, Canada. Other work has included 1997’s World-Wide Web at UCLA Periodontics Center author of Antibiotic Use in Periodontics, working with Dr. M. Newman, and Dr. J. Kim.
Dr. Hunt is a member of the following professional affiliations: California Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontics, and European Academy of Ossteointegration. Dr. Hunt’s hobbies are tennis, golf, and world travel.
Mindo Lee

Dr. Mindo Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea. He is a native to San Diego, CA, but he is pleased to call Los Angeles his home. Dr. Lee has been practicing dentistry since 2003. Dr. Lee puts the highest value on doing everything he can for all his patients to help them preserve their teeth. Dr. Lee is here to listen to his patient’s needs and address their personal dental needs. He strives to practice the highest quality of root canal therapy for all of his patients. He does this at Los Angeles Center for Endodontics by using the latest technology, going above and beyond in his continuing education courses.

His education started at Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego, and then he went onto the University of California – San Diego where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Chemistry & Biochemistry. He then attended the Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California where he completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and a residency program in Advanced Education in General Dentistry. After several years of practicing general dentistry, Dr. Lee went back to school to earn his Endodontic Specialty degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. In his time as a dentist, he was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to serve as the team doctor for the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team from 2004-2008.

When he is not practicing endodontics, Dr. Lee loves to travel all around the world. His favorite places are Vienna, Austria, Canary Islands, Spain and Sydney, Australia.

In his own words:

“My goal as an endodontist has always been to create a great experience for my patients by performing the procedure as efficiently and as predictable as possible. Root canal has always been perceived as a painful treatment. But, I’m here to change that perception. I am here to listen to my patient’s concerns so that I am able to address their personal dental needs. I take pride in utilizing the latest technology in endodontics that will allow treatment to be more predictable and completed in less time. I will provide my patients with exceptional endodontic care with the help of our highly trained, experienced, and caring professional team.”

Favorite Food:

Korean, Japanese and Spanish tapas

Favorite Movies:

Gladiator and Braveheart

Favorite Hobby:

“I was bitten by the travel bug. Traveling the world.”

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Interesting Fact:

“I’m ambidextrous, former team dentist to the Los Angeles Clippers, and innovator of multiple dental products.”

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