MEET OUR STAFF

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CONNIE CASTRO

Practice Manager

I have been working in the dental field for over 25 years. My goal is to provide every patient with a positive and rewarding experience. I am happy to schedule your dental appointments and coordinate your course of treatment. I am an expert at understanding and explaining your insurance benefits in order to help you achieve a happy and healthy smile.

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CATHY PACHUCA

Office Receptionist / Registered Dental Assistant

I have worked as a dental receptionist in general dentistry since 2003. In 2007, I joined Dr. Arima's team, working in both the front and back office. I will take care of every need you might have while you are in the office. I can take care of scheduling and am masterful at maximizing your insurance. I can also assist while you are receiving treatment, and am always happy to comfort patients. My goal is making sure you and your family have a pleasant experience in our office, from the time you walk in to the time you leave.

PATTY SWINGLEY

Office Receptionist

I am an expert at patient relations in the office. I have a relaxed South Carolina demeanor and will strive to make your visit as pleasant and as streamlined as possible. I love patient care and am always glad to see you. So, if you get a courtesy call from our office and hear that southern twang, know that you will be well taken care of by me!

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ROSA ANGUIANO

Dental Assistant 

I have been a dental assistant since 2001. I am very compassionate about the treatment of my patients and have a very gentle hand. I have two lovely daughters that keep me on my toes. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking and camping. I also like to spend my free time binge watching on Netflix.

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ANGELA RYAN

Registered Dental Assistant 

My name is Angie and I have been in the dental field for 26 years. I am a registered dental assistant, have front office and insurance billing experience, and was an instructor for a dental assisting school. I love my job! I have three children and two grandchildren; they are all my world!! I am very outdoorsy - camping, fishing, and dirt bike riding.

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FOROUZAN FOROUHAR

Registered Dental Hygienist

I have been a Registered Dental Hygienist for 10 years. My commitment to personal and professional development is second to none, and my passion for continuing education has allowed me to stay on top of the latest industry trends, treatments, and technologies in dental hygiene. My mastery of the most innovate patient hygiene technologies all but ensures Dr. Arima’s practice is well ahead of the industry. I want to make sure that all of our patients have a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime.

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CLAUDIA DE LA FLOR

Registered Dental Hygienist

I graduated from USC with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in 1991. I am passionate about my career and the health of the patients that I treat. That care is conveyed by my kindness and gentle touch. I am very active with the San Fernando Valley Dental Hygienists’ Society. In my free time, I enjoy an array of hobbies including outdoor activities and singing with the Threshold Choir.

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DENISE LITWIN

Registered Dental Hygienist

I have over 40 years of experience as a dental hygienist. I was a past president of the San Fernando Valley Dental Hygienists’ Society. I enjoy spending quality time with my twin daughters and two grandsons. I also loves going out on the town with my friends, and you can often see me lining up for the newest movie blockbuster or hottest concerts in town.

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BAHAR NOBAKHT

Registered Dental Hygienist

Bahar's biography is coming soon!

Stay tuned!

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TAYLOR PIPER

Registered Dental Hygienist

I graduated from West LA Dental Hygiene School in 2017, and have been a practicing Dental Hygienist for over 3 years. I have a passion for making my patients feel welcome, while delivering top-notch treatments through my tender touch. Understanding and committing to the newest dental hygiene trends and practices allows me to stay ahead of the curve in oral health care. When I am not taking care of your smile, I can be found with my family at one of my 3 happy places: Disneyland, Hawaii, or Target.

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MEGAN ARIMA

Registered Dental Hygienist

My name is Megan and I am a proud Registered Dental Hygienist! I graduated Summa Cum Laude from West Los Angeles College with a Bachelor's Degree in Dental Hygiene. I have a "heart for hygiene" and will always put my patients first. I love connecting with my patients and providing them with sparkly clean teeth, oral health education, and a positive treatment experience. In my free time, I love to spend time with my family, friends, and boyfriend. I also enjoy hiking, drinking too much coffee, and watching Grey's Anatomy (over and over!). 

© 2020 by Steven C. Arima, DDS. 

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