Our Team – Palmdale Dentist
Dr. Chris Khatchaturian
Dr. Chris Khatchaturian is a graduate of University of Washington in 2000. He received additional hospital training in Tucson, AZ. During this time he gained experience in all fields of dentistry by training with specialist in these fields.
Doctor’s emphasis on patient comfort as well as keeping up-to-date with the latest advancements in dentistry enable him to provide his patients with the best quality of care in the field. Dr. Chris Khatchaturian has a wide range of experience in different areas of dentistry, from cosmetic and restorative dentistry to surgical treatments and root canal treatments.
His approach to your treatment starts with patiently listening to you. Then, after a complete and thorough examination, he reviews and discusses the diagnosis and treatment options with you.
“I am proud to provide my patients with the best in dental technology, treatment options and patient comfort. We welcome you to our advanced dental offices in Palmdale and Lancaster. It is my pleasure to address all your questions and concerns.”
Dr. Chris Khatchaturian
Dr. Patrick Minassian graduated from university of Southern California of Dentistry. He is a member of America Dental Association. He has training in placing Dental Implants for single crowns to be used with security dentures.
Dr. Minassian was born and raised in Southern California and has two children. He spends his spare time with family enjoys playing chess and basketball.
Dr. Vanessa Sanderson
Dr. Vanessa was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She received her Bachelors of Science in Biology and her DDS degree in 2001, from the University of Guarulhos in Sao Paulo, Brazil. While earning her degrees in Sao Paulo, Dr. Vanessa interned with the Brazilian Air Force and was part of a volunteer group that offered their dental services, free of charge, to those persons in the Sao Paulo area lacking sufficient dental care. Dr. Vanessa relocated to the Antelope Valley and received her California Dental License. Shortly thereafter Dr. Vanessa completed a residency in Cosmetic Dentistry from Esthetic Professional, in Tarzana, CA. Almost immediately after Dr. Vanessa began practicing dentistry in the Antelope Valley, she quickly gained a reputation of being a well-trained Dental Professional as well as a highly skilled Cosmetic Dentist. Dr. Vanessa’s educational and professional background, along with her warm, calming “chair – side manner” and “soft hands” have allowed her to provide a low stress, gentle dental care environment for all her patients.
Dr. Daniel Ruffolo
Dr. Daniel Ruffolo is a San Gabriel valley local, born in Covina he went to Charter Oak High School. After Graduating from UC Riverside he went to the University Of Southern California School Of Dentistry where he first became interested in pursuing a career in Orthodontics. He was part of the prestigious Orthodontic selective at USC which allowed him to treat orthodontic patients on a daily basis while in Dental School. During his tenure at USC Dr. Dan contributed to the community by donating his time with the underserved. He went on multiple mission trips to Guatemala, Mexico, and the urban inner-city of Los Angeles providing free Dental care to the needy. After Dental School Dr. Dan attended the University of Colorado for his 30 month Orthodontic Residency. There he learned the core of his Orthodontic Education. After he received his Masters in Orthodontics, Dr. Dan Decided to continue his education and move to the bay area and do a 1 year fellowship with University of California San Francisco Professor Dr. Anthony Ellenikiotis. There he learned Roth Phase 1and Phase II adolescent Orthodontic treatment, Surgical Orthodontic treatment Pre and Post operative care, and Esthetic Adult Orthodontic Treatment. After the fellowship was over he decided to move back home to Southern California and start working privately. In his spare time he enjoys going to USC football games, playing hockey, Snowboarding and spending time with his family. Dr. Dan is excited to be part of our team, providing quality treatment to his patients so they can achieve the smile they have always wanted.
I graduated from Career Care Institute in 2007 and have been with Smile Dental Group since 2008. Many of you know me at the front office, but what many of you don’t know is that I started out as a Dental Assistant. I have now expanded my knowledge in the field with scheduling, treatment coordinating, and staff management. I enjoy spreading the facts about preventive dental care to all patients.. When I’m not at work I enjoy being outdoors.
A Graduate of Bryman University, she has been in the dental field for over 20 years. She has been with Smile Dental for more 6 years. She truly enjoys working with people and helping them achieve their dental needs.