Meet Our Team
When you visit the team at Sierra Oaks Dental, a group of diverse, hardworking dental professionals will take care of your every need. From the front office to the operatories, our team works together to exceed your expectations, especially when it comes to enhancing your appearance with cosmetic dentistry or improving the performance of your smile with dental implants or Invisalign® clear aligners. Our dentists and team have the right mix of care and experience to help you enjoy a lifetime of great smiles, and we are happy to serve English, Vietnamese, Spanish, Russian and Korean speakers. You can learn more about our team below, or you can call (916) 846-9828 to schedule your dental appointment in Sacramento, California.
Peter Kim, DDS Dr. Peter Kim has been serving the Sacramento community for eight years. Dr. Kim is best known for prioritizing his patient’s needs and delivering excellent treatment, even on weekends, holidays and after hours in emergency cases. Regardless of the emergency, patients leave knowing they are in the best hands in all of Sacramento. Patients admire Dr. Kim’s honest, intelligent and precise dentistry. In return, Dr. Kim enjoys forming bonds with the patients we care for.
Having grown up in the heart of the Bay Area, Dr. Kim graduated from University of California, Berkeley, followed by San Francisco’s University of the Pacific as a Doctor in Dental Science. He is a strong supporter of the University of the Pacific’s Dental Program and is an active Alumni. Furthermore, Dr. Kim works hard to maintain a high standard for dentistry in our community as a participating member of the American Dental Association and California Dental Association.
Since 2012, He also serves on the faculty club at the prestigious SPEAR education center in Scottsdale, Arizona. Less than 1% of dentists in the entire country have this privilege and it signifies his dedication to the best possible experience for that of his practice and patients. He has earned his implant certification from the world renowned AIC education center and completed this training at the UOP Dental AEGD clinic. He stays up to date with the latest in the dental field by staying associated with ITI International Team for Implantology in Switzerland, AIC implant education in San Francisco, the Academy of General Dentistry, and various study clubs throughout Northern California.
Shahryar Khodai, DDS Dr. Shahryar Khodai grew up in Davis, CA and graduated from UC Davis in 1996. Dr. Khodai received his doctorate of Dental Surgery at Case Western University in Cleveland, OH in 2000, where he was a class President. Dr. Khodai is always advancing his skills and knowledge by attending continuous education seminars.
Dr. Khodai is Board Certified in Oral Conscious Sedation and Invisalign certified. He has had Invisalign himself to perfect his own smile. Dr. Khodai has been trained by Dr. Carl Misch and holds a certification from world known MISCH International Implant Institute.
He has been offering oral sedation to his patients for years to help them with anxiety and extended dental treatment needs. Using oral sedation he often has been able to reverse years of neglect and pain in as little as in one appointment.
Dr. Khodai enjoys traveling to new destinations where he can learn about different cultures and meet new people.
Dr Khodai enjoys helping patients who have complicated and extensive needs. By addressing their personal needs and concerns, he is able to give them a smile they can be proud of.
Navid Torabian, DDS Dr. Navid Torabian graduated from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni in 2016. He recently completed an AEGD Surgical residency at the VA Long Beach Medical Center in Long Beach, California which included oral surgery, endodontics, periodontal and general rotations. He is very skilled in all aspects of implant dentistry.
Dr. Torabian loves to play soccer! He had signed a one-year contract with a professional soccer team before attending dental school. However, halfway through that year, Dr. Torabian was injured and that lead him to explore Dentistry.
Dr. Torabian grew up in the Sacramento region and after being away from home for the past decade, he is eager to come back home and be near his family.
Hai Bui —Registered Dental Hygienist Hai is the most recent addition to the Hygiene Team at Sierra Oaks Dental Group, and she’s originally from Vietnam. She obtained her Dental Hygienist Degree from Carrington College here in Sacramento in 2017. When she’s not at work she enjoys being outside hiking, biking, or golfing. She’s received an overwhelming amount of positive reviews and referrals since starting at Sierra Oaks Dental Group. Educating patients on preventative care and proper oral hygiene are Hai’s passions in her career.
Erick Carias —Registered Dental HygienistErick is our Lead Dental Hygienist at Sierra Oaks Dental Group and is originally from the East Coast. He loves living and working in the Sacramento area with easy access to the mountains, Yosemite, the coast, and San Francisco. Erick received his Dental Hygienist Degree from Chabot College in Hayward, California in 2002. He’s been practicing Dental Hygiene in the Sacramento Area since 2007. He has three children and enjoys playing soccer when he’s not cleaning teeth.
Maria Montalvo —Registered Dental Hygienist Maria is a miracle-worker who does it all from spending every day, dedicated to her patients to attending all of the activities her five exceptional and highly gifted children. She graduated from University of California, San Francisco in 1988. Maria has loved many aspects of her job since joining Sierra Oaks Dental as a Registered Dental Hygienist in 1993, however specializes in delivering patient care and forming relationships with her patients that last a lifetime. Maria’s dedication to her patients is remarkable and her patients have the same level of dedication to her.
Erika Elmore —Lead Registered Dental AssistantMy job entails leading the team of dental assistants. I do many things from assisting the doctors with patient visits and treatment, helping with sanitation of dental tools, scheduling assistants with doctors and patients, ordering supplies, and assisting the front office when needed.
I began working with Dr. Kim and the Sierra Oaks Dental team in October of 2017. My career in the dental field started in 2004 here in Sacramento. My dental education came from hands on training with Pacific University while working in Sacramento.
One of my favorite parts of the job is working with amazing patients and team members. We’re really lucky to have such a great team of hard workers here. Everyone supports each other and we’re quick to lend a hand when someone’s in need.
This office is in line with my professional goals because Dr. Kim has so much knowledge to share and I’m always eager to learn more, whether it’s through continuing education courses or in house workshops. I love working for Dr. Kim because we all strive to be the very best and provide the best dental care to our patients.
I have a son at home that I love providing for and caring for. I also enjoy being outdoors when I can and taking my son around Sacramento. My husband enjoys deep sea fishing, and occasionally I’ll go with him on a trip, which is always a treat.
This office is unique because of our new patient experience that utilizes the co-diagnosis process that allows the patient to pick which treatment fits them the best. We acknowledge that patients have different treatment expectations for different reasons.
Michael Glasser —Registered Dental Assistant, Training and Development LeaderMy job is multi-facetted, I am the primary assistant to Dr. Kim as well as the Training and Development Leader, which means I facilitate the implementation of all the training here for all the staff. It is a rewarding position and I enjoy helping the members of our team achieve the training they need to be the best version of themselves that they can be. I also arrange repairs for any equipment here in the office.
I began working with Dr. Kim and the Sierra Oaks Dental team in March of 2018. My career in the dental field started in 2005. I studied dental assisting at Western Career College and I have over 15 years of dental experience as an RDA as well as managing, training, and development leader. I was awarded the most improved employee for 2018.
One of my favorite parts of my job is teaching others and learning how to do that better. This office is inline with my career goals because I’ve always strived to learn as much as I can and give the best care to the patient as possible. I love working with Dr. Kim because he’s created a great team and care philosophy for our patients.
I’ve been married since August of 2018, and I love traveling to new places with my wife. In my spare time I enjoy seeking out resources and mentors that have knowledge to share in relation to my career and role here.
This office is unique because patient care is the priority over anything else, and absolutely nothing can get in the way of that
Karlos Hernandez-Perez — Office ManagerMy job entails ensuring the office operations are running smoothly and efficiently. I do many things from handling financial arrangements for patients, working with insurance companies, managing the various departments, supporting all team members, and I work closely with the department leads.
I began working with Dr. Kim and Sierra Oaks Dental in 2015, and I started my career in the dental field in 2012. My career and dental education started in Reno when I took an assisting position at an office there. I began with no experience or formal education in dentistry, but I quickly gained knowledge of the dental field through hands on experience and some great mentors.
While I was working in Reno I went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic for seven days to provide dental care to children in need. It was amazing to make such an impact on people’s lives, and I really can’t wait for the next opportunity for a similar trip.
One of my favorite parts of the job is helping improve the office systems, and making things work better for everyone involved from the patients, to the dentists, to the clinical staff, and the front office.
This office is in line with my professional goals because Dr. Kim and the rest of the team are always looking to grow and improve. We all have a passion for providing the highest level of care and patient experiences. I love how we all work as a team to get things done.
When I’m not at the office, I love to be outdoors as much as I can and simply enjoy life. My family is very important to me and I visit them often in Reno, and I love when they come down to Sacramento and I can treat them to a fun day here.
This office is unique because we truly go above and beyond for patients.
Betty Jun — AccountingCheck back to meet Betty