Our Team

The modern yet inviting office of Dr. Zak Dental Care is made up of experienced and compassionate dental staff that works together to provide patients of all ages the most comprehensive and effective dental treatments available.

We work closely with highly talented dental specialists in all forms of oral health, from routine check-ups and cleanings, to cosmetic procedures and full mouth reconstruction, our team makes sure that your mouth is always in its best possible shape.

 Meet Our Team

Our San Diego dental office understands that one treatment does not fit all. The team of doctors and well-trained administrative staff facilitate a hygienic, warm and stress-free environment. Our highly accredited and experienced dentists are committed to providing a personalized dental care treatment via modern and efficient equipment.

 

Dr. Zak Dental Office In San Diego

Dr. Ilya Zak, DDS

Dr. Ilya Zak, DDSDr. Ilya Zak attended USC Dental School, graduating in 1990. He was one of only eight unique students to complete the ADAPT program, an accelerated 6-year dental program that allows one to complete both undergraduate and graduate requirements. After graduation, he completed TMJ/Pain Management residency at White Memorial Hospital and became a qualified medical examiner for TMJ dysfunction in California. He is also a part-time clinical instructor at his alma mater, USC Dental School, and he practices in Simi Valley, Valencia, Agoura Hills, and Long Beach since 1994.  Dr. Zak ensures that the dental care that is provided at Zak Dental offices is wholistic, comprehensive, and enhances patients’ overall wellness.

Suelem G., Office Manager

Suelem G., Office Manager

Dr. Paul, DDS

Dr. Paul, DDSDr. Paul graduated from USC Dental School. He has  more than 15 years of experience in the dental field. Dr. Paul has been treatment planning and treating more than 50,000 patients. Dr. Paul’s emphasis on the patients’ overall well being and his ability to prioritize treatment plans to any budget has allowed his to enhance the oral health of nearly all patients that he sees irrespective of their financial challenges.

Dr. Pedram Fakheri, Periodontist

Dr. Pedram Fakheri, PeriodontistDr. Pedram Fakheri is proficiently trained in all aspects of periodontics including dental implants, non-surgical and surgical treatment of periodontal diseases, and periodontal bone regeneration. He graduated with his DDS from the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey in 2008. Moving from East to West coast, he then received specialty certification in Periodontics from Loma Linda University in 2011. In addition to providing high quality care to all of his patients, Dr. Fakheri is fluent in English and Farsi.

Dr. David Gonzalez, DDS

Dr. David Gonzalez, DDSDr. David Gonzalez attended Marquette University School of Dentistry, graduating in 1990. His passion is to help people feel good about their smiles and to help them overcome their fear of the dentist. He loves to make his patient’s experience as painless as possible. He became a dentist here in San Diego after visiting and loving the weather, the scenery, the food and the people. One fun fact about him is that he loves to restore Japanese cars to place them in shows and he loves horses and dogs.

Dr. Aiham Machhadani, Endodontist

Dr. Aiham Machhadani, EndodontistDr. Aiham Machhadani graduated from Damascus University in Syria in 1999. He then continued his education at California's Dr. Duggan Study Institute. Dr. Machhadani then continued his education at Columbia University, earning his specialty certification in Endodontics in 1999. For nearly 20 years, Dr. Machhadani has serviced patients in southern California. In his spare time, Dr. Machhadani lives an active life playing soccer and tennis.

Dr. Ali Aldabe, DDS

Dr. Ali Aldabe, DDSDr. Ali Aldabe graduated from the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine with his DDS.  He is diligent in his pursuit to stay current in providing the profession’s leading dental care procedures while utilizing state-of-the-art technology, supplies and equipment.

Dr. Matthew Durschlag, Orthodontist

Dr. Matthew Durschlag, OrthodontistHaving served as a Navy dental officer in Okinawa, Japan, Dr. Durschlag has provided comprehensive and individualized dental services across the globe.  Graduate of Loma Linda University, he was granted his Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial orthopedics.  On weekends, he enjoys staying active - playing hockey, golfing, skiing, and fishing!  With roots in New York and San Diego, Dr. Durschlag is thrilled to provide you with quality results and nothing but the best of care.

Dr. Rusthoven, DDS

Dr. Rusthoven, DDS

Dr. Michael Gavin, Endodontist

Dr. Michael Gavin, Endodontist

Dr. Adam Marre, Oral Surgeon

Dr. Adam Marre, Oral SurgeonDr. Marre is a California native who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He attended California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a minor in Biotechnology. He continued his education at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS). With a passion for surgery, Dr. Marre was accepted into the respected oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program at the University of Louisville. He furthered his education at the University of Louisville School of Medicine where he earned his Doctorate of Medicine (MD) and completed a general surgery internship within the Department of Surgery. During his six years of oral and maxillofacial surgery residency, Dr. Marre focused on advanced facial reconstructive surgery, complex implant surgery, orthognathic surgery, ambulatory anesthesia, and facial cosmetic surgery. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Marre returned to practice in California close to his family and friends. Outside of surgery, he enjoys spending time with his wife in San Diego participating in outdoor activities such as tennis, running with his dog, going to the beach, and hiking local trails.

Dr. Ketki Nichal, DDS, General Dentist

r. Ketki Nichal, DDS, General Dentist

The Zak Dental 360 Degree Quality Control Method:

We don’t just talk the talk…We walk the walk when it comes to Quality Assurance!!!

1.We have a Wellness Doctor on staff at every one of our locations. The sole purpose of this Doctor is to understand your unique oral health needs, objectives, and budget. Once your Wellness Doctor understands your needs, he creates a customized treatment plan that is unique to you. Based on the treatments needed, the Wellness Doctor will build a clinical team consisting of a hygienist, treating dentist, and possible specialists to execute the agreed upon family dental plans.
2.There is always more than one provider working on your treatment plan to confirm the accuracy of your diagnosis.
3.We practice a team-based approach to dental care because dental care requires a vast array of skills and abilities. In nearly thirty years of practice, Dr. Zak has never met a true “Master of All Trades” dentist. That is why we have paired up with a team of specialists that include: periodontists, endodontists, prosthodontists, oral surgeons, and orthodontists to support our general team and step in for more complex procedures.
4.We have a 360-degree quality control protocol in place where at the end of your treatment your Wellness Doctor steps back in to check the quality of the completed work.