WE HAVE THE BEST DOCTORS FOR THE BEST PATIENTS
All of our highly trained doctors at Alameda Pediatric Dentistry offer children the most customized dental care in the Bay area. We take pride in having the friendliest, experienced, and passionate doctors on our staff. Scroll down to learn more about our amazing dentists, and what they have to offer you and your child.
SHARINE V. THENARD, DDS, MS
It’s so special for me to be able to care for the kids in my community. I was born and raised right here in Alameda. A graduate of Lum School, Wood Middle School, and St. Joseph’s Notre Dame High School, I get to see many of my peers and watch their kids grow up in our office.
After graduating from UC Davis and UC San Francisco Dental School, I went to residency at the Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and earned my Masters of Science from The Ohio State University. In 2005, I returned to my hometown of Alameda and in 2006 I became board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
In my professional life, I have been very involved in causes that promote pediatric oral health, and have served as President of the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, President of the Alameda County Dental Society, Trustee for the California Dental Association, and have served on numerous Councils and Committees on the local, state, and national dental level. I have been honored to reach status of Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry as well as Fellow of the American College of Dentists.
Outside of the office, I spend my time around town with my three funny and joyful children, who keep me busy beyond belief, my wonderful husband who is a constant source of support, and my adorable Labradoodle, Kona, who tolerates the chaos of the household and is always ready to cuddle and slobber.
MYLINH NGO, DMD
It is a privilege for me to help kids and guide families how to achieve good oral health each and every day. Children are such precious gifts and I feel lucky that I can use my skills in detail, empathy, patience and knowledge in dental care just for them. I spent my childhood growing up in sunny San Diego and have loved calling the Bay Area my home for the past sixteen years. I completed my specialty training in pediatric dentistry at UCSF and I received my dental degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, where I graduated among the top of the class.
I am involved in teaching the UCSF residents practice management as a volunteer clinical professor. I hold privileges at Kaiser Oakland hospital, the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, and the Walnut creek outpatient surgery center. In my spare time, I love using my creativity for arts and crafts, music, and baking healthy eats. I have two sweet girls who brighten my life and keep me smiling. I am an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, California Dental Association and Southern Alameda County Dental Society.
MICHAEL WAHL, DDS
I am a Bay Area native and grew up in San Mateo. I earned my dental degree and pediatric specialty training at NYU, College of Dentistry. During my tenure at NYU, I participated in outreaches in the Dominican Republic and the outskirts of Alaska to provide pediatric dental care to underprivileged communities.
I am also a clinical faculty at the University of Pacific, teaching pre-doctoral students. In my personal time, I enjoy playing sports, watching movies, cooking and rooting for Bay Area sports teams.
MARAL MOBASHER, DMD
I consider it a privilege to be trusted with the oral care needs of my patients. I am a board-certified pediatric dentist specializing in infants, children, and patients with special health care needs. I believe in treating the unique needs of every child in a case by case manner.
I studied bioengineering at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) with a Presidential Scholarship. During my studies at Caltech, I pursued my passion for research and dentistry at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), where I watched the doctors’ professional yet empathetic mannerisms and techniques that changed children’s tears to smiles. This experience crystallized my passion for pediatric dentistry. It was also during this experience that I fell in love with the Bay Area and made it my home.
I completed my dental degree at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) School of Dental Medicine at the top of my class with honors in clinical dentistry and research. My dedication to excellency inpatient care led me to a demanding in-hospital pediatric dental residency program at Jacobi Medical Center in Bronx, NY which prepared me for managing dental traumas, medical emergencies, and sedation dentistry. I completed my specialty training in pediatric dentistry and moved back to California to join my family in the Bay Area.
I am truly honored to work with the team at Alameda Pediatric Dentistry and serve this great community. I am well-versed at working with diverse patient populations. I speak Farsi and English fluently, as well as Spanish and Italian at a high intermediate level. I am an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and the San Francisco Dental Society. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, cooking, reading, and playing the Setar.
JENNIFER SUN, DDS
Inspiring children to care about their oral health and cultivating fun and enjoyable memories at the dentist are goals are my everyday goals as a healthcare provider. As a member of the exceptional team at Alameda Pediatric Dentistry, I look forward to providing the high-quality care our children need to grow healthy and happy smiles.
I grew up in Sacramento, CA, and completed my undergraduate studies in biology at UCLA. I had the privilege of serving as student body president at the UCLA School of Dentistry and was awarded the Dean’s Medal at graduation, given to the top ten students in the class. I completed my specialty training in pediatric dentistry at the Yale School of Medicine. I am board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Every year I look forward to providing dental care to families in the Dominican Republic on dental service trips. In my spare time, I love hiking, going to baseball games, and taking long runs with my dog, Echo.
ELLA SAEED, DDS
It is an absolute pleasure and honor to care for the children of the Bay Area. A Marin County native, I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of California Santa Cruz in human biology and earned my dental degree from UCSF. I continued to complete my Pediatric Dentistry residency at USC and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where I specialized in the care and treatment of infants, children, adolescents, and patients with special health care needs.
I enjoy staying involved with local, state, and national organizations that promote and advocate for pediatric oral health. I am an active member of American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and Alameda County Dental Society.
I speak Arabic fluently. When not practicing dentistry, I am an avid runner and hiker and enjoy discovering new hikes around California!
LEILA ZOKAEI, DDS
As a pediatric dentist, I have the privilege to be part of a child’s life from an early age and to promote what I am most passionate about, oral and systemic wellness. I received my dental degree from the University of California San Francisco. After that, I completed my residency training in pediatric dentistry at the University of Maryland and became board-certified with Diplomate status from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
As part of my academic training, I co-wrote the most recent Guidelines on Restorative Dentistry for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, based on an extensive evidence-based dental literature review. My residency training comprised all aspects of pediatric dentistry, including behavior modification, nitrous oxide anxiolytics, conscious and IV sedation, hospital dentistry, early interceptive orthodontic treatment, trauma management, and treatment of special needs patients.
I am a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
I speak Farsi fluently. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, walking my dog “Benji,” playing tennis at the USTA single and double tournaments, and skiing.
JENNIFER TUNG, DDS, MS
I love working with the amazing team at Alameda Pediatric Dentistry here in my home community. I grew up in the Bay Area and attended grade school and high school in San Francisco. I moved to San Diego and received my Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology from the University of California at San Diego. I then received my Master of Science degree in Biology, specializing in pediatric immunology, from the University of California at San Diego. While completing my Master’s degree, I found my true passion was in pediatric dentistry. I attended the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and was honored to graduate as the class Valedictorian. I completed my pediatric dentistry residency at the University of Southern California, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry. While in residency, I worked at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach, Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, and Children’s Hospital in Orange County where I was able to work with wonderful families and learn from incredible faculty.
When I am not in the dental office, I love playing soccer and most other sports! My family and I love camping, hiking, traveling, and being outdoors.
RACHEL FORER, DDS
Dr. Rachel Forer is excited to be rejoining the Alameda Pediatric Dentistry family after a 2.5-year hiatus to become a certified pediatric dentist. Dr. Forer started with APD as a general dentist B.C (before Covid), immersing herself in the practice of pediatric dentistry, which inspired her to pursue specialty education. Dr. Forer graduated from the UCSF Children’s Hospital Oakland program in June 2023 where she was honored with the Ray Braham award for her exceptional competence and ability in clinical pediatric dentistry as well as specific skills in treating patients with special needs. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her husband and two Samoyed doggies, Pearl and Onyx, as well as exploring the world through travel.
TIFFANY LOUIE, DDS, MS
As a Hayward native, my home and heart belong in the Bay Area. I lived in Southern California for five years where I earned my bachelor degree in psychology-biology, then spent seven years at the University of California, San Francisco, where I graduated at the top of my class earning my dental degree of science and subsequently received my orthodontic specialty training and master’s degree in orofacial sciences.
In the past decade, since graduating from Orthodontic residency, I have been fortunate to practice orthodontics in some amazing pediatric/orthodontic group practices. I am super excited to join the dynamic team at Alameda Pediatric Dentistry, and I’m eager to meet all the amazing patients and help them create their beautiful smiles.
I have three amazing and high-energy children who keep me on my toes with the latest dance moves. My favorite is the “Floss,” probably more for its name than the moves! As a family, we enjoy the simple pleasures of staying home for movie or games nights and appreciate any opportunity we have to take vacations and explore the world. I can often be found scouring Pinterest for new arts and crafts projects or recipes for sugar cookies.
MATTHEW COZIN, DDS, MS
I am excited to be part of Alameda Pediatric Dentistry! I was born in Manhasset, New York and grew up in Bernardsville, New Jersey. While growing up, I enjoyed playing baseball, basketball and music. During high school, I continued these interests by performing in many bands and playing varsity baseball for all four years. During my junior and senior year, I was selected to All-State honors in baseball.
My fascination in life sciences led me to pursue a degree in biology at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. After college, I moved to Manhattan and worked as a researcher at Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine, where I also completed his D.D.S. While in dental school, I continued my research and published in numerous prestigious dental journals. In 2012, I was awarded the Daniel M. Laskin Award for authoring the most outstanding article in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Through positive experiences with patients and mentors at Columbia University, I made the decision to further my education by completing my orthodontic residency at the University of California San Francisco, where I also served as chief resident and received a master’s degree in orofacial sciences.
I am board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, biking, and volunteering for dental missions. I also love rock music and enjoy playing around with old electronics.
NANCY UNG, DMD, MS, MPH
I am a Bay Area native and grew up in Alameda. I am a graduate of Stanford University with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences. Following that, I received my Dental Degree from Harvard University.
While at Harvard, I was also a Public Health Fellow and received my Masters in Public Health with a specialty in Health Policy and Management / International Policy along with my Dental Degree. I then returned to the West Coast and attended the University of Washington to complete my Certificate and Masters Degree in the specialty of Orthodontics. During my training, I was a US Public Health Service Commissioned Officer, which allowed me to pursue my interest in research at the National Institutes of Health.
I am a Clinical Professor at UCSF and teach the orthodontic residents at La Clinica de la Raza in Oakland. I have served on the Editorial Board for both the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, and the Angle Orthodontist.
My professional affiliations include the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Southern Alameda County Dental Society, Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, California Association of Orthodontists, Phi Beta Kappa at Stanford University, and Omicron Kappa Upsilon at Harvard University.
I have published numerous articles in several prestigious professional journals. My dental and orthodontic research was presented at the meetings of the American Dental Association, the International Association of Dental Research, the International Health Technology Assessment in Health Care Conference, and the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists. I have received numerous awards, including international recognition for research performed at Harvard, as well as work at the University of Washington. One research project even made it onto the front page of the New York Times!
I just launched my daughter off to UC Davis so I now have free time to spend traveling, cycling, swimming, gardening, cooking, and generally enjoying all that the Bay Area has to offer. Looking forward to the days ahead working in a community I will always call home.
BARBARA YEE, DDS, MS
Hi, I’m Dr. Yee! I am a San Francisco Bay Area Native and received my Bachelor of Science degree and my Doctorate in Dental Surgery at the University of California San Francisco.
I earned my Certificate of Orthodontic Specialty and Master of Science degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. I am a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and the Contra Costa Dental Society. I enjoy reading, bicycling, and hiking.
MELANIE SETO, DDS, MBA
I am so thrilled to be a part of the Alameda Pediatric Dentistry team. I was born and raised in San Francisco. I’m so excited to help our community. I am a proud graduate of The Hamlin School, Choate Rosemary Hall, and UCLA. I received my Doctorate of Dental Surgery at University of The Pacific Dental School before heading to Nevada where I earned both my Certificate in Orthodontics and a MBA at Roseman University. I am a board-certified orthodontist and an active member of The American Association of Orthodontists as well as a member of the California Association of Orthodontists.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my Husband and two kids. Our favorite thing to do is try new restaurants and pop ups in the Bay Area as well as travel to try new eats.
Looking forward to meeting you!
DAVID M. PERRY, DDS
I have been practicing pediatric dentistry for over 45 years. I completed my undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley and am a proud Cal alum. I received both my Doctorate of Dental Surgery and specialty training in pediatric dentistry from UCSF. I have served as president of the Alameda County Dental Society, president of the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, Trustee of the California Dental Associations. I enjoy teaching the pediatric dental residents at UCSF School of Dentistry where I am a volunteer clinical professor.
THANK YOU FROM ALL OF OUR DENTISTS!
The doctors at our four pediatric dental offices closely work together to create the most comprehensive oral regimen for your child. Our dentists not only treat your child today, but they prepare your child for lifelong healthy smiles. Contact one of our four convenient Bay area dental offices today with any questions or concerns you may have.