Meet Our Team
Thoshnee G. Office Manager
Originally from sunny South Africa, Thoshnee holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a Master’s Degree in Education from Arkansas State University, and diplomas in International Trade and Export Management from the Institute of Export, South Africa. Before joining the Santa Monica Esthetic Dentistry team, Thoshnee taught high school mathematics for over 11 years. Thoshnee has years of experience in business management, education, and patient care. She has brightened our office for years with her incredible dedication and compassion for others. Thoshnee loves working with children and is passionate about providing our patients and team with a comfortable and caring environment. She currently lives in Santa Monica with her husband, and is the mother of two sons. In her free time, Thoshnee enjoys hiking, traveling, ordering Thai food, and supporting local shops in Santa Monica.
Kiju Lee, Executive Dental Assistant, Back Office Manager
Kiju resides in Los Angeles and recently graduated with departmental honors from UCLA. She plans to apply to dental school in the summer of 2017. Meanwhile, she is working as a dental assistant and building experience and knowledge of the dental field. Upon realizing her passion for creating art by working with her hands as well as caring for people, she decided that dentistry was the perfect career for her. When she is not in the office she loves exploring different restaurants in Santa Monica, hiking, going to the gym, reading sci-fi novels, painting watercolor, watching Netflix, and spending time with her friends and family. What out-competes all other interests is her desire to become a competent and compassionate dentist that serves her community.
Tuyet (Tee) Ha, Dental Assistant
Born in Pomona and continually residing in Southern California, it is no surprise why there is always a shine with Tee's smile. She is a recent graduate of UCLA's Class of 2016 with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences and will be applying to Dental School in 2017. Her hard work and perseverance has pushed her thus far, in hopes of becoming a dentist. Before joining SMED, she has volunteered at many other dental offices in Pomona, Westwood, and Virginia. Her most pleasant dental volunteering experience was at an event called Give Kids a Smile Day where she got the unforgettable opportunity to provide oral health services to underserved children in the area . When she's not pursuing her career, she enjoys hiking, traveling and of course sampling new restaurants all around California.
Jong-Soo Choi , Dental Assistant
Jong was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to Maui, Hawaii when he was five years old. He moved to Los Angeles as he is now a 4th year student at UCLA majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Korean. Jong is involved with many extracurricular activities, being a past Treasurer and Fundraising Chair for Circle K International, a service organization, as well as his involvement with Alpha Chi Sigma, a chemistry fraternity, and Atlas, an exhibition dance team. He is also a research assistant at UCLA's Dental School in the Orthodontics Division. In his free time, Jong loves to play League of Legends and Puzzle and Dragons, try new boba places, and going to concerts. He is planning to apply to dental school in 2019, and until then he hopes to make a difference in the dental field one step at a time. Jong-soo looks up to his senpai.
Freddie Hsiao, Dental Assistant / Front Office
Freddie, a Southern California native, is a 4th year student majoring in psychobiology at UCLA. He first became interested in dentistry after sustaining dental trauma in his second year of college. His positive experience as a patient inspired him to explore some of the pre-dental opportunities offered at his university and begin volunteering at dental clinics. Having found a passion for dentistry he plans to apply to Dental School in the summer of 2017. In his free time Freddie enjoys snowboarding, traveling, and spending time outdoors. Wrestling in high school and for the UCLA club team in college has given Freddie a sense of mental acuity, grit, and determination that he aims to apply to his career as a dentist in the future.
Silvia Rigote, Dental Assistant
Silvia was born and raised in beautiful Brazil where she graduated dental school from Paulista University in Sao Paulo, 2002. Living in LA since 2008, Silvia has been working as a dental assistant and plans to go back to school to get her dental license in the near future. Her interest for dentistry started as her orthodontist inspired her to change the world, one smile at a time. Before moving to the United States, she has owned her own clinic for four years working as a general dentist. Through her experience as a dentist, Silvia has gained experience and passion to provide the best experience for all patients. Silvia is a concert-lover, and likes the travel the world to follow her favorite bands, U2 and Pearl Jam. Being a handball player through college, she is a sports fanatic, going to Brazil every year to visit her family and watch her favorite soccer team, Corinthians play. Ever since Silvia started working at SMED, she has been teaching her coworkers how to speak Portuguese.
Andrew Cabrera, Executive Dental Assistant
Andrew was born and raised in Sacramento, the home of the legendary Sacramento Kings. He graduated from UCLA's class of 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in Physiological Sciences and is currently a 1st year dental student at UCLA. He is an amazing individual who has worked at a variety of places: Previously as a research assistant at UCLA's Dental School in the Oral Biology and Medicine Division, and as a Building Supervisor at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. Andrew loves to be active and works hard not only at work but in the gym with other athletes. When he's not at the gym, he spends his free time outdoors playing soccer, skiing, camping, and exploring the world. His dedication to work is only trumped by his desire to become a dentist. He has volunteered under many private dental practices as well as UCLA's Dental School, learning as much about the field as possible and even traveling abroad to Chiang Mai, Thailand as a dental assistant. Andrew loves working with all people and is passionate about forming strong relationships with new individuals. Andrew is currently attending UCLA Dental School.