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.

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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 to study Biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles. Jong was involved in many extracurricular activities, holding previous positions as Treasurer and Fundraising Chair for the service organization, Circle K International, as well as being part of the chemistry fraternity, Alpha Chi Sigma. To prepare himself for the field of dentistry, he took up a research assistant position at UCLA's Dental School Orthodontics Division. In his free time Jong loves to play games such as League of Legends, try new boba places, and attend music concerts. He is planning to apply to dental school in 2019, and until then hopes to make a difference in the field of dentistry one step at a time. Jong-soo looks up to his senpai. 

 

Amy Truong, Dental Assistant

Born and raised in Southern California, Amy spent her childhood learning to draw, paint, sew, and do photography. She graduated alongside UCLA's Class of 2017 and earned a Bachelors of Science in Biology. After receiving braces at the age of 17, Amy discovered dentistry incorporates the two things she is most passionate about—art and giving back to her community. In addition to volunteering with the UCLA School of Dentistry and Venice Family Clinic, Amy assisted the homeless community with Hunger Project at UCLA and volunteered at dog adoption events with Karma Rescue. Outside of the office, Amy enjoys exploring new places, attending concerts, catching up with friends, and petting her beagle, Charlie. 

 
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Emily Lee, Dental Assistant

Emily was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to Hong Kong. She came to Los Angeles to pursue Biochemistry at University of California, Los Angeles. At UCLA, she was an undergraduate research assistant at UCLA's Oral Biology and Medicine Division, and a Co-President of Bruin Korean American Scientists and Engineers Association. Besides from her studies in Biochemistry, she has organized more than eight, large non-profit organizing, such as Major Fair and National Mathematics and Science Competition. During her free time, she enjoys baking from Mary Berry's Cookbook, reading Haruki Murakami novels, and listening to reprise of Ella Fitzgerald's performances. 

 

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 2nd year dental student at UCLA. He previously was a research assistant at UCLA's Dental School in the Oral Biology and Medicine Division, and a Building Supervisor at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. Andrew loves to be active and works hard both at work and 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.