Jose-Luis Ruiz, DDS, FAGD
Founder and Director of the Los Angeles Institute of Clinical Dentistry
Dr. Ruiz is the Director of the Los Angeles Institute of Clinical Dentistry and Course Director of numerous CE courses at the University of Southern California (USC). He is Honorary Clinical Professor at Warwick University in England and a member of the editorial board for Dentistry Today. He is also an Associate Instructor at Dr. Gordon Christensen, PCC in Utah and an independent evaluator of dental products for CR (CRA). Dr. Ruiz has been named as one of the “Top Clinicians in CE 2006-2011” by Dentistry Today.
Dr. Ruiz has published several research papers as well as many clinical articles on adhesive dentistry, occlusion, and esthetic dentistry. He regularly lectures at all major dental meetings, both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Ruiz has been practicing in the Studio District of Los Angeles for over 20 years and enjoys a clientele of many stars and entertainers. His focus is on treating complex cosmetic, rehabilitation, and implant cases.
Dr. Ruiz has made numerous television appearances highlighting his esthetic dental makeovers, including NBC Channel 4 News, ABC News, Good Morning America & Vista La, VH1 and Channel 52 Telemundo, and 34 Univision.
Patricia Ryan-Martin, DDS
Dr. Ryan-Martin was previously Course Director of several restorative and operative preclinical courses and was a full-time Assistant Professor of clinical dentistry at the University of Southern California. She received her Doctorate in Dentistry from USC and is currently a part-time volunteer and maintains a private practice in Fullerton, California.
Renee Kurtz, DMD
Dr. Kurtz is faculty at the Los Angeles Institute of Clinical Dentistry, Instructor at the University of Connecticut Dental School, and she also maintains a private practice in Cheshire, CT. She was also a past Course Director and a Clinical Instructor at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. She received her Doctorate in Dentistry from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.
Luis G. Vargas, DDS, FAGD
Dr. Vargas graduated in 1984 and has been in practice for over 25 years. He obtained the fellowship of the A.G.D in 1998. He has a general practice that includes orthodontics, implants, and laser dentistry. He is a member of A.G.D, I.A.O., and several other organizations. He has been in private practice since 1994 in San Bernardino, California.
Amir Esfandiari, DDS
Dr. Esfandiari received his DDS degree from the University of Southern California and continued his education at the Dawson Center Continuum on Esthetic at USC. Currently, he is a Clinical Associate Professor at USC School of Dentistry. He is the president of OC Center for Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry, the Chair of Emergency Care panel for OC Dental Society, and on the peer review committee for the California Dental Association. Dr. Esfandiari lectures throughout the world and has published numerous articles.
Steven Lynch, DDS
Dr. Lynch received his dental education at UCLA. Rather than enter private practice immediately, Dr. Lynch completed an additional year of training in a Hospital General Practice Residency, also at UCLA. He has been practicing dentistry in Vacaville, CA, since 1983. Additionally, he lectures internationally on a variety of dental subjects, including orthodontics.
Erick Gutierrez, DMD, FAGD
Dr. Gutierrez received his DMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania and then went on to complete a General Practice Residency where he was Chief Resident. He then completed a post-graduate Residency in esthetic dentistry at UCLA as well as LAICD’s continuum. He has achieved Fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry and is in private practice in Pasadena, CA.
Gregory Mar, DMD
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Gregory Mar initially came to Los Angeles for his undergraduate studies at UCLA. Wanting to have some east coast culture, he continued his studies at Boston University School of Dental Medicine where he graduated with honors. Upon returning to sunny southern California, he sought experience working with offices of all types to better develop his skills and serve his communities. Finding a mentor and partner in Dr. Ruiz, he also works as Dr. Ruiz’s personal dentist! In addition to practicing alongside Dr. Ruiz, Dr. Mar is faculty at the LA Institute and teaches other dentists. A big believer in education, he has countless hours in continuing education to better take care of his patients. In his free time, he is an avid sports fan (Go Bruins!) and is heavily involved with multiple local charities.
Tanessa Cohen Lopez – Registered Dental Assistant with Expanded Functions 2
Tanessa has 13 years of experience providing patients with gentle quality care. A nurturer by heart, she is known for her calming aura. Tanessa loves learning and is eager to share her gifts using Dr. Ruiz’s unique techniques. She is one of the very few RDAEF 2 in the state of California. This high level of training and education allows Tanessa to serve your highest dental needs. When Tanessa isn’t working or taking care of her two amazing children, she loves wood working and hiking.