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Meet the Doctors

Meet the Doctors

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Dr. Sandhya Hegde
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Dr. Sandhya Hegde

Dr. Sandhya Hegde became a dentist so she could make a difference in her patients’ health and well-being. She understands the important role that oral health plays in a person’s overall health, and she wants to help each patient enjoy the best health possible.

Dr. Hegde received her dental degree from Loma Linda University in 2000 and started practicing dentistry shortly thereafter, coming to our practice in 2005. She is compassionate, empathetic and caring toward her patients and recognizes their unique, individual needs. She doesn’t believe in a “one-size-fits-all” approach to dental care. She is a perfectionist, and her patients know that she doesn’t settle for subpar outcomes and results, just as she wouldn’t for her own children and family.

Seeing the end result and witnessing the impact on a patient’s life is the best part of Dr. Hegde’s job. She has had patients who would never smile or couldn’t eat a steak or who were afraid of going to the dentist. She has been able to help them overcome these hurdles and get the treatment they need.

Dr. Hegde has achieved the following professional accomplishments:

  • Placed over 1.000 implants with a success rate of 99.5 percent
  • Earned a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry within the first three years of being in practice
  • Completed extensive work on full-mouth rehabilitation cases with repeat patient referrals
  • Guest speaker for Align Technology, for the Americas region as well as APAC region

Away from the office, Dr. Hegde loves spending time with her pets, horse riding, enjoying the outdoors, and traveling to new places.

Dr. Christine Buenaventura
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Dr. Christine Buenaventura

Dr. B., as she is known by her staff and patients, first graduated as an orthodontist in the Philippines and then went through the program again at Loma Linda University in 2004. Dr. B. has been with the practice since 2008. She was drawn into dentistry by her desire to bring together the science of dentistry and art with her passion for patient care. Her genuine care and patience with all her patients helps serve her well as an advocate for their oral well-being. Through ongoing learning and keeping up with innovative technology, she strives to provide the highest quality of care leading to happy patients who are confident of their smile. Her ability to alleviate pain, restore function, and enhance esthetics in her patients is something she takes great pride in. In her spare time, Dr. B. loves to indulge in various sports activities like badminton, snowboarding, swimming, and hiking.

Dr. Walaa Razak
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Dr. Walaa Razak

Dr. Walaa Razak (Dr. Raz, as she is known by her patients), originally got her dental education (BDS) at the University of Baghdad. She then went on to get her DDS from the University of the Pacific. She has been practicing dentistry for over 15 years and considers herself an artist, with an eye for detail. This quest led her to take advanced courses, including Advanced Anterior Aesthetics, Dental Photography, Invisalign, Lumineers, and Digital Smile Design under Dr. Coachman at the Kois Center. She loves to take on challenging aesthetic cases and make the impossible become reality. In her spare time, she loves to read about self improvement, travel, and socialize in the community to learn about different cultures.

Dr. Gary Sigafoos
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Dr. Gary Sigafoos

Dr. Gary Sigafoos received his DDS degree in 1971 and his MS in periodontics in 1977, both from Temple University. He joined our team in 2021, but has been practicing dentistry since 1979. Over the years, Dr. Sigafoos has appeared on multiple local and national television programs for his expertise in periodontics. He was one of the first periodontists in San Diego County to focus on soft tissue management programs.

When asked what drew him to dentistry, Dr. Sigafoos fondly recollects when his parents took him to his dentist, who was a perfectionist and had his own crown casting machine that made gold restorations. That perfectionism has stayed with Dr. Sigafoos and even to this day, he likes to show his patients the progress they have made by showing them before and after pictures of the treatment they received. He and his clinical coordinator love to see the transformation that their patients have been through.

In his free time, he enjoys traveling and seeing new sights.

Dr. Haris Lakisic
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Dr. Haris Lakisic

Dr. Haris Lakisic has an eye for detail and felt that dentistry would be a good fit with his skills. He graduated magna cum laude from Pepperdine University with a bachelor’s degree. in biology. He then received his DDS from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003 and an MS in endodontics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. 

He began practicing dentistry in 2006, coming to our practice in 2018. Dr. Lakisic is good at what he does and takes pride in the quality of work he provides. His patients appreciate his ability to comfort and care for them while working efficiently. He assures his patients that they will receive the best care possible.

In his free time, Dr. Lakisic enjoys traveling, fishing, and freediving.

Dr Marc Dentico-Olin
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Dr Marc Dentico-Olin

Dr. Marc Dentico-Olin wanted to become a dentist so that he could provide a service to the broader community. He received his bachelor’s in music from Cornell University, graduating magna cum laude. He then received his DDM from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Finally, he received his MD degree in oral and maxillofacial surgery from Mount Sinai School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Dentico-Olin has been practicing dentistry since 2013, coming to our practice in 2018. He is board-certified and keeps up with the latest advances in virtual and guided surgery, biomedical technology advancements, stem cell therapy and guided tissue regeneration.

Dr. Dentico-Olin enjoys seeing the transformations in his patients. He specializes in wisdom teeth removal, cranial nerve repair and grafting, corrective jaw (orthognathic) surgery, reconstruction and repair of facial bone fractures, post-traumatic facial reconstruction, repair of facial lacerations, TMJ disorders, and treatment of cysts and tumors of the mouth and facial bones.

Dr. Dentico-Olin has earned the following accomplishments:

  • Volunteer Oral Surgeon – Veteran’s Village John Geis Dental Clinic
  • Chief, Dept of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery – Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla
  • Vice Chief – Dept. of Dentistry/Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Rady Children’s Hospital
  • Clinical Professor – Dept. of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, UCSD School of Medicine

In his free time, he enjoys listening to music and playing the saxophone.