We are all aware that your satisfaction is based upon more than the excellence of my work. From the greeting you receive when you call or enter our Santa Monica dental office, to the cheerful good bye when you leave, my staff and I are intent upon your having a positive, experience, whether you are looking for cosmetic dental treatments,TMJ solutions, sleep solutions, or general dentistry.”

Dr. Nazila Satvat

Dr. Bakhshalian

Dr. Neema Bakhshalian is a specialist in Periodontology and Implant Dentistry. In addition to completing his DDS degree, he has been awarded his PhD from the Florida State University, where his work focused on Bone Biology. He subsequently completed his residency and subspecialty training in Periodontology and Implant Dentistry at the University of Southern California. In 2015, he became a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, and currently serves as a full time Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California while maintaining an evidence-based state-of-the-art practice.

Dr. Bakhshalian has published extensively in the area of bone regeneration and tissue engineering. He is a member of several professional organizations such as the American Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology, and the Academy of Osseointegration.



When you walk into Brightleaf Cosmetic & Holistic Dentistry in Santa Monica, CA, chances are the first smile you see will be Ruth’s. We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have Ruth as the first face or voice you encounter at Brightleaf Dental  Her caring and professionalism shine through all that she does. Ruth has been serving dental patients for over 25years as an assistant and patient coordinator.

She received her college degree in science and  her extended functions assistant training at UCLA School of Dentistry. Her passion for dentistry keeps her on the leading edge of developments in dental science and she makes it her business to attend some of the top educational seminars each year.

Ruth is married, with three daughters ages 26, 25, and 11.

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Anay has been part of Brightleaf Dentals team for over a year and has been a dental assistant for 3 years. She loves working side-by-side with Dr. Satvat and her favorite reward is seeing patients smile at the end of their treatment. Anay is married and has an 8-year-old son. She enjoys family time and watching movies.



We knew there was something special about Theresa the first time we met her. Not only were we impressed with her extensive and in-depth knowledge of oral health, but she just seemed to “fit” with our office energetic and the other members of our staff.

Theresa has over 7 years of experience as a dental hygienist and it’s obvious that she enjoys what she does. She genuinely loves encouraging patients in positive oral care practices and seeing the positive changes in the health of her patients’ teeth and gums.

When she’s not serving as an integral part of the Brightleaf Dental team, Theresa likes spending time with her family and friends and particularly enjoys hiking, traveling, and cooking.