Meet Your Team

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Kristina Pham
D.D.S.
General Dentist

About Me

Dr. Pham says, “I was first attracted to dentistry for having the potential to improve my patients smile and to remove them from discomfort. I want them to have a beautiful and confident smile! I have been serving my Coachella Valley patients for over a decade and treat each of them like family.”

After graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Colorado at Denver, Dr. Pham received her Dental Degree from the University of Colorado School of Dentistry. She also speaks Japanese and Vietnamese.

Dr. Pham says, “I enjoy free time with my family and taking vacations with them.”

Education

  • B.S., Science–University of Colorado at Denver
  • D.D.S.–University of Colorado School of Dentistry
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Yvetta Janku
D.D.S.
General Dentistry
About Me

Dr. Janku enjoys making a difference in peoples lives, whether it is easing a patients anxiety, taking them out of pain or improving their smile. Her goal is to provide a caring, comfortable and superior dental treatment so that each visit is an outstanding dental experience. She feels Dentistry combines creative artistry with the fundamentals of science and sees every day is an exciting challenge.
 
Dr Janku is a graduate of the Charles University School of Medicine and Dentistry in Prague–one of Europe’s oldest and most celebrated universities. To keep abreast of cutting edge technology, she’s an active member of the American Dental Association.
 
When away from the office, Dr. Janku enjoys travel and being in the outdoors–she is an enthusiastic skier and hiker.

Education

  • B.S.-Gymnazium Usti nad Labem, Prague, CZ
  • D.D.S.-Charles University School of Medicine and Dentistry, Prague, CZ

Affiliations

  • American Dental Association
  • National Dental Association
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Haris Lakisic
D.D.S.
Endodontics
About Me

Entering the field of dentistry was a natural choice for Dr. Lakisic: his father and brother were both dentists, and introduced him to this profession of helping others. He enjoys being able to help relieve people’s pain and discomfort, as well as improve better health and esthetics.
 
Dr. Haris Lakisic grew up in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but became a refugee and escaped to Southern California at the age of 15 due to war in his homeland. After finishing high school in Costa Mesa, Dr. Lakisic attended Pepperdine University for his Bachelor’s degree, then received a scholarship to attend the University of Pennsylvania for his D.M.D. degree. During his four years of dental school, he was consistently ranked in the top 10 of his class.
 
Dr. Lakisic’s hobbies include travel, fishing, and outdoor activities.

Education

  • B.S., Biology – Pepperdine University
  • D.M.D. – University of Pennsylvania

Affiliations

  • American Association of Endodontists
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Ali Pootrakul
D.D.S., M.D.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

About Me

Dr. Pootrakul is committed to the highest quality dental care. As an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon he appreciates his role in providing pain relief to his patients through often complex surgical procedures. He applies a caring, detail-oriented approach to each patient’s case, taking time to solve their dental issues effectively, and thoughtfully provides treatment options that are specifically designed around each patient’s needs.

Patients that have had traumatic dental visits in the past at other offices, are pleasantly surprised with his kind manner and gentle approach to Oral and Maxillofacial surgery. Whether you are having a simple extraction or all four wisdom teeth removed under sedation you will feel more like you are at a spa then a dental office. His scope of practice ranges from extractions to full facial reconstruction. His education and surgery training allow him to handle the most complex medical and dental cases without the need to go to a hospital.

After graduating from St John’s University, Dr. Pootrakul earned his D.D.S. from the SUNY Buffalo School of Dentistry. He received his Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery training from the Westchester Medical Center. He also speaks Spanish and Farsi.

Away from the office, Dr. Pootrakul likes spending time with his wife and son. He enjoys relaxing with exercise and is a classic car enthusiast.

Education

  • B.S., Applied Math–St John’s University
  • D.D.S.–SUNY Buffalo School of Dentistry
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery training–Westchester Medical Center

Affiliations

  • American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
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Peter Galgano
D.D.S.
Orthodontist

About Me

Dr. Galgano goal is to provide a caring, comfortable and superior dental treatment so that each visit is an outstanding dental experience. He feels Dentistry combines creative artistry with the fundamentals of science and sees every day is an exciting challenge.

He has been practicing orthodontics exclusively for 25 years. He attended Washington State University, where he graduated Cum Laude and received his B.S. degree in Biology. He then attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, where he received his D.D.S. degree and later the University of Pennsylvania, where he completed his residency in Orthodontics.

Dr. Galgano is committed to his profession and attends several continuing education courses throughout the year. He enjoys all aspects of orthodontics including research, new technologies and product development. He is a Certified Invisalign Provider and is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists, The California Dental Association and the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists.

In his spare time, Dr. Galgano likes to play golf, travel and spend time with his wife and two sons.

Education

  • B.S., Biology–Washington State University
  • D.D.S.–Marquette University School of Dentistry
  • Orthodontics Certificate–University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry

Affiliations

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • California Dental Association
  • Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
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Stephen Kallaos
D.D.S., M.S.
Periodontics

About Me

Dr. Stephen Kallaos’ goal is to provide a pleasant periodontic evaluation and an informative discussion of the options for attaining optimum oral health. He offers multiple levels of sedation to make treatment for his patients as comfortable as possible. He is also very active with his peers to stay on top of the latest technology and procedures available. His membership to industry associations include the Academy of Osseointegration, the American Dental Association, and the California Society of Periodontists, to name a few.

After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from UCLA, Dr. Kallaos continued his studies as a Bruin, entering the UCLA School of Dentistry for his D.D.S. degree. He then focused his studies on Periodontics and earned his certificate in this specialty from the UC San Francisco School of Dentistry. He is Board-certified by the American Board of Periodontology.

Dr. Kallaos has been practicing Periodontics since 1998. Outside of the office, he enjoys bicycling, snow skiing, and Sudoku, and his favorite author is Dan Brown. He is married and has three children.

Education

  • B.S., Biology – University of California, Los Angeles
  • D.D.S. – University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry Certificate
  • Periodontics – University of California
  • San Francisco School of Dentistry

Affiliations

  • Diplomate – American Board of Periodontology
  • Newport Harbor Academy of Dentistry
  • Academy of Osseointegration
  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • California Society of Periodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • Orange County Dental Society
  • Tri-County Dental Society

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81557 Dr. Carreon Boulevard Suite D-3
Indio, CA 92201
760-913-8232

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