Our Dental Team 

The perfect dentistry team for your smile!

 the dental team OF shanna Chirco dds celebrating the holidays.  from left to right:  cLAUDIA MARTINEZ, NIKOLE SMITH, MICHELLE PENHOLLOW, SHANAY FRY, barbara fehn, ROSE RIVAS, Dr. shanna chirco, & jESSICA sANCHEZ.

the dental team OF shanna Chirco dds celebrating the holidays.  from left to right:  cLAUDIA MARTINEZ, NIKOLE SMITH, MICHELLE PENHOLLOW, SHANAY FRY, barbara fehn, ROSE RIVAS, Dr. shanna chirco, & jESSICA sANCHEZ.

Dr Chirco and her staff are so caring. They fully explain your options and costs. I was given several options before we went forward. I had minimal to no pain. I don’t think I had ever had a root canal performed so effortlessly (for me) and painlessly. I was genuinely impressed. Thank you Dr Chirco, Rose, Barb and Claudia, you are a great team.
— Cheryl P. (Facebook Post)

Dr. Shanna Chirco 

Dr. Shanna Chirco loves practicing dentistry and interacting with patients.  Her passion is helping her patients improve their dental health and smiles and she looks forward to providing each patient quality, caring service in a warm and welcoming environment.  

"I love what I do! I love the technical challenges I face each day and also enjoy getting to know all my patients and being fortunate enough to help them out.  It is especially rewarding at the end of treatment to get a heartfelt thank you from the patient because they know we care about them and take immense pride in the care we provide.”

Dr. Chirco, formerly Dr. Shanna Koh, is a graduate of UC Irvine and USC's Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry. After dental school, she worked for more than ten years as an associate at both private practices as well as a large dental corporation.  This experience was invaluable for Dr. Chirco as she learned what best worked for patients and how to address every patient's needs. She has now spent more than a decade restoring and enhancing smiles. She is committed to providing patients with beautiful smiles through outstanding care. 

Patients undergoing treatment have her cell phone number and can always get in touch with any questions or concerns.  

Patients visiting Dr. Chirco can receive a full range of dental services.  She provides root canals, fillings, extractions, bridges, crowns, dentures, Invisalign, teeth whitening, mouth and snore guards, full mouth restorations and general consultations. Treatment is also available for dental emergencies and wisdom tooth problems. 

Call (562) 430-7310 today for an appointment to see Dr. Chirco or you can click on the button directly below to request an appointment.

 


Nikole Smith

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Nikole Smith is a Registered Dental Hygienist.  Our patients and our team are grateful to have her dental hygiene expertise and wonderful personality. She graduated from Taft College Dental Hygiene program in May 2011.  Prior to Dental Hygiene she was an assistant for six years at a private practice office. Her long term career goals are to complete a Masters Degree.  She would like to teach Dental Hygiene part time and continue with private practice part time. 

 Nikole is very active in the LB Dental Hygiene Society, participating in monthly meetings and annual events such as health screening and the Oral Cancer annual 5k run. Nikole resides in Long Beach with her partner Cassie and their dachshund Abbey. Nikole enjoys sports especially cycling and jogging, she is training for her first sprint triathlon. 

"I love what I do. I enjoy meeting new faces and families and helping to educate patients on the importance of oral health.  As years go on, science advances and we have better understandings of how oral health effects the overall health of the body. It's my job to help my patients understand this connection and find ways that will work with each person, individually, to achieve a healthy mouth and smile." 

Nikole sees dental hygiene patients in the office Thursdays and Fridays.  Call (562) 430-7310 today to schedule a hygiene appointment with Nikole.  


Rose Rivas

Rose is our registered dental assistant and has been with the office from the beginning approximately 30 years ago starting with Dr. Paranal. She always greets patients with a warm and wonderful smile.  Over the many years in the office, she has gotten to know and assisted many generations of patients. Rose is very personable and treats every patient like family.  She utilizes her expertise to assist Dr. Chirco in educating patients and helping them achieve a healthy mouth. On her free time Rose loves to spend time with her family, read the Bible, and do gardening.


Claudia Martinez

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Claudia is the office treatment coordinator.   She has a deep understanding of the dental field and the various dental insurance plans and benefits. She will always greet you with a great smile, a positive attitude, and exude enthusiasm for great dentistry.  

Claudia assists Dr. Chirco in explaining treatment options to patients and she helps determine patients' best options.  She also works with patients and insurance companies to assist with payment options. Claudia is very friendly and our patients love the individual attention and care provided to them when interacting with Claudia.  

She was born in Colombia, grew up in Missouri, and now lives in Anaheim with her husband Oscar and daughter Kristina. Claudia likes to cook, go to Disneyland, and has a contagious laugh. With her warm personality, dedication to helping patients, and knowledge of insurance plans, we know you will love her!


Barbara Fehn

Barbara has been with the office for more than 9 years, starting with Dr. Paranal.  She assists Dr. Chirco in all aspects of patient treatment and is so eager to attend to patient's comforts and needs.  She is well versed on OSHA regulations and strives to maintain our office in pristine condition by keeping up with latest information on sterilization methods and patient safety. 

Along with her husband Brian and two cats, she lives nearby in Cypress and is always the first one to open up the office. She enjoys traveling with her husband and always eager to try new things. Don't be surprised to see her great you with a hug and a bottle of water or coffee.


Michelle Penhollow

Michelle is Registered Dental Hygienist.  She studied her general education at the University of Hawaii.  Upon completion, she studied Dental Hygiene at San Joaquin Valley College, recently further her education at the University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry.  Michelle completed her studies for licensure as an RDH in Alternative Practice and is licensed by California to perform prophylaxis, scaling and root plannings, local anesthetic, subgingival curettage, nitrous oxide, and radiographs.  She is also certified to perform CPR.  Michelle is a member of the American Dental Hygienist Association, the California Dental Hygiene Association, and the Orange County Dental Hygiene Association.  

"Our practice is family-oriented.  We makes sure our patients receive the utmost quality care they deserve.  All the employees make it a team effort every day we come to work.  I am truly blessed to be in a wonderful office," says Michelle.  She also enjoys the outdoors, her family, friends, and her dog Khalua.     

Michelle sees dental hygiene patients in the office on Mondays.  Call (562) 430-7310 today to schedule a hygiene appointment with Michelle.