Our Practice

Our Burbank Dental Team

Jose-Luis Ruiz, DDS

The Artist
Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz has a reputation as a talented, dental artisan in Burbank and Los Angeles. For over 20 years, his skill as a premiere Burbank aesthetic dentist has created authentic, unique smiles for thousands of successful and discerning patients in Burbank and throughout the Los Angeles area.

Dr. Ruiz is considered one of the top aesthetic dentists not only in Burbank and throughout California, but in the entertainment industry as well. “My constant studies and research allow me to better serve my patients by using the most innovative, tested, and predictable materials and techniques,” says Dr. Ruiz.

Educator To Dentists
Dr. Ruiz is a respected professor, researcher, and educator in modern, minimally invasive dentistry. Other respected dentists come to him when they want to upgrade and hone their dentistry skills and techniques. He is a standout in his profession because of his extensive knowledge. Dr. Ruiz loves to share what he has learned with other dental professionals.

Dr. Luis Cabeza Ferrer, the president of the Spanish Academy for Esthetic Dentistry, says that, “As dental professionals, we look for superb results, professor Jose-Luis Ruiz reaches excellence with his clinical results, which includes his postgraduate training to other dentists, that is why I came from Spain to see him.”

Affiliations & Memberships
Dr. Ruiz has gained many affiliations in his career, including:

  • Director, Los Angeles Institute of Esthetic Dentistry
  • Course Director, multiple CE courses at USC School of Dentistry
  • Instructor, Gordon Christensen’s PCC in Utah
  • Honorary Professor, Warwick University, UK
  • Associate Editor, Dentistry Today

Additionally, Dr. Ruiz holds membership in several dental societies, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Academy of Osseointegration

Our dentist has also published several clinical and research papers on adhesive dentistry, esthetic dentistry, and occlusion.

Dr. David Sewell

Dr. David Sewell grew up in southern Illinois in the St. Louis area. He attended school at Southern Illinois School of Dental Medicine and graduated with honors in 1992. He practiced in Colorado for many years until recently moving his family to southern California. During his twenty-five years of practicing, he has been devoted to advancing his skills in cosmetic dentistry. He has been a member of a variety of associations and study groups including the ADA, CDA, MDDS, and AGD. He has also been honored to lead dental teams on numerous mission trips to Central America.

Nadia Hassan, DDS, MD

Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon

Dr. Nadia Hassan is a Southern California native who graduated from UCLA Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery program. Her career began with a biological science/neuroscience degree from the University of Southern California, where she graduated among the top of her class. She later decided to further her education by obtaining a dental degree from UCLA. While at the UCLA School of Dentistry, she received honors in several categories, as well as awards for clinical excellence and patient care. She once again graduated amongst the top of her class.

Dr. Hassan truly enjoyed the surgical aspect of dentistry while in dental school and decided to further her education in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at UCLA, which includes a Medical Degree from UCLA David Geffen Medical School, as well as an internship
certificate in general surgery, training in temporomandibular joint disorders, maxillofacial trauma, benign tumor resection and reconstruction and dental reconstruction with dental implants and allogeneic bone grafting.

Dr. Hassan truly enjoys what she does and is committed to enhancing patient care by integrating her biological education, dental, and surgical skills. She hopes to pursue research in the future but is dedicated to patient care as her first priority.

When not working, Dr. Hassan enjoys traveling, skiing, reading or just hanging out with her family and friends.

Argina Kudaverdian, DDS

Dr. Kudaverdian was born and raised in Los Angeles. She began her career at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she obtained her Bachelor’s in Biology with Honors.  Following that, she attended the University of California, San Francisco, and obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. During dental school she was involved in organizations such as the American Student Dental Association, Academy of General Dentists and the Student National Dental Association. She volunteered by providing free dental services at many local community events in San Francisco, as well as on a mission trip to Jamaica. With the desire to advance her skills in complex dental care, she completed a general practice residency at the VA Sepulveda clinic following dental school. Dr. Kudaverdian strives to provide high quality comprehensive care with emphasis on comfort to all her patients. Her goal is to provide you a healthy smile that will last a lifetime. On her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, trying new foods, doing yoga and travelling.

Deborah Shaaban

Office Manager

Deborah has been working in the dental field since 1995 and loves to interact with our patients and make the dental experience as great as possible. She obtained her AA in Accounting at Fullerton JC and her BA in Business Management at Cal State Fullerton. Building personal relationships, working through treatment concerns, and creating financial plans have all inspired her desire to grow and strengthen her skills. She believes there is nothing like the satisfied look on a patient's face when they have navigated the sometimes confusing world of insurance/financing and the unknown realm of treatment to finish with an amazing esthetically beautiful smile.

Being an Office Manager has added more responsibility than any career or office that she has had the pleasure of being a part of. Her constant training and education is a huge part of her life. Her ultimate desire for her offices to succeed.
One of the things she enjoys most about dentistry is to see how changing a patient's smile transforms their lives. She also makes time to enjoy camping, boating, and all eight grandchildren.

Noelle Zafra

Noelle was born and raised in Los Angeles, Ca. She began her dental career over 7 years ago as a Dental Assistant. With experience in treatment coordinating, financial coordinating, and office management, she joins our team to continue to advance her skills in patient care and satisfaction. Her goal is to keep the office atmosphere fun, while working closely with patients to provide the ultimate experience, you deserve. In her free time, Noelle loves spending time with her family, watching sports, and exploring the outdoors.

Patricia Tinajero

Hygiene Coordinator

Patricia has been in the dental field for 9 years as a treatment coordinator. Her goal is to provide the best service to patients by building personal relationships and creating financial plans that suit each individual’s need. Patient satisfaction is the most important thing to her and she strives to grow and use her skills to provide the best-personalized patient care. Working with Dr. Ruiz has given her the tools to utilize her skills and his continuous training helps her provide honest and high-quality dental service. In her free time, Patricia loves to travel and spend as much time as possible creating memories with her 3 boys.

Hector Vela

Dental Assistant

Hector has had over 21 years of dental assistant experience and graduated from the University of Guadalajara Mexico.  His main goals are to continuously provide the best quality experience and care to our patients. On his free time, he like to be in the kitchen cooking and being active outdoors

Anna Grigoreva

Registered Dental Hygienist

Anna earned her Registered Dental Hygienist license from the SJVC Dental Hygiene School. She enjoys working in an office with the latest technology and constant training to help everyone on the team provide the best possible care for patients. She also likes working with doctors who provide dentistry at its highest level. Anna strives to provide an excellent experience of care and education to each patient at our office.

Merion Tadros


Merion earned her bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Southern California. She aspires to continue to grow in the dental field and one day become a dentist herself. Merion loves every aspect of dentistry and loves to interact with patients one on one, providing a high quality of care with a gentle touch

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Our professional, educated dentists and team can transform your smile when we provide our dental services in Burbank, California, and the surrounding areas.
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