Meet Our Team at North County Dental Surgery Center
Providing General Anesthesia to Pediatrics and Special Needs Patients throughout San Diego County
As a full-service ambulatory surgical center in San Marcos, CA, our staff is proud to provide children with the dental care they need in a relaxed, inviting environment. We have the skills and tools necessary to put your child at ease when they come in for an appointment. Dental treatments for pediatric and special needs patients under general anesthesia is a great way to make sure your child receives the oral care they need, all while they sleep!
Each member of our staff at North County Dental Surgery Center will go above and beyond to make sure our young patients have a comfortable dental experience and leave smiling.
Marjan Rashedi, DMD
Dr. Rashedi is board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She has a degree in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from UCLA. She graduated with honors from Boston University School of Dental Medicine and completed her General Practice Residency from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. From there, her lifelong desire to treat children led her to complete two additional years of specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, a hospital consistently ranked in the top ten of all U.S. Children's Hospitals.
Dr. Rashedi proudly serves as a staff member at Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego. She has been recognized as a young leader in San Diego County and named a “40 under 40” by both the San Diego Metro Magazine in 2016 and the San Diego Business Journal in 2018.
A believer in lifelong learning, Dr. Rashedi is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Dental Practice, American Business Women’s Association and American Society of Dental Anesthesiologists. In her spare time, Dr. Rashedi enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Nader Nasseri, DDS
Dr. Nasseri is a board certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon. His father being a dentist, he grew a passion for dentistry in his teenage years. He earned a Bachelors of Science from Portland State University in micro-molecular biology. He then attended the highly ranked UCLA School of Dentistry, where he earned his DDS degree. He also completed 2 years of advanced training in hospital dentistry and general practice residency at UCLA and the VA hospital in West Los Angeles, which made him realize his passion for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. He was chosen to attend the University of Texas, Houston for his residency and trained at Texas Medical center, the largest medical center in the nation. His training included dento-alveolar surgery, implants, reconstructive surgery, anesthesia, trauma, reconstructive jaw surgery, & pathology.
He has participated in several humanitarian mission trips to aid in providing much needed dental care. He enjoys spending his spare time with his wife, traveling and exploring the world. Soccer is another passion of his and he enjoys both playing and watching soccer games from all around the world, especially European soccer!
Mehdi Matin, DDS
Dr. Matin received his DDS degree with honors from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). He completed specialty training in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) at the University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital, one of the top medical centers and most prestigious programs in the country. His 4-year clinical training encompasses oral and maxillofacial pathology and reconstruction, facial trauma, corrective jaw surgery, bone grafting, oral surgery, preprosthetic surgery, dental implantology, pediatric oral and maxillofacial surgery and office-based anesthesia/sedation.
In addition to regular OMFS training, Dr. Matin completed an Anesthesiology Fellowship at the School of Medicine at Indiana University. This training provided Dr. Matin with a superior background in the field of anesthesia. It allowed him to achieve clinical skills and knowledge for providing general anesthesia and sedation for patients of all ages to assure a safe and comfortable anesthesia experience. Dr. Matin is fully committed to providing the highest quality care, and to continually improve the quality of life of his patients.
Dr. Matin has served as an attending surgeon at the Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington School of Dentistry. He enjoyed his role at both places as an instructor and mentor for residents/dental students during their training. Dr. Matin remains on staff as affiliated faculty at University of Washington, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Matin currently maintains privileges at Rady Children's Hospital, Sharp Memorial Hospital, Scripps Memorial Hospital and Scripps Mercy Hospital.
Dr Matin is a member of American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ACOMS), California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (CALAOMS). He has published several articles and has given presentations at state and national meetings.
Dr. Matin is licensed in the states of Washington and California. He enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, tennis and spending time with his wife who is practicing orthodontics in San Diego.
Laura Pashkowsky, DDS
Dr. Pashkowsky is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and limits her practice to treating patient’s oral surgery needs. She was born and raised in sunny San Diego, CA in a small town called Tierrasanta. She studied Cellular and Developmental Biology at UCSB and graduated with magna cum laude honors. She completed her dental training at UCLA School of Dentistry and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon honor society and received the California Dental Association Award. From there, she pursued her passion of surgery and was selected to complete a residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Illinois, Chicago Hospital and Health Sciences System. While there, she specialized in complex dental implant rehabilitation, bone grafting, wisdom teeth extractions, corrective orthognathic jaw surgery, microsurgical nerve repair, as well as completing medical rotations in internal medicine, anesthesia, trauma surgery, plastic/reconstructive surgery, surgical oncology, and pediatric surgery. While in Chicago, she was chief resident of the oral and maxillofacial surgery hospital team and was nominated as the hospital resident of the year.
Dr. Pashkowsky is a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Dental Association, and California Dental Association. In her spare time, Dr. Pashkowsky enjoys traveling, painting, and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Hayley Cox, DDS
Dr. Cox graduated as Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley with a degree in Integrative Biology. She graduated with honors, as a member of OKU and student body president from the UCLA School of Dentistry where she received such awards as the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry Predoctoral Dentistry Award, Public Health Dentistry Award and Delta Dental Student Leadership Award. Her passion for public health dentistry and working with children, particularly children from underserved communities, led her to complete two years of specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, a hospital consistently ranked in the top ten of all U.S. Children’s Hospitals.
Dr. Cox is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and California Dental Association. In her spare time, Dr. Cox enjoys playing soccer, traveling to new places, enjoying the outdoors and spending time with friends and family. In addition, Dr. Cox spent many of her childhood years traveling and studying abroad in Mexico, Argentina and Costa Rica and is fluent in the Spanish language.
Neehal Ghoniem, DMD, MS
Dr. Ghoniem has a degree in Psychology and Chemistry from the University of Miami. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University School of Dental Medicine and completed her General Practice Residency at the Veteran Affairs Hospital in San Diego. Her passion to advocate for and treat children led her to pursue pediatric dental specialty training at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, a dental school that is consistently ranked in the top five of all U.S. dental schools. Dr. Ghoniem also received a Masters of Science in pediatric dentistry. Dr. Ghoniem is board eligible by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and will be completing her board certification by the end of this calendar year.
Dr. Ghoniem is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, California Dental Association and the San Diego County Dental Society. In her spare time, Dr. Ghoniem enjoys running, traveling, hiking, and spending time with her friends, family and husband.
Jaclyn Barrera, DMD
Jaclyn Barrera, DMD. is board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Irvine with a degree in Biology and specialization in Neurobiology. She earned her dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine. Her passion for pediatric oral health and education motivated her to pursue two years of specialized training in Pediatric Dentistry at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstien College of Medicine, where she served as chief resident.
Jaclyn Barrera, DMD. is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and the San Diego County Dental Society. During her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking/baking, being outdoors, volunteering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and spending time with her family and friends.
Shiva Mohazab, DDS
Dr. Shiva Mohazab became board certified through the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in 2015. She is local to San Diego and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors degree in Biology from San Diego State University. She then attended UCLA School of Dentistry for her Doctorates of Dental Surgery (DDS) and participated in several dental mission trips abroad. Her love for children led her to decide on pursuing a specialty and she completed an extra two years of advanced training in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Puerto Rico, where she was trained on dental management of young children, including special needs children, using both behavior management and sedation techniques. During her time in Puerto Rico, she became fluent in Spanish and grew a passion to serve the Spanish speaking community as well.
Dr. Shiva Mohazab is a member of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, College of Diplomates for Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, California Dental Association and San Diego County Dental Society. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her husband, hiking, beach volleyball, deep sea diving, cooking, hosting friends and family and most of all salsa dancing.
Robert Jungman, DDS
Dr. Jungman is an Escondido native, born into a family of dentists. After attending UCSD for undergraduate study, and UCLA for dental school and residency, he joined his parents' dental practice in Escondido. Dr. Jungman especially enjoys treating patients with complex needs, including root canals and implants. He is an avid seeker of continuing dental education, and earned fellowship status in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2017. After working in a hospital position where he treated many younger patients with advanced procedures, Dr. Jungman joined the team at North County Dental Surgery Center in San Marcos. In his spare time, Dr. Jungman enjoys skydiving, outdoor activities and spending time with his wife, family and friends.
Siyavash Fooladian, MD, MPH
Siyavash (Sia) Fooladian, MD, MPH is a board-certified cardiac anesthesiologist, Ironman triathlete, and an advocate for a holistic, integrative approach to health and wellness. With over ten years of clinical experience caring for patients with an array of medical ailments, Dr. Sia holds expertise in outpatient and inpatient anesthesiology, including obstetrics, orthopedics, neurosurgery, spine, robotics, regional, pediatrics, cardiothoracic, vascular, and dental anesthesia. Siyavash is also involved in executive wellness, burnout, and resiliency coaching.
Siyavash holds a BA in History and Education from UCLA. He received his MD and MPH in health management from The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He completed his residency and fellowship training at UCLA Medical Center, where he served as Chief Resident. He currently resides and practices in Southern California.
Andre Pinesett MD, MPH
Dr. Andre Pinesett received his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California, Irvine, and later received his Master’s in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles. He obtained his medical degree from Stanford University and completed his anesthesia residency at the University of California, San Diego.
He prides himself on making patients and their families feel comfortable and cared for and strives at all times to provide the highest-quality and safest care possible.
When he is not working in the pediatric dental office setting, he is practicing anesthesia at the VA Medical Center in La Jolla. He enjoys spending time in the pool and at the beach with his wife and 2 children.
Patrick D. DeMars, MD
Dr. DeMars is a board-certified, fellowship-trained pediatric anesthesiologist who has specialized in the care of children for over 35 years. He received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 1981 and served in the United States Navy for 18 years. He served in Desert Shield/Desert Storm and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for meritorious service. He completed residencies in Pediatrics and Anesthesiology at Naval Regional Medical Center in Virginia and completed fellowships in both Pediatric Anesthesia and Pediatric Critical Care at Vancouver Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Children’s Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia.
Dr. DeMars practiced at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego for over 20 years where he served as Director of pediatric resident education for both the Naval Hospital San Diego and University of California San Diego residency programs in anesthesia. In addition, he started the first sedation service for children with cancer undergoing painful procedures as part of their cancer therapies and lobbied the California legislature to allow reimbursement for those procedures. Dr. DeMars developed a world-recognized Center of Excellence in Pediatric Pain Management at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. He served as Chair, Department of Pediatric Anesthesia at Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane, Washington, and served on staff at St. Jude’s Research Hospital for Children in Memphis, Tennessee.
In all his hospital-based practices, Dr. DeMars has had extensive experience performing dental anesthesia for children. Since 2016, has practiced exclusive mobile office anesthesia for pediatric dentists. In 2018, Dr. DeMars decided to start up his own mobile pediatric dental office anesthesia business in San Diego, California, based on the idea of providing pediatric anesthesia expertise to pediatric dental patients in need, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or financial background. His company is called Pediatric Office Anesthesia Specialists.
Stephen Carlson, MD
Stephen Carlson MD is a board-certified, fellowship trained anesthesiologist who has specialized in the exclusive care of pediatric patients for the last 15 years. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and earned his medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine. Internship and anesthesia residency were combined at Naval Hospital, San Diego, followed by fellowship training in Pediatric and Adult Cardiac Anesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital. After training, Dr. Carlson was a staff anesthesiologist at Naval Hospital, San Diego, followed by Department Chairman aboard the Hospital Ship USNS Mercy during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
After retirement from the U.S. Navy, Dr. Carlson moved to Spokane and practice at Sacred Heart Medical Center for 14 years, followed by 10 years at Shriners Hospital, where he chaired the Anesthesia Department. He had provided anesthesia for pediatric dental procedures exclusively since 2017.
Shannon Granger, DO
Dr. Granger is a board certified, fellowship trained pediatric anesthesiologist and has specialized in taking care of pediatric patients since completion of her fellowship in 2015. Dr. Granger attended UCSD for her undergraduate degree while playing soccer for the Women’s team, which required much dedication in order to maintain a qualifying GPA for medical school entrance. She then went on to A.T. Still University for medical school finishing with honors. Dr. Granger then completed her medical residency at Riverside County Regional Medical Center. During her time at Riverside she excelled in the treatment of patients and because of her leadership she was selected as the Chief Resident her 4th and final year. A great honor bestowed upon the resident that has good clinical decision making skills as well as effective communication and interpersonal skills. Once Dr. Granger graduated she was selected prior to the match to attend one of the top Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowships in the country, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She spent one year in Cincinnati focusing solely on taking care of pediatric patients including weeks of pediatric dentistry cases.
Upon graduation from fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Granger accepted a position at Valley Children’s Medical Center. Valley Children’s Medical Center is well known for excellent patient care focused only on taking care of the Valley’s children. While there Dr. Granger performed 1,000’s of anesthetics, many of which were dental cases. The last several years Dr. Granger moved to San Diego to be closer to family and has been practicing at both Palomar Medical Center and commuting to Valley Children’s Hospital monthly to continue care of pediatric patients. Dr. Granger has a passion for taking care of children and loves the fact that she is able to offer high quality anesthesia to children needing dental work.
Registered Nurses & Dental Assistants
Abigail Torres BSN, RN
Abigail Torres is a Board Certified Registered Nurse. She graduated from West Coast University with a degree in Bachelor’s of Nursing. She received an honorary recognition in her last term of nursing school and was selected to participate in Transition into Practice Program where she completed a preceptorship in the Emergency Department. She enjoys working as a pediatric nurse. Certifications she has obtained include pediatric advanced life support, advanced cardiovascular life support, and neonatal resuscitation. In her spare time, Abigail enjoys baking, spending time with her family, and visiting new places.
Su Jung Joung, R.N, B.S.N
Su Jung is a Board Certified Registered Nurse. She graduated from West Coast University with a degree in Bachelor’s of Nursing. She received such awards with Norma Ford Scholarship by meeting outstanding academic requirements. Her passion in nursing led her to continue with her Master’s Program to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. She loves working as a pediatric nurse and plans to work with children after completion of her graduate studies. In her spare time, Su Jung enjoys cooking, hiking, spending time with her family, and trying out new restaurants.
Elke Constantine BSN, RN
Elke Constantine graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. Her passion for health and wellness inspired a successful private practice as a Licensed Massage Therapist in Santa Barbara, CA. After relocating to San Diego, Elke pursued further education at Mira Costa College, became a Board-Certified Registered Nurse in 2013 and is driven to provide a safe and positive experience for patients and their families. In her spare time, Elke practices martial arts with her husband and 3 children and enjoys rugby, cooking and dreams of traveling the world.