Our Doctors

Dr. Altina Karimyan


Dr. Karimyan was has been nominated by her peers as top dentist in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 for Pasadena magazine.

In her early years, Dr. Karimyan completed a one-year honors clinical concentration program in cosmetic denistry at New York University. Technical proficiency came easily to her, and it was early in her career that she discovered a talent that cannot be taught: a highly developed aesthetic sensibility.

In 2009, Dr. Karimyan received her certification from Perio Protect, L.L.C to treat Periodontal Disease. In her recent years, she has been selected as an Invisalign Premier provider for Clear Orthodontics.

After graduating from USC with a degree in Gerontology as well as an emphasis in biology in 2001, Dr. Karimyan moved to NYC to attend NYU’s College of Dentistry. She has been practicing in Pasadena since 2005.

Dr. Altina Karimyan is a highly enthusiastic and personable dentist, and holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree. As a general dentist, she specializes in treating comprehensive restorative cases, Invisalign Orthodontics, Implant dentistry, and challenging cosmetic cases with an unparalleled degree of attention, care, and comfort for all of her patients.

Dr. Karimyan’s goal is to develop a lasting relationship with each patient and the families she treats. Trust and confidence is the key to her success. She is passionate about giving her patients the best care every time she sees them. In Dr. Karimyan’s quest to offer the highest degree of comfort to her patients, she has been highly trained to treat patients with dental phobias. One of her top priorities has been to remain at the forefront of current dentistry and she does so by attending various advanced training courses throughout the year.

As a general dentist, Dr. Karimyan maintains memberships  with the following professional organizations, as she continues to expand her knowledge:

  • Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • San Gabriel Dental Society



Rafiel M. Rafiee, DDS, MS




Dr. Rafiee received his Bachelors Degree in psychological biology from UCLA.  He then moved across town to receive his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from USC.  After graduation, he performed surgical dental procedures in his first residency in the Central California Veterans Hospital and Fresno Community Hospital, the only Class I trauma hospital between San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Dr. Rafiee then complemented this training by returning to USC to finish his second residency, this time in Periodontics.  There he specialized in treating periodontal disease and placing dental implants while completing a Masters Degree in cranial facial biology.

Dr. Rafiee has worked in California for a number of years.  In that time he has written several dental research articles in contemporary journals, presented many advanced cases in dental seminars, and taught advanced grafting to dentists in the USC School of Dentistry.  His research interests are the esthetics of gingiva around natural teeth.


USC School of Dentistry.  Optimal Implant Placement and Bone and Soft Tissue Grafting.    Directors Drs. Zadeh/ Jovanovich.

Editor of Scientific Journal Editor:

Past Contributing Editor,   Journal of  Western Society of Periodontology, Periodontal Abstracts

Lecturer/ Presenter:

The  Hybrid Prosthesis: “The Implant Supported Fix/ Detachable Prosthesis”.  USC Hispanic Student Dental Association Symposium.

Researcher in the Field of Dentistry:

Dental Papilla Analysis  A Multifactorial Viewpoint.  California Society of Periodontists Award for Excellence in Research in Clinical Periodontal Therapy.

Publisher of Scientific Articles in the field of Periodontology

Rafiee, RM. DIGO: drug-induced gingival overgrowth. Part II: molecular mechanism.

J West Soc Periodontol, Periodontal Abstr. 2010;58(4):99-101.

Rafiee, RM. DIGO: drug-induced gingival overgrowth. Part I: clinical features and pharmacology.  J West Soc Periodontol, Periodontal Abstr. 2010;58(3):67-70.

Rafiee, R. Sodium hypochlorite mouthwash.  J West Soc Periodontol, Periodontal Abstr. 2009;57(4):99-102.

  • Periodontics
Associations & Certifications
  • American Dental Association
  • American Board Of Periodontology


perio seal

Dr. Eli Tabari


Oral & Maxiofacial Suregon


Dr. Tabari completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California at Los Angeles before entering the School of Dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania.

After dental school he joined an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery internship at the University Medical Center in Fresno, California. After two years of the surgery internship, he went on to becoming a resident in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

After his graduation he continues to be a part-time attending at Fresno Community Regional Medical Center.


Undergraduate Education:

  • University of California, Los Angeles
    B.A.: Sociology

Professional Studies:

  • University of Pennsylvania,
    School of Dental Medicine

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Internship
Fresno, CA

Oral and Maxillofacial Resident
Fresno, CA

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

In the United States, oral and maxillofacial surgery is one of the 9 specialties recognized by the American Dental Association, However, some training programs lead to the trainee obtaining qualifications in both Medicine and Dentistry. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons care for patients with problems involving wisdom teeth, facial pain, and misaligned jaws.

They treat accident victims suffering facial injuries, place dental implants, care for patients with oral cancer, tumors and cysts of the jaws, and perform facial cosmetic surgery. Their advanced training in anesthesia allows them to provide quality care with maximum patient comfort and safety in the office setting.

As an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Dr. Tabari has adhered to and accepted the great demands and sacrifices of his profession, while enjoying the value and sense of accomplishment

  • American Dental Association


Loan Dao Kim, DDS

Associate Doctor


Better Known as Dr. Kim, she is gentle, patient, and caring. Dr. Kim takes the time to provide patients with the best possible care. Dr. Kim graduated from the University of Riverside prior to receiving her doctorate at the University of Michigan in 2007.

At the University of Michigan, she gained clinical awards for her patient care and volunteer work at rural areas.

Currently Dr. Kim takes Continuing Education (CE) courses to keep current and involved in dental techniques and procedures. She is a member of the California Dental Association and American Dental Association.

Dr. Kim relocated to the Pasadena area and is happy to be a part of an exceptional team of doctors to provide the best possible care to patients.

As a general dentist, Dr. Kim maintains memberships  with the following professional organizations, as she continues to expand her knowledge:

  • Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association