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Meet the Team at Modern American Dentistry - Manhattan Beach

Modern American Dentistry - Woodland Hills Staff

Our dedicated team of dental professionals is what makes our dental practice special. Both our Manhattan Beach and Woodland Hills locations feature educated and professional team members who use their experience, technical skills, and compassion to make your dental treatment a positive and comfortable experience. Take a minute to learn more about us by reading our biographies below. We look forward to welcoming you!

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Dr. Gould | Modern American Dentistry

Joel Gould, DDS


Ongoing advancements in science, technology, and understanding of the human body ensure that dentistry is an evolving field of medicine. In his 25 years as a practicing dentist in Canada and the United States, Dr. Joel Gould has been at the forefront of this evolution.

Dr. Gould launched a dynamic new practice concept, which he calls Modern American Dentistry. Begun at his flagship Manhattan Beach office in California, he has also expanded his practice to a 2nd location in Woodland Hills.

At Modern American Dentistry, Dr. Gould advances a straightforward and innovative approach to modern dental practices in an environment that is consistently comfortable and effective for his patients. His dental teams provide general and cosmetic dentistry and a broad range of comprehensive oral medical care.

He uses this new practice philosophy to embrace the dramatic evolution happening in dental care and treatment. “I created Modern American Dentistry to show people that the practice of dentistry in 2016 can be a common sense, organized system that ensures all patients receive appropriate and timely treatment,” he says.

An example of Dr. Gould’s innovative approach is a collaboration with Dimitriy’s Dental Studios in Glendale, Calif., to create the “Supermodel Veneer,” part of his Instant Smile Makeover and Instant Pageant Makeover processes. He has developed several other cosmetic dental products. In addition, Dr. Gould has completed training in the art, science, and application of Botox and Juvéderm facial fillers from top Beverly Hills plastic surgeons. Now his patients have options for a one-stop solution for dentofacial esthetic and anti-aging treatments for the ultimate Perfect Smile Makeover.

A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Dr. Gould graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1991 with a Doctorate in Dental Surgery. In Ontario, he joined forces with the government to provide on-site dental care and treatment to elementary school children in underserviced areas. He also established a dental clinic in a rural Ontario community.

Subsequently, Dr. Gould operated a practice in Vancouver, British Columbia, for 10 years before relocating to California in 2001. He has continued his work with children as a volunteer with the Children’s Dental Center in Inglewood in the Los Angeles area.

In addition to his practice, Dr. Gould writes a regular dental column, “The Smile Doctor,” for Pageantry Magazine, the leading publication in the pageant field, which is distributed in fifty-two countries. His informative and entertaining segments on modernizing dentistry have been seen on network TV, including FOX, NBC, ABC, and CBS. He also recently authored a book, The Perfect Smile, and is currently hosting his own radio podcast “Get Your Smile On” with Dr. Gould, available on iTunes and SoundCloud.

Arash Razi , DDS

Arash Razi, DDS

Dr. Arash Razi has been practicing for 16 years, having graduated from New York University with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2006, followed by a post-graduate residency program with an emphasis in Dental implant & Restoration from Martin Luther King Hospital and UCLA Harbor Medical Center. Through his education, clinical experience, and continuing education, Dr. Razi is able to provide optimal care in General, Cosmetic and Implant dental service.

Utilizing the most current dental technology, Dr. Razi has the ability to create and present virtual treatment plans utilizing a 3D intraoral scanner, 3D printer and milling units that show step by step treatment for implants, smile makeover, and Invisalign cases.  This technology provides him the ability to treat complicated dental cases such as full mouth reconstruction, implant placement and All-on-4 (teeth in a day).  

Dr. Razi’s training in administering oral conscious sedation allows him to provide a comfortable experience for patients with dental anxiety, whether for complicated or more basic dental treatment plans.  He has a profound ability to connect with patients and sensitively address their dental needs, offering a range of options that may include composite fillings, crowns, bridges, Invisalign, and root canals.  His compassion and enthusiasm for creating healthy and beautiful smiles has become the foundation of his esteemed reputation amongst his patients and the dental community.

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Ayrn Taylor

Office Manager

Ayrn helps Modern American Dentistry harness their image, reach their goals and streamline their processes so that we can minimize wasted time and maximum patient experience.

Born in Atlanta Georgia and Raised in Los Angeles, California. Her passion has always been leveling the playing field and making wellness more approachable, inclusive and FUN.

Ayrn uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed.  She is inspired everyday by her dog Kosmos and her family. In her free time, Ayrn likes to hike, read and spend time with her family & friends.

Martiza Mares-Torres at Front Desk

Martiza Mares-Torres

Front Desk

Dental Assistant | Modern American Dentistry

Elaina Godinez, RDAEF

Registered Dental Assistant with Extended Function

Elaina hails from Long Beach, California and attended UCLA School of Dentistry where she earned her education in dental assisting. She has been with the Modern American Dentistry team for over ten years and plays a crucial role in our practice.

Being a part of our team under the leadership of our highly skilled dentists is something Elaina takes great pride in. She also enjoys helping patients to achieve their dream smiles.

Elaina enjoys time with her husband and kids or reading a good book.

Dental Assistant | Modern American Dentistry

Martha Garcia, RDAEF

Registered Dental Assistant with Extended Function

Martha is originally from California and studied at the University of California, Los Angeles.

In addition to providing patients with high-quality dental care, she also enjoys getting to know our patients and helping them feel comfortable and welcome during their appointments.

When Martha spends time with her family, you can find them bike riding and trying different places to eat.

Dental Hygienist | Modern American Dentistry

Victoria Fisher, RDH

Dental Hygienist

Victoria hails from Philadelphia and attended West Coast University where she earned her Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) in Dental Hygiene. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and we welcomed her to our practice three years ago.

When thinking of what she loves about her job, she sites providing therapeutic and preventive care that will benefit her patients’ overall health. 

She loves seeing patients smile at the end of their appointments! 

In her free time, Victoria enjoys hiking with her dogs, skiing, traveling the world, and trying new cuisine.

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