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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.

Manhattan Beach Dentist Omar Hassouna , DDS

Omar Hassouna, DDS


As a South Bay local, when he’s not working on your teeth, you might find Dr. Omar at a local basketball court or out and about with some friends in Hermosa or Manhattan Beach having some laughs. If you bump into him, don’t be afraid to stop and say hi. He always appreciates a smile.

Growing up in Toronto, Canada, Omar was entrenched in a young culturally rich community that celebrated art and passion. Prior to embarking on his career as a dentist, you would’ve found Dr. Omar Hassouna showcasing his artistic talent at local Toronto art galleries during his developed as a published artist and painter while completing his Bachelor of Science degree at York University.

Dr. Omar received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in Nashville, Tennessee. Known for both its exceptional attention to surgical procedures and to providing care to underserved communities, Omar’s dental school allowed him to develop into a talented and caring doctor. After graduating, Omar supplemented his already adept skills by attending UCLA’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry. There he was mentored closely by many renowned specialists whom quite literally wrote the books on modern dentistry. 

More than any other aspect of his career, Omar prides himself on making sure all his patients are comfortable and involved with their own care. He feels it is important that patients know what is going on exactly and finds pleasure in answering his patients’ questions thoroughly.

“While science is supposed to be constant, at least our understanding and the techniques we use in its application are always changing.  As a clinician, it is my duty to follow those innovations closely to best serve my patients by providing the best quality of dentistry available today.” –Dr. Omar Hassouna, DDS


Hygiene and Sleep Coordinator

Ayrn Taylor

Hygiene and Sleep Study Coordinator

Ayrn is originally from Mar Vista and attended Santa Monica College. She joined our team two years ago. She enjoys helping our patients to achieve their best smiles.

In her spare time, Ayrn likes to read, work out, and enjoys the outdoors.

Kathy Abarca at Modern American Dentistry

Kathy Abarca

Front Desk

Martiza Mares-Torres at Front Desk

Martiza Mares-Torres

Front Desk

America Michel front desk at Modern American Dentistry

America Michel

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

Sonia Packer, RDH

Dental Hygienist

Sonia is passionate about health and helping people lead healthier lifestyles. She enjoys providing outstanding service to others and educating our patients on the importance of good oral health.

A graduate of Cerritos College, Sonia has been with us for over six years and has developed great relationships with our patients!

Sonia and her daughters enjoy Disneyland, playing soccer, and spending time together.

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.

Dental Hygienist | Modern American Dentistry

Jamie Packer, RDH

Dental Hygienist

Jamie is originally from San Pedro and attended Cerritos College to earn her hygiene degree and received an award from the Society of Periodontology. She joined our practice six years ago.

As the hygienist, Jamie gets to spend quality time with our patients and truly enjoys developing relationships with them. Being a part of our team gives her great satisfaction.

In her spare time, Jamie lifts weights!

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