Meet The Team 

Meet Your Dentist

Dr Ankita Kakar


Dr Ankita has been practicing dentistry for about 12 years. She obtained her DDS degree at the University of the Pacific, San Francisco and also engaged in advanced training at UCLA School of Dentistry in the field of Oral Implantology.

Originally from New Delhi, India, she graduated from the country’s top dental school at Delhi University, and completed her residency in Periodontics/ gum surgery before moving to California. She is an expert in handling gum disease and offers surgical treatment options like gum grafts and bone grafts that help maintain existing teeth by building healthy soft tissue and bone support around them. During her training, she was exposed to both community and private clinic settings, requiring her to diagnose and treat a wide range of complex cases. She also worked in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery department at the trauma center of a large public hospital.

After moving to the California, Dr Ankita kept volunteering her time in various community clinics as she was obtaining her DDS degree at the prestigious University of the Pacific, San Francisco and advanced training at UCLA. Further, she attended seminars on the most innovative and advanced technological advances in restorative dentistry including certification in cosmetic dentistry and Smile Design.

Her vision is simple: to enhance oral health and give people the ability to smile more confidently. Above all, Dr. Ankita believes in providing every dental treatment with kindness, empathy, and integrity.

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)
  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)
  • California Dental Association
  • Redwood Empire Dental Society

In her free time, Dr. Ankita likes going for hikes, reading and traveling around the world with her young family.

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The Team 

Meet Marlene Front Office Admin.


RDA and Front Office Administrator

Marlene, the heart and soul of our practice for an incredible 30 years. As our front office administrator, she's not just a font of dental wisdom and has been

the backbone for three doctors; she's your unwavering advocate. Marlene is the definition of dedication, always there to help and ensure our patients receive the best care possible.



Front Office Administrator Treatment Coordinator

Kaela, a mother of two is a born leader with over a decade of experience in dentistry. Beginning after graduating dental assisting school, she navigated her way into marketing and practice  development, showcasing her entrepreneurial spirit as a valuable asset to our team. 

Meet Your Hygienist Danielle



Meet Danielle, Our accomplished Dental Hygienist here at Designer Smiles with a wealth of experience, Danielle seamlessly blend expertise with a natural empathy cultivated through raising children into young adults. Patients admire and adore her not just for her professional skills, but also for the genuine care she brings to every appointment. Discover the perfect combination of experience and compassion with Danielle guiding your dental care journey.

Meet Sandra


Dental Assistant

Sandra, our steadfast lead in the back-office with clinical patient care for over two-decades, is the backbone of our practice. With an unparalleled understanding of patient needs and a work ethic that sets the bar high, she effortlessly supports both patients and clinician. Beyond the office, she tirelessly cares for her family, showcasing the same dedication that defines her role within our team. 

Meett Monse Dental Assistant


Dental Assistant 

Meet Monse, a beautiful addition to our dental family. As a passionate and eager dental assistant, Monse brings a refreshing enthusiasm to our team. Her genuine love for learning is evident in every task she undertakes. Grateful to be surrounded by knowledgeable team members, Monse is dedicated to expanding her skills and providing top- notch assistance. Embrace the energy of growth and dedication with Monse by your side.