Meet the Dentists
Dr. Taline Kotchounian
Hi everyone – I’m Dr. Taline! I’m originally from Montreal, Canada but spent the greater majority of my life growing up in Los Angeles. I eventually moved to Orange County and graduated from UC Irvine, with Honors, majoring in Biology and minoring in Women’s Studies, all while functioning as a student coordinator for the Biomedical Ethics courses offered at the University.
Following graduation, I moved back to Los Angeles and proudly attended the prestigious USC School of Dentistry. It wasn’t long when I realized how strong my passion was for dentistry – the connection with patients, my involvement in their lives, and, of course, all the dirty little secrets about their teeth! I soon discovered that an exceptional and comprehensive dentist is one who sees patients as a whole and not just a mouth full of problems. I continued my earlier focus in Ethics by becoming a student board member of the USC School of Dentistry Ethics Committee for four consecutive years, helping to guide and uphold the ethical standards of the institution and, ultimately, the dental profession.
After receiving my Doctorate in Dental Surgery (D.D.S.), I relocated to New York where I completed a General Practice Residency at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx. This invaluable experience gave me exposure to medically compromised patients, and therefore refined my knowledge in managing those whose poor oral health had a direct relation to their overall health.
Since completing my formal education in 2008, I have been practicing my love for dentistry in the greater Los Angeles Area, constantly striving to further my education by attending courses under the American Academy of Facial Esthetics and The Spear Institute. I’m an active member of the California Dental Association, American Dental Association, San Fernando Valley Dental Society, and the Armenian American Medical Association.
In my free time, I love playing volleyball, hiking, cycling, and game nights with my family.
Random Fact: I can quote lines from many 80s movies – favorites include “Back to School”, “Coming to America”, and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”. Oh, and I also grew up watching WWF wrestling. My favorite wrestler – obviously – The Ultimate Warrior!
Dr. Sako Karakozian
So, here’s a little about myself – my first name is Sako, pronounced like ‘taco’ – most of my patients prefer calling me Dr. Sako (it’s much easier than trying to pronounce my last name!) I come from Armenian/Lebanese descent but was born and raised right here in the San Fernando Valley.
Okay… that was simple… now allow me to try and impress you with some fancy achievements! After completing high school, I took several courses at Santa Monica College, where I was elected president of the Honor’s Society and was a recipient of the SMC Leadership Grant. From there, I transferred to UC San Diego, graduating with a major in Physiology and Neuroscience and a minor in Economics. I later had the honor of attending the globally recognized New York University College of Dentistry, during which time I held several board positions on the executive student council and was selected as the University’s national representative for the American Student Dental Association. After receiving my Doctorate in Dental Surgery in 2007, I moved to Las Vegas where I treated patients in private office while simultaneously teaching clinical dentistry at the UNLV School of Dental Medicine. Since then, I’ve continuously volunteered my time with several community outreaches, including Give Kids a Smile, I’m a Clinical Director for the Special Olympics Special Smiles program, and I’ve seen thousands of very satisfied patients in both Nevada and California. I’m currently an active member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, I sit on a committee of the San Fernando Valley Dental Society, and I am active with the Studio City Neighborhood Council and Chamber of Commerce… phew! Ok, on to some fun, personal stuff…
I love being a dentist, but on my spare time there’s nothing I enjoy more than meeting new people and exploring the world, whether it’s through music, art, or travel! I’ve climbed glaciers in Patagonia, hiked mountains in Sri Lanka, experienced the World Cup in South Africa, I was a bus driver in San Diego, a nightclub promoter in Los Angeles, I’ve been on a History Channel documentary, and I recently starred in several Listerine commercials! But my passion in life will always be in dentistry, and my sole purpose is to serve you by guiding you towards the best decisions regarding your oral health, all while having fun and keeping you as comfortable as possible! And after all that craziness, if you’d still like to get to know me more, you’ll usually find me hanging around Studio City – so feel free to stop me and say hello!