Dr. Taline Kotchounian's Bio
Hi everyone – I'm Dr. Taline! I’m originally from Montreal, 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 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, 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, 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 American Dental Association, and was recently elected the Ethics Chair of the San Fernando Valley Dental Society functioning under the California Dental Association.
I’ve been blessed with an amazing son, Lucas, who’s helped me transform into an even more nurturing and patient person, which directly translates into how I care for my patients. In my free time, I love playing volleyball, hiking, cycling, and game nights with my family.