About Our Dentists

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Edward Hakim, DDS

Dr. Edward Hakim is a general dentist with extensive experience in family dentistry, as well as surgical and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Hakim completed his dental residency at Loma Linda University Hospital in 1977, where he gained much of his surgical experience. He helped introduce laser dentistry using Biolase® Laser Technology in 2005.

Dr. Hakim practices all aspects of family dentistry, and specializes in implants with the latest materials in the industry. In his personal time, he loves to read books about history, run, exercise, and refine his golf techniques. No one dares to challenge him.

Diana Zardouz, DDS

Dr. Diana Zardouz earned her BA degree in Economics with Double Honors from UCLA. Because of her interest in art and science, she decided to pursue a career in dentistry soon after. Dr. Diana began working for Kaplan Test Prep to help teach the DAT (Dental Admissions Test), and loved every minute of it. She then obtained her dental degree at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, and received Dean’s List recognition during her time there. Dr. Diana was even able to launch the USC Chapter of Operation Smile, an organization that offers free surgeries for children with cleft lip/palates around the world. During her spare time, Dr. Diana enjoys working out at the gym, visiting art museums, traveling, volunteering, and helping with charity events.

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dentist Sandra Silva

Sandra Y. Silva RDH, BS

Sandra Silva is one of the most dedicated hygienists in Santa Ana, California. She graduated in 2001 from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. Sandra has 10 years of experience as a dental assistant.

She is passionate about educating people and patients on oral hygiene, teaching how to use tools such as toothbrushes and floss, and on how to achieve optimum oral health. In her spare time, Sandra follows the latest developments on hygiene and technology in the dental industry.

Sanary “April” Gilliam

April has been Dr. Hakim’s dental assistant for more than 15 years. She is always putting smiles on patient’s faces and making sure that they get the best care during every visit with excellent customer service. She is trustworthy and loves to make all patients laugh. She likes to workout in her spare time and watch movies with her husband. If you get to know April, you will always notice her cool and hip shoes.

“Working at South Coast Dental Center has provided me with the opportunity to bring out the best of me toward the people that become our patients. I love building relationships and making a difference in our patients’ lives. A patient’s smile can make my day!” — April

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Julio Colindres

Julio is certified as a dental assistant and has a Bachelor’s degree in business. He loves to work with people and has excellent customer service skills.