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Our Staff

Our dentist staff provide superior services, ranging from teeth cleaning and teeth whitening to all types of oral surgery: wisdom teeth extraction, teeth implants, receding gum repair, broken/missing tooth repair, filling repair/removal, and more.

Our goal is to be able to serve Spanish-speaking patients and offer quality service from beginning to end. We hope to educate clients during each visit and transform their dental hygiene practices for the better.

Dr. Edward Hakim

Doctor of Dental Surgery

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 under the direction of preeminent oral surgeon Dr. Philip Boyne. He helped introduce laser dentistry using Biolase® Laser Technology in 2005 on Channel 7 eyewitness news. Dr. Hakim practiced Dentistry in patients’ age from 2 to 99.

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, swimming and refines his golf technique.

Felipe Vital

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Dr Felipe vital Doctor of Dental Surgery Graduated from Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico in 1985, has been practicing all aspects of Dentistry for 35 years.

  • Loves the Challenges that Dentistry presents, and fixing smiles.

  • Dr. Vital Speaks Spanish, English and French.

  • His hobbies are to travel, watch movies and loves to play tennis.

Sanary “April” Gilliam

Dental Assistant

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.


Sandra Silva

Registered Dental Hygienist

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.

Our mission at South Coast Dental Center is to provide quality dental clinic services in a warm, comfortable, and family friendly environment with open communication between doctor and patient.

Monday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Thursday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Friday: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM


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