Dr. Paul Riley

With his father and grandfather as inspiration, Dr. Paul Riley decided to practice dentistry. Dr. Riley graduated in 1984 from Art Dugoni University of Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco, where he placed first in his class at dental tooth carving – the artistic side of dentistry. His continuing education has focused on advanced cosmetic dentistry. He and his team train at the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI). He is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the California Dental Association (CDA), and the San Fernando Valley Dental Society (SFVDS), and he is a California leader in cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Riley and his family love to ski, travel, sail, climb the Sierras and spend time in the great outdoors.

Dr. Mark Shimizu

Dr. Mark Shimizu received both his Bachelor of Science and DDS degree from the University of Southern California.  Dr. Shimizu is involved with local and region associations including the American Dental Association (ADA), the California Dental Association (CDA), San Fernando Valley Dental Association (SFVDA) and International Association of Comprehensive Aesthetics (IACA).

At Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI), Dr. Shimizu attained Fellowship status at this premiere post doctoral training facility.  Continuing his studies at LVI, Dr. Shimizu has post doctoral training including TMJ/TMD, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Neurofunctional Orthodontics, Full Mouth Cosmetic Reconstruction and Craniofacial Pain Disorders.

Dr. Shimizu prides himself on his dedication in post doctorate training and education to keep abreast of new technological advances in Neuromuscular Dentistry which helps to serve his patients effectively without additional medication and surgery.


Dr. Natasha Yashar

Dr. Yashar graduated from the University of Southern California, School of Dentistry,
where she was honored with several awards for academic excellence. Following
her dental training, she completed a three year post-graduate residency program in
periodontics at the University of Illinois, where she served as Chief Resident. She is
trained and licensed to deliver intravenous (IV) sedation for patient comfort. Dr. Yashar is a diplomat of the American Board of Periodontology. During her training, Dr. Yashar obtained a Master of Science (MS) degree in oral sciences from the University of Illinois where she conducted research in implant dentistry.

Dr. Yashar is actively involved in numerous professional organizations, including the
American Academy of Periodontology, the Academy of Osseointegration, the American
Dental Association and the Los Angeles Dental Society. Dr. Yashar is currently a clinical assistant professor of Periodontics at UCLA, School of Dentistry.

Dr. Yashar keeps up to date on many continuing educational classes, ensuring that her
patients receive the most comprehensive and advanced dental care. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, cultural arts, movies and outdoor activities.

Our Dental Team

Lupe, Dental Assistant
For more than 25 years, Lupe has been a dental assistant for the Riley Dental Group, and she has worked with three generations of our dentists and patients. She is also a licensed X-ray technician. Lupe enjoys interacting with patients and likes being part of a team in which the dentists genuinely care about their patients and employees.

Sandy, Registered Dental Hygienist
Sandy graduated from the University of California at San Francisco and is celebrating 35 years with Riley Dental Group as of June 2012. She has built lifelong relationships with many of her patients through the years, and she enjoys seeing families grow and flourish with healthy smiles.

Margie, Registered Dental Hygienist
After training at the University of Hawaii, Margie has spent 26 years working as a registered dental hygienist and trained laser therapy administrator. She considers increasing patient knowledge a top priority, and she works to create a calm and reassuring environment for her patients.

Carolyn, Treatment Plan Coordinator
Carolyn joined the practice in 1993 after she finished her dental assistance coursework. She has an X-ray license and coronal polishing experience. Carolyn handles front office tasks, treatment plan coordination and treatment scheduling.

Diane, Registered Dental Hygienist
In 1997, Diane completed her studies at the West Los Angeles City College and came to work here the next year. She likes working with our patients and has a special gift for gentle, yet thorough, work. Outside of work, she enjoys the outdoors, traveling, working out, and spending time with family and friends.

Adriana, Extended Function Dental Assistant
A native of Mexico, Adriana has worked as an extended function dental assistant since 1994, serving Riley Dental Group for 15 years. Adriana was one of the first 250 extended functions registered dental assistants in California. She enjoys seeing the results of creating new, improved smiles for our patients. Outside our San Fernando dental office, she is a busy wife and mother of three.

Veronica, Registered Dental Assitant
Veronica joined our team in 2001. She has about 20 years experience in the dental field. Veronica enjoys the quality of patient care she gives as well as interacting with the patients. She enjoys helping others as well as her team members. Veronica is experienced in General Dentistry, Orthodontics and Periodontics. She enjoys family, she is a devoted wife and mother of two.

Stephanie, Dental Assistant
Stephanie is the newest member of the Riley Dental Group. She first came to our office as an extern straight out of her dental assistant courses at Everest College. She is very eager to learn new techniques and takes joy in working as a dental assistant. She enjoys working at Riley Dental Group because of the friendly atmosphere and the dedication that the staff has to really helping people maintain a healthy smile.      

Georgette, Front Desk                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Georgette is the newest member of Riley Dental Group. She is not new to the dental field however, having 17 years of experience working the front desk. Georgette deals with all the duties involved in the front office; from insurance questions to appointment scheduling, she is here to help you. Georgette’s bubbly personality will make you feel at ease, even while at the dental office! She enjoys spending quality time with her family and loved ones.