Dr. Azi Ardakani, DDS
When you meet Dr. Azi Ardakani, you will immediately realize her love for children and her love for her work. She is full of energy and sparkles and her presence brightens up the room. Dr. Azi noticed this feeling early on in her life and has committed to that dream ever since she was a little girl playing with her UNICEF puzzles. Growing up in Orange County California, she developed a passion for healthcare and continued making this dream come true as she attended University of California Irvine receiving her Bachelor in Biological Science. She graduated top of her class and continued her education at UCLA School of Dentistry where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. After becoming a proud DDS, she moved across country to continue her education in the field of Pediatric Dentistry and Child behavior. Dr. Azi received her Pediatric Dental residency certification as the Chief of her class from NYU college of Dental Medicine in New York. She stayed in touch with the academia and has been active as Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotions at NYU.
Dr. Azi loves promoting oral health to the children of the world and for that she participates in yearly volunteer missions, providing dental care to third world countries and children in need all over the world.
She has been active in Global Outreach Program of NYU College of Dentistry both Nationally and Internationally in countries such as Nepal, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Etc.
Dr. Azi is also present in the community of Southern California by conducting dental education and oral health workshops for children and their parents in schools individually and through UCLA outreaches. Dr. Azi is an active member of American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association and California Dental Association.
She has been voted one of the most caring pediatric dentists by her peers in Orange County. She strives to create a modern, pain-free, Eco-friendly and comfortable environment at Little Heroes so that every child feels special and receives the out most amount of care in her/his visit to the dentist. After all, she truly believes Children are our Heroes, and she’s committed to take good care of her Heroes.
Dr. Rakhee Mody, DMD
Dr. Rakhee Mody, better known as “Dr. Rakhee”, is our newest pediatric dentist! She was born and raised in New Jersey, graduated from the College of New Jersey with honors, and earned her Doctorate in Dental Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. She went on to specialize in Pediatric Dentistry at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia/University of Pennsylvania where she was trained in a wide array of behavior management techniques to help ease every child into the dental office. She also received extensive training in hospital dentistry and caring for medically compromised patients.
After her pediatric dental training, Dr. Rakhee, along with her husband, decided to trade in the east coast winters for warmer weather in Southern California. She is so happy to call Orange County her new home and loves her job because she has the privilege of helping kids have a positive experience at the dentist.
Aside from fighting mouth monsters and sugar bugs, Dr. Rakhee enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants/cuisines, and spending time with her family and friends. She is excited to help build a dental home for you and your family here at Little Heroes!
Dr. Erica Wu, DDS
Dr. Erica Wu was born in Orange County and grew up in both Taiwan and California. After completing high school in Northern California, she attended college in St. Louis before returning to California for dental school at The University of Southern California (Go Trojans!). At USC, she developed her love for pediatric dentistry through community outreach programs. Throughout dental school, she volunteered and operated several free clinics for the underserved children and adults in the Southern California area. She has also volunteered on several mission trips abroad in South America. After dental school, Dr. Erica went on to complete her specialty training in pediatric dentistry at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!). While in Michigan, she also completed an additional year of training in treating adults with special needs.
After many years in the Midwest, Dr. Erica is happy to be back home in the Orange County area. When she is not busy serving our little heroes, she enjoys trying new recipes in the kitchen, playing games with family and friends, and traveling to new places. Dr. Erica is board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and is excited to help your little ones achieve and maintain happy healthy smiles.
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