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Meet Our Team

“It is truly a privilege to practice dentistry today. As any caring dentist will tell you, successfully providing your oral care has always been part art and part science. Scientific knowledge has exploded, giving us better technologies to improve your oral health and your self-esteem – all while keeping you comfortable. This has allowed me to experience first-hand the satisfaction of incorporating leading-edge technology to increase patient comfort and to expand treatment options.”

– Dr. Kathleen Carson

Dr. Kathleen Carson

Dr. Carson has been practicing airway focused dentistry since 2005 when it was discovered that her oldest child had an airway issue and proper facial development was the answer. After graduating with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Dr. Carson attended the UCLA School of Dentistry. While there, she was presented with the Excellence in Restorative Dentistry Award and the Academy of General Dentistry Award. She earned her DDS honors in 2001, graduating cum laude, and served a general practice residency with the Veterans Administration in Sepulveda. Dr. Carson has four children and a mini golden doodle. Outside the office she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, biking, hiking and the outdoors. She is very passionate about spreading the knowledge of improved health through being able to breathe properly. Dr. Carson also has her fellowships in Neuromuscular & Physiological Dentistry, and Buteyko Breathing.

Dr. Carson and her team continually take numerous continuing education programs to keep up to date with science, technology, and exceptional patient care. She is a member or past member of the several dental associations, including:

  • California Dental Association
  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Academy of Physiologic Medicine and Dentistry
  • American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
  • American Academy of Myofunctional Sciences
  • Clinical Advisor for VIVOS
  • Buteyko Fellow
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon
  • American Academy of Oral Systemic Health
  • International Association of Physiologic Aesthetics
  • Las Vegas Institute Fellow
  • Santa Barbara-Ventura County Dental Society

Dr. Deepali Pednekar, DDS

Dr. Deepali Pednekar moved back to her hometown in Southern California from Illinois in 2022. She attended undergraduate school at the University of California Irvine, where she majored in Biological Sciences, before heading across the globe to attend dental school at Danylo Halytsky Medical University in Lviv, Ukraine.
Upon completion of her education abroad she returned to the United States and relocated with her husband to Chicago, Illinois. She continued to develop her dental education and obtained her US dental degree at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California.
She has been practicing quality dentistry in Illinois since 2015 and now brings her skills, knowledge, and cheerful personality back to California. As a resident of Southern California, she is committed to serving the health care needs of her local community.
Dr. Pednekar believes strongly in the value of continuing education, and routinely attends various CE courses and participates in the California Dental Associations annual meeting and training courses.
“Being an active member of organized dentistry allows me to provide my patients with a level of care that aims to exceed the standard of care”. Dr. Pednekar says, “Dentistry is constantly evolving, and a practitioner needs to keep up with new techniques to ensure patient satisfaction”.
Dr. Pednekar prides herself in being able to provide quality dental care to all of her patients while educating and growing their dental knowledge. She enjoys working with both children and adults and believes that lifelong dental health can be achieved when the right guidance on cavity prevention is provided. Providing parents with the tools and information to keep themselves and their children at peak oral health is part of that mission.
“A commitment to excellence, understanding patient needs and surpassing their expectations in a relationship-based practice is what I strive for as a practitioner”. Dr. Pednekar says.
  • California Dental Association
  • Chicago Dental Society, Northwest Suburban Branch
  • Illinois State Dental Society
  • American Dental Association
  • Indian Dental Association of Illinois, Former Vice President
  • Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity
Dr. Pednekar resides in West Hills, California with her husband and two young children. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, crafting, dancing, and making informational YouTube videos.

Maria – Chair-side Assistant & Patient Coordinator

Today more than yesterday, what I do is so exciting, and I know I change lives every day. I started in the dental field when I was 18 and have now been in it for more than 30 years. I can honestly say that I love every day I come to work. When I’m not at the office, I love spending time with my two children Rylea and Dylan, friends, and family. I love animals and the outdoors, camping at the beach, snowboarding, and hiking with my dogs. When I have free time, a good game of Texas Hold’em never hurts! I love to raise money for rescue animals and feel very strong about adopting from shelters.

Jenny – Patient Coordinator & Office Manager

I received my license as an RDA in 1981 and joined this office in 1997. My favorite part of my job is being able to work with such incredible patients and amazing team members. I take the time to get to know my patients and know that I’m making a difference in their lives. I assist Dr Carson with our neuromuscular, TMD, and sleep disorder cases, so the changes in our patients’ lives can be quite profound. I am married to a wonderful husband and I have three sons. All the boys have finished school and I am enjoying watching them start their own lives. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, cooking, gardening, reading, and when time permits, traveling and skiing.

Carrie – Integrative Dental Hygienist

I feel very blessed to have a career that I truly love. As a dental hygienist here, I have the opportunity to work with so many awesome people, and the patients I see each day bring a unique aspect to my life. I enjoy educating my patients on the importance of oral health and the mind-body connection. When I help a patient define their oral health goals, and work with them until they’re met, I know I’ve made a difference. I am happily married and I have two wonderful children. I love to spend my free time with my family, reading, and exercising.

Kirsten – Dental Hygienist

My name is Kirsten and I am a dental hygienist. I have worked in dentistry since I was 17 and it truly is such a blessing to work alongside the team at Integrative Dental Arts. Along with practicing clinical dental hygiene, I teach part time at the UCLA School of Dentistry. What I enjoy most about being a dental hygienist is the ability to connect with people and share my knowledge of dentistry with them. Born and raised in Southern California, I love everything and anything outdoors. When I’m not working you can find me in the Santa Monica Mountains hiking or spending time with my fiancé and our sweet lab, Ari.

Roxy – Dental Assistant

I have been working in the dental field for the past ten years. Changing lives and building relationships with patients is the best reward of what I do. I’m grateful to be a part of a great, hard working team of women. I have three kids and love to spend my free time with them.

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