Leadership

Dr. Michael Wells

Long Beach

Dr. Wells was born and raised in Newport Beach, CA. He completed his undergraduate education at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and continued on to the prestigious University of the Pacific where he completed a Doctorate in Dental Surgery. Dr. Wells has been treating patients in the area for over 20 years. He is a graduate of the world renowned Las Vegas Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry and a Dental Implant Mentor for Nobel Biocare.

Dr. Wells spends countless hours a year on continuing education in order to provide his patients with all of the options available in dentistry today. He loves working with his team and feels that they are great at helping patients understand the importance of maintaining healthy teeth. In cases where teeth cannot be saved or are already missing, Dr. Wells has great pride in knowing that he can replace teeth and have people smiling and chewing with confidence again. As Dr. Wells says, “We love caring for and serving our neighbors.” 

When not in the office, Dr. Wells’ interests include playing sports with his kids. They particularly love football, wakeboarding and fishing.

  • Doctor of Dental Surgery - University of the Pacific
  • Continuing Education - Las Vegas Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Matthew Darbro

Palos Verdes

Dr. Darbro is a seasoned General Dentist with over 23 years of clinical experience. He is talented in growing productive dental practices and building loyal patient bases. Dr. Darbro has a passion for dentistry. As a result, he has helped create and support many dental teams. Encouraging and helping his fellow team members grow is one of his greatest pleasures. He strives to develop vibrant dental teams and business strategies that will create efficient dental business solutions.

In addition, Dr. Darbro is proficient in endodontic therapy using Tulsa rotary, System B, and Wave One modalities. He is also skilled in a variety of restoration treatments that work to improve both the function and beauty of his patients’ smiles. He has also worked as an Adjunct Professor at Western University College of Dental Medicine as well as an Instructor for the CEREC Study Club. Dr. Darbro was also a Clinical Board Member for a year during his Registered Dental Assisting Program at Citrus College.

Dr. Darbro is married to Rachel Darbro and they have three children: Gabbi, Olivia and Seth. Dr. Darbro loves spending time with each of them. He also loves meeting new people and hearing their story. He is known for his warm personality and great laugh.

  • Built $2.4M yearly production dental practice from start-up.
  • Created and supported vibrant passionate dental teams.
  • Coached and taught CEREC implementation in dental practice.
  • Thrived in a variety of dental environments.
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery - Indiana University School of Dentistry, 1996

Dr. Steven J. Sutherland

Torrance

Dr. Sutherland was raised in the South Bay. He graduated from El Segundo High School in 1988. He later went to undergraduate school at the University of California at San Diego. During his time at UCSD, Dr. Sutherland played on the Triton baseball team. While at college, Dr. Sutherland was an Economics major when one of his teammates headed off to dental school, sparking his interest in dentistry. Dr. Sutherland pursued dentistry shortly after and gained his dental degree at the University of the Pacific in 1996. That same year, he started working at Digital Smiles – Torrance.

Dr. Sutherland feels that an important part of being a dentist is keeping up with all of the latest research and techniques. As a result, he spends over 100 hours a year on continuing education. He also spends part of his professional time teaching others. Dr. Sutherland has now served as a dental consultant for over ten years, committed to raising the level of care in the dentistry profession.

Dr. Sutherland understands that dentists are widely perceived as working with archaic equipment and long needles, all of which adds up to pain in your mouth and wallet. Dr. Sutherland is confident in the technology that is offered at Digital Smiles – Torrance, where they serve their patients with a stunning range of high-tech, cutting-edge technologies that minimize the pain and invasiveness of the past. Dr. Sutherland’s procedures on one-visit restorations are even featured on ABC’s “American Healthguard” and “The Wellness Hour.”

Outside of dentistry, Dr. Sutherland’s focuses on his four boys: Cooper, Colby, Riley and Jax. He enjoys sharing his love of sports with the boys. Baseball and football take up much of their time, but they also love to get away to the river and the snow, carving it up when they can.

  • High School Diploma - El Segundo High School, 1988
  • Dental Degree - University of the Pacific, 1996

Dr. Ivan Ho

Yorba Linda

For more than 19 years, Dr. Ho has been practicing dentistry in Laguna Hills, California. In 2001, he expanded his dental expertise by opening Platinum Dental in Rancho Santa Margarita. Dr. Ho has been a pioneer in improving the present state of dentistry, primarily by using the most sophisticated, patient-friendly ways of delivering advanced dental care.

Dr. Ho is the chairman for the Orange County Dental Society Emergency Care Panel and serves on the Peer Review Committee. He has achieved diplomate status from the International Congress of Oral Implantology, graduated from the world renowned MISCH Implant Institution, and received mastership training in Cosmetic Dentistry at the Las Vegas Institute (LVI) for Advanced Dental Studies. Dr. Ho has lectured in the United States as well as internationally in both Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry for the Orange County Professional Education Society, Orange County Implant Training Center, Innova Implant Corporation, and BioHorizons Implant Systems.

Dr. Ho has appeared on local and national television programs. He was recently featured in two community papers of The Orange County Register, the Saddleback Valley News and Rancho Santa Margarita News. He has also taught at the University of Southern California on clinical dentistry and laboratory procedures.

In his free time, Dr. Ho enjoys surfing, snowboarding, mountain biking, flying planes and skateboarding. He also frequently volunteers his time and expertise at the Children’s Dental Center in Los Angeles as well as “Give Back A Smile” under the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He treats battered women and women suffering from domestic abuse and violence by restoring their teeth and dignity. He continues to pursue his quest for further knowledge in dentistry by attending 100-300 hrs annually in continuing education.

  • The American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • Orange County Dental Society
  • Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantology
  • Fellow in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • Loma Linda Implant Study Club
    American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Laser Dentistry
  • Computerized Dentistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology - University of California, Los Angeles, 1986
  • Dental Degree - University of Southern California, 1990

Dr. Jimmy Tran

Yorba Linda

Dr. Jimmy Tran grew up in Southern California where he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Riverside. After college, he stayed in the area to earn his dental degree at Loma Linda University.

Dr. Tran enjoys working with his hands and takes pride in patient interaction by spending the time to make everyone feel at home in his office. He understands that each patient is unique and makes sure to get to know them on a personal level. He is able to put this philosophy into action while volunteering his time helping local communities in Mexico and Los Angeles County. Dr. Tran offers comprehensive dental care to families, but he also brings diverse specialties to the practice including Invisalign, dental surgery and dental implants.

Dr. Train loves staying active and playing basketball as much as possible. He also enjoys the outdoors, especially bike riding (motorcycles and bicycles) and fishing. Since he enjoys working with his hands, it makes sense that he is a handyman at home and does all his own repairs. He also spends his time tinkering with computers and other electronics.

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • CEREC One Visit Crowns, Inlays, Onlays & Veneers
  • Implant Placement
  • Implant Retained Dentures
  • Wisdom Tooth Extractions
  • Root Canal Treatment

Dr. Ninaz Shiva

Yorba Linda

Dr. Shiva, originally from San Diego, CA, completed her undergraduate degree with honors at the University of California and received her DMD from the prestigious Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. After practicing for a number of years in the Boston area, she decided to move back to California to be closer to family.

Dr. Shiva is currently a member of the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. Committed to providing the best care possible for her patients, Dr. Shiva completes over forty hours of continuing education per year and is an Invisalign certified provider.

In her spare time, Dr. Shiva loves spending quality time with her husband and dog. She loves the outdoors, hiking, skiing and camping. On the occasional lazy Sunday, she also loves binge-watching the latest Netflix hit series.

  • B.S. Biochemistry & Cell Biology - University of California
  • Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry - Tufts Dental School of Medicine
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