Dr. Matthew Darbro
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
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. Ninaz Shiva
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
Dr. Tom Cyr
Dr. Tom Cyr was born and raised in Seattle. After attending Pomona College in Claremont, CA, he returned to the Pacific Northwest, graduating from the University of Washington School of Dentistry in 1990. After earning his degree, Dr. Cyr started and grew a thriving (private) practice in Seattle, Washington, where he found deep satisfaction in caring for his patients in all aspects of dentistry/varying dental needs. He especially enjoyed getting to know his patients. After twenty-six gratifying years of practicing dentistry and raising three children, Southern California beckoned. Dr. Cyr and his wife Suzy returned to be closer to her family in Palos Verdes. It was hard to say goodbye to so many longtime patients and friends, but they both love being back in the South Bay, close to the ocean, family, and the sun.
A trial retirement proved to be short-lived when Dr. Cyr found himself missing dentistry and the stimulation of a busy dental practice. He was delighted to find excellence at Smile Emporium. Dr. Cyr brings a wide-ranging skill set to practice. He places implants and performs endodontics (root canal treatment), full orthodontics (braces and removable), and advanced restorative reconstruction. He also treats TMD (TMJ problems) in addition to crowns, bridges, partials, cosmetic treatments, and smile design. What sets Dr. Cyr apart is his positive attitude, calm demeanor, patience, and gentle touch. He views each patient as a very special person, earning their trust through his compassion and expertise. Dr. Cyr commits himself to the very finest dental care for every single patient.
Continuing education is a vital part of Dr. Cyr’s practice, enabling him to keep up with technical advances and the latest techniques. To that end, he has earned well over two thousand hours of continuing education credit. He is also a co-founder of two dental study clubs and continues an educational legacy through study club teaching and lecturing. Dr. Cyr also believes in being part of organized dentistry through dental associations, achieving leadership positions in international and national dental academies.
When Dr. Cyr is not helping patients in the dental office, he enjoys surfing, cycling, competing in triathlons, hiking, sailing, scuba diving, and studying theoretical physics. He also keeps up with a life-long love of stringed instruments and tries to keep limber on his cello and various types of mandolins.
- International Academy of Gnathology, (President 2015-2019, and Board of Directors since 2005, member since 1993 to current)
- Link: www.gnathologyusa.org
- American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, (Council Member, Past Program Committee Chair, Reception Committee, Academy Member from 2015 to current)
- Academy of Operative Dentistry (Vice President 2023-24, Council, Member since 1990 to current)
- International Congress of Oral Implantologists, (Member since 1996 to current)
- Link: www.icoi.org
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (Accreditation Candidate, Member since 1997 to current)
- Link: www.aacd.com
- American Orthodontic Society, (Past Member since 1996-2015)
- Link: www.orthodontics.com
- Academy of General Dentistry, (Member since 1990 to current)
- Link: www.agd.org
- American Dental Association, California Dental Association and Western Los Angeles Dental Society, (Member since 1990 to current)
- American Academy of Gnathologic Orthopedics (Orthodontics), (Past Member 1993-2015)
- Pacific Northwest Gnathologic Study Club (Since 1993)
- Northwest Orthopedic Gnathologic Seminar (Since 1995)
Dr. Alice Ahn received her doctorate of dental surgery from the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC where she quickly developed a strong interest in dental materials and restorative dental technique. She had the privilege of studying directly under renowned dental researcher and clinical instructor, Pascal Magne. She joined his Biomimetic Study Club where she enjoyed presenting and scrutinizing clinical research.
She adheres to a “Biomimetic” approach to dentistry and is therefore committed to delivering minimally invasive treatments that ultimately focus on the conservation of natural tooth structure, prevention of root canals and extractions whenever possible, as well as on the restoration of existing teeth with materials similar in property to natural tooth structure.
Dr. Alice Ahn makes patient comfort her number one priority. She is quick to learn and adapt to each patient’s individual needs. Patients often comment on her caring demeanor and gentle chairside manner.
On the weekends, she regularly attends continuing education workshops and seminars with her father, Dr. Jong Gill Ahn, where they enjoy learning about and practicing the most cutting-edge of technological and clinical advancements in dentistry.