Meet Our Doctors - Lollipop Dental Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

Meet Our Doctors


Dr. Mary Pham

Dr. Mary Regina Pham was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama and studied at Auburn University before attending dental school at the University of Southern California. While in dental school, Dr. Mary realized that pediatric dentistry was her passion! She became president of the Pediatric Dental Selective while at USC and organized the first-ever pediatric dental volunteer trip to Vietnam; which still goes on to this day! Dr. Mary then moved to Chicago, Illinois to complete an additional two years of specialty training in pediatric dentistry. She is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, which means she is a part of a small percentage of pediatric dental specialists who are board-certified and have demonstrated exceptional knowledge and skill in the specialty of pediatric dentistry. Dr. Mary was named Top 40 Under 40 Dentists in America by Incisal Edge Magazine

Dr. Mary’s philosophy is to provide a warm, inviting, fun, and educational experience to you and your family with exceptional customer service. As a pediatric specialist who receives even the most challenging referrals from other dentists, she is trained to use kid-friendly words and a calm demeanor to make every dental experience an enjoyable one. One of the things that Dr. Mary absolutely loves about pediatric dentistry is having the opportunity to educate parents, patients, and expectant mothers on how to maintain a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Dr. Mary would love to meet you and your children and looks forward to welcoming you to our practice!

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Dr. Susan

Dr. Susan Do grew up just to our north in the infamous technology hub, Silicon Valley. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in microbial biology from UC Berkeley and went on to obtain her D.D.S. degree from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco, where she graduated with high honors and was elected to join the Tau Kappa Omega Dental Honor Society. As a board-certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Susan believes in early intervention and strives to create an atmosphere that is both fun and nurturing for her patients. She aims to create positive lifelong experiences and hopes her love for dentistry is equally infectious with her patients.

She is a devoted sports fan, particularly when it comes to the SF Giants, Golden State Warriors, and San Francisco 49ers. You can also expect to see Dr. Susan and her husband walking their two pups along the coast.

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Dr. Wong

Dr. Kin Cho “Johnson” Wong is a board-certified pediatric dentist who received his training in pediatric dentistry at the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital/Yale School of Medicine, which is a prestigious teaching institution in the northeast. Prior to that, he received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from UCLA School of Dentistry, where he received the Southern California Society of Dentists for Children Award, given to one selected senior for his potential and accomplishment in the field of pediatric dentistry.

Dr. Wong has a compassionate and relatable approach with his patients and parents. With a conservative and comprehensive care philosophy, he is well trained in up-to-date treatment options for different restorations of baby and adult teeth and various behavior management modalities. His goal is to make the entire family feel welcomed, and to begin a positive culture of oral health starting at a young age for his patients.


Dr. Karla Basa

Dr. Karla Basa was born and raised in Long Beach, California and received her degree in biological sciences from the University of Southern California where she graduated on the Dean’s List. A lifelong Trojan, Dr. Karla then continued her studies at USC Dental School where she obtained her D.D.S. degree. In dental school, Dr. Karla volunteered with the USC Mobile Clinic providing dental care to underserved children in the greater Los Angeles area, and it was during this time that she developed her love for pediatric dentistry. She also participated in humanitarian work abroad and volunteered in dental mission trips to Mexico and Honduras.

Dr. Karla is a board-certified pediatric dentist that understands that each child is special and strives to provide personalized care in a warm, inviting, and fun environment. She stays current with the latest information in pediatric dentistry by maintaining active memberships with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, Harbor Dental Society, and the American Dental Association.

In her spare time, Dr. Karla enjoys going to concerts, reading, traveling and her favorite meal is brunch.

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Dr. Gabby Cervantes

Dr. Gabriela “Gabby” Cervantes was born and raised in Orange County, CA. With her father in education and her mother as a pediatrician, she was naturally drawn to healthcare. She graduated with the highest honors from California State University Long Beach with a B.S. in biology. She went on to complete her Doctor of Dental Surgery and graduated from the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry. She then completed her General Practice Residency at Harbor UCLA medical center where she was awarded “Resident of the Year.” After practicing for several years, she was blessed to find her true passion and received her pediatric dental specialty training at UCLA, where she also received the Award of Excellence Outstanding Resident, which is only given to one selected resident.

As a mother, Dr. Gabby is able to relate to parents and treats each patient as if they were her own children. She is glad to be back in Orange County serving the community.


Dr. Judy Yip

Dr. Judy Yip was born and raised in the northern part of sunny California. She obtained her undergraduate degree at UC San Diego, receiving her D.D.S. at UCLA School of Dentistry, and completed her specialty training in pediatric dentistry at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Judy believes that pediatric oral health involves the entire family and aspires to make each dental visit a positive environment for all. Providing high-quality care is important to Dr. Judy, especially when it comes to patient education, dental treatment, and patient-provider relationships.

When Dr. Judy is not holding a handpiece, you can find her keeping busy with DIY projects, hiking, relaxing at the beach, or playing tennis.


Dr. Kristine

Dr. Kristine grew up in Orange County and is happy to call sunny Southern California home! She went to UCLA for her undergraduate degree in Psychobiology and earned her degree as a Doctor in Dental Surgery at USC where she found a passion for helping children through dentistry through local outreaches with Mobile Clinic as well as abroad. In addition to her many extracurricular endeavors, she was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a prestigious national dental honor society inviting only the top 12% of graduating dental students.

With a passion for further education, she completed an additional year long hospital residency at UCLA where she trained with anesthesiologists, oral surgeons, and her colleagues in the medical community for advanced training in treating patients with special needs. 

Dr. Kristine spent some time on the East coast when she went to Yale for an additional two years to become a specialist in pediatric dentistry. She is specialty trained in prevention, development, trauma, sedation, and the comprehensive dental treatment of children and adolescents. 

Dr. Kristine enjoys time at the beach, doing yoga, and volunteering in the community. She loves working at Lollipop and can’t wait to see you and your family soon!


Dr. Phillip Liu

Dr. Phillip “Phill” Liu is a native of Southern California and attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for both his undergraduate and doctorate studies. While attending UCLA School of Dentistry he was the recipient of the Regents Scholarship. After graduating from UCLA, Dr. Phill continued his training to specialize in pediatric dentistry at Case Western University School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Phill is a busy father of three and appreciates the joys and challenges of parenting young children.  When seeing patients he tries to treat each child like he would treat his own kids. At home Dr. Phill and his wife ( a Pediatrician) enjoy spending time with their kids and in his spare time he can be found either playing or coaching his kids in basketball.


Dr. Marcus Heffner

Dr. Marcus was born in Columbus, OH, but has lived a relatively nomadic lifestyle, living as far east as New Jersey to way out west in Hawaii. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and graduated with honors from Pepperdine University in 2009. He then went on to receive his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine in 2013.

Dr. Marcus moved to Hawaii after dental school to work at a federally qualified health center serving the general public. It was there that he realized his love of working with the little ones. After three years in the rainbow state, he headed to the University of California Los Angeles to complete his specialty training in pediatric dentistry in 2018.  Since graduating residency Dr. Marcus has split his days treating patients awake in the clinic setting and sleeping in the OR/anesthesia setting.  He loves both and is happy to make sure the patient experience is top notch.

When Dr. Marcus isn’t working, he spends as much time outside as possible (anything involving water is the best!).  He loves time with friends and meatheading in the gym.  Dr. Marcus loves to stay happy and is always smiling!


Dr. Carly Tse

Dr. Carleen “Carly” Tse was born and raised in Sacramento, California and received her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Loyola Marymount University. Following in the footsteps of her parents and grandparents, Dr. Carly decided to pursue dentistry and obtained her Doctorate in Dental Medicine from the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. Dr. Carly graduated dental school with highest honors and was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a selective national dental honors society. Alongside her doctorate degree, she also obtained her Masters in Public Health with dental emphasis. Dr. Carly’s passion for pediatric dentistry is rooted in instilling confidence in children and serving the community in a multidimensional way. Commitment to excellence, hard work, and kindness are all attributes that she strives for in the clinical and non-clinical setting. Outside of the office, Dr. Carly loves spending time at the beach with her family, volunteering in the community, and painting portraits of her pets!

Dr. Mike Park

Dr. Mike Park grew up near Chicago, IL for most of his childhood until high school. He went to study biological sciences at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Thereafter, he moved to New York City to receive his dental education at Columbia University. While in dental school, he volunteered in multiple global outreaches in Guatemala and Mexico to treat children with limited access to dental care, where he was inspired to specialize in pediatric dentistry. He then completed a two-year residency in pediatric dentistry at New York University. After completion of his education, he moved to sunny southern California with his family.

Dr. Park focuses on providing comprehensive treatment tailored to the individual need of his patients. He understands that not all children develop in the same manner, accounting for risk factors and behavioral tendencies to create plans for his patients and parents. He is an active member of ADA (American Dental Association), CDA (California Dental Association), and a board eligible member of AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry). His goal is to always make the child feel at ease by striving to provide positive and fun memories at their visit to the dentist. He enjoys watching and playing sports, especially basketball and soccer.


Dr. Kristine Hong

Dr. Kristine grew up in Orange County and is happy to call sunny Southern California home! After becoming a Doctor of Dental Surgery at USC Dental School, she completed a general practice residency for patients with special needs at UCLA and a pediatric dentistry residency at Yale. Dr. Kristine Hong is a board certified pediatric dentist who has a passion for caring for children!

Outside of dentistry, she loves the beach, doing yoga, and volunteering in the community. She loves working at Lollipop and can’t wait to see you and your family soon!

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Dr. Rakhee Mody

Dr. Rakhee Mody was born and raised on the east coast, in a small suburb of New Jersey. She received her dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed her pediatric specialty training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia + UPenn. During her residency, she spent much of her time caring for medically compromised children.

Dr. Rakhee is passionate about oral health education and prevention. Her goal is to create a comfortable dental environment for her patients and make each visit personable and engaging.

When she is not in the office, you will find Dr. Rakhee keeping up with the fun adventures of being a mom of two, going to a Pilates class, and trying out new coffee shops.

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Dr. Allen Khai

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Dr. Trina Marie Villanueva

Dr. Trina Marie Villanueva, born and raised in New York, is a dedicated pediatric dentist who fosters a compassionate approach to children’s oral health. With a genuine passion for ensuring a positive dental experience, she completed undergraduate college at the College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA), earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine (Long Island, NY), and obtained her Pediatric Specialty certificate from New York University College of Dentistry (Manhattan, NY).

Dr. Trina is driven by a commitment to preventive care, specializing in creating a friendly and welcoming environment for her patients, fostering trust and comfort. Beyond the clinic, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking, traveling, volunteering, and playing with her dogs Ichiru and Tarou.

Committed to lifelong learning, her interests include traveling the world, learning how to play tennis and piano, and learning new languages. Dr. Trina is excited to meet you at Lollipop Dental!




Dr. Hideki Ikeda

Dr. Hideki Ikeda is a highly respected orthodontist known for his exceptional skill and dedication to creating beautiful smiles. As the Lead Orthodontist at Lollipop Dental & Sweet Smiles Modern Orthodontics, Dr. Ikeda combines advanced techniques with a friendly approach, ensuring each patient feels comfortable and well cared for. With over twenty years of experience, Dr. Ikeda has earned a stellar reputation for his innovative methods and commitment to excellence. He values exceptional clinical outcomes, and perfection of your smile while using the latest technology, specializing in complex cases that only the most skilled orthodontists are able to achieve.

Beyond his professional achievements, Dr. Ikeda is a devoted husband and a father to two amazing children. He loves traveling and has explored many parts of the world, including Japan, Switzerland, Dubai, the Maldives, Vietnam, the Philippines and many more. His passion for adventure and travel complements his dedication to providing top-notch orthodontic care.

Dr. Ikeda also has a rich background in music and technology. He is an accomplished cellist, and before becoming an orthodontist, he was a computer programmer. This unique blend of skills and interests enriches his approach to orthodontics, bringing creativity and precision to our practices. At Lollipop Dental & Sweet Smiles Modern Orthodontics, Dr. Ikeda’s expertise and approachable nature make him a trusted and beloved orthodontist, helping countless families achieve the smiles they’ve always dreamed of.


Dr. Albert Soulema

Dr. Albert Soulema is a board-certified orthodontic dentist who was born and raised in Los Angeles. He graduated with a degree in biological sciences from the University of Southern California, then continued his studies at the highly competitive USC Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Following dental school, Dr. Soulema enrolled in an intensive year-long General Practice Residency in hospital dentistry at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, where he treated medically compromised patients with complex surgical and restorative needs. It was also during his residency that he discovered his passion for orthodontics.

He pursued his orthodontic training at New York’s esteemed St. Barnabas Hospital where he treated a variety of malocclusions while conducting research, and providing emergency on-call care at a level 1 trauma center. Dr. Soulema loves seeing how a perfect smile enhances the confidence of his patients and returns to Los Angeles to bring his skill sets to his own community.

In his free time, Dr. Soulema enjoys board games, playing the piano, spending time with his family, and exercising. He also gives back to the community, and has volunteered with various organizations in and around the Los Angeles area.

Dr. Oscar Reyna

Dr. Oscar Reyna is more than just about teeth. As a specialist in this field, he believes that he truly gets the opportunity to positively impact the lives of so many people. There is nothing more rewarding to him than being part of his patients’ transformations into a more confident and happy version of themselves.

Dr. Reyna was born and raised in southern Mexico. He moved to the United States with his family at 15 years old. He attended the University of Washington on a full academic scholarship where he received a Bachelor of Arts in business administration with a certificate in management. For his Doctorate of Dental Surgery, he attended the University of California, San Francisco’s Dental School where he was awarded the prestigious Dean’s Opportunity scholarship, given to only two members of each entering class. Following dental school graduation, he attended the Harvard School of Dental Medicine where he completed his Masters Degree in oral biology with a certificate in orthodontics.

Dr. Reyna loved experiencing the east coast but is extremely grateful to be back in the west coast and working in southern California. In his spare time, he enjoys staying active by attending workout classes and going to the gym. As an advocate for the outdoors, he spends his free time exploring all the beautiful nature that California has to offer all along the coast.

Dr. Teresa Nguyen

Dr. Teresa Nguyen was born and raised in Orange County. She attended University of California, Irvine, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Upon graduation, Dr. Teresa pursued a career in the dental field. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from UCLA, and it was during her time at UCLA that she found her passion in orthodontics. Following dental school graduation, she moved to Florida to pursue her orthodontic training at Jacksonville University where she obtained her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Orthodontics and a Master of Science in Dentistry.

Dr. Teresa loves seeing the positive impact she is able to provide by creating beautiful and healthy smiles. Being able to witness the change in confidence with a smile transformation motivates her to provide the best care possible every single day. She is grateful to have joined such a wonderful practice dedicated to providing excellent orthodontic care to the community.

Outside of the office, Dr. Teresa enjoys going on food adventures, hiking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.


Dr. Kativa Strickland

Dr. Kativa Strickland is a board-certified orthodontist born and raised in Orange County. She attended USC where she studied Human Biology and Business Administration before earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. She is an avid USC Trojan and received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from USC where she met her husband.

After dental school, she ventured to Dallas, TX for her orthodontic residency. She earned her Certificate in Orthodontics and Master of Science in Oral Biology from Baylor/Texas A&M University. She couldn’t stay away from home and recently returned to Southern California!

As an orthodontist, Dr. Strickland believes she can impact patients’ lives by helping build confidence through their smiles. When she was younger, she had a major gap between her two front teeth! After going through braces, she loved her new smile and wanted to bring that same joy to others, so she decided to become an orthodontist! Dr. Strickland can’t wait to help patients achieve their confident smiles!

When not practicing orthodontics, she is a big foodie, loves hiking and playing pickleball with her husband, and loves to travel.

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Dr. Christine Nguyen

Bio coming soon…

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