Dr. V. Polyakov, DDS Oral Surgeon
I have been practicing Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery since 1993, and have consistently noticed one very important fact about persons who are facing a procedure: Patients that are well informed about their condition and actively involved in deciding on treatment options will typically make a better choice, have an easier recovery, and achieve better postoperative results. It happens all the time. And it happens most when everyone is working as a team: the referring dentist who knows when to act, the oral surgeon who understands the latest advances, and their staffs who compile the relevant information to help the patient make the best (and happiest) choices.
That is exactly why I established SYNERGY Dental Implant and Oral Surgery Center, where we provide the perfect team of people and the perfect blend of care and technology to give you the best oral health possible.
Dr. Jeffrey Foltz, DDS. Oral Surgeon
A native of Southern California, Dr. Foltz attended the University of Southern California for both his undergraduate and graduate studies, graduating first in his class from the prestigious USC School of Dentistry in 1977. With multiple academic awards to his credit, Dr. Foltz pursued his career in oral maxillofacial surgery by completing his residency at the Los Angeles County USC Medical Center. Two years later, he was Board Certified by the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.
Committed to the concept that advancing technology and clinical expertise are key to quality care, Dr. Foltz was part of the first class of oral surgeons in the U.S. to be trained in the newest applications in implant dentistry. Traveling to Canada in 1984 and then to Sweden, Dr. Foltz trained directly with the recognized world pioneer in this field, Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark. Recognizing the life-changing impact of modern implant dentistry for patients, Dr. Foltz and his partner founded the Center for Restorative Oral Surgery at Valley Presbyterian Hospital, the first implant center of its kind in the United States.
His commitment to education in this unique field of dentistry continues today with the recent establishment of the Center for Advanced Education by Dr. Foltz and his partner. In addition to teaching at USC, Dr. Foltz has lectured locally and nationally, currently he is an Examiner for General Anesthesia Licensure, appointed by the State of California, and is an active member in good standing of a number of professional organizations.
In his free time Dr. Foltz enjoys spending time with his family traveling, sailing, scuba diving, and skiing.
Dr. Brittany Sonnichsen, DMD, Oral Surgeon
Dr. Sonnichsen completed her Oral and Maxillofacial residency at Ohio State University. She attended Georgetown University, graduating Magna Cum Laude and earned her D.M.D. from the University Of Connecticut School Of Dental Medicine. She has been the recipient of a number of scholarships, awards, and honors in addition to her involvement in several key research projects.
In her “spare” time, Dr. Sonnichsen finds time for jazz saxophone, outdoor activities and playing softball (She was the Varsity Team Captain at Georgetown!)
Nika - Practice Administrator/Beverly Hills Office Manager
Nika is our office manager. She started working with Dr. Polyakov in 1999. Over the years, Nika has completed numerous continuing education courses to assure that our office is at the forefront of all advances in practice management and information technology. Our patients love Nika’s cheerful personality and she is always eager to help them make their visit to our office a comfortable and enjoyable experience. She prides herself in being a great leader of our busy practice.
Cindy - Office Manager Valley Office
Cindy is an integral part of our practice, after all, she has been with us since 1980!!! Cindy is experienced with every aspect of our office, but, she is at her best when she is managing our Valley practice
Lupe - Office Manager/Implant Coordinator Valley Office
Lupe joined our practice in 1995. She will make sure that your experience in our office is pleasant and comfortable
Masha - Administrative Assistant/Implant Coordinator Beverly Hills
Masha is a true blessing to our front office. She has an extensive knowledge of insurance & finances which allows for every patient to receive that affordable care that they deserve– with a smile. Masha will go out of her way to make your experience in our office the most comfortable it can be.
Heidi - Insurance Coordinator, Valley office
Heidi has over twenty years of experience in the field of Oral Surgery. She is literally walking encyclopedia of the dental insurance field!!! She can answer any and all insurance questions you may have!!!
Lana - Surgical Assistant
Lana is one of our surgical assistants. Known as the “Mother” of our office, with her soft and caring demeanor, Lana can put even the most nervous patients at ease and make them feel comfortable. She has worked closely with Dr. Polyakov since 2001 and has developed a vast knowledge of all oral surgical procedures
Maria - Surgical Assistant
Maria joined our practice in 2003 and since then became an indispensable member of our surgical team. She is trained to assist during most complex oral surgical procedures including complex dental implant surgery and bone grafting procedures
Prissila - Oral Surgery Assistant
Prissila spend last ten years working in the field of Oral Surgery and Dental Implants. She has significant knowledge and experience when it comes to various aspect of Dental Implant techniques and procedures. She will make your surgery comfortable and almost enjoyable.
Lauren - Surgical Assistant
Lauren was born and raised in Chicago. She moved to Southern California in 2009 and joined our practice. She has more than 10 years of oral surgery experience and is very proficient with our various dental implant instrumentation.
Jennifer, Surgical Assistant
Jennifer has over ten years of exprience on all phases of oral surgery. She loves making our patients feel comfortable and make their time in our office stress free.
Jessica, Surgical Assistant
Iris, Surgical Assistant
Carissa, Implant Coordinator Beverly Hills and Reseda
With over eight years experience in the dental field, Carissa is focused on maintaining the highest level of professionalism and care that we can provide to our patients and their families. Throughout the years Carissa has attended multiple continuing education courses to always have the best knowledge in her profession. She is committed to excellent customer care from your first contact with us. Always greeted with a friendly hello we are happy to have her on our team.