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Gentle & Caring Pediatric Dentists

Meet the Adventure Dental Team

Friendly & Effective Pediatric Dentists in Santa Clarita

At Adventure Dental, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality of care possible. Learn more about our staff here!

Dr. Amy Monti, Pediatric Dentist


Dr. Monti has been living in Southern California since 1988, earning her bachelor and D.D.S. degrees from UCLA. She completed her residency in Pediatric Dentistry in Boston at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Boston Children's Hospital. She currently lives in Valencia with her husband, Ryan, and children, Joseph and Elizabeth. She enjoys exercising, attending Dodger’s games, and cheering for the UCLA football team.

Dr. Monti is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American and California Dental Associations, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and Southern California Society of Dentistry for Children.

Dr. Shandra Pepper, Pediatric Dentist


A native of Southern California, Dr. Pepper graduated from UCLA in 2003 with an undergraduate degree in Physiological Sciences. She loved UCLA so much that it is where she chose to earn her dental degree. Somehow tired of the sunshine and warm weather, Dr. Pepper next moved to Boston, where she completed her pediatric dental residency at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Because Dr. Pepper always wanted to serve her hometown community and be close to family and friends, she happily returned to the Antelope Valley.

Dr. Pepper now lives in Palmdale with her dog Bubbles, a very excitable, little Maltese. She loves country music, going to the gym, In-N-Out, and, of course, rooting for UCLA. Go Bruins!

Dr. Michelle Mian, Orthodontist


Dr. Michelle Mian is an east coast native that has happily joined the sunny Southern California community. She is a graduate of Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where she completed her Doctorate of Dental Medicine, Masters in Medical Science, and Orthodontic Certificate. After completing her training, Dr. Mian practiced in the greater Boston area and served as faculty at Harvard University, with the title of Pre-Doctoral Director of Orthodontics. During that time, she taught both dental students and residents while also presenting and publishing research on bone biology. She is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics and the American Dental Association. Outside of the office, she enjoys traveling, scuba diving, eating lots of ice cream and, of course, exploring her new hometown!

Jessamyn Ratzlaff, RDA


Jessamyn lived in Santa Clarita for most of her life but recently moved to Lancaster. She is happily married with two children, Aurora and Robert. She started her career in general dentistry but now says that she is so happy working with kids that she can never imagine going back.

Michelle Duren, RDA


Michelle spent her early years growing up in Simi Valley but has spent most of her life in the Antelope Valley. She graduated from Highland High School but she won't say when. She attended the RDA program at Clarita Career College. She is very happily married and has two children, Hayle and Austin. She enjoys hanging out with family and friends in her free time. When she isn't cheering on her kids at one of their sporting events, she is out at the Angels' games cheering for them.

Kelsey Davis, RDA


Kelsey grew up in the Santa Clarita Valley and graduated from Saugus High (go Centurions!) and Charter College. She has been a dental assistant for the past six years and loves all aspects of dentistry, especially pediatrics. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Kendra Anaya, RDA


Kendra has been an RDA since 1994 and started working exclusively with children in 2003. Born and raised in Granada Hills, Kendra now lives in Valencia with her daughter and their two Pomeranians. On her days off, Kendra enjoys horseback riding with her daughter, camping at the beach, and going to the gym.

Frances Jimenez, RDA


Frances has worked as a dental assistant since 2001. She grew up in the San Fernando Valley, and moved to Palmdale in 2004. Frances has 5 daughters and enjoys spending time with her family playing baseball, going to amusement parks, riding fast roller coasters and travelling.

Megan Braun, RDA


Megan grew up living in Quartz Hill, and graduated from Quartz Hill High school. Megan started dental assisting in 2015, where she worked with both adults and children. On her days off she enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time outdoors.

Donna Binder, Office Manager undefined

Donna has lived in Castaic for 20 years with her husband Fred, daughter Alexa and her dogs Rigby and Ellie. She has worked in the dental field for 9 years where her passion is working with kids. When not working she enjoys spending time with her family, camping and watching football.

Karla Pineda, Patient Care Coordinator undefined

Karla I grew up in the San Fernando Valley and now resides in Palmdale with her husband and son, David. She’s been working in the dental field for past 5 years and has been with Adventure Dental since 2015. On her days off, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, going out to eat, watching movies and traveling.

Elizabeth Melton, Patient Care Coordinator

undefinedElizabeth grew up in the Santa Clarita Valley where she continues to reside with her sons Deagan, Gavin and David, her daughter Skyler, and her two rescue dogs Fenway and Kenny. She joined the dental field in 2003 when she attended the RDA program at Clarita Career College. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, gardening, reading and Volunteering for youth programs.

Grace Manalang, Treatment Plan Coordinator undefined

Grace was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She later moved to the Santa Clarita Valley and graduated from Valencia High School where she met her husband. She has worked in the dental field for ten years, but then decided to take a couple years off after giving birth to her two children. On her spare time, she loves to bake and explore new places with her family. She also has a passion for anything Disney, especially Donald Duck and loves going to Disneyland to visit him when it's not packed.

Alma Lopez, Insurance Coordinator


Alma grew up in the San Fernando Valley and studied social and behavioral sciences and Los Angeles Mission College. In her spare time she enjoys trips to the beach, dessert and most of all exploring new hiking trails with her dog.

What Patients & Parents
Are Saying About Us

  • Dr. Monti is the best we love her.

    “My son always feels comfortable and excited when it comes to his appointments.”

    Happy Patient

  • Dr. Monti has gone above and beyond!

    “I have frequently received a phone call checking on the patient after a procedure.”

    Debra H.

  • We love this office!!!

    “Our family has been coming to Dr Monti and her team since my oldest was seven.”

    Wendy G.

  • Dr. Monti, the hygienists, and the office staff are fantastic.

    “I know my boys are always in excellent hands!!!”

    J. G.

  • My boys love Adventure Dental!

    “My boys love Adventure Dental! Dr. Monti and Dr. Shandra are so amazing. We have been going here for about 6-7 years. I have a son that was scared of the dentist and they helped to make him feel safe and calm and now he loves going to the dentist.”

    Jana Haro

When You Trust Your Child With Our Team, You Can Expect:

  • Highly educated dentists with degrees from UCLA and Harvard.
  • Careful treatment that is focused on educating parents and children on proper dental care practices.
  • Treatment focused onto issues that children often face with their oral health.
  • A caring staff that is committed to providing a great environment for your child.