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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. Amy Monti

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

Dr. Shandra Pepper

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. Thais Soares, Orthodontist

Dr. Thais SoaresDr. Soares wanted to become an Orthodontist since her teenage years, when she was a patient herself. She was inspired by the positive changes of her new smile on her life and wanted to be able to provide the same.

Dr. Soares was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she graduated from Dental School in 1998. She completed a Master's Degree and PhD in Orthodontics in 2001. Following her dreams, she moved to the United States and completed a three-year Residency in Orthodontics at the UCLA School of Dentistry and became a Board Certified Orthodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.

Dr. Soares stays on the cutting edge of the latest advancements in Orthodontics through continuing education and teaching activities. Besides private practice, she has taught at several schools in Brazil and was a volunteer lecturer at UCLA. She enjoys her weekends with her husband and their 3 year-old daughter going to parks, riding bikes, hiking and enjoying the outdoors.

Jessamyn Ratzlaff, RDA

Jessamyn Ratzlaff

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 Duren

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/Patient Care Coordinator

Kelsey Davis

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 Anaya

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 Jimenez

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 Braun

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.

Diana Sanchez, RDA

Megan Braun

Diana grew up in the Santa Clarita Valley and graduated from Valencia High School. She started Dental Assisting in 2014 working with children and adults. She enjoys spending time with her family and going for walks with her children Camila and Westley.

Donna Binder, Office Manager Donna Binder

Donna grew up in the San Fernando Valley and moved to Castaic in 1999 with her husband Fred, daughter Alexa and her dogs Rigby, Ellie and Charlie. She has worked in the dental field since 2009 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 Karla Pineda

Karla grew up in the San Fernando Valley and now resides in Palmdale with her husband, son David, and her daughter Camila. She’s been working in the dental field since 2010 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.

Alma Lopez, Insurance Coordinator

Alma Lopez

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

  • We love this office!!!

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

    Wendy G.

  • The BEST experience!

    “The BEST experience! I took my 6 and 4 year old in for the first time. From the moment I walked in the office was set up for fun. My kids both enjoyed playing video games in the waiting room. My 6 year old had the sweetest assistant (Megan) who made it so easy and enjoyable. My 4 year old had little meltdown and refused his cleaning. I was convinced it wasn’t going to happen. Dr. Pepper came over and with true talent and patience not only got him to agree to clean his teeth but made him laugh and participate!!! Miracle. He even took X-rays. I would highly recommend Adventure Dental. Looking forward to their next dental visit.”

    Marlene Sabourin

  • We had the best experience today!

    “We had the best experience today! It was my son’s first trip to see the dentist and the staff was so sweet and gentle! The place was so esthetically pleasing and I am so happy we came. My son is 2 and he had such a great experience with everyone today that he will not stop talking about how he wants to go back to the dentist. I will definitely recommend this place for all kids and teens.”

    Breanna Gallagher

  • Highly recommended!!

    “We take our 3 kids here and recommend this office to friends and family.”

    Duane L.

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

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

    J. G.

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.