AboutMission Valley Dental Arts

Mission Valley Dental Arts is a San Diego based family dentist practice that treats patients of all ages. We are committed to delivering the highest quality dental care and do so using advanced dental equipment. We are a cosmetic dentist that offers services like checkups, teeth cleaning, crowns, veneers and more.

We also perform emergency dentist services that include bonding, root canals, crowns, and bridges. As a local dentist, we create lifelong relationships with our patients and their families and work to ensure that they receive treatments in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Dr. Khodapanah and our staff invite you to schedule an appointment by calling 619-805-4248 and experience why our patients think Mission Valley Dental Arts is the best dentist in San Diego.


Dr. Elmira Khodapanah DDS

Dr. Elmira Khodapanah received her Bachelor's degree from UC San Diego and obtained her DDS degree from UCLA in 1996. She has dedicated much time in advancing her skills and knowledge in Dentistry since the graduation. She is a member of the Spear Education Study Club, which is World renowned for advanced studies and excellence in Dentistry, based in Scottsdale/Arizona. She completes numerous hours of continued education Seminars and intensive Workshops to advance her skills.

Dr. Khodapanah focuses on educating her Patients about all their Dental needs so they make informed decisions to best care for their Oral health. She strives to provide excellent dental care at the most comfortable and inviting settings so her Patients leave with a positive and happy experience.

When not doing Dentistry, Dr. Khodapanah attends boxing classes with John (our hygienist) and Mirna (her assistant). She has started a hiking club with all staff and many patients who meet up once a month and enjoy a fantastic outdoor activity in various beautiful San Diego trails. She and her husband love to travel and explore the World to learn about different cultures.

Meet the Team

Alma Garcia

Public Relations / Registered Dental Assistant

Alma Garcia is our multitasker! She is our Public Relations Scheduling coordinator as well as a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA). She graduated from UEI Dental Assisting program in 2011 and joined Mission Valley Dental Arts Team in May of 2012 as a Dental Assistant. Since she learned all the tasks of a front office while assisting. Alma has a very energetic, positive and happy nature; her smile and playful sense of humor creates a friendly rapport with all patients and coworkers.

Alma is a mother of two handsome boys and on her spare time enjoys spending quality time with her family at the beach.

“I will be the one that will greet you with a smile and a flower in my hair,” says Alma.

Laura Chavez

Office Manager

Laura began working in the dental field in 1992; over the years of working as a receptionist, she gained valuable knowledge in many areas of the field. For the past 11 years, her primary role as patient liaison has been to ensure patients understand their dental needs and how to best obtain their needed treatment by creating the best plan to fit each patient’s finances.

She truly enjoys creating long-lasting friendships with the wonderful people she works with or meets while working in this practice.

She married her husband “Windy” in 1996, and they have 3 wonderful boys, Cesar, Isaias and Moises.

“I love what I do and you can see it show through my work,” says Laura.

Mirna Sandoval

Registered Dental Assistant

She attended UEI to become a dental assistant, after six years working she expanded her knowledge and took the next step and became an RDA. She has been working in this office for about 10 years and she really loves her job.

Her goal is to help provide the best and most pleasant experience for each patient during their dental procedure because she understands the fears and anxieties associated with seeking Dental treatments. She loves and enjoys her job and all the friendships she has formed with our patients as our extended family.

Mirna is a mother of two lovely boys. On her spare time, she loves to do Zumba to try and stay fit to be able to keep up with her boys. She enjoys spending time with her Family and their activities.

“I have a wonderful, loving and caring doctor that I work with side by side and enjoy working with my co-workers, ” says Mirna.

John Le

Registered Dental Hygienist

John is a registered dental hygienist (RDH). He graduated from Southwestern College in 2010 with a dental hygiene degree. He has been practicing with mission Valley Dental Arts since July of 2012.

He believes the oral cavity is one of the most important parts of our body and it deserves the best care. He enjoys cleaning his patient's teeth and always trying his best to do the most gentle and thorough job.

He is happily married to his wife Lana and they have a baby boy named JJ. They also have a wonderful puppy Pomeranian named Ping Pong that always keep them company. They enjoy cooking and traveling to different places.

“I enjoy working with Dr. Khodapanah and the staff in this office because they really know how to care and love each other like a family,” says John.