Kenneth Mak, DDS

Dentist

  • Bachelor’s degree, biological sciences, University of California, Irvine, 1989
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of Southern California School of Dentistry, 1993
  • Preclinical/clinical instructor, University of Southern California School of Dentistry, 1993 – 1994
  • Certified Nobel/Biocare dental implant, restorative and placement
  • Certified CEREC dentist
  • Ladera Ranch Implant Institute, completed Mentor 1, surgical Implant placement and internal sinus lift
    • Ladera Ranch Implant Institute, complete Mentor 2, implant grafting (bone and soft tissue)
  • Affiliations and memberships:
    • American Dental Association®, California Dental Association, San Gabriel Valley Dental Society
    • Lytle, Tate and Stamper Implant Study Club, San Gabriel Valley Dental Implant Study Club

I have been practicing in Pasadena since 1994 with extensive experience in dental implants as well as all phases of cosmetic/general/family dentistry. An integral part of my philosophy is that clients have a thorough understanding of their treatment and options, which include practical solutions with state-of-the-art dentistry. Your comfort and confidence is my upmost priority.

Rodney Kleiger, DDS

Dentist

Dr. Rodney Kleiger graduated from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC in 2000, where he also completed a double major in psychology and gerontology. He has also completed training in endodontics, Invisalign® clear aligners, implant placement, tooth extractions and bone grafting. To help further his knowledge each year, Dr. Kleiger participates in continuing education courses. He is currently a member of the California Dental Association, the American Dental Association and the San Gabriel Society.

In addition to 20 years as a dentist in Pasadena, Dr. Kleiger has practiced in the DTLA area since 2013. He has advanced his skills in the Invisalign® system and implant placement by completing certifications at the Engle Institute. In 2014, he was voted top dentist in DTLA and in Pasadena in 2019. As a highly experienced dentist, Dr. Kleiger strives to always treat his patients with compassion, patience and respect. He continues his growth and knowledge in dentistry by staying current with all the latest advances in modern dental techniques.

During his time outside the office, Dr. Kleiger does oil painting and drawing. He is also an avid sports fan and enjoys soccer, baseball and football.

Dennis De Mesa, DDS

Dentist

  • Bachelor’s degree, dental hygiene, University of Southern California School of Dentistry, 1998
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of Southern California School of Dentistry, 2005

Professional Experience:

  • Registered dental hygienist, 1998 – 2005
  • Preclinical/clinical instructor, USC School of Dentistry (Department of Dental Hygiene and Periodontology), 1998 – 2004

Associations:

  • American Dental Association, California Dental Association, San Gabriel Valley Dental Society, Aligntech Institute (Invisalign certified)

Shannon Lazarian, DDS

Dentist

  • Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry, Westmont College, 2004
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry, 2008
  • General Practice Residency, Department of Veterans Affairs, Sepulveda, 2009
  • Professional affiliations & training
    • American Dental Association
    • California Dental Association
    • San Gabriel Valley Dental Society
    • Aligntech Institute
    • Patterson CEREC
    • Implant placement and restoration, DVA

As a dentist, my desire is to give patients the best care possible by drawing from my diverse experiences in general and family dentistry. There are three reasons why I enjoy dentistry: meeting new patients and deepening relationships with current patients; relieving patients of pain or discomfort; and giving patients a beautiful, confident smile. I strive to develop my career through continual education and professional enrichment. A high priority of mine is to reduce patients’ fear and anxiety, making them as comfortable as possible. For generations, Pasadena is where our family has called home, raising our children and being involved in our community.

Meet Our Team

As a team, we enjoy contributing to the overall happiness and satisfaction of our patients. We place a great emphasis on offering you assistance with all your oral health questions. Our team speaks English and Spanish to help you feel informed every step of your treatment! If you would like to schedule an appointment with our dentists in Los Angeles, California, please contact MKD Dentistry today at 213-550-2697.

Alexis

Office Manager

Welcome to our practice! I am the friendly face you see at the front desk. I love to find ways to help people smile, and that includes building confidence to share that smile! As the office manager for MKD Dentistry, my job is to oversee the office operations, and I am committed to making our patients’ experience in our office a positive one! Our staff is very warm and inviting. I love the positive energy felt by everyone, and I really appreciate the attentive care our doctors and team strive to provide, as individuals and collectively, to each patient.

I joined MKD Dentistry in 2018, after being employed at our Pasadena location for four years. I have over 15 years of dental experience; I graduated dental assisting school in 2002 and received my RDA in 2003. Over the years, I have worked with several specialty practices and worked both the front and back office. Thus, I am knowledgeable in every aspect of the practice. My goal is to incorporate the knowledge and customer service that I have acquired to equip our team to best serve our patients and their families.

I am most proud of being a mother to my two children, and I enjoy spending my spare time with my family and friends.

Dayna

Partner / Senior Office Manager

Dayna brings her leadership to our practice with over 30 years as our office manager at Mak & Kleiger, DDS. Her expertise brings full comprehensive knowledge in dental insurance and treatment organization as well as office workflow.

Outside of the office, she enjoys caring for her beautiful granddaughters, tending a bountiful garden, devotedly attending church and enjoying time with her dog, Thor. Dayna and Thor are inseparable! He even works as the emotional support dog for Mak & Kleiger, DDS in Pasadena.

Adalia

Dental Assistant

Hi, my name is Adalia. I am 38 years young and have two beautiful children. I have been an RDA for over 15 years and enjoy my career choice very much. I have been with MKD Dentistry for over five years now and really take pleasure in being a part of their professional team, where I get the opportunity to utilize and continuously grow my RDA skills. The practice is always on top with all the new technology, and I know that our patients always receive top dental care.

Cyril

Dental Assistant

Hi, my name is Cyril, but everybody calls me “Cy.” I am an RDA and the back-office manager at our Pasadena office. I have been in the field of dentistry for more than 20 years. I joined the family in 2007 in our Pasadena office. I love what I do, so I never feel like I had to work. I treat people as I want to be treated. Confucius says, “Choose a job you love and never work a day in your life.” Perhaps it chose me …

Rudy

Dental Assistant

My name is Rudy Morales. I am 35 years old and a father to three beautiful children as well as a huge sports aficionado. Go Lakers, go Dodgers, and of course, FIGHT ON USC!

I completed my dental assistant program from Cerritos Community College in 2005. Within the following year, I acquired my RDA from the state of California. I then grew my education by obtaining my OMSA certification. I have over 15 years of experience, which helps make my job easier and allows me to help patients in a different level and transmit more confidence to our patients.

I have been a part of MKD Dentistry for over 5. Working for this practice is being part of a family. Our doctors are amazing.

From great bosses to great mentors, our doctors here bring the best out of our skill set. I love being a part of this practice because of the level of excellence we provide to our patients. We make all of our patients feel like family. We bring a very warm and positive energy to the practice, which helps make our patients feel secure and confident.

Jennifer

Registered Dental Hygienist

Jennifer became a part of our wonderful team in 2015! She graduated from the dental assisting program at North West College in 2008 and the registered dental hygiene program at San Joaquin Valley in 2015. In 2018, she also completed a degree as a registered dental hygienist in alternative practice from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. As the registered dental hygienist at MKD Dentistry, she shares her knowledge with our patients in order to promote oral health wellness and disease prevention. She feels that it is very important to always go over radiographs, charts and exams together with her patients so that they have a good understanding of the report for that day and are able to take that knowledge home with them.

Jennifer loves being part of such a great office! For her, the staff and dentists make it easy to want to be at work. She feels good about all of the work that is being done at MKD Dentistry and it truly makes her proud and happy to be part of this team.

She is married with one son. They come from big families and love spending time with them. Holidays are always a big deal to them, and they are constantly celebrating someone or something! Jennifer had some time on her hands during the COVID-19 pandemic and learned to enjoy cooking and experimenting with food. As mentioned, she spends a lot of time with family. She loves to gather ideas from Pinterest and attempt to put beautiful events together.