Meet Our Team

At Downtown Dental, we get to know about our patients – their medical histories, their families, and their dental goals. As we build a bond of friendship and trust, it helps us serve your dental needs more effectively. We feel it is important and fair that you know a bit about us, too.
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Front Office

Maribel Pineda – Office Manager

Maribel is the Office Manager here at Downtown Dental; she graduated from the Concorde Institute in 2000 as a Registered Dental Assistant. Maribel has over 15 years of dental experience and ensures every patient receives only the best treatment. Her dental background includes a variety of courses from the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry; training in sleep apnea, dental photography and numerous advanced esteem courses. Maribel specializes in coordinating dental services to fit patient’s needs, desires, and budget.

"I was born in San Diego and raised in Glendale, California. My passion is caring for my family, my children, and my wonderful husband Edgar. I am intelligent and know I can help others achieve a healthy and beautiful smile. I love to cook and enjoy family days."

Back Office

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Kristin Villarreal "Kris" – Registered Dental Assistant, Back Office Supervisor

Kristin has more than 13 years of experience as a Dental Assistant. She has been a part of Downtown Dental for over 5 years. Kris has many certifications in advanced dentistry. In particular, she enjoys dental photography, advanced imaging, and fabricating in house crowns. Kris is a California native and she grew up in San Gabriel Valley. She enjoys spending quality family time with her son Jacob. She attended North West College and completed the Dental Assisting Program in 2001. She became a registered dental assistant in 2006. Some of her hobbies include dancing, karaoke, fishing, hiking, and speed dating.

Kris has high energy and a positive personality that is contagious. Patients love her chair side demeanor and sense of humor. She helps to ease patients and has great hand skills. She takes extra care of every patient and goes the extra mile to ensure patients leave Downtown Dental feeling content.

"I am passionate about my work; I take great pride in educating patients on their dental needs and providing excellent service."
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Susana Vazquez – Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

Susana has 15 years of Dental experience. She graduated from Nova Institute as a dental assistant in 2000. She became a Registered Dental Assistant in 2006. She was born and raised in Los Angeles.

"I like spending time with my kids and dogs, which is priceless. I enjoy all outdoor activities, such as walking, bike riding, hiking, camping, and going to the beach with my family and dogs. I also like music and dancing. I enjoy my family get together especially for the holidays."
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Jessica Nuno - Treatment Coordinator

Jessica graduated from Everest College as a dental assistant in June of 2009. Since she started in the dental field she automatically found joy and happiness in helping patients understand and meet their dental needs. Jessica has over six years of experience as a dental treatment coordinator and front office. She absolutely loves building a bond with all patients and to be trusted by every single patient.

“I was born and raised in Los Angeles and absolutely love everything my native city has to offer. I love spending my entire free time with my husband and daughter Camila. I enjoy visiting new places, so it is no surprise to find out about my latest adventures”.
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Deion Ballesteros - Public Relations

Deion's biggest attribute is building strong and lasting relationships with people. He has a polite but charming demeanor that helps him connect strongly with everyone he interacts with. This is why he is perfect for our Public Relations position. You will find him all over DTLA; handing out gift bags, surveying what the people in DTLA want from their dental office or at goodwill events. Deion is a native Angeleno and cannot ever imagine living anywhere else.

"I love photography, bike riding, swimming, playing basketball and talking to people. I love attending community events and building relationships with neighboring companies in DTLA. I enjoy chasing opinions and concerns regarding general dentistry and of course, finding the perfect dental office for my fellow Angelenos aka DOWNTOWN DENTAL!"
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Brandi Dew - Receptionist

Brandi has more than 15 years of experience in customer service; she has worked at many prestigious banking institutions before entering the dental field. Brandi loves interacting with people on a daily basis, be it via the phone or in person, and is dedicated to helping them with whatever it is that they need. She has a very jovial disposition and all our patients have come to adore her. She is also very organized and meticulous about her work. She was born and raised in Los Angeles and went to high school right here in Downtown LA.

"Other than my job, I am also very passionate about reading, spending time with my family, dancing and watching comedy shows. More than anything else, I love spending time with my son Jamion and can't wait for his little baby to arrive".
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Reviews

"I am a legit Patient at this practice. The Doctor is amazing - educated, skilled and patient. Allison, my Dental Hygienist, is really friendly, knowledgeable and proactive about her patients' oral health. In my experience, the office staff at Downtown Dental is always professional, friendly, and thoughtful about my time. Plus, they offer reasonable financing! If you're honest about your budget (for people like me who don't have dental insurance), they can often work with you to stay within budget. I also learned that they use the best equipment in their field and staff gets training often on new dental techniques. If you are someone who works, resides or likes to visit Downtown - this is an especially excellent place to see the dentist periodically.

Downtown Dental is a fantastic Dental practice in the heart of the city. They are located near LA's Cultural hub of museums, concert halls and the like (The Broad, MOCA + more ). But don't let all that (magic) discourage you from making your appointment, because traffic is usually very smooth on Grand and getting in and out of their secure and validated parking lot (in their building) is a breeze. They also have 2 e-car charging stations if that's how you roll. If you work in DTLA, like many, you can even get a lunchtime cleaning!

Sidebar: The office is located inside a gorgeous apartment building, full of high end furnishings, accentuated with stunning street art. You may have even passed by & seen the Subway flags at street level- the dental office is right upstairs. It's worth a try, especially if you want great oral health, love art, culture and the city!"
"Still the best I've ever been to! The entire staff is more than knowledgeable & helpful!

Don't waste your time going to other places, this dentist & his team are your best bet!

They are courteous, flexible, and above all: PROFESSIONAL."
"What an amazing staff and dental team!!

I had four front crowns and 2 root canals done all in about 3 hours! It was pain free! Dr Mungcal was fast and I didn't feel a thing! People compliment my teeth all the time! ...Little do they know they're fake! Very grateful!!! I am in Invisalign now and love how it stopped me from clenching and grinding my teeth! My teeth and gums are healthy because of all the amazing dental work they have done and continue to do!! Oh ...And they offered nitrous which made the whole experience awesome! Go here if you want dental work done right!!"
"Downtown dental made my cavity experience as painless as possible, and the technology they use is so up to date and accurate.

The staff are also very friendly and know the best habits for having a healthy mouth.
So glad I started going here!"
"Absolutely the best dental office! In all reality I used to hate going to the dentist I would cancel my appointments at my old Drs office all the time !! But the Hygienists and the staff in general are so welcoming and make you wanna keep coming back. They are always ready to deliver and Allison did an amazing job on my teeth cleaning thank you for that"
"This review is long overdue. I've been a patient at downtown dental since 2005 and have had nothing but positive experiences. I've had quite a bit of dental work and when I had a cracked crown recently, they scheduled me the next day and replaced it at no charge. They would have scheduled me that day but sadly, I'm no longer a patient as I've moved to NorCal. I felt like they really went out of the way to accommodate me and I appreciate that! Thanks guys!!"
"Great practice, the doctors and assistants are very professional, helpful and pleasant. They make dental appointments almost enjoyable...not something I thought possible!

Katie the hygienist is not only gentle, professional and very professional but also inspiring. She makes you want to have the best gums in Los Angeles.

Thank you guys!"
"The team at Downtown Dental are the best! They have done both an implant and Invisalign for me. They keep me informed about all the steps and always get me in and out quickly! I love that they can do everything right in their own offices too."
"My story is: I chipped a took eating cereal! Who does that!?! (The cereal was crunchy I'll admit). I went to Downtown Dental and Dr. Mungcal evaluated my situation and realized my bite needed to be adjusted. I grind my teeth at night also so the combination of it all was wearing my teeth down. He recommended invisalign to align my bite. I was hesitant because it's pricey but...trust me...it was SO WORTH IT!!! 8 months later, my bite is fixed and aligned and my teeth are straighter which is a bonus! I am only 34 and I want to keep my teeth healthy and strong for a long time! Dr. Mungcal and the entire staff are amazing and took GREAT care of me. You can rest assured you will be taken care of by them!"
"Came to downtown dental with my husband for his first dental implant. He was very nervous on getting this procedure done.. From his experience he said the staff were super friendly made him feel very welcomed..the dentist made his procedure quick and painless my husband didn't even need his medication for the swelling or pain ... Highly recommend... We Will be coming here from now on for our dental needs."

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