Meet Our Hygienists

Meet the Team of Our Hygienists

Priyam - Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)

Priyam Shah, Registered Dental Hygienist As a child, Priyam spent countless hours in a dental office. Somewhere in between getting her cavities fixed and aligning her teeth, she fell in love with her dentist and the dental field. She strives to provide her patients the same comfort and care her dentist had given her.

In 2011, Priyam graduated with honors from the prestigious New York University College of Dentistry with an AA in Dental Hygiene. She received the Colgate STAR award for being the best student in her class. Before that, she received her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and Psychology from the University of California, Irvine. Priyam is known for her gentle treatment and friendly attitude. Patients love seeing Priyam regularly for their preventative dental treatment.

Other than dentistry, Priyam is very passionate about dancing, movies, food, and her family and friends. She also loves traveling to different countries and tries to take at least one international trip a year with her husband and/or friends.

"I firmly believe that what we do for patients at the dental office cannot be substituted for what patients don't do at home. So, I consider it my first and foremost duty to educate my patients about how they can keep up with their oral hygiene when they're not in my dental chair.”

Fernanda – Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH, BSDH)

Fernanda Arvizu, Registered Dental Hygienist Fern was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico and raised in Houston, Texas. While growing up in Houston she found her passion for dentistry, thanks to her mom. As she attended school and before becoming a Dental Hygienist, she worked as a Registered Dental Assistant for eight years.

After graduating from the University of Houston with a Bachelor’s in Biology, she decided to venture out to Los Angeles. Shortly after moving, she attended West LA College and graduated with honors with a Bachelor’s in Dental Hygiene. When Fern is not at work, she loves to spend time with her friends and family, explore the city, try new restaurants, travel, and work out.

“My goal for all of my patients is to provide the highest quality of care possible while making sure they have a comfortable and enjoyable experience. If they leave happy and excited to come back, I know that I have done my job right.”

Allison – Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)

Allison Cuevas, Registered Dental Hygienist Allison is passionate about dentistry, public health, and communications. She graduated from USC School of Dentistry with a Bachelor’s in Dental Hygiene with honors in 2012. Having grown up in a home with parents in the health care field, Allison became fascinated with preventative medicine. She knew from a young age that working with people in health was her calling. Allison is a graduate from the USC Keck School of Medicine 2014, where she received her Master’s in Public Health (MPH) with an emphasis in Communications. She has worked with LAUSD developing dental health educational materials and worked with Big Smiles and LA Trust creating dental events within the Los Angeles School District.

She’s a born and raised California girl. So, when she’s not working, she can be found on the beach soaking up some sun, going to concerts, snowboarding in the local mountains, and spending time with her beloved rescue Chihuahua, Honey Boo Boo.

"The best gift I can give any patient is educating them on their own oral health. I want each patient to know how to better their health outcomes, both intraorally and systemically. I love to help patients and work as a team to get them healthy for life!"

Brenda – Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)

Brenda Soto, Registered Dental Hygienist Brenda graduated cum laude from USC School of Dentistry with a Bachelor’s in Dental Hygiene in 2018. During her education at USC, she also involved herself in a vast amount of community outreach programs the university had to offer.

She’s always felt passionate about supporting and providing for others, seeking opportunities to engage with her community at a young age. As a teen, she was especially drawn to dental hygiene after shadowing a close family friend at work. Once Brenda realized the opportunities for public involvement and education hygiene had to offer, she immersed herself in the dental world. She holds a reputation for her gentle hand, and calm, comforting demeanor.

Brenda was born and raised in Los Angeles. When she’s not in the office, she enjoys time with family and friends, trying new restaurants, and traveling around the world. She also enjoys jewelry making, drawing, hiking, dancing, music, and movies.

“The most crucial part of my role as a hygienist is working closely with and educating my patients. I want them to leave with a full understanding and positive outlook on their oral health, so they feel motivated to apply that knowledge to their daily habits and lives!”
  • Dr. Don Mungcal
  • Dr. Elizabeth Loftus
As the cornerstone and founder of Downtown Dental, Dr. Don Mungcal is a proactive and exceptionally talented dentist who is determined to contribute to the health and wellbeing of his community by attending to their dental care needs.

With over 28 years of experience and service, Dr. Mungcal makes it his responsibility to be the best version of himself by being his patients’ go-to point for any and all dental concerns. In addition to being meticulous in his work ethic, he is also an individual who understands development and change. He updates and informs himself constantly through various continuous educational programs that he undertakes. He also invests in the latest state-of-the-art technology to provide world-class dental services.

Dr. Mungcal graduated from UCLA and the University of the Pacific Dental School and is presently a member of several acclaimed medical associations, including the California Dental Society.

Dr. Elizabeth Loftus is a qualified dentist from Sacramento who truly loves the art of dentistry and helping people with their oral health and dental needs. She pursued her higher education at USC, where her initial area of focus was biomedical engineering.

However, after an internship undertaken at a dental office, she came to the realization that dentistry was her true calling, and then onwards dedicated her time and energy to serving dental care patients to the best of her ability.

She is an advocate for positive dental experiences for her patients and making sure they always are relaxed and calm whenever they undergo dental procedures.

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The staff here on its own deserves the five stars. Everyone is so friendly and take there time to get to know you as a patient. There very easy to work with on what’s best for you in the long run with insurance and dental care. On top of them making you feel comfortable, you can tell that they actually care about you and your dental health. The parking is also super easy and they validate so you don’t have to pay. I’d highly recommend coming here!
I am so glad I came to Downtown Dental. From the moment I walked into the office I was met with a smile and a warm welcome. During my first visit, a dental plan was made for me and they got to work right away. I have never experienced such attention to detail and such excellent customer service at a dental office. During my root canal procedure and fillings everyone was extremely helpful and constantly making sure I was comfortable. Since then, I am encouraging everyone to check out Downtown Dental, they really are amazing.
Best experience I have ever had in 40 plus years of Dentist visits. Crazy friendly people, every last one of them. Such a pleasant experience. If you need a Dentist this is the place to go. The Doctor is awesome as well.
This place has been my dentist my whole life and I won't consider going anywhere else. Everyone is nice and accommodating and the doctor knows his stuff. I just had pinhole gum rejuvenation surgery and the results are awesome. The staff really looks out for your best interest and the doctor will assure you have a great smile...pain free too..
If your looking for a Dental office that does good quality and precise work . With care and a gentle touch . then Downtown Dental is the place for you ! I got an extraction here and they made me feel comfortable and always checked to see how I was feeling and doing ! Dr. Mungcal is easily one of the best dentist in LA.
Most updated equipment ive ever seen in a dental office, pain less wisdom teeth extraction and comfortable throughout the entire process. Dr.Mungcal, Lali and the entire staff make a great team!! Thank you Downtown Dental!!
Amazing staff, efficient, professional, and all around incredible! We love the technology they have right in their office making our appointments time effective. Dr. Mungcal and his crew are amazing!
The staff is very knowledgeable and professional. My experience here is always great! Couldn't be happier
I have been going to downtown dental for years and I just can't recommend them enough. Priyam and Sussie are extra amazing, as is the entire team there!
Absolutely amazing experience at Downtown Dental! The staff is so kind and really welcome you in. Overall the dental care has been incredible and I highly, highly recommend coming here for any dental need.

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