Meet the Doctors at Rancho San Diego Dental

Leaders in the dental field

Our dentists are a unique team of experienced and respected doctors in their specific fields. They came together to provide first-class state-of-the-art dentistry to East San Diego County. From laser-assisted cleanings and deep cleanings from our well-trained and certified hygienists to complete full-mouth reconstruction using minimally invasive dental implant surgery, they can satisfy all your dental needs, effectively, efficiently and comfortably.

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Vahik Paul Meserkhani
Joel Henriod
Nathan Christensen
Dr. Meserkhani is a prosthodontist—a specialist skilled in the replacement of missing teeth and restoring natural teeth. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology, a certification awarded to less than 400 dentists in the United States. Dr. Meserkhani is renowned for his skill in full-mouth reconstruction. He lectures and teaches internationally. Dr. Henriod is a periodontist—a specialist that takes care of gum disease and dental implants. He was voted Top Dentist two years in a row by readers of Pasadena Magazine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and has completed considerable advanced research. He is a sought-after lecturer and teacher on periodontics and oral implantology. Dr. Christensen takes care of patients’ general dental needs and partners with Dr. Messerkhani in creating beautiful, natural smiles using cosmetic dentistry. One of Dr. Christensen’s post-graduate focuses has been root canal therapy to be able to save a tooth wherever possible. To this end, he practices biomimetic dentistry, the use of minimally invasive techniques to preserve the maximum amount of tooth structure.
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Vahik Paul Meserkhani, DDS, MSD, FAAID

meserkhani Meet the DoctorsDr. Vahik Meserkhani began practicing in Southern California in 1991 with an emphasis in Prosthodontics and Implant dentistry. In 2003 he joined Loma Linda University in order to further advance his knowledge in Prosthodontic and Implant Dentistry.

A prosthodontist is a dentist who has taken three additional years of post-graduate education specializing in the restoration of natural teeth and the replacement of missing teeth. Dr. Meserkhani focuses on dental restoration and full-mouth reconstructions, or full smile makeovers. He is well-known for his expert smile restoration and has been featured on Fox TV.

Dr. Meserkhani has been awarded a Diplomate from the American Board of Oral Implantology, the most important and difficult certification in oral implantology, a certification that has been awarded to only 400 dentists in the United States since 1969.
In addition, he is a faculty member of Zimmer Institute, of Esthetic Professionals and of Progressive Dentistry.

Dr. Meserkhani lectures both nationally and internationally on oral implantology, prosthodontics and collaborative dentistry.

He enjoys playing tennis, cycling, photography and traveling with his family.

Educational background:

  • Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1987
  • Master of Science Dentistry
  • Post graduate in oral implantology Medical College of Georgia
  • Surgical Fellowship in oral implantology Loma Linda University School of Dental Medicine 2003
  • Prosthodontics specialty Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
  • Post graduate in Esthetic Dentistry at UCLA


  • Diplomate American Board of Oral Implantology
  • Associate Fellow American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • Board eligible by American College of Prosthodontists
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association

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Joel Henriod DDS, MHS

henriod1 Meet the DoctorsDr. Henriod is a periodontist—a specialist who takes care of gum disease and dental implants.

Dr. Henriod received his DDS degree from the renowned UCLA School of Dentistry and was the Chief Resident during his Periodontic Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. Because periodontics is an ever changing field continual learning is a cornerstone of his dental practice.

He’s a Diplomate of the prestigious American Board of Periodontology. He was certified by them after passing a comprehensive and rigorous examination process covering all phases of gum disease and its treatment, including dental implants.

In addition to being board-certified in periodontics Dr. Henriod is certified in LANAP (laser periodontal surgery), a minimally invasive alternative to regular periodontal surgery (gum disease surgery) and he is certified in oral and IV sedation, as well.

He not only stays on top of the latest gum grafting techniques through continuing education, but he’s also an innovator in minimally invasive gum grafting. Respected by his peers as one of the top periodontists in the area, he teaches periodontists and other dentists about implant surgery, bone grafting techniques and minimally invasive gum grafting. From 2008 to 2012 he made presentations and gave over 80 lectures to dental clinicians around the country.

Dr. Henriod, who was voted Top Dentist two years in a row by readers of Pasadena Magazine, loves making mouths healthier through periodontal treatment and helping fearful patients realize that modern surgical dentistry is more comfortable and less invasive than ever. He is passionate about giving his patients the best care every time he sees them.

His hope is that each patient feels how much he cares about them and that he tries his very best to give them a smile that they can be proud of.

Dr. Henriod’s academic career was marked by excellence in achievement and by taking a leadership position throughout.

  • Doctor of Dental Surgery—UCLA School of Dentistry
  • Master of Health Science—Medical University of South Carolina
  • Residency in Periodontics—Medical University of South Carolina
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology


  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • California Society of Periodontists
  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • American Board of Periodontology
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • American Academy of Maxillofacial Radiology

Outside the Office
henriod family Meet the Doctors“I love living here in Southern California with my wife, three children, and our black lab named Clyde. We try to experience the great weather, museums, oceans and mountains in our backyard. I enjoy road biking, surfing, gardening, and hiking any mountain. What a great place to live and work!”

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Nathan Christensen

Dr. Nathan Christensen Meet the DoctorsDr. Nathan Christensen is an advocate of biomimetic dentistry (minimally invasive dentistry preserving maximum natural tooth structure) and has done extensive post- graduate work at UCLA in root canal treatment. His memberships include the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and Academy of LDS Dentists.

Dr. Christensen graduated from the Hermam Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC in 2012. During his educational period he achieved and partook in many activities, including serving as the USC Student Chapter President from 2010 to 2011 and making the Dean’s list Summer 2009, Fall 2010 and Spring, Summer and Fall 2011.

Dr. Christensen volunteers service at monthly clinics. He also volunteered at the International Clinic in Belize in April of 2011. For this, he was given a humanitarian award for service to the children of Southern California and Belize.


Dr. Christensen is a member of several local and national dental organizations including:

  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Academy of LDS Dentists
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