Suzanne Berger, D.D.S.
Dr. Berger is an incredible practitioner, a visionary, a scientist, and a leader, who is deeply loved and appreciated by her patients and her staff. Her goal is to inspire children and their families to achieve optimal dental heath, personal well-being and to become observant caretakers of our Ocean Planet.
As part of a US Air Force family, Dr. Berger grew up in Texas, Florida, Wyoming, Germany, Washington State and California. She received both her dental degree and pediatric specialty training from UCLA's School of Dentistry. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Before beginning private practice in Ventura County in 1983, she was Chief of Pediatric Dentistry at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco. She has also been a part-time Clinical Instructor in Pediatric Dentistry at UCLA, and chair of the California Dental Association's Council on Community Health. In 1996 she received the Camarillo Healthcare District's Apple of Excellence Award. She is a past president of the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry and the Santa Barbara-Ventura Country Dental Society.
“No one is more kind and generous than Dr. Suzi.” Known for her compassion, adventurous spirit and joie de vivre, she enjoys many outdoor activities that include mountain biking and surfing. Traveling is in her genes and she loves to SCUBA dive while exploring exotic destinations as well as our own Channel Islands. Dr. Suzi enjoys spending time with friends, classical music and making her own underwater videos.
This fabulous ocean adventure office is the fusion of her creativity, imagination and love.
Linda Lott, D.D.S.
Dr. Linda Lott was born and grew up in Chicago. After graduating from Francis W. Parker High School, she began her college education at Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, then transferred to Occidental College, Los Angeles. After completing her pre-dental requirements she received a five year American Fund for Dental Education Scholarship from the Kellogg Foundation. In 1974, she was the first African-American woman to graduate from the U.C.L.A. School of Dentistry. Dr. Lott earned her Specialty Certification in Pediatric Dentistry by completing her first year of residency at the Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School at the Martin Luther King County General Hospital of Los Angeles, and her second year at the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston. She has been on the teaching staff at both USC and UCLA and has served as an examiner for the California State Dental Licensing Board.
Dr. Lott possesses ageless beauty which she attributes not only to being a yoga practitioner, but to a holistic philosophy of natural living, healthy eating and inner balance. Engaging with children also keeps her happy and her energy high. She enjoys musical performances, Salsa dancing, and architectural tours, as well as exploring the customs and cultures of foreign countries. Recently, she visited Eastern Europe twice while one of her daughters was studying in Vienna, Austria. She felt part of Cinderella fairy tale in Vienna during Mozart’s 250th birthday celebration.
She loves her work and inspires both patients and parents to life’s possibilities. She has a very good command of the Spanish language and is a docent for Open Garden Days in Pasadena. Dr. Lott is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Los Angeles, and is the proud mother of three grown children - Shelby, Will, and Renee.
Ash Tirgari, D.D.S.
Dr. Ash Tirgari was raised in Palos Verdes and received his B.S. in Biology from UC San Diego. He received his dental degree from Columbia University in New York, and additionally completed a one year post-doc in general dentistry at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.
He practiced general dentistry in Orange County for 10 years before returning to the world of higher education for pediatric specialty training at Boston University's Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. During his pediatric residency, Dr. Ash provided comprehensive dental care for children with complex medical issues and special needs in a hospital setting.
Dr. Tirgari is a board certified diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a member of the American Dental Association, The Santa Barbara-Ventura County Dental Society and the Conejo Valley Academy of Dentistry. He participates in community outreach programs providing dental care to children in underserved communities in both Armenia and Ventura County. He is happy to have returned home to Southern California where in his free time he enjoys art and recently had his own paintings displayed at the Hud Gallery in Ventura and drew illustrations for a book entitled History of Music by Dr. William E. Doyle.