About Our Practice


The art and science of creating beautiful, natural smiles.

At the Anacapa Dental Art Institute, our friendly & professional staff will take good care of you. You’ll feel comfortable and relaxed in our offices.

The Anacapa Dental Art Institute was established by Dr. Saj Jivraj in 1996 to provide the highest quality in esthetic and restorative dental care. Dr. Jivraj is proficient, gentle and caring and will provide quality work while making you comfortable and at ease.

Dr. Jivraj is a dentist specializing in prosthodontics, the branch of dentistry dedicated to the highest care in the restoration and replacement of teeth.

Mamaly Reshad is a Prosthodontist and the former Chairman for Fixed Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

A survey of our patients gave us a 100% satisfaction rating and that is the standard we always aim for.

Meet the Doctors

  • Dr. Saj Jivraj

    Dr. Saj Jivraj completed his dental degree at the University of Manchester in England and his advanced prosthodontic training at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California. He is the former Chairman Section of Fixed Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry at University of Southern California School of Dentistry.

    Dr Jivraj has published numerous articles on esthetic and implant dentistry in peer reviewed journals, and has presented on aspects of Implant dentistry and advanced prosthodontic procedures both nationally and internationally.

    He is co-author of the textbook “Treatment Planning in Implant Dentistry,” published by the British Dental Association. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry and is Associate Clinical Editor for Dental Teamwork magazine.

    He currently holds a Faculty Position as an Associate Clinical Professor at the USC School of Dentistry, clinical teacher at the Eastman Dental institute in London and is on the Board of Directors for the British Academy of Restorative Dentistry.

    He maintains a private practice limited to prosthodontics and implant dentistry in Oxnard and Woodland Hills, California.

  • Dr. Mamaly Reshad

    He has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals on various topics related to prosthodontics, implant dentistry and aesthetic dentistry. He maintains a private practice limited to prosthodontics in Woodland Hills.

    Mamaly Reshad is a prosthodontist and the former Chairman for Fixed Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He qualified as a dentist in 1993 from King’s College London. He completed his master’s in Conservative Dentistry with Distinction at the Eastman Dental Institute. He has also completed a three year full-time specialist training in advanced prosthodontics at University of Southern California School of Dentistry.

    He is licensed to practice in California as well as the UK and practiced as a specialist in prosthodontics at the University of Southern California faculty practice.

    He has published in and is on numerous peer-reviewed journals and textbooks on various topics related to prosthodontics, aesthetics, and implant dentistry. Dr. Reshad is on the editorial board for the highly prestigious Journal of Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry. He is an honorary clinical teacher at the Eastman Dental Institute and a member of the faculty of the Global Institute for Dental Education.

  • Dr. Tapp

    Dr. Christine Tapp has been providing outstanding dental care to patients in Ventura County for the past decade. She earned her Doctorate from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in 2004. As a student, she excelled in clinical course work and was honored to educate other students about dentistry. She provides optimal care to each and every patient through ongoing dental training. Patient comfort and life-long health and beauty are among her focuses.

    Dr. Tapp is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association and the Santa Barbara Ventura County Dental Society. She has been invited to participate on the society’s peer review board. As a student, she donated her time and skills treating children of migrant farm workers. She has since volunteered at free clinics which address the needs of the homeless community. She stays current on the latest dental techniques by taking courses on topics including implants, oral pathology and dental ethics.

    Dr. Tapp was born and raised in northeastern Pennsylvania where she attended DeSales University for her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. She relocated to Southern California in 1997. She loves spending time with her husband and son. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga and being outdoors gardening or hiking.

Meet the Team

Experience total comfort in the hands of world-class dental care experts. You are our top priority at Anacapa Dental Art Institute. Feel relaxed from the moment you book your appointment—our friendly and accommodating staff makes sure to meet your every need. From our Scheduling Secretary to our Dental Hygienist, our staff knows how to make your visit pleasant. Meet Anacapa Dental Art Institute’s professional and talented team.
  • Amber Figueroa

    Amber attended a dental assisting course through the regional occupational program where she graduated with her x-ray license in June of 2007. She interned at Anacapa Dental Art Institute and is now serving in the Capacity Clinical Coordinator.

    Amber is currently attending Oxnard City College and is planning to complete a program in Dental Hygiene.

    Amber enjoys going to the beach, listening to music, cooking, playing softball and spending her spare time with her three brothers.

  • Elizabeth Heredia

    Elizabeth is the Scheduling Secretary for the office. She oversees the administrative aspects of the practice including scheduling appointments and filing insurances. She is likely the first person you will meet either on the phone or at the front desk. You will like her gentle and caring manner.

    Elizabeth has been in the dental field for three years, and specializes in insurance billing for our office.

    During her spare time, Elizabeth likes to shop and spend quality time with her family.

  • Darlene Herrera

    Darlene Herrera has enjoyed being a dental hygienist for the last 22 years. She enjoys her patients and helping them with their oral health. Outside of work Darlene likes to workout , walk her dogs and spend time with her husband Steve and her two girls Lauren and Darian.

  • Laura Morehead

    Laura attended a dental assisting course through the regional occupational program where she graduated with her x-ray license in 1988. She interned in an oral surgery office which turned into a full-time position. In 1989, Laura received her Oral Surgery Certificate. Laura was on staff at St Johns Hospital where she accompanied the doctors and assisted them with extensive surgery cases.

    In 1990, Laura moved to work in an orthodontic office where she received her Registered Dental Assistants License. Laura was Senior Assistant for 9 of the 12 years in orthodontics. Her responsibilities included coordinating treatment for patients as well as fabricating orthodontic appliances.

    After leaving orthodontics, Laura assisted in a general dental office until 2004 after which she took a couple of years off to spend quality time with her three daughters.

    Laura has been at Anacapa Dental Art Institute since 2006 where she is our Office Manager.

  • Maria Rivera

    My name is Maria. Had been a patient at Dr Jivraj’s office for many years, when the opportunity came up to work for him i took it immediately. I am responsible for Dr Jivraj’s public relations and customer service and more than likely i will be the one picking up the phone when you call.

  • Heather Poune, RDH

    Heather comes to the office with many years of experience. She is well-credentialed and has been in dentistry for over 10 years. She completed a dental assisting course at the Simi Valley Adult School and received her x-ray and coronal polishing license in 2000. She then interned and worked in a general dental office as an assistant while she attended the dental hygiene program at Oxnard College. After graduating dental hygiene with honors and while awaiting her license to practice, she enjoyed working briefly as an Oral Surgery Assistant.

    Heather was part of a spectacular hygiene class which ranked second in the nation with regards to national board scores and she has also been recognized by the California Dental Hygienists Association for excellent clinical skills.

    Heather is a caring and compassionate person who strives for excellence with her patients and performs her duties in an extremely gentle manner.

  • Laura Castellanos, RDH

    My name is Laura, I have been a Registered Dental Assistant for many years, I have worked at many places before but the experience with Dr. Jivraj has been truly inspirational. He is a true teacher and teaches me something everyday. I have learned more from him in the last 6 months than I have in the last 6 years. I love helping him with patients because i know they will be in very good hands

Staff Testimonials

  • My name is Liz. I’ve been with Dr. Jivraj for four years. Here in the office, we see children all the way to senior citizens. All our patients that come in, they leave very happy.


  • I’m Heather Stuart. I’m the dental hygienist here. I’ve been in this office for nine years, working with Dr. J for six or seven years — I don’t know exactly when it was that he came in.


  • My name is Laura. I’m the office manager here at Anacapa Dental. I’ve been with Dr. Jivraj for six and a half years now. I’ve been here seven.


  • I’m with Dr. Jivraj. He’s the man that you go to when you’ve been to every different doctor. He gets you to where you need to be. You’ll come in totally down and Dr. Jivraj just does a total reconstruction and turns the whole thing around for you.