After earning her D.M.D. in 1994 and performing a residency at the Veterans Administration hospital in Loma Linda, Dr. Niakiani completed three years of postdoctoral periodontic studies at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. There she gained extensive experience in guided tissue and bone regeneration, mucogingival periodontal plastic surgery, dental implants, osseous surgery and oral pathology. Before pursuing her education in dentistry and periodontics, Dr. Niakiani received a Bachelor of Science in biology and minor in psychology from the University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Mella is married to husband Joe and is blessed with four kids, Hailey, Daniel, Abigail and Nicholas. Dr. Mella’s family is growing, adding two more dogs, Binkie and Coco.