Meet Our

Team

Our Mission

Although no one really likes to go to the doctor or dentist, we strive to make your visits with us as comfortable and as pleasant as possible. We strongly believe that our patient’s comfort is an important part of quality dental care. Our mission is to treat every patient as if they are our only patient.

Our Doctors

Dentist San Diego | 6th Ave Periodontics

Dr. Roya Niakiani, D.M.D

Dr. Niakiani is a specialist in Periodontics with an emphasis on Implant Dentistry. Her practice specializes in progressive yet conservative treatment of gum disease, including cosmetic procedures to aesthetically enhance your smile and dental implants that can replace single or multiple missing teeth. She also diagnoses and treats oral pathology.

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. Jay Friedman

Dr. Jay R. Friedman, DDS

Dr. Friedman brings nearly 30 years’ experience to 6th Avenue Periodontics. He graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dentistry in 1982, and in 1984 received a qualification in Advanced Prosthodontics from the University of Southern California.

In 1994, Dr. Friedman was invited to join the faculty of the Misch International Implant Institute. In 2005, Dr. John Suzuki, a faculty member of the Misch Institute and Associate Dean of Temple University, asked Dr. Friedman to join the faculty of Temple. Dr. Friedman has, and continues to maintain positions at both institutions.

Dr. Friedman has worked and mentored in many private dental practices across the United States, and has placed and/or restored more than 10,000 implants. He is currently licensed in five (5) states: California, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas.

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Dr.Maria Mella, D.D.S

Dr. Maria Mella, completed her Doctor of Dental Medicine at Centro Escolar University in Manila Philippines in the year 1990. She took her International Program at Loma Linda University in the year 1996 and fellowship at the University of Washington in the year 1998. She has dedicated her practice for 19 years and counting with a focus on endodontics.

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.

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