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AboutCarpinteria Smiles

Carpinteria Smiles is a Carpinteria based family dentist practice that treats patients of all ages. We are committed to delivering the highest quality dental care and do so using advanced dental equipment. We are a cosmetic dentist that offers services like checkups, teeth cleaning, veneers and more.

We also perform emergency dentist services that include bonding, root canals, crowns, and bridges. As a local dentist, we create lifelong relationships with our patients and their families and work to ensure that they receive treatments in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Dr. Kimia Attar and our team invite you to schedule an appointment by calling 805-920-2141 and experience why our patients think Carpinteria Smiles is the best dentist in Carpinteria.

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Robert J. Berkenmeier, DDS

Dr. Robert Berkenmeier is a highly accomplished general dentist. In his life before dentistry, Dr. Bob majored in chemistry as a part-time student and chemist for a subsidiary of Mobil Oil, Standard T Chemical. Primarily engaged in the quality control of raw materials and finished products for the paint industry, he developed an understanding of the scientific process and the appreciation of well designed materials and their applications. These skills suited well his future in the dental field.

Upon graduating in 1984 from the Ostrow School of Dentistry of the University of Southern California, he was fortunate to immediately procure associateships in the offices of Scott Adishian, DDS, a U.S.C. Prosthodontic Specialist, and Dr. Cherilyn Sheets, DDS, a highly regarded and nationally recognized general dentist. In addition, he worked with Dexter Smith of U.S.C. performing dental materials research under the guidance of Dr. Terry Donovan. The influence of these remarkable mentors shaped his early career to one of recognition of and dedication to dental excellence.

After the birth of daughter Erin in 1986, Dr. Bob and wife, classmate Janice Sugiyama, DDS , began their practice in the classic California beach town of Carpinteria in August of 1987. Feeling a need to connect with the community he became a member of the Rotary Club of Carpinteria, which further reinforced commitment to high ethical standards and community service. His involvement with many civic and business organizations continue today including the Rotary Club of Carpinteria, now a member for 34 years. He was recognized as Carpinterian of the Year by the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce in 2007.

Professionally he is currently a member of the Santa Barbara-Ventura County Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and the American Dental Association. He served as Chairman of Peer Review for SBVCDS for 12 years.

"My hobby and primary duty for 18 years from 1986 until 2004 was to focus on our daughter.” She has since graduated from Santa Clara University in 2008 and is living in the Los Angeles. I have now rededicated myself to our dental practice and am defining and inventing a life committed to serving my patients and community for many years to come.

Veronica

Administrative Coordinator

Our Administrative Coordinator, Veronica, is a Carpinteria native and a graduate of Carpinteria High. We are proud that she is has been an important part of our practice since her parents brought her in as a patient when she was just a very young lady. Her employment was preceded by her two sisters both of whom have been employed at our practice over the years. We are fortunate to have both Veronica and Kathy, (see below), keeping our office friendly and efficient.

Marta

Registered Dental Hygienist

Marta joined our office in 2014. A graduate of Oxnard City College Dental Hygiene program, she is bilingual Spanish/English. Outside our office she is mom to two young sons. She is a Oxnard resident and braves the morning traffic as our Thursday Registered Dental Hygienist.

Alex

Registered Dental Hygienist

Alex is an Ojai native and received her dental hygiene degree from Oxnard City College. She is bilingual English/Spanish and is our Registered Dental Hygienist on Mondays and Wednesdays. She has a son and daughter and has been with our office since 2008.

Karen

Registered Dental Hygienist

Karen is an Ojai native and received her dental hygiene degree from Oxnard City College. She is married with two daughters and is our Registered Dental Hygienist every Tuesdays and every other Thursday. She has been in our office since 2008.

Joseph

Registered Dental Hygienist

Joe has been with us since 2019 although we first worked with him when he helped us as temporary hygienist over a decade ago. Joe is an Ojai resident and has one daughter who recently went off to college. As you can see from his photo, Joe is quite the outdoor enthusiast and an avid runner.

Kathy

Dental Assistant

Our Dental Assistant and Patient Coordinator, Kathy, is a native Carpinterian and a graduate of Carpinteria High School. Kathy began working with us while in high school and over the years came back to help during breaks from school. She has been with us full time since 2004 and has received additional training to assist us in the clinical area.

Kathy is bilingual in English and Spanish, (including complex dental terminology), and welcomes your questions and always advocates for your needs.