Our team at Taylor Pham DDS.
Dr. Taylor Pham, D.D.S.
Graduating in 1996 from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. She was recognized with Magna Cum Laude, an honorary award given to the top ten students of her class. She was awarded the "Excellence in Academic" Scholarship for her high achievements and respected by her peers.
"I have a passion for creating the perfect smile for my patients,whether it is straightening their teeth, restoring a single tooth or a full mouth reconstruction . Because I enjoy what I do, it is my goal to take the fear out of patients who are scared of the dentist and have not been to the dental office for years . Patients have appreciated my gentle touch, and the detailed that is put into their dental work . I would like to thank all my faithful patients for trusting me in part of their dental health."
Dr. Pham and her husband, Nam, have four children, Calvin, Will, Elie, and Frances. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, skiing, and planning for the next family vacation .
Dr. Karen Huffman, D.D.S.
Dr. Karen Huffman, a California native, received her undergraduate degree with honors from University of Nevada Reno. Following her undergraduate studies she attended USC School of Dentistry. While attending USC she was President of the USC Chapter of American Association of Women Dentists. She also participated in the Mobile Dental Clinic serving the dental needs of underprivileged children in Southern California. She also enjoyed working with Medically Compromised and Special Needs patients. Upon graduation she received the National Endodontic Award for top student in her class.
Dr. Huffman lives in Seal Beach with her husband Michael and has three children and two grandchildren. When not in the office she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, traveling and the outdoors.
Pamela Pham (Office Manager)
Pamela has been managing dental offices for 17 years. She has a B.A. in Accounting and Business Management, but to be fully knowledgeable in the dental field, she decided to obtain her Registered Dental Assistant license and maintains to keep it active with Continuing Education.
When in the office, you may find her multi-tasking from front office such as handling insurance matters, treatment planning, or in the back office assisting the doctor and taking X-rays. She is definitely a team player.
Angelic Gaitan (Treatment Coordinator)
A star employee! Graduated with honors from Bryman College since 1999 as a Certified Dental Assistant. Angelic’s love of interaction with the patients helped her advance from dental assistant to an exceptional Treatment Coordinator. She can answer all your questions pertaining to insurance benefits and assist in financing so that treatment isn’t delayed.
Being a dental-phobe herself, she understands how important it is to make patients feel relaxed from the moment you walk-in and assure that your visit was a pleasant as possible.
Ludivina Campos (Treatment Coordinator)
Ludivina is our insurance veteran. With over 30 years in the dental field, she knows all there is about procedures and benefits for PPO, HMO, Medi-Cal, and Union plans. She knows how to coordinate and maximize your benefits and take the confusion out of understanding your insurance. Ludi has worked for many large dental corporations throughout her career, but has called La Palma Dental her home in the last 11 years.
Dorinda Thomas (Hygienist)
Dorinda has known she wanted to be a Dental Hygienist from a young age. She graduated from Riverside City College in 2009 and has been practicing dental hygiene ever since.
She enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures and listening to people’s life stories. Dorinda also loves country music, going to concerts and loves Betty White.
Anthony Tran (Hygienist)
Anthony Tran is a native Southern Californian but went to Connecticut for 3 years for his studies. He attended University of Bridgeport with a scholarship, graduating with Cum Laude, Dean's list, President's list and was nominated for the Golden Curette. Graduating from the the top hygiene school in the world with his bachelor, Anthony continues practicing since 2008 with a strong belief in providing care with attentiveness, devotion, quality, and comfort.
During his spare time, Anthony likes to sleep in, find time to travel, and loves to eat. He also tries to work out as much as he can in order to accommodate his eating habits, but despises every moment of it.
Veronica Medina (Registered Dental Assistant)
Veronica has had special training in Oral Surgery, Orthodontics, Pedodontics, and Cosmetic Dentistry. Although she’s been an RDA since 1995, she continues to take courses and seminars to improve her skills to be the finest dental assistant. With Veronica, your dental care is in great hands.
Michelle Gomez (Certified Dental Assistant)
A top notch Dental Assistant, Michelle has been enjoying working with patients in the dental field for over 24 years. Completely knowledgeable in all aspects of dentistry, her experience has taught her to be compassionate and understanding to patient’s needs and comfort.
Her soft spoken voice and gentle attitude will put you at ease in the dental chair.
Yanet Perez (Receptionist/DA)
More than just our receptionist, Yanet has become our most reliable staff member! She makes our office run smoothly as she transitions her day between the front where she greets the patients and handle their charts and runs to the back to assist whenever the schedule gets hectic. A very demanding job done with a winning smile and delightful attitude.