Meet Dr. Ryan Monti, your Valencia Family Dentist.
In My Words
People often ask me if I always knew I wanted to be a dentist. The answer is definitely no. I went to UCLA as an undergraduate to study Engineering. While I was there I was introduced to Physiology. Well, actually I picked Physiology as a major because my
girlfriend (who is now my wife, so it worked) was a Physiology major. In any event, I liked it so much that I decided to stay at UCLA and keep studying it in graduate school. After completing my Ph.D., we moved to Boston where I worked as a researcher and taught at Harvard. At this point, for a variety of reasons, I decided to copy my wife again (she is a Pediatric Dentist) and go to dental school.
What does any of that have to do with me being a good dentist? Well, if I have learned anything from all of that it is that nothing I do in the dental office is going to be the hardest thing I’ve ever done. That might bother some dentists to hear, but it’s true. Dentistry is not about teeth, dentistry is about people. Dentistry is about the connection between your teeth and the rest of you. Dentistry is, or at least should be, about providing care that improves your overall health and well-being in a way that that makes you comfortable.
That’s what I like about our office, Dr. Go and I both understand that the challenge of dentistry is to provide it in a way that makes you comfortable. A way that might even make you, shockingly, enjoy your visit to our Valencia dentist office.
The best way to accomplish those goals is to focus on you, our patient, and give you the time you deserve. For some people that means that we take the time to talk about the connections between oral health and systemic diseases like heart disease and diabetes. For other people it means taking the time to talk about anxiety and understand how we can make you more comfortable. For all of our patients it means taking the time to discuss what your needs are and how we are going to address them.
I am happily married to Amy Monti, and we have two children, one boy and one girl. Amy is also known as Dr. Monti – she has a pediatric dental practice in Canyon Country called Adventure Dental. I was born and raised in the Antelope Valley, and we moved to Santa Clarita shortly after moving back from Boston. I am a lifelong Dodgers fan, though I did develop a rooting interest in the Red Sox. You may also have noticed that I spent a little time at UCLA. Between us, Amy and I earned five degrees and spent seventeen years at UCLA, so to say we are rabid Bruins fans may still be a bit of an understatement.
|1991-1995||University of California,
Los Angeles, CA
B.S. Physiological Science
|2004-2005||UCLA School of Dentistry
Oral Biology and Medicine
|1995-2000||University of California,
Los Angeles, CA
Ph.D. Physiological Science
|2006-2007||Veteran’s Administration Hospital
General Practice Internship
|2001-2002||Harvard University, Boston, MADepartment of Biology, Lecturer||2007-2008||Private Practice
Simi Valley, CA
|2002-2006||University of California,
Los Angeles, CA
|2008-present||Foundation for Children’s Dental Health
Santa Clarita, CA