Meet our Dentists.
We're proud to have the best dentists in Monterey on staff. Learn more about our practitioners and staff below:
Mic Falkel, DDS
Dr. Falkel received his Bachelor's degree in 1984 from the University of Albany in New York, and his Dental degree in 1987 from the University of the Pacific. He completed a general practice residency at Wadsworth Veterans Administration Hospital in 1988. During 1988 and 1989, he was an associate in a general practice in Salinas. In 1989, he became a partner in the Monterey ...
Stephen J. Ikemiya, DDS
Dr. Ikemiya was born and raised in the Central Valley. He worked towards a degree in Zoology at Fresno State and then graduated from Northwestern University Dental School in 1990. In addition to all general dental procedures, his areas of specialty are TMD therapy, Esthetic dentistry, and Sleep Apnea therapy. He is a member of 6 study clubs in order to remain current in the ...
Ryan Lehr, DDS
Ryan Lehr, D.D.S., received his degree from Creighton University School of Dentistry. Dr. Lehr has clinical experience in diagnosis and treatment planning, preventative care, as well as restorative and prosthodontic dentistry. Dr. Lehr believes the responsibility of a dentist is to educate and guide patients so they can make their own decisions on oral health care. When reco...
Glenn Takenaga, DDS
Dr. Glenn Takenaga is originally from Southern California, but as of late resided in the Central Valley. However, missing the closeness of the beach that was once a part of his childhood, Monterey provides him an opportunity to once again live on the coast. Dr. Takenaga is a UCLA graduate with a Bachelor in biochemistry. He was on the UCLA gymnastics team. He obtained his DD...
Christina Bianco, DDS
Dr. Christina Bianco was born and raised in the Midwest suburbs of Chicago. She attended Northern Illinois University where she performed research in an immunology laboratory and received her Bachelor of Science in biology. She went on to receive her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Southern Illinois University. While there she met her husband Richard, and together they...
Ryan May, DDS
Dr. May is a highly talented prosthodontist who began his dental career while volunteering in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Following dental school, he was accepted into an intense 3 year prosthodontic specialty residency where he trained with world-renowned instructors on the most difficult and detailed aspects of restorative dentistry. As a perpetual learner, Dr. Ma...
Dr. James Stoddard
James Stoddard was born and raised in Monterey, California. After attending Monterey High School, he attended the University of California at Berkeley where he received two Bachelor's degrees in Human biology and Biochemistry. He then went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery from University of Southern California School of Dentistry in 2013. A recipient of the US A...
Stuart Osaki, DDS
Dr. Stuart Osaki received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1981 from the University of California at San Francisco Dental School. For over 35 years, he has provided care to patients in Monterey County and throughout his career, has participated in numerous dental study groups and continuing education programs to enrich his knowledge. He is a dedicated community volunt...
Emma Bhaskar, DDS
Born and raised in Monterey, Dr. Emma Bhaskar comes from a long line of dentists, including her grandfather, brother, and father, Dr. Philip Bhaskar, an oral surgeon serving the Peninsula for over 30 years. While her interest in dentistry began with her family roots, it was fostered at a young age through providing dental care to underserved communities abroad with the In...
About Our Group
The Monterey Peninsula Dental Group was formed in 1972 to provide comprehensive dental care at one convenient location. We've brought a group of general dentists together in one facility to better serve you, as the patient. For over 35 years the Monterey Peninsula community has entrusted us with their dental care. Here at the Monterey Peninsula Dental Group, your dental team maintains a high level of continuing education in order to provide your care utilizing the most modern dental techniques.
Our Mission Statement
Enhancing lives through optimal dental care.
Our mission statement isn't just a corporate footnote, it's something that each of our dentists and staff take very seriously. We understand the profound impact that good dentistry can have on someone's life and health. We take pride in providing quality dental care that help our patients show off their smiles with pride.
Meet our Dental Team
See what our happy patients are saying:
I so appreciate the service I receive when I go to Dr. Lehr's Office for my checkups. I think the practice as a whole is much improved by technology and process improvements.
I've been to a dozen different dentists all over the country. Every aspect of Dr Falkel's expertise and office flow is superior. I never feel hustled or up sold. Best value and care I could want. Can I give MORE than 5 stars?!! Well deserved.
I continue to receive excellent dental care and support from the dental group I have used for the past 36 years. I have had 2 dentists retire, and I now live an hour drive away, but I keep coming back for the superb dental care and advice.