People often ask Dr. Monti if he always knew he wanted to be a dentist. The answer is definitely no. He went to UCLA as an undergraduate to study engineering. While he was there, he was introduced to physiology. Well, actually, he picked physiology as a major because his girlfriend (who is now his wife, so it worked) was a physiology major.
In any event, Dr. Monti liked it so much that he decided to stay at UCLA and keep studying it in graduate school. After completing his Ph.D., they both moved to Boston, where he worked as a researcher and taught at Harvard.
At this point, for a variety of reasons, he decided to copy his wife again (she is a pediatric dentist) and go to dental school!
What does any of that have to do with him being a good dentist? Well, if he has learned anything from all of that, it is that nothing he does in the dental office is going to be the hardest thing he’s 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 wellbeing in a way that makes you comfortable.
That’s what Dr. Monti likes about our office. He and Dr. Go 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 dentist office in Valencia.
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.
About Dr. Monti
He is happily married to Amy Monti, and they have two children — one boy and one girl. Amy is also known as Dr. Monti because she has a pediatric dental practice in Canyon Country called Adventure Dental. Dr. Ryan Monti was born and raised in the Antelope Valley, and they moved to Santa Clarita shortly after moving back from Boston. He is a lifelong Dodgers fan; though he did develop a rooting interest in the Red Sox.
You may also have noticed that he spent a little time at UCLA. Between them both, he and Amy earned 5 degrees and spent 17 years at UCLA; so to say they are rabid Bruins fans may still be a bit of an understatement