About Us

Our Mission

Welcome to Hopscotch Children’s General Dentistry in Concord, CA. Our mission is to provide excellent dental care to children in a fun, positive environment. Our brand new, modern office offers the most up-to-date technology and equipment that allow us to deliver the highest level of service to our young patients and their families. Our focus is on oral health education and preventative care to keep your kids’ smiles healthy and strong. We know that a child’s first dental experiences can shape a lifetime of oral health, and we are committed to helping your little one feel secure and happy at our office. We truly believe in treating our patients as members of our own family, with love and compassion.

Our Doctors


Dr. Yasmine Zaeni

Dentist

Dr. Zaeni grew up in Clayton and earned her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in Molecular and Cell Biology. At Cal she spent summers working with kids as a science teacher and camp counselor. Quickly she discovered both an affinity for healthcare sciences, and a love for working with children. In 2003, Dr. Zaeni completed a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with honors at UOP School of Dentistry. She graduated knowing she wanted to blend her two passions. For over 15 years she has dedicated her career to serving the dental needs of children throughout Northern California.

In her free time, Dr. Zaeni enjoys time outdoors, cycling, skiing and hiking with friends and family. She lives in the East Bay with her husband Tim, an Engineer and Navy Veteran, their toddler daughter Eve, and their Great Dane, Brutus. She looks forward to welcoming you to the Hopscotch Children’s Dentistry family.

Dr. Zaeni is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry and the Contra Costa Dental Society.


Dr. LaJuan Hall DDS MS

Dentist

Children are such precious gifts, and I feel lucky to use my skills in mentoring, empathy, patience, and knowledge in dental care just for them. My life as a pediatric dentist has allowed me to interact with children from toddlers to teenagers. I aim to help kids and guide families to achieve the best oral health for a lifetime.

I earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery and a Master of Science in Oral Biology from the University of California San Francisco. My dedication to patient care led me to an in-hospital pediatric dental residency program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. I was honored to serve as Chief Resident. The hospital-based residency prepared me for managing dental traumas, medical emergencies, and sedation dentistry.

On a professional level, I enjoy serving as a leader with local, state, and national organizations promoting and advocating for pediatric oral health. My professional affiliations include the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and three dental honors organizations. I am an active member of the National Association of Corporate Directors member, serving as Section Chair for the American College of Dentists and the Audit Chair of the California Dental Association Foundation. In recognition of my contributions to the dental profession, I am grateful to have received the UCSF Dental Alumni Medal of Honor in 2023.

In my spare time, I love spending time with my amazing 3-year-old granddaughter, who brightens my life and keeps me smiling. I am super excited to join the dynamic team at Hopscotch Children’s Dentistry, and I’m eager to meet all the unique patients and help them create their beautiful smiles.


Dr. Jasnena Mavi

Dentist

Dr. Jasnena Mavi is originally from Detroit, Michigan. After completing her B.S. from Michigan State University, she moved to California where she completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Southern California. As a general dentist, Dr. Mavi found her calling in pediatrics. She went on to complete her Pediatric residency at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

At the core of Dr. Mavi’s dental care philosophy is the importance of empowering her patients and their parents with the knowledge and tools to maintain their oral health. She does this while ensuring that patients are provided a safe and calm space to ease dental anxiety that may be present in young children.

Dr. Mavi is passionate about helping those in underserved communities locally and around the world. As an advocate for children in need of dental services, she has traveled to various countries such as Cambodia, Panama, Belize and the Philippines. She remains active in her efforts to help those affected by healthcare/dental inequality.

Dr. Mavi remains up to date with the latest advancements in pediatric dentistry through membership with the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, International Constorium Oral Ankylofrenulae Professionals, and the Contra Costa Dental Society.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves being outdoors and stays active through yoga, pilates, and hiking.


Dr. Stephanie Moniz

Dentist

Dr. Stephanie Moniz is a Bay Area native. She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara and earned a degree in Pharmacology, graduating with highest honors. While in Santa Barbara, Dr. Stephanie volunteered in outreach programs to educate grade school children in the concepts of chemistry, and spent time with homeless families living in a transition house.

With an interest in science, healthcare, and working with people, Dr. Stephanie decided to enter the field of dentistry. She graduated from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, earning awards and honors. She was able to combine her dentistry skills with her love of kids by pursuing a specialty certificate in pediatric dentistry. She trained at the highly regarded Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. In addition to learning pediatric dentistry in Milwaukee, she learned about Packer’s football, cheese curds and Fish Fry Fridays!

Dr. Stephanie has worked with both healthy and medically compromised children in private office, clinic and operating room settings. In addition, she worked many yearsas Assistant Professor at the University of Pacific School of Dentistry in the Pediatric Dental Clinic and Virtual Dental Home Project.

Dr. Stephanie is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and is an active member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, California Dental Association and California Society of Pediatric Dentists.

Dr. Stephanie is excited to form lasting relationships with her patients and their families. She is passionate about providing dental care in a nurturing environment and educating families about the prevention of dental decay.

Along with her husband, two daughters and dog, Dr. Stephanie enjoys being outdoors walking or playing at the beach. In her freetime, she likes to garden, practice pilates, and wants to learn to paint!


Dr. Kritika Carrazana

Dentist

Dr. Kritika moved to California after living all across North America. She grew up in Florida and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in Biology. In 2015, she completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in Kansas City, MO. After dental school, Dr. Kritika went on to pursue an AEGD (Advanced Education in General Dentistry) certificate followed by working as a general dentist for two years.

In her time as a general dentist, Dr. Kritika realized her love of working with children. She went on to pursue a pediatric dental internship and residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. During her time in Cleveland, Dr. Kritika was able to work in a hospital setting gaining extensive experience in treating children with complex health needs, special needs, and using different behavior management techniques, including pharmacological methods.

Dr. Kritika is happy to join the team at Hopscotch Children’s Dentistry, helping to make your child smile.

Outside of the dental office, Dr. Kritika enjoys working out, yoga, rock climbing, finding new local restaurants, and spending time with her family.

Dr. Kritika is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.


Dr. Andrew Lam

Dentist

Dr. Lam recently returned to California after living all across North America. Dr. Lam earned his dental degree from Roseman University of Health Sciences in South Jordan, Utah in 2015. He then traveled all the way to the frozen landscape of Bangor, Maine to complete a rigorous General Practice Residency (GPR) at Penobscot Community Health Center. Upon completion of his GPR program, Dr. Lam had extensive experience working with children and patients with special needs.

He has had the opportunity to work in underprivileged communities, and in mobile clinics to help reach underserved populations and culminated in being promoted to a supervising dentist in a pediatric office in Lancaster, CA. He revels in the opportunity to introduce children to dentistry by striving to make their experience fun, welcoming and friendly. He always aims to make the experience as positive as possible. To Dr. Lam, there is nothing more rewarding than developing a lasting relationship with his patients, based on gentle and compassionate care. During each and every visit, Dr. Lam takes time to interact with each child.

While not working, Dr. Lam loves spending time with his family and friends. He is an avid snowboarder having logged more than 100 days during one of his seasons. During his stay in Maine, he completed his first running event ever in the Mount Desert Island Marathon. He also enjoys hiking, photography, traveling, and reading books whenever possible.


Dr. Reshma Jawale

Dentist

Dr Reshma Jawale, "Dr. J", grew up in India and knew early on that she wanted to pursue dentistry. She earned her Bachelors of Dental Surgery (BDS) and Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) there and then moved to Australia in 1993. In Australia she joined the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne and became an honorary faculty member. She very much enjoyed teaching dentistry and working with the underprivileged in the community.

Dr Jawale then moved to California with her husband and two kids in 2006. Since then she has been practicing pediatric dentistry in the East Bay. Dr Jawale loves working with children and is passionate about providing high quality dental care with patience and kindness.

Dr Jawale is a member of American Dental Association, California Dental Association and a member of Contra Costa Dental society.

Outside work she enjoys reading, going to movies and exploring different cuisine with family.


Dr. Navid Mehdipour

Dentist

Dr. Navid comes from a family of dentists. He has more than 20 years of experience treating the most challenging oral conditions with the highest level of quality and comfort for patients. He first obtained his dental degree from Tehran University in 2000. He further advanced his studies at the at A.T. Still University School of Dentistry in Arizona, where he earned both his Doctor of Dental Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees.

Doctor Navid loves caring for kids and aims to help children feel comfortable during their visits with a calm and kind demeanor. He is excited to join the Hopscotch Team and provide wonderful care to our valued community.

Laura Pineda

Office Manager

Laura was born and raised in the east bay and there’s nothing she enjoys more than working with local children and families. She especially loves when kids show her the teeth they’ve lost and share how brave they were at the dentist. Laura has extensive experience working in both the pediatric dentistry field and in elementary education. She is a proud wife and mother of two beautiful, happy, and amazing kids. She and her family enjoy fishing, sightseeing, museums, and road trips.

Our Clinical Staff


Marlon Dimalanta

Registered Dental Assistant/Registered Orthodontic Assistant

Biography coming soon!

Leticia Johnson

Registered Dental Assistant

I've always loved working with kids because I learn so much from them. I try to take a personal interest in each child I see, remember things we talked about and helping them feel special. In my free time I enjoy camping, watching my son play soccer and my daughter playing softball.

Evelyn Rangel

Registered Dental Assistant

Biography coming soon!

Jessica Rosemont

Registered Dental Assistant

Biography coming soon!

Amanda Tran

Registered Dental Assistant

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Ana Alfaro

Registered Dental Assistant

Biography coming soon!

Kyshandra Parker

Registered Dental Assistant

Biography coming soon!

Vanessa Ramirez Soria

Registered Dental Assistant

Biography coming soon!

Danica Micael

Registered Dental Assistant

Biography coming soon!

Our Administrative Staff


Victoria Diaz

Administrative Staff

Biography coming soon!

Ana Vang

Administrative Staff

Biography coming soon!

Our Office

We know you and your kids will love coming to visit!

Our newly built, modern office was designed with your family’s comfort, safety and enjoyment in mind.

  • For parents we offer a cafe station and complimentary wifi.
  • Our office is equipped with gaming systems, movies and toys for all ages. Each patient chair has it’s own TV, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video to keep kids entertained during their visits.
  • Our open floor plan is great for parents with multiple children so the whole family can feel at ease during their dental visits.
  • We offer digital x-rays that emit the lowest possible radiation, as well as being more environmentally friendly by eliminating chemicals and waste.
  • We also employ the most modern water purification and testing systems (Steristil Central Water Treatment) to greatly reduce the risk of bacterial contamination from water lines.
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