|Dr Andrew Shi pictured with the legendary dean of the Pacific School of Dentistry, Dr Arthur A Dugoni, at the White Coat Ceremony in July 2005.|
Andrew B. Shi - DDS MBA
Dr Andrew Shi grew up near Thousand Oaks California and graduated Cum Laude from UCLA. While an undergraduate at UCLA, he worked for 2 years at the UCLA School of Dentistry as a researcher and is a coauthor of a scientific research article which has been published in the American Journal of Periodontology.
Dr Shi received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the prestigious University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, where he graduated with honors in the top 20% of his class and had also been the recipient of a $45,000 academic scholarship. Since dental school Dr Shi has worked at a number of dental offices as the managing dentist and served on the Peer Review Committee of one of the leading dental companies in California.
Dr Shi also holds a Health Care Executive Master of Business Administration degree from UC Irvine, where he graduated in the top 12% of his class and received both the Dean’s Scholar Award as well as the Most Innovative Thinker award. Currently, Dr Shi serves as the Dental Consultant for a Medicare Advantage insurance plan handling case reviews and strategy for its dental programs. Dr Shi has lived in Irvine since 2008; he's married and has a toddler son. In his time off he enjoys traveling via cruise vacations, playing Texas Hold'Em Poker, and watching college football. Go Bruins!
Dr Shi prides himself on his scientific and pragmatic approach to dentistry. He likes to present reasonable treatment options to his patients tailored to their individual dental needs. His patients have described him as compassionate and even-keeled. He enjoys complex and major restorative dentistry including root canals, crowns & bridges, and dental implants. He believes in letting his personal and professional Values serve as the foundation of his dental practice and professional career. To that end he founded IQ Dental Group: a dental practice based foremost on the Values of Integrity and Quality, but also Affordability and Simplicity. Dr Shi is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and Orange County Dental Society.
Esmeralda Nava - Front Office / Insurance Coordinator
Esmeralda has been working in the dental field for over eights years. She loves greeting and interacting with patients. She strives to create a warm, comfortable environment for out patients. Esmeralda loves getting to talk to them and getting to know them on a personal level. She has served many years as a dental insurance specialist, benefits coordinator, and financial planner to make treatment more affordable for patients. Esmeralda was born and raised in Orange County. She has one daughter whom means the world to her, and on her days off they enjoy walks on the beach. movies, and board games together.
Rose Afridi - Front Office / RDA
Rose is the front office manager as well as a RDA (registered dental assistant) with years of experience and has all the certifications possible to make your visit as pleasant as possible. She is the person in charge for keeping the office running smoothly by sending the billing, checking up on insurance and scheduling patients. Coming from The Netherlands she speaks Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and of course English in order to communicate with patients from all over. (She is currently studying abroad in Japan and working on her Japanese!)
“I love getting to know all our patients and I want you to be as comfortable as possible at our dental office. We are here to help you! Therefore, if you have any questions at all, or just want to chit chat, I am your girl! I believe that at IQ Dental Group our emphasis is on the patient's comfort as well as keeping up-to-date with the latest advancements in dentistry which enables us to provide patients with the best quality of care in the field. We strive to provide our patients with the best in dental technology, treatment options, and patient comfort. Since I have started to work with Dr. Shi and the rest of our amazing team, I have truly enjoyed myself and consider this a career rather than just a job. Serving our patients brings me a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment at the end of the day. It is my pleasure to address all your questions and concerns to the best of my ability. Hope to see you all soon!"
Emily Liang - RDA
Emily will be the person that will be assisting Dr. Shi in the back. She enjoys interacting with each and every patient who walks through the door, and is especially good at making them feel comfortable when they arrive for their appointment. Emily has worked in the dental field as a dental assistant for a long time and is experienced in assisting with implants, crowns, cleanings, bridges, root canals and all other procedures. She is multi-lingual and would love to assist our patients anyway possible.
In her free time she enjoys watching movies, gardening and spending time with her friends and family.
Roberto Calva - RDA
Roberto has over a dozen years’ worth of experience as a registered dental assistant and has worked closely with Dr Shi at a previous office for more than 2 years. Roberto is used to being the doctor’s right hand man and can almost telepathically anticipate all the instruments and equipment doctor Shi needs for a procedure. Roberto has excellent clinical skills as well as chairside manners, and has extensive experience assisting in many advanced procedures such as root canals and implants. Roberto is also extremely skilled at making excellent temporary crowns. However, the thing that impresses Dr Shi the most about Roberto is his ability to snack on raw jalapeños straight up! He always offers to share his spicy “candy treats” during lunch time…the doctor invariably declines!
Rubi Lescano - RDA
Rubi loves interacting with patients and making them feel comfortable and relaxed. She's been working in the dental field for a long time assisting with root canals, crowns, implants, and other procedures. Rubi speaks fluent Spanish. In her free time, she loves to watch movies, read books, and spend time with her daughter and husband.