Our People

Meet Your Doctors

  • J. Shahangian DDS, MS
    J. Shahangian DDS, MS Pediatric Dentist

    Dr. J. grew up in San Diego and went to Rancho Bernardo High School, where he played soccer for the Broncos.  He earned an honors degree in Molecular Cell Biology at UC Berkeley, then he attended UCLA for dental school.  There, he served as Student Body President and was recognized by the Dean’s Leadership Institute. Subsequent to earning his D.D.S. from UCLA, Dr. J completed 3 years of specialty training at the University of North Carolina. At UNC, Dr. J served as Chief Resident and won national recognition for his research on hereditary dental disorders.

    Dr. J is on faculty with the UCLA Department of Pediatric Dentistry and is on staff with San Diego’s Rady Children’s Hospital.  He has established his private practice in his hometown to serve San Diego families.  He is also a proud father of two girls and loves spending time with his family. To keep in touch with Dr. J, you can follow him on Twitter @ScrippsPD, check out “Dr. J’s Blog” or Facebook

  • Shauna Woody, DDS
    Shauna Woody, DDS Pediatric Dentist

    Dr. Shauna grew up in the Mountaineer State of West Virginia. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology as well as her Master’s Degree in Medical Sciences (focusing on oral health) at the Boston University. She worked as a researcher for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in the department of Molecular Microbiology at Tufts University. After writing her thesis on the causes of Early Childhood Caries, Dr. Shauna was accepted to the University of California, San Francisco. While earning her dental degree at UCSF, Dr. Shauna realized that her true passion was caries prevention and education for children and teens which prompted her to specialize in pediatric dentistry. This led her to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia where she completed her Pediatric Dental Medicine residency.

    She is excited to be part of the Brush n Brace team. When she is not working, she can be found hiking, cycling, snowboarding & exploring new restaurants with her husband.

  • Cynthia Jackson, DDS
    Cynthia Jackson, DDS Orthodontist

    Dr. Cindi is an Ohio native who has been practicing orthodontics for more than 25 years, with over 20 of those serving the residents of San Diego County. She received her dental degree from the prestigious Ohio State University School of Dentistry and went on to the University of Louisville for her advanced training in orthodontics. Dr. Cindi has been recognized for her research and publications in oral health and orthodontics. She has also held multiple leadership roles in local, state, and national orthodontic and dental associations. She has served on the Board of the San Diego County Dental Society and the San Diego Academy of Orthodontists. Her gentle demeanor, extensive experience, and advanced continuing education make her an amazing provider at Brush n Brace.

    When not working on perfecting her patients’ smiles, Dr. Cindi enjoys spending time with her two children and husband and the beautiful San Diego outdoors.

  • You can replace a lost phone, but lost teeth? They’re gone for good. Brush and eat right to keep them connected for life.

  • Smile, snap, post. Your 32 teeth will always fit into 140 characters.

  • Apples – they’re not just for iPhones. Snack on fruit and good-for-you foods to keep your smile fully charged.

  • Show a smile. It’s the ultimate you do you.

  • Want the ‘tooth?’ A healthy smile makes you beautiful!

  • Bothered by your braces? Brace yourself -- they’re temporary, but hard-wired to boost your look for life.

  • Teeth cleaning vs. cleaning your room – which is easier? Teeth cleaning -- duh. It only happens twice a year, and the dentist does all the work.

  • Snap an Instagram selfie. Show your stuff on Snapchat. Slide into a smile first -- it’s easy, not cheesy.

  • Dance like nobody is watching. Live like you mean it. Brush like the Tooth Fairy pays in Benjamins.

  • Down about visiting the dentist? Remember – it’s shorter than the SAT – and less painful.

  • Tooth be told, your smile makes you shine. Treat it like gold!

  • Starbucks, Coffee Bean and Peet’s – sip in moderation for a stain-free smile that can’t be beat!

  • You’re never fully dressed without a smile. So… don’t run around naked.

  • The best part about visiting the dentist? When you get your license, you can drive yourself to appointments!

  • Your smile – share it like a viral video. No Wi-Fi required.

  • Care for your teeth so you can keep them -- avoid FOMO because of your mouth.

  • Brushing – don’t brush it off. Do it twice a day the right way.

  • Everybody loves a bright smile, and that’s the tooth!

  • What’s the best way to brighten your selfie? Simply say cheese.

  • Smile -- it's the best kind of bling.

  • #happy #joy #life #youth #laughter #fun #glee #memories... #SMILE

  • Having a bad day? Smile -- Make your mood catch up to your face!

  • Wanna cure a bad day? Smile! It makes it harder for others to tell that deep down, they secretly annoy you.

  • Smile. It makes every Instagram selfie complete. No filter needed.

Brush n Brace’s Culture

The culture of Brush n Brace, is all about having fun!

Keeping inspiration levels high, we hold true our ideals of passion, integrity, and family.

Our mission is to improve the lives of future adults through the universal value of happiness and the life changing power of the smile.

We strive to provide the very best comprehensive and specialized oral and orthodontic healthcare for teens in a safe, friendly, and technologically advanced environment. We prioritize in promoting education, prevention and a healthy lifestyle for you!

Our office is designed with to help you feel at home respected in a secure atmosphere. We hope you find it as relaxing and fun as we do.

Meet Your Support Team

  • Mary
    Mary

    Mary is an experienced patient care coordinator. She joined our team a couple of years ago with a great deal of knowledge in orthodontic and family dentistry. Her strength and passion is in helping families understand their child’s oral health needs and making sure they can get whatever they need done with the highest standards. Mary enjoys gardening and as often as she buys flowers and plants, we think she has been offered a key to the local Home Depot store in case she needs to pick up an extra shovel after hours.  Next time you call and hear that lovely kind voice, it’s probably Mary, ready to help you.

  • Christina
    Christina

    Christina is not only a patient care coordinator but a Web & Graphic Designer. She is well-trained in front office administration and is also an insurance and account specialist, she will help you if you have any questions and concerns.   Did we mention she also computer savvy, upkeeps our website, and keeps our social media up to date. Christina enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. On the weekends, she can be found cooking and experimenting with different recipes from the various countries she has lived in. We can’t wait for you to be greeted by Christina as you walk in our office.

  • Shana
    Shana

    Shana is a wonderful patient care coordinator who has been in the dental field for 5 years. She has a great sense of humor and will help you to get your children scheduled smoothly and efficiently. She also is in charge of monitoring our orthodontic department. If there is anything that you need, just ask Shana, she’ll be there to help! Shana is a San Diego native and loves the outdoors whether it’s paddle boarding at the bay, snowboarding in Big Bear, riding bikes through Balboa Park, or just trying out new restaurants in Downtown.   She enjoys spending time with her friends, boyfriend and especially their pug.

  • Vahid
    Vahid

    Vahid is our office manager. He studied Information mangement at the University of Kyoto’s PhD program prior to entering the healthcare industry. Before the dental field, he managed a successful healthcare facility in San Diego. When asked about his 4 kids, he brags about having put 2 doctors, an engineer, and an attorney through school and hasn’t had to sell his left leg to pay for them. He currently has 3 grand-kids and loves it so much, he says he would’ve just skipped being a dad and would have opted for grand-kids the first time around ! We hope you’ll enjoy meeting Vahid when you visit our office.

  • Marissa
    Marissa

    Marissa is a Registered Dental Assistant and an amazing patient care coordinator. She is a San Diego native, a proud military spouse, and a mother of two gorgeous little girls. She has 3 years of experience in family dentistry and is now a dual trained pediatric assistant and patient care coordinator. Yup, she wears (at least) two hats at once. She’s a talented, intelligent young lady who can connect with any happy or nervous little patients to make them at ease before their dental visit. On her free time, you can find her spending time with her family and friends. Did we mention how awesome she is with kids? Really.

  • Moises
    Moises

    Moises is a very experienced Registered Pediatric Dental Assistant. He’s been in a pediatric specialty office since 2008. He has lightning speed when it comes to getting things done for your little child and has the funniest sense of humor around. He is also a real jewel when it comes to being a real life Handy Manny. There is not compressor too big, or instrument too small that he cant keep in tip top working shape. Moises is also a proud father to a (hopefully) future dentist named Junior. When not riding his bike, Moises enjoys following his favorite soccer team Real Madrid.

  • Teresa
    Teresa

    Teresa is a Registered Dental Assistant and has been working in the dental field for the past 9 years. She has always had a passion for working with children, and can relate and find just what each child needs. Theresa is a devoted wife and proud mother of 2 cute little girls. She enjoys spending time with her family, cookouts and amusement parks. Her family’s favorite place is Disney Land; they go there so often she’s thinking of making that her second home or perhaps just an annual pass. Teresa will make you feel right at home, and make your visit a happy and memorable occasion!

  • Rebecca
    Rebecca

    Rebecca is our newest member and is an awesome patient care coordinator. She is now dual trained and has been working in dentistry for 9 years, specializing in surgical work. She has a wonderful personality and will help you with any questions you may have. She has a teenage daughter and is very involved with the marching band at her school. You can find her volunteering for the San Diego Symphony.

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie

    Stephanie is a great patient care coordinator. She specializes in insurance and if you have any questions, she’s there to help. She has a most loving and caring aura about her and will make you feel at home when visiting our office. Stephanie’s happily married with 3 beautiful kids; 2 boys, 1 girl and a dog. She loves spending time with her family in the outdoors, spending a lot of time going to the beach and the parks,  camping is her latest pastime.

  • Vanessa
    Vanessa

    Vanessa is a Registered Dental Assistant with three years experience in pediatric dentistry. She has a warm and bubbly personality and will make you feel comfortable and at ease. She keeps the clinic running smoothly, if there’s anything that you need, just ask Vanessa! Born and raised in San Diego she is a proud mommy of a 7 year old boy. She loves going to the beach and spending time with her family. Let’s not forget she absolutely looooves eating, so she’s always looking and trying out new places to eat.