Susan Altman, RDH – I received my training in dental hygiene at Monroe Community College, The Eastman Dental Center and the University of Southern California. I am licensed to practice dental hygiene in New York State and California. I take classes at USC, UCLA and the Los Angeles Dental Society. I also belong to a study group which meets often; we discuss the latest innovations in dentistry. I always strive to provide my patients with superior care, helping them keep their bite bright.
I joined Dr. Zweig’s staff in 1986, and I happy to work with both him and Dr. Schwartzman. I feel lucky to work with two very talented dentists, they make a great team.
In my spare time you will usually find me in my garden or cooking up a feast in my kitchen.
Risa Regalado, RDH – Hi! My name is Risa Regalado. I was born and raised in Laguna Niguel, California, and am the youngest of three siblings. I have always been drawn to the lovely weather that California has to offer, so it was only natural that I attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where I received my first Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences. My affinity for the dental field began here as I worked part-time as a dental assistant at a pediatric dental office while in college.
After graduation, I moved to Westwood, California, where I continued my dental career assisting at a periodontal office in the Pacific Palisades while I awaited acceptance into the dental hygiene program at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC.
During my years at USC, I served as the American Dental Education Association Representative and was the Treasurer for the Student American Dental Hygiene Association (SADHA). Representing USC, I competed on a national level at the SADHA Research Competition, and placed 2nd among dental hygiene programs across the entire U.S. I was recognized on the Dean’s List every semester and graduated at the top of my class. I was also awarded the Violet Bonney Endowed Scholarship Award and, after graduation, was recruited by the USC DDS program to instruct first-year dental students on clinical instrumentation.
I have been with Dr. Zweig and Dr. Schwartzman since 2011 and my patients will be the first to tell you just how much I am dedicated to them.
I recently married my husband in August 2015 in the beautiful Mission of Santa Barbara and in my free time, I enjoy taking our dog, Kai, to the park and traveling with my husband, especially to Hawaii.
Pamela Briglio, RDH – Hi, my name is Pamela Briglio and I’m a Registered Dental Hygienist, here, at Zweig Schwartzman Prosthodontics. I graduated in 1983 from West Los Angeles College Dental Hygiene program. I am a proud mother of three amazing young men. I also spent many happy years as a competitive equestrian.
I am pleased to be part of the amazing staff here, at our practice.
Each individual is very knowledgeable in their field and are highly caring and compassionate. I am fortunate to have had some of the same patients for as long as 30 years. It’s like having a second family–my “dental family”.
Ralitsa (Rali) Nedelcheva, RDH – I was born and raised in a small town in Bulgaria. After graduating from High School I decided to move to the United States for College. I attended Moorpark College as well as CSUN for my undergraduate studies. In 2013 I Graduated with Honors from West Los Angeles College with a Degree In Dental Hygiene.
My interest and inspiration in the dental field began at an early age. When I was 11 years old I had braces put on for about 3 years. My orthodontist, Dr. Djurkova, back in Bulgaria was incredible. She was sweet, gentle, caring and very intelligent. A few years later I knew I wanted to work in the dental field, so I started volunteering at a local dental office while taking my general education classes. With some observation and research I came across Dental Hygiene. Accomplishing that was not easy but completely worth it.
I love being a hygienist, every minute of it, from my first patient on Monday morning to the last patient on Friday. At Zweig and Schwartzman Prosthodontics we strive to address out patient’s questions and concerns in the best way possible. Working with Dr. Zweig and Dr. Schwartzman has been a great experience. Both are very knowledgeable and professional. Our office is like a puzzle – many parts – from the front office personnel ,the back office assistants to the hygienist and the dentists, that all work and fit together in to provide our patients with excellent oral health.
Maria Nocum, RDA – I have been a dental assistant for almost 10 years and I have been working for Dr. Zweig since 2008 (Dr Schwartzman came into the picture in 2011). My background in the medical and dental field is nothing short of amazing. I attended two years of nursing school at Sacred Heart College in the Philippines, and completed my Dental Assisting program in 2006 at American Career College.
I love being an assistant because I am known for my passion in trying to making my patient’s experience the most pleasant ever. I try to maintain a soft and calm demeanor to provide the utmost service for my doctor and our patients.
In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors and exploring new places. I also enjoy snowboarding, swimming, and attending concerts. My favorite music artists are Lana del Rey, John Legend, and Florence and the Machine. I also like watching TV shows such as “The Walking Dead”, “Game of Thrones”, and “Awkward.”
Janine Johnson, DA – My name is Janine Johnson (JJ). Growing up, I always loved the medical field and also enjoyed working with children. After working with kids for many years, I decided to learn dental assisting. I went to United Educational Institute in Van Nuys and graduated in 2009. I am starting the process of becoming a Registered Dental Assistant within the year.
I initially worked at a private office in Burbank then worked at Western Dental before joining the staff at Zweig and Schwartzman Prosthodontics. Every day I learn something new and I love being in an environment where I continually get challenged. I am looking forward to continue growing and seeing where the dental field takes me.
In my free time, I enjoy going to the gym and running in 5ks, 10ks, and half marathons. My goal is to run the L.A. Marathon someday. I love being an Aunt to my Nephew Aidan and spending as much quality time as I can with him. I am a huge dog lover and have 4 dogs and 1 chicken. I am lucky to have a cabin in Big Bear and go up there a few times a year with my family for a little getaway. Summer is always best up there because we rent a pontoon boat for the day and hang out on the lake with the dogs.
Stephanie Alfaro – Since graduating high school, I’ve had nine years’ experience in the dental field. I’ve always enjoyed working in the health care industry. I attended Provo College in Provo, Utah where I studied and majored in Executive Administration and Business Management. In 2011 I had the opportunity to move back to Southern California and work with Dr. Zweig and Schwartzman as the Office Administrator. It has been a great time working with these amazing doctors and an outstanding and caring staff.
I’ve always loved the outdoors and music has always been a passion of mine and my family. Growing up in Southern California and Utah has brought me many opportunities to enjoy life. I’m a very social person and love to laugh and make others laugh!
Maral Mahloji – With over 11 years experience in the dental field, my passion has always been dentistry. I graduated in 2005 from California State University of Northridge with a Bachelor’s degree in biology. I was a dental assistant for 6 years, and have worked in numerous specialties of dentistry including general dentistry, oral surgery, periodontics, and pediatric dentistry. Since 2011, I have been privileged to work as the hygiene coordinator with Dr. Zweig, Dr. Schwartzman, and all their amazing staff.
I have been married to my wonderful husband since 2011 and we share a beautiful life together. My hobbies and passions include baking, cooking, gardening, painting, and swimming. Prior to my start in the dental field, I was a certified lifeguard and swim instructor. Throughout my life, I have always enjoyed working with and helping people.
Zully Benitez – Since graduating high school in 2008, I’ve always had a passion for working and for helping people. Growing up with little siblings helped me see what I can do for others. I have been working for Dr. Zweig and Dr. Schwartzman since 2014. Working here has helped better expand my customer service skills, and get more knowledge behind the scenes on what it takes to take care of people’s needs and how to properly help patients.
I also work part-time for my family business doing billing and scheduling. I love music, cooking and fashion. I enjoy spending time with my little brother and sister. Teaching them good moral values and helping them with projects and homework. I try to be the best big sister I can be.