Kari L. Sakurai, DDS, boasts 25 years of dental experience serving the community of Santa Monica, California, at Pacific View Smile Center. She specializes in general and cosmetic dentistry, providing exceptional treatments for patients with complex dental conditions.
As an undergraduate, Dr. Sakurai studied biology at the University of California, Irvine, in Irvine, California, where she graduated with honors in 1985. She went on to earn her dental degree in 1989 from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry in Los Angeles, California. In 1991, she completed her residency in hospital dentistry at UCLA Medical Center, where she developed specialized skills in medical emergencies, sedation, CPR, and treating those who are medically compromised. She also trained extensively in aesthetic dentistry and learned special skills for working with patients with dental anxiety.
Dr. Sakurai has held numerous esteemed positions outside of her practice. She served as the director of operating room procedures at UCLA Dentistry’s Section of Hospital Dentistry and was the first dentist to serve on the organization’s heart and lung transplant team.
As a notable figure in her field, Dr. Sakurai has been invited to lend her expertise on many high profile television shows, including CBS’s “The Doctors” and KCAL9’s “Best of LA.” She’s also authored several clinical research papers.
Dr. Sakurai is dedicated to serving her community and spends time with many non-profit and charity organizations. She’s the former president of the Academy for Excellence in Dentistry, and has worked with the American Heart Association, the Give Back a Smile program, and UCLA’s cancer research organizations.
She looks forward to working with new patients and continuing her care of returning clients at Pacific View Smile Center.
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"Best best best dental care ever. No nonsense. State of the art. Professional. Excellent quality care."
'Dr. Sakurai is an amazing dentist! I drive all the way across town to see her -- my highest and most L.A. praise."
'Warm atmosphere and friendly staff. Dr. Sakurai also knows how to make it a pleasant experience for any person"
'I’ve looked for a good Dentist for a very long time and couldn’t be happier to find Dr. Sakurai."
"She is personable, uses the latest technology, and is always on time. Her office staff is great."
"Dr. Kari Sakurai is a brilliant, caring, and superlative artist of an extraordinary dentist, who is always fully up to speed with every advance in her profession."
"Dr. Sakurai is fantastic! She is one of the best practitioners in her field and genuinely cares about her patients and their wellbeing."
'Dr. Sakurai and her staff were, as always, friendly and professional. She explains what she is doing every step of the way, so I'm never surprised or worried."
"Dr Sakurai is warm and personable. She has excellent bedside manner and is a very skilled dentist. You will be in great hands with her."
"It’s very simple. Dr Sakurai is the best dentist you will ever find."
"Dr. Sakurai is so gentle and caring as well as being knowledgeable and up to date with all the latest information and treatments."