R. Craig Ford D.D.S. • 5300 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Woodland Hills, CA 91364 • 818.888.6302

Meet the Team

Our Administrators

Kathleen Meek, RDA This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Kathleen is a Registered Dental Assistant who has been with Dr. Ford since 2002. She started working with Dr. Ford as a chairside assistant and is now the Office Manager. She enjoys getting to know each patient and insuring quality care. Kathleen and her husband Jason have two daughters, Dani and Amanda. Dani is in the nursing program at CSUCI and Amanda plays softball at CSUSM while completing her degree in Kinesiology.
Lauren Lauren Newton

Lauren joined Dr. Ford’s team in 2006 and has been in the dental field since 1980.  She is married with two children, one girl and one boy.  She is also a native Californian. Lauren enjoys creating recipes from the food network, watching movies, traveling, sharing an annual Disneyland pass, and spending free time with family and friends.


Kelli Grenier

Kelli joined Dr. Ford in 2013. She has been in dentistry since she was 19 years old. She started out working for a Pediatric dental office where she stayed for the next 15 years. After that she began working for a General practice. She has been married to her best friend Danny for over 25 yrs.  Kelli enjoys spending her weekends with her husband, mother and dog's. She loves to work in the garden, clean the garage, watch movies and take long walks. Kelli is a homebody like her mother and grandmother. She loves to fix things like her grandfather taught her. She is most happy enjoying her time at home when she is not in the office.

Our Clinicians

Dana Dana Shields, RDA

Dana is a Registered Dental Assistant for over 25 years. She has been blessed to work with Dr. Ford since 2007. She loves to continue learning new technology and bringing it to you. Dana has a beautiful family including her husband Craig, sons Kyle and Trevor, and the loves of her life grand daughters Brooke and Haylee. When she is out of the office, Dana enjoys country music and the out doors.


Jackie Sanchez, RDAEF

Jackie is a Registered Dental Assistant with extended functions, RDAEF. She brings over 10 years of experience to our practice and joined our practice in 2011. Jackie enjoys educating patients on the new technologies that we have to offer. She loves to dance, excercize and to tae bo.

Jessica Herrera, RDA

Jessica is a Registered Dental Assistant and has been with the team since 2012. She was top of her class at Everest College and brings her charm and enthusiasm to the office. She enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and going to the movies.

Stephanie Daigre, RDA

Stephanie is a Registered Dental Assistant and has been a part of Team Ford since 2012. Stephanie is highly enthusiastic about patient care and quality; she enjoys educating the patient with helping them understand everything we do here at Dr. Ford's. She is always up for a challenge and likes learning the new technology dentistry has to offer. In her spare time, aside from going to school to further her education, she enjoys doing all outdoor activities along with working out at the gym.

Our Hygienists

Irene Irene Nydza, RDH AP This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

As a Registered Dental Hygienist, Irene has been a part of Dr. Ford's team for over 20 years and shares his philosophy of optimal care for all of his patients. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, her education began in achieving her Bachelor of Science degree and choosing to practice in a periodontal office that specialized in sedation dentistry. Upon relocating to Los Angeles in 1993 to further her career in dental hygiene, she completed her MS in Education so she could pursue her interest in teaching. Currently, she teaches advanced instrumentation to the senior dental hygiene students at Pasadena City College. Also, she is certified in periodontal laser treatment and holds an "Alternative Practice" dental hygiene license from the State of California to treat the special needs community. Irene is married and has a daughter, son, and a dog named Lola

Gloria Jacobson, RDH AP

Gloria is a Registered Dental Hygienist.  She graduated from USC in 1995.  She has been working for Dr. Ford since 2005.  Gloria enjoys educating and providing care to our patients. Gloria has her license to provide dental hygiene visits to patients who are homebound, in skilled nursing facilities and those with developmental disabilities. Gloria loves to travel.  She enjoys backpacking, hiking and excercise.  She enjoys photography, and is also an artist, painting plein aire and scenes she has visited in her travels.  She is married to Bill Sharpsteen, and has 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren.

Lisa Ford, RDH

Lisa is a Registered Dental Hygienist. She's been working for Dr Ford since 1995. She enjoys educating and providing quality care to our patients. She has two children, Taylor and Logan. In her free time she loves going the beach, camping or hanging out with family and friends. Lisa is married to Dr Ford's son Kevin.

Megadi Khodaverdian, RDH

Megadi graduated from the University of Southern California in 2006 receiving her Bachelor's of Science degree in Dental Hygiene and has been working with Dr. Ford ever since. She is inspired by all the positive feedback she receives from her patients and that helps her strive for excellence. She believes that by educating her patients, not only can she improve their oral hygiene but can make a difference in their overall health.

valentina Valentina Shahbabyan, RDH

Valentina is a Registered Dental Hygienist and has been working with Dr. Ford since 2011. She graduated from USC. Valentina and her husband have twin boys and a daughter they consider to be their precious princess. She enjoys shopping for purses and shoes, and traveling around the world. When she has free time she enjoys spending time reading books.

Elina Lyando, RDH

I graduated New York University’s Dental Hygiene program in 2001. Subsequently, also in 2001, I received a Registered Dental Hygiene Licensure in the state of California, which includes gum treatment procedures, nitrous oxide and CPR/BLS.

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. We take trips together around our beautiful country as well as overseas every chance we get.

I LOVE what I do! I like to attend a variety of continuing education courses multiple times a year, and continue to expand my skills by learning and implementing new techniques and advancements in dental hygiene to provide the best quality dental care available to all my patients.

Keep Smiling.