Meet Our Team
With more than fifty years of combined clinical experience, Dr. Sukut and Dr. Karly are a formidable team! Their dental partnership is based on their shared love of dentistry and mutual respect for their individual strengths and their special bond as a father/daughter team is reflected throughout the office, which is naturally warm and family friendly. We are delighted to welcome our patients into the Sukut Dental family!
Dr. Albert E. Sukut has been practicing dentistry for over 44 years. In addition to earning his doctorate of dental surgery from Creighton University, Dr. Sukut has completed special graduate programs in orthodontia and a two-year program in surgical and restorative implants at Scripps Institute in La Jolla, California. Dr. Sukut also maintains an associate fellowship awarded by the World Clinical Laser and Imaging (WCLI) Institute for his education and daily treatment of patients using state of the art lasers that improve patient comfort and care. His wealth of knowledge and experience allows him to perform many surgical procedures, such as implant placement and wisdom tooth extraction, in the familiar and comfortable setting of our office.
All who know Dr. Sukut, know his passion for golf and all things sports. He loves to talk sports and has an energy that makes all those around him feel at ease. Dr. Sukut is sincerely committed to treating patients as he himself would like to be treated and is thrilled to a part of the life-changing benefits of comprehensive dentistry. His energetic personality and exceptional clinical skills make it truly fun to visit the dentist!
Dr. Karly Sukut-Neppl earned her doctoral degree from Creighton University in 2001, her Invisalign certification in 2002, completed two residencies at the Esthetic Professionals School in Advanced Occlusion and Advanced Esthetics and has completed extensive training in BioEsthetics. In addition, Dr. Karly has also been awarded a fellowship by the AGD the WCLI Institute is certified to deliver Botox™ to treat TMJ and migraine complaints and is a faculty club member at Spear Education which provides advanced training and hands-on workshops to keep her on the forefront of dentistry. The advanced clinical training that she has pursued allows her to deliver dentistry with exceptional form and function and her artistic eye is beautifully showcased in each cosmetic smile makeover.
Dr. Karly enjoys learning and educating others and her commitment is evidenced in everything that she does. Her warmth and attention to detail, coupled with the depth of her clinical skills, have profoundly affected the smiles and lives of many of our patients!
On a personal note, Dr. Karly met her husband Mike while in dental school in Omaha, Nebraska. They were married in 2001 and have three beautiful children. Like her dad she enjoys golf, especially with her family, hiking, entertaining friends, traveling and finding joy in every day. As a mother, she has a natural ease with our "little" patients and treats each one as if her own and welcomes them to the Sukut Dental Family.
When asked about working as a father-daughter team, both doctors' reply is enthusiastic. Dr. Karly is grateful for the years of wisdom and experience that she can glean from her father and Dr. Sukut feels blessed to work alongside his talented daughter. Dr. Sukut characterized it well when he said that "iron sharpens iron". The two seamlessly combine their skill, compassion, knowledge, and experience to deliver exceptional dental care for a lifetime of beautiful, healthy smiles.
Dr. Brooke Pancer, DMD, MS, FRCDC, DABP was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. She graduated with distinction and earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine from McGill University in 2011. She successfully completed a three-year residency program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and earned her Certificate in Periodontology and Master’s degree in 2014. Her published research focused on the role of anti-inflammatory agents on the immune response and periodontal bacteria. Dr. Pancer worked in private practice and was a clinical instructor in periodontology at the University of Toronto in Canada before relocating to Southern California.
Dr. Pancer is Board Certified by the American Board of Periodontology and is a fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.
She is involved in several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Periodontology, the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Harbor Dental Society, Orange County Dental Society, Canadian Dental Association, Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, and Ontario Dental Association. In addition to private practice, Dr. Pancer will begin teaching Periodontology at Loma Linda University in the spring.
Dr. Pancer enjoys spending time with her husband and 1-year old son, cooking, outdoor activities, traveling, and catching up with friends and family.
Sukut Dental has a highly qualified, expertly trained team to assist you in all aspects of your visit. From the hygienists and assistants to the ladies in the front office, you'll find a steady hand and an accommodating attitude, working hard to make you and your family's time with us both efficient and comforting.
Christine Heckert, Treatment Manager, R.D.A.
Chris has been a part of our dental team since 2007. She has extensive clinical and administrative knowledge with over 25 years of dental experience. She is a passionate patient advocate and wonderful resource and loves helping people get and stay healthy. Chris's warm energy is felt by all who meet her. She enjoys building relationships and helping people and feels especially rewarded when a previously anxious patient leaves with a smile on their face. Our patients appreciate how diligently she works to help you maximize and understand your insurance benefits so that you may enjoy the best dental health! Chris's hobbies include reading and spending time with her husband, their 6 children, and their 10 grandchildren. When asked if she could go anywhere in the world where would she go, Chris has a list! ;-) 1.) Japan-the city and the country seem amazing
2.) Scotland and Ireland, her family is originally from there and 3.) Australia and New Zealand--She'd like to try bungee jumping there.
Melissa Travis, R.D.A., O.M.S.A.
Melissa is our lead chair-side assistant and has been working alongside our doctors for the past ten years. She is a certified Oral Maxillofacial Surgical Assistant through CALAMOS (California Association of Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons). Melissa’s favorite thing about working at Sukut Dental is being able to visit with her patients. Her love for her patients keeps her job fun and worthwhile. She is fantastic at answering any questions you might have about the treatment needed. She excels at working with patients who are apprehensive and is much appreciated by our patients for her calming demeanor and attentiveness.
Melissa attended school in Michigan. She and her husband have two kids, Zoe who is 17 years old and Mia who is 13 years old. Melissa describes herself as a kind, caring, and compassionate individual. A favorite joke of hers is, “I used to think I was indecisive, but now I’m not so sure."
Linda has been working at Sukut Dental for 4 years now as a part-time patient advocate. Linda’s favorite part about working at Sukut Dental is getting to see all of the fun people. Linda attended school at La Puente HS. She and her husband have two children, a son, and a daughter. When asked who she admired the most she answered Jesus. Linda describes herself as being a strong female and very task oriented.
Azita Amir, R.D.H.
Azita graduated from University of Maryland Dental School/ Hygiene School in Baltimore, Maryland with a B.S. degrees in Dental Hygiene. She has been practicing hygiene for over 27 years and enjoys her profession. She loves educating her patients and is very detail oriented. She considers herself blessed to be able to use work with Sukut dental family and share her experience and also be amongst the best ones as well. She is married and has two grown up children. Her son graduated university of Alabama and her family is a “Crimson Tide” fan. Her daughter is a junior at USD. She loves traveling and languages and movies with subtitles, just because. Her motto “ It is what it is”.
Karina Quiroz, D.A., O.M.S.A.
Karina has been on the Sukut Dental team since 2011. She is currently a full-time student finishing her last year at Pasadena City College. While studying hard Karina continues to work for us part-time. Next, Karina will be transferring to UCI or Cal State LA with the end goal of becoming a dentist. She is a certified Oral Maxillofacial Surgical Assistant through CALAMOS
. In Karina's free time she tends to her Boxer Pup, Chewy and is an incredible Auntie to her 2 younger cousins.
Linda Duong, D.A., Dental Assistant
Linda Duong graduated and received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the California State University of Long Beach in 2018. She started to have an interest in the dental field, so she graduated from Concorde Career College Dental Assisting program. She loves how Sukut Dental values continued education and how it is a great learning environment. She is motivated to gain more experience and knowledge as a dental assistant. She enjoys working out and taking her dog out on hikes. She also plans to volunteer more within her community. One of her favorite quotes: “Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.”
Bobbie Jasper, Dental Hygienist RDH, BSDH
Bobbie received her Bachelor of Science degree from West Coast University and graduated with honors. She became a Dental Hygienist because she always knew she wanted to be in the health care industry in order to help others. She loves working with patients and providing the best care possible, so everyone can have that healthy bright smile and feel confident. One of Bobbie’s goals are to help patients feel comfortable and at ease while in the dental chair because she knows it can be a stressful place to be. Bobbie also enjoys the outdoors whether it be hiking, camping or swimming. However, spending time with her family and friends is what she considers to be the most important.
Sylvia Hernandez, Dental Assistant
Sylvia has been working with us since October of 2018. She is a graduate of Concorde Career Colleges, Inc. Sylvia and her husband have two kids and she loves spending time with them and her family, as well as going to the movies. If she could describe herself in three words they would be thoughtful, loyal, and shy / quiet. Sylvia admires her mom the most and if there was one thing that she owns that she wishes she didn’t it would be her cell phone.