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Dr Novak has been a dentist in the Whittier area since 1985. He feels strongly about maintaining the integrity of his profession and has taken an active role in addressing the dental needs of our community. A strong community presence translates to an intimate knowledge and understanding of the needs of his patients, a completely individualized approach to all treatment performed. Dr. Novak has made a conscious effort to stay up-to-date with all the latest advances in dentistry, and has a genuine love for his chosen profession. Among his many interests in dentistry, restoration of dental implants is an area where he can give his patients the confidence of eating and smiling with permanent tooth replacement.

Dr. Novak is a California native and grew up in Downey, where he graduated from Downey High School in 1976.

He graduated from Whittier College in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry. After working for a year in the aerospace industry, he and his family moved to St. Louis, Missouri. In 1985, he graduated and received a Doctorate of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) He returned to California and practiced in various locations around Southern California. In 1996, he purchased the practice of Dr. Robert Graham in Whittier and has focused his efforts in this location ever since.

The acquisition of his dental practice now afforded him the opportunity to promote his own unique approach to the profession. His philosophy is to treat patients with a personal touch and, at the same time, develop strong, long term relationships with his patients. Dr. Novak has always believed that the dental office visit should be short, productive, and a positive experience. His patients love him for it!

Jody Wisen, RDH

Jody has been a vital part of the practice for over 30 years. She is committed to providing excellent, comfortable, and precise dental hygiene to all of her patient. She brings a gentle, caring touch to her treatment. Jody enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family.

Perla Murga, RDA

Perla has been with the practice for 4 years. Her main duty is as a full-time hygiene assistant. Having Perla in this position makes the hygiene schedule run smoothly and efficiently. She will be able to take x-rays at your recall visits, review any changes in your medical condition, including any changes in medication, and answer any questions regarding your dental health. Perla is a real asset to the practice, and enjoys time with friends and family.

Wendy Slifka, RDA

Wendy has worked in the practice for 9 years. She is trained in all areas of the practice. Wendy is an excellent chairside assistant, as well as a thorough patient coordinator. She is able to assist you with insurance questions, first-time visits, appointment scheduling, and a multitude of other tasks to help make your visit as smooth and stress-free as possible.