Our Professional Staff
Franklin D. Niver, DMD, MScD
Dr. Franklin D. Niver was raised in New Jersey and earned his bachelors degree from Rutgers University. He attended dental school at the University of Pennsylvania where he received his DMD degree and graduated with multiple honors in 1966. Dr. Niver earned his specialty degree in Periodontics at Boston University. Concurrently, he earned a dual specialty degree in Oral Pathology and earned a Master's of Science for his research in 1969.
He spent the following two years in the United States Army as a Captain and Chief of Periodontics (Fort Benning, Georgia), where he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service. After the Army, Dr. Niver began his private practice in Sherman Oaks. He taught at the University of Southern California as an Assistant Clinical Professor for ten years.
In 1987, Dr. Niver and his partner, Dr. Robert L. Sobel, opened the first Out Patient Surgical Implant Office in the San Fernando Valley. In 1995 they moved their practice to Encino where they have incorporated the latest technologies including digital x-rays and the first in office CT scanner in Southern California. Together, with their associate, Dr. Eric Niver, they have placed over 6500 successful implants. Dr. Niver belongs to all the major dental associations and has been inducted into the three major honorary dental organizations. He loves practicing Periodontics and Dental Implants, has no plans to retire, and is still winning snow ski races!
Robert L. Sobel, DDS
Dr. Robert L. Sobel was raised in Southern California. He attended dental school at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and received his D.D.S. degree in 1984. Dr. Sobel was selected for a General Practice Residency at the Houston, Texas Veterans Administration Medical Center in 1985. He received his graduate training and certification in Periodontology from the University of Southern California in 1987. He was appointed as a clinical professor at USC School of Dentistry and taught periodontal surgery to graduate students for ten years.
Dr. Sobel is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Periodontology, as well as many other professional organizations. He loves to surf, ski, hike, and run; he has two boys, Jeffrey and Michael.
Eric L. Niver, DDS
Dr. Eric L. Niver is the newest member of our team. He grew up near San Francisco until he moved to New England to attend Brandeis University, where he earned his bachelor's degree. Then in Manhattan, at New York University, he received his DDS degree with Honors in Periodontics. Finally back on the West coast, at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Niver earned a Masters of Science in Craniofacial Biology and a certificate in Periodontology. He practiced in the San Francisco area for a number of years before joining our practice.
Dr. Niver is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, has been published in the Journal of Periodontal Research, and is on the faculty of both NYU and UCSF. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Periodontics, and many other professional organizations. When away from the office, Dr. Niver enjoys cooking, hiking, travel, running, biking, and especially the company of family and friends.
Dr. Eric Niver is Dr. Frank Niver's nephew, and is delighted to be working together with his uncle!
Beth A. Kageyama, RDH B.S.
Beth has been a dedicated member of our dental hygiene team since 1990. She received her dental hygiene degree from the University of Southern California in 1988. Beth is a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association and a member of an advisory panel within the dental hygiene community. She has been an assistant clinical professor at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry and Dental Hygiene.
Her hobbies include fitness, health and motivating others toward their individual success. Her motto is "If you love life, life will love you back." You may contact her at email@example.com.
Janet Chamberlain, RDH
Janet grew up in the snowy banks of Northern Minnesota. She began her dental career as a secretary in the periodontal department at the University of Minnesota. She then became a periodontal assistant in the private office of the Dean of the dental school, Dean Schaeffer, who encouraged Janet to go to hygiene school. Janet received her dental hygiene degree from the University of Minnesota and worked in dental offices in New York City, Taos, and New Mexico before coming to Los Angeles fifteen years ago. She joined our dental hygiene team in 2007.
Janet's interests include teaching good oral hygiene, theatre, playwriting, music, scuba diving, pugs, children, and performing as a super for the L.A. Opera.
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