Welcome to Encino Periodontics & Implants


The goal of our team is to make you feel comfortable and relaxed. We are available to listen to your questions and concerns and to help provide solutions leading to better dental health. Dr. Frank Niver and Dr. Rob Sobel are specialists in Periodontics and Dental Implants with a total of over seventy five years of experience. Our ongoing commitment is to treat each patient and their unique dental issues with the most current dental procedures, fairness, respect, and the utmost of professional integrity. Our practice specializes in the conservative treatment of gum disease including cosmetic procedures to aesthetically enhance your smile, dental implants to replace single or multiple missing teeth, and the diagnosis and treatment of oral pathology.

We are dedicated to improving your dental experience. Our focus is your care and comfort. Our team of dedicated individuals specializes in the development and maintenance of your oral health and as a result, (the) improvement of your overall health.

When you enter our office, you will be greeted by a comfortable and inviting environment and our nurturing and knowledgeable staff. We are extraordinarily proud of our staff which is comprised of caring and dedicated professionals; several have been with us for more than 25 years. They will ensure that your appointments and administrative needs are met as efficiently and as smoothly as possible.

We offer the most up to date procedures utilizing state-of-the-art technology, including the latest in CT scan technology. Our doctors and staff are dedicated and enthusiastic about our specialty and our focus is on taking the time to get to know you and your needs and answering any questions you may have. We would love to meet you and assist you with your needs.

Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality of care in a safe, hygienic environment. Each procedure is done with your comfort and safety in mind. We are always available to answer your questions before, during or after any of the procedures that we offer. We look forward to the opportunity to assist you with your Periodontal and Dental Implant needs.

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!

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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.

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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 protected].

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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.