Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Richard Sherman, Dr. Kelly Terranova and Dr. Joseph Cook, our talented cosmetic and restorative dentists, combine with our outstanding team of dental specialists to provide our patients with comprehensive treatment in all phases of dentistry, delivered in a warm and caring environment. Patients routinely report having the best dental experiences of their lives. We invite you to visit our office in La Jolla at the Scripps/Ximed Medical Center and receive this level of care for you and your family.

Our Doctors
Our doctors are known for their compassionate approach to care and their technical expertise.

General Dentists:

Richard L. Sherman, D.D.S.

Dr. Richard L. ShermanDr. Richard L. Sherman has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years, fulfilling his childhood dream. He followed in the footsteps of his father, Dr. Harvey Sherman, when he chose to pursue a career in dentistry. A talented general, restorative, and cosmetic dentist, he provides some of the best care available in the La Jolla area.

Dr. Richard L. Sherman’s diverse educational and professional background makes him a highly distinguished cosmetic dentist in San Diego. Richard Sherman, D.D.S., earned his undergraduate degree from Ohio State University and his dental degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. Then, Dr. Sherman completed his General Practice Residency at Dayton Ohio’s Miami Valley Hospital, where he ran its TMJ clinic for over 10 years. After completing his formal training, Dr. Richard Sherman joined his father in private practice, where he gained years of experience in orthodontics and general dentistry.

Dr. Richard L. Sherman brings these experiences into his current practice at Torrey Pines Dental Arts in La Jolla, where he provides exceptional TMJ treatmentrestorative treatments, and cosmetic options. Dr. Sherman is also a certified Invisalign® provider. He is an on-call staff member of the respected Scripps Memorial Hospital and a faculty member of the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Sherman also volunteers his time at San Diego’s Dental Free Clinic.

Dr. Richard L. Sherman is affiliated with numerous professional organizations, including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), the American Dental Association (ADA), the International Association of Comprehensive Aesthetics, the International Association of Orthodontics, the American Orthodontic Society, the California Dental Association, and the Alpha Omega Fraternity.

Kelly C. Terranova, D.D.S.

Dr. TerranovaDr. Kelly Terranova knows from personal experience the power of transforming an average smile into a beautiful one and she has made it her professional goal to help other people achieve both healthy mouths and stunning smiles.

Growing up in Rockford, Illinois, Dr. Terranova began her unofficial dental training as a precocious patient in an orthodontist’s office. Her orthodontist instilled in her a passion for excellence and inspired her to pursue a career in dentistry. During her time as an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame where she received Bachelor of Arts degrees in psychology and pre-professional studies, she began her official dental training. While on summer breaks from college she worked for her orthodontist mentor as an assistant. When she finally began her dental studies at Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she had every intention of becoming an orthodontist, but once she found that restorative dentistry provided not only beautiful but healthy smiles too, she changed her career trajectory and committed to studying general dentistry.

Since graduating from Marquette in 2009, Dr. Terranova spent five years practicing general dentistry full-time in South Bend, Indiana. She enjoys spending time forming relationships with patients and helping them understand their role in their own dental health, and how dental health can significantly affect a patient’s overall health. Dr. Terranova firmly believes that dental health is a group effort and she aims to arm her patients with the knowledge they need to be successful with their long-term dental goals. Once she and her family relocated to California, Dr. Terranova was a natural fit into the philosophy of prevention and education at Torrey Pines Dental Arts. A member of the California Dental Association and the American Dental Association, Dr. Terranova knows the importance of collaborative dentistry and has joined the team at Torrey Pines Dental Arts, where she is an excellent addition to our talented group of dentists, hygienists, and support staff.

When Dr. Terranova is not practicing dentistry, she spends time with her husband and three sons enjoying the beautiful San Diego weather. The Terranovas like to swim at the beach, hike, and visit their favorite animals at the zoo.

Joseph R. Cook, D.D.S.

Dr. Joseph R. CookDr. Joseph Cook has spent much of his career providing service to others. His love for dentistry stems from his experiences and his continual desire to improve the lives of each of his patients.

Dr. Cook grew up in a few locations including, Pittsburgh, PA, Sydney, Australia, and Houston, TX. Dr. Cook completed his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. During this time, he took a two-year break from school to provide missionary service in Warsaw, Poland. This experience gave him a great appreciation of other cultures and the importance of serving others.

He attended the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio for his dental training. After receiving a D.D.S., Dr. Cook was commissioned as a dental officer in the United States Navy. While in the Navy, he completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program at the James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in Great Lakes, IL.

As a Navy dental officer, Dr. Cook had the daily privilege of caring for our country’s sailors and marines. His duty stations included the USS Ronald Reagan (aircraft carrier), USNS Mercy (hospital ship), and Naval Medical Center San Diego. During his six years as a dental officer, Dr. Cook worked closely with some of the finest dentists and dental specialists in the country. He also deployed to Southeast Asia where he worked side-by-side with dentists, doctors, and specialists from a variety of countries to provide health care services to local populations. His experiences reemphasized the important role that dentistry plays in improving quality of life.

When he’s not working, Dr. Cook enjoys spending time surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling, and sailing. He is a true waterman and has a deep respect for the ocean. He also enjoys basketball, volleyball, and Steelers football.


Michael G. Sherman, D.M.D.

Dr. Michael G. ShermanMichael G. Sherman D.M.D., son of Dr. Richard Sherman, provides endodontic expertise for Torrey Pines Dental Arts. He consults regularly with Dr. Sherman and our team of general dentists on difficult cases and offers treatment options for patients whose endodontic therapy requires the use of a microscope. The use of microscopes has revolutionized clinical practices in many disciplines and specialties. We are pleased to offer microscope-assisted endodontics to our patients. .

Michael G. Sherman grew up in southern Ohio and attended the University of Wisconsin. Michael graduated from Wisconsin with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and went on to do research at the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Washington, DC. After a year at the NIH, Michael moved to Boston, where he attended Tufts University and received his Doctor of Medical Dentistry (D.M.D.). Immediately following graduation, Dr. Michael was accepted into a two-year endodontic residency program at Nova Southeastern University, in Fort Lauderdale. He is now a practicing endodontist with offices in Vista and Fallbrook. .

Dr. Michael Sherman has joined Torrey Pines Dental Arts so that he can practice regularly with his father, a dream come true for them both. When he is not involved in the practice of endodontics you’ll find Michael and his wife, Lauren, spending time with friends in Solana Beach. Michael is a passionate surfer, and loves all outdoor activities, including bike riding, hiking, and golf. Dr. Michael and his wife have two children, Ryder and Harper. In his spare time, Dr. Michael loves craft beers, jazz music, and reading. .

Michael G. Sherman D.M.D. is a published author in the Journal of Endodontics. He is a member of the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the California Dental Association (CDA). He is very active in the dental community in San Diego belongs to many local organizations and study clubs.


Anthony J. Opilka, D.D.S., M.S.

Dr. Anthony OpilkaDr. Anthony Opilka specializes in surgical placement of dental implants, tissue and bone grafting, gum reshaping for esthetic enhancement, and extractions. He works very closely with our restorative team here at Torrey Pines Dental Arts, to create outstanding cosmetic outcomes for the patients under his care. Additionally, Dr. Opilka provides both oral and IV conscious sedation, giving patients options for relaxation and comfort during surgical procedures.

Dr. Opilka is originally from the Chicago area and received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Science degrees from the University of Illinois. He then completed his Master of Science in Oral Biology at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After 6 years practicing as a general dentist, Dr. Opilka completed a demanding 3-year periodontics residency at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School in Bethesda, MD (the President’s Hospital). Dr. Opilka was in the Navy for 22 years, and throughout his career as a Naval Officer, he treated the pilots of Marine One (the President’s helicopter). He achieved Diplomate status (Board certification) in the American Board of Periodontology in 2002. Dr. Opilka was a periodontics staff member of the Naval Postgraduate Dental School from 2006-2009 mentoring periodontic residents and has given numerous lectures on many of the clinical techniques he has honed.

Dr. Opilka is a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Academy of Osseointegration, San Diego County Dental Society, American Society of Dental Anesthesiology, and California Dental Society of Anesthesiology.

Outside of dentistry, Dr. Opilka enjoys golf and playing guitar. He and his wife have two children. They revel in body boarding, swimming, traveling, spending time with friends, and discovering great food. Although he left Chicago years ago, he remains an avid White Sox fan.

Oral Surgeon:

Mark D. Breese D.M.D.

Dr. Mark BreeseDr. Mark Breese is an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon who practices a full scope of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. He received his dental training at Boston University, and his oral surgery training from Naval Medical Center San Diego as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy. He provides a variety of procedures for our patients here at Torrey Pines Dental Arts which include: removing wisdom teeth, placing dental implants, bone grafting, trauma, cosmetics, and orthognathic surgery. As an Oral Surgeon he is trained in general anesthesia providing sedation for surgical procedures.

Dr. Breese is a member of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, the California Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Dental Association. Upon graduating dental school in 2004 he began serving his country in the United States Navy. He completed a General Practice Residency program at Naval Medical Center San Diego where he developed a love for oral surgery working side by side some of the best oral surgeons in the country. After a two-year tour with the Marines at Cherry Point, NC he began his oral surgery training back in San Diego, graduating in 2011. He served as the only Oral Surgeon aboard the USS Carl Vinson for two-years. Dr. Breese is currently the Department Head of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and continues his active duty service as he transitions to private practice.

Dr. Breese was born and raised in Centerville, Utah. He enjoyed playing competitive sports throughout his life. In high school he played basketball, baseball, soccer, and golf. In college he played soccer for Weber State University’s soccer club. He served a two-year mission for his church in Tampa, Florida. He is happily married and really enjoys spending time with his five children. Dr. Breese has 4 girls and 2 boys, which are the pride and joy and greatest accomplishments of his life. Other than family and sports he really enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, mountain/road biking, fishing, and anything else outdoors.

About the Staff

At Torrey Pines Dental Arts we are very proud of our highly trained professional staff. Each team member is licensed as either a Registered Dental Assistant or Registered Dental Hygienist. In addition, Ed is licensed as an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant. Many of them have earned additional certifications, making them well-qualified to assist our doctors in providing excellent care. Due to their many years of experience and education, and the passion they all share for dentistry, when you enter our office at Torrey Pines Dental Arts you can feel confident that you are in the hands of caring professionals. We are proud to have them on our team.

Our Hygienists
Our hygienists and dental assistants are committed to excellence.
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Contact Torrey Pines Dental Arts

At Torrey Pines Dental Arts, you can receive the treatment you need for almost any dental problem. Dr. Richard L. Sherman and his team provide cosmetic, restorative, and general dental treatments with great skill and compassion, making dental treatment both pleasant and relaxing. To schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist in La Jolla, serving all of San Diego, contact Torrey Pines Dental Arts today.

Torrey Pines Dental Arts

La Jolla Office

Scripps/Ximed Medical Center

9850 Genesee Ave Ste. 720
La Jolla, CA 92037

Open Today 7:00am - 3:00pm

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