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Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Kelly Terranova, Dr. Michael Saade and Dr. Alexis Louie, 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.

General Dentists

Kelly C. Terranova, D.D.S.


Dr. 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 could provide beautiful and healthy smiles too, she changed her career trajectory and committed to studying general dentistry.

After graduating from Marquette in 2009, Dr. Terranova spent five years practicing general dentistry full-time in South Bend, Indiana before relocating to San Diego in 2014 and joining Torrey Pines Dental Arts. She enjoys spending time forming relationships with patients and helping them to understand not only their role in their own dental health but also how their dental health can affect their 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. A member of the California Dental Association and the American Dental Association, Dr. Terranova knows the importance of comprehensive dentistry and loves collaborating with the talented team at Torrey Pines Dental Arts.

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.


Michael Saade, D.M.D.


Dr. Michael Saade believes that prevention and education are the foundations of maintaining a healthy mouth and are imperative for systemic health. He enjoys building relationships with his patients and believes it is important to listen while keeping their oral healthcare needs as his primary focus.

Dr. Saade graduated at the top of his class from Western University of Health Sciences in 2013. After receiving his D.M.D., Dr. Saade was commissioned as a dental officer in the United States Navy. For five years he had the privilege of practicing dentistry for our country’s sailors and marines. After completing an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency in 2014 with a wide breadth of dental experience, Dr. Saade focused his skills on same-day crown dentistry wanting to be a part of the movement to improve the patient experience in the dental chair. Dr. Saade is passionate about surgical dentistry as well, having been trained in extractions including the removal of wisdom teeth. He is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, San Diego County Dental Society, and Spear Faculty club, and actively participates in various continuing education courses to further improve his skills.

Originally from nearby Orange County, Dr. Saade has chosen San Diego and Torrey Pines Dental Arts as his permanent homes. When he’s not working, Dr. Saade enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter visiting the local beaches and staying active by working out. He is an avid basketball fan and enjoys watching all sports. Dr. Saade loves to travel and is frequently trying to plan his next destination to visit!


Alexis Louie D.D.S.

Dr. Alexis Louie has made it her professional and personal goal to create a welcoming, relaxed dental environment where her patients feel comfortable, at ease, and in good hands. She loves the artistry and meticulousness of dentistry as well as being able to have a positive impact on her patients’ oral health and esthetics.

Dr. Louie was born and raised in northern California but decided to explore the east coast for college and dental school. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Tufts University and then attended Harvard School of Dental Medicine. After graduating in 2007, she completed a General Practice Residency at the V.A. hospital in Long Beach where she further advanced her medical and dental training. Opportunity and adventure brought Dr. Louie to southern California where she met her husband. We are lucky that she now considers sunny San Diego home.

As a strong believer in lifelong education, Dr. Louie enjoys taking the time to provide proper dental education to her patients. It is important to her to make sure patients understand their diagnosis as well as their treatment needs and available options. Dr. Louie tends to be conservative in her treatment approach, and her mentality is to always treat patients as if they were her own family. Whether it’s preventative, restorative, or elective cosmetic dentistry, she strives to fulfill all of her patients’ needs while providing quality dentistry above all else.

In her free time, Dr. Louie loves swimming, running, skiing, and pretty much every water sport there is. She has a passion for traveling and one day hopes to travel all over the world. Dr. Louie would love to adopt a fur baby in the future, but for now she’s busy with her two little happy sons.

Endodontists

Michael Sherman, D.M.D.


Dr. Michael Sherman provides endodontic expertise for Torrey Pines Dental Arts. He consults regularly with our team of general dentists on difficult cases and offers treatment options for patients whose endodontic therapy requires the use of a microscope.

Dr. Sherman grew up in southern Ohio. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and then went on to do research at the National Institute of Health in Washington, DC. After a year at the NIH, Dr. Sherman moved to Boston where he attended Tufts University and received his D.M.D. Immediately following graduation, Dr. Sherman was accepted into a two-year endodontic residency program at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. He now practices endodontics at Torrey Pines Dental Arts as well as at offices in Vista and Fallbrook. Dr. Sherman is a published author in the Journal of Endodontics. He is a member of the American Association of Endodontists, the American Dental Association, and the California Dental Association. Dr. Sherman is very active in the dental community in San Diego and belongs to several local organizations and study clubs.

When Dr. Sherman is not involved in the practice of endodontics, he is often found spending time with his wife and two children. He loves craft beers, jazz music, and reading. Dr. Sherman is a passionate surfer and enjoys participating in any outdoor activities including bike riding, hiking, and golfing.


James Morris Jr., D.M.D., M.S.

Dr. James Morris offers his dental experience to our team at Torrey Pines Dental Arts specializing in endodontics. He provides comprehensive treatment planning and the use of endodontic microscopy to help our patients achieve their optimal dental health.

Dr. Morris grew up in Mesa, Arizona. He completed his undergraduate education and Arizona State University and earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine from A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. During dental school, he completed a General Practice Residency at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton. Dr. Morris served as a general dentist both operationally and ashore before entering endodontic residency at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School in Bethesda, Maryland. After completing specialty training in 2018, he attained board certification in 2019 and became a diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics.

Dr. Morris, his wife, and their five children live in the San Diego area. They enjoy sports, the outdoors, and spending time together as a family.

Periodontist

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


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

Dr. Opilka is originally from the Chicago area. He received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Science degrees from the University of Illinois and completed his Master of Science degree in Oral Biology at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After practicing for six years as a general dentist, Dr. Opilka completed a demanding three year periodontics residency at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School in Bethesda, Maryland (the President’s Hospital). He served in the Navy for 22 years, treating the pilots of Marine One (the President’s helicopter) during his career as a Naval Officer.

Dr. Opilka achieved Diplomate status in the American Board of Periodontology in 2002. He was a periodontics staff member and mentor to periodontal residents at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School from 2006-2009. He has given numerous lectures on many of the clinical techniques he has honed in his career. 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 golfing and playing guitar. He and his wife have two children. They revel in bodyboarding, swimming, traveling, spending time with friends, and discovering great food.

Although he left Chicago years ago, he still remains an avid White Sox fan.

Oral Surgeons

Mark Breese, D.M.D.


Dr. Mark Breese is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon practicing a full scope of surgical procedures including wisdom teeth removal, dental implant placement, bone grafting, orthognathic surgery, treatment for traumatic injuries, and cosmetic improvements. As an oral surgeon he is trained in general anesthesia and regularly provides sedation for surgical procedures.

Born and raised in Centerville, Utah, Dr. Breese learned the value of teamwork through his participation in competitive sports. In high school he played basketball, baseball, soccer, and golf, then in college he played soccer for Weber State University’s soccer club. He served a two-year mission for his church in Tampa, Florida. 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 with some of the best oral surgeons in the country. After a two-year tour with the Marines at Cherry Point, North Carolina, 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 currently divides his time between Torrey Pines Dental Arts and his own private practice.

Dr. Breese is a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Dental Association.

He is happily married and enjoys spending time with his five children, his greatest accomplishments and the pride and joy of his life. Other than family and sports he enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, mountain and road biking, fishing, and anything else outdoors.


Hector Caballero, D.D.S.


Dr. Hector Caballero is a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon practicing a full scope of surgical procedures including teeth removal, dental implant placement, bone grafting, orthognathic surgery, and in-office facial cosmetics. He is trained in general anesthesia and can provide IV conscious sedation for all in-office surgical procedures. He currently serves as a general anesthesia office evaluator for the Dental Board of California.

Dr. Caballero attended The Ohio State University as a student-athlete playing Division I volleyball from 1982-1984 and earning two varsity O letters. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry in 1987 and his DDS in 1991. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant into the United States Navy Dental Corps. Dr. Caballero completed a GPR at the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and an internship in exodontia at Naval Training Center Great Lakes before graduating from his Oral and Maxillofacial program in 2009. He served with the Marines at Camp Pendleton before going on to serve as the Dental Department Head and Staff Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon aboard the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson CVN 70. After his carrier tour, he was assigned to MCRD Branch Dental Clinic where he served as the Clinic Director from 2016 through 2018. Dr. Caballero retired from the Navy with the rank of Captain after 30 years of honorable service.

Dr. Caballero volunteers and mentors at the UCSD Pre-Dental Student Run Free Clinics. He maintains active memberships in the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, San Diego County Dental Society, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, American College of Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons, and American Dental Society of Anesthesiology.

Dr. Caballero was born and raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico. He is married and has two daughters. Dr. Caballero enjoys playing tennis, golfing, running, hiking, biking, and traveling the world.

About the Staff

At Torrey Pines Dental Arts we are very proud of our highly trained professional staff. Each team member, regardless of his or her daily duties, holds a license as either a Registered Dental Assistant or a Registered Dental Hygienist. Our lead dental assistant Edward has even undergone additional education to be licensed as a Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions. All our staff members are cross-trained to be able to assist our patients at the front desk and in the clinical operatories. It is not uncommon for the person that answers your phone call to later assist our doctors during your procedure. For example, our office manager Cristi still holds her license as a registered dental hygienist and often steps in to see patients for their cleanings.

Many of our staff members have earned additional certifications in concentrations such as oral surgery assisting or laser-assisted hygiene therapy, making our whole team well-qualified to provide you with excellent care. Due to their years of education and experience as well as 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.