Dental disease is one of the most prevalent diseases in cats and dogs. Board certified dentists are specially trained in the evaluation of genetic and acquired diseases, as well as training in oral surgery.

Medical record, dental radiographs and laboratory work are often helpful when diagnosing dental disease. A full oral examination by our dentist will also help complete the diagnosis.

For the safety of all hospital patients, all dogs and cats must be leashed, crated or carried at all times. Retractable leashes must be locked at all times.

Appointments

Once you have consulted with your primary care veterinarian and they have referred your pet to our dentist, you can call our office at any time.  You will be asked to leave your information, including name, pets name, phone number, primary care veterinarian, and reason for consultation.  We will immediately forward your information to Dr. Niemiec’s front staff.  During normal business hours, you can expect a call back within the hour.

Appointments/consultations are approximately twenty minutes, depending on the severity of the case. Our dentist will review the medical record and dental radiographs (if applicable) before the examination of your pet.

Associated Fees

The cost of consultation with our dentist is $110.00 for the initial examination.  Payment can be made by cash, check, Visa/MasterCard/Discover/American Express, or CareCredit. We do not extend lines of credit.  All payment is due at time of services.  Please be advised, payment is made directly through Southern California Veterinary Dental Specialists, not our facility.

All clients are presented with proposed treatment plans for medical care for their pet. After examination by our doctor, a treatment plan will be generated based on the medical needs of the pet. A pre-payment of the low end of the treatment plan is required for treatment.

Our Dentists

Brook Niemiec, DVM, DAVDC

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Dr. Niemiec is a 1994 graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Niemiec is a Board Certified Specialist in Veterinary Dentistry of both the American and European Veterinary Dental Colleges. In addition he is a Fellow in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. He is one of fewer than 10 veterinarians worldwide to hold all three of these certificates.

In addition, he is Past President of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry as well as the AVD representative to the World Small Animal Association. Based on all these accomplishments, he is recognized as one of the leading authorities in veterinary dentistry.

In addition to his advanced dental training, Dr. Niemiec received extensive post-graduate training in the field of anesthesia, which helps to ensure the safety of pets in our care.

As an advocate for improved understanding, prevention and treatment of disease, Dr. Niemiec lectures extensively at local, national, and international meetings. He is also the creator and director of the San Diego Veterinary Dental Training Center.

In order to assist other veterinarians in providing optimal dental care, Dr. Niemiec founded the premier veterinary dental telemedicine website: vetdentalrad.com. This service provides dental x-ray interpretation and also offers instructional videos and educational posters.

Dr. Niemiec has authored or edited a dozen veterinary dental educational products. These include the definitive textbooks on veterinary periodontology (gum disease), endodontics (fractured and dead teeth), restoratives, extractions, orthodontics (braces), emergency dentistry and a color handbook on diagnosing oral disease. Dr. Niemiec has also authored numerous chapters in internal medicine textbooks as well as other dental books.

Dr. Niemiec has had the pleasure of providing high quality dental care for the pets of Southern California since 1995, performing over 40,000 dental procedures. Although Dr. Niemiec is skilled in all aspects of veterinary dentistry, his special interests include endodontic therapy (root canals), periodontal therapy and surgery, dental radiology, and implant dentistry.

In his spare time, Dr. Niemiec is an enthusiastic outdoorsman who enjoys hiking, fishing, skiing, and camping. He also enjoys time on the beach with his Labrador Retriever, Caeli.

 

Erin Ribka, DVM

unnamed (1)Dr. Ribka grew up in San  Francisco, California and began her  advanced studies at the University of California at Davis where  she majored in Physical Anthropology, with an emphasis in primate behavior. It was while working with monkeys at the California Primate Research Center that her initial interest in

veterinary dentistry began, and she went on to earn her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 2002 from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.

At UW-Madison, Dr. Ribka continued her pursuit in small animal dentistry, through elective classes and specific training with board certified veterinary dentist, Dr. Bill Gengler; earning the Gengler Dental Award her senior year. After completing Veterinary School, Dr. Ribka moved to New Orleans and worked

in general small animal veterinary practice in addition to another 5 years in Primate Medicine, gaining further medical, dental and surgical skills. In 2012, she began formal training in small animal dentistry, working closely with her mentor, Dr. Brook Niemiec.

Dr. Ribka served as an officer of the Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association for 10 years, and is also a member of AVMA, AVDS, AAFP and Phi Zeta. She enjoys the outdoors, hiking, camping and traveling, as well as just hanging out with her family. Dr. Ribka resides in New Orleans with her husband Paul and their three children, Damon and Nora (twins), and younger brother Quinn, in addition to a house (and yard) full of animal kids!

The Ribka animal family members include: a 3-legged Pitbull Terrier named Stella; a longhaired chihuahua named Boca; three cats by the names of Little Whitey Dubois, Bochy and Sonic; a fish called Rex, 2 leopard geckos & a corn snake, as well as several happy chickens.

Robert Furman, BVMS, MRCVS