MEET DR. SUSANTO

Hello! My name is Dr. Susanto, but everyone calls me Dr. Melisa. My specialty training equipped me with the knowledge and skills necessary to care for my favorite patients, kids!

 

I spent half of my childhood in Indonesia, where there were no pediatric dentists. Since I needed a lot of dental work growing up, I understand how scary a visit to the dentist can be for a young child. When I learned that brushing and flossing every day, eating well and getting regular dental check-ups, can lessen my visits to the dentist, my own anxiety of the dentist diminished over time.

This is why, as a pediatric dentist, my passion is to eliminate dental anxiety by emphasizing the importance of preventive care and therefore reducing the need for dental treatment. Now, if a child does end up requiring dental work, that’s okay too! My greatest pride is helping my patients develop skills to overcome what can sometimes be a stressful experience. My team and I will try our hardest to make each dental visit as easy, painless, and fun as possible.

When not practicing dentistry, you can find me out and about trying local restaurants, reading a good book while cuddling with my cat, Kitty (who typically, does not want to be cuddled), or running with my dog, Ninja (aka my covert excuse for playing Pokemon Go).

Education:

• Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry – University of California, Los Angeles

• Doctor of Dental Surgery – University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry

• Master of Science in Pediatric Dentistry – University of Michigan School of Dentistry

MEET OUR TEAM

Aleesha

Front Desk/Dental Assistant

Hi! My name is Aleesha and I am the receptionist here at Little Sprouts Kids Dentistry. I have a passion for working with children, from interning at preschools to my first job as a daycare teacher. I enjoy hearing them laugh and helping them learn new things. Working with kids has taught me so much about differences that everyone may have but also all the similarities that they hold. As a parent of  two amazing children of my own, I can relate to the anxiety that comes with every decision that we as parents have to make for our kids. I'm happy to be here to help ease that anxiety and answer any questions that you may have about your children's dental needs!

Tanya

Lead Dental Assistant

My name is Tanya. I have enjoyed working in dentistry since I was a junior in high school. I started out at the front desk and later graduated from Clover Park Technical College in 2001 with a dental assisting degree. I absolutely love working with children! Aside from work, my husband and I have a mini farm, with chickens and dogs. I'm very excited to meet new kiddos everyday and to help all patients have a terrific dental experience!

Miggie

Dental Assistant

Hello, my name is Miguelina but everyone calls me Miggie. I graduated from Eton Technical Institute in 2005 as a dental assistant. Since then, I have pursued a career in pediatric dentistry because of my love for children.  As a pediatric dental assistant at Little Sprouts, my goal is to give each kid the best experience at the dentist from a young age. I enjoy working here because I get to spend more quality time with our patients and their family while also developing great relationships with the rest of our amazing dental staff. In my spare time, I like to spend it with my family – from taking my 2 dogs out on a walk with my husband to learning to ride a motorcycle.