Nathalie Selvanathan, DDS
Dr Nathalie Selvanathan received her Bachelor of Dental Surgery in India. She worked in rural parts of India and as her passion for dentistry grew, she sought to learn more. She embarked on her journey to the United States. She did a brief internship in Prosthodontics in University of California, San Francisco while in dental school at the University of the Pacific. She went for additional training and a mini-residency in implant training. She continues participating in SPEAR education. She graduated from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and worked in central California for over 10 years. Due to the heavy influx of Hispanic patients, she taught herself Spanish so she could better serve the community.
Her knowledge and skills in cultural diversity began at a young age in Nigeria, North Africa. After elementary school, she returned to her hometown in southern India which was rich in French and Vietnamese culture. Needless to say, she learned French as her second language in addition to Indian dialects. She also learned to relish the various exotic cuisines of the world.
In short, Dr Selvanathan has seen and worked in dentistry in several countries. This awareness of cultural diversity and her linguistic skills, not to mention her knowledge and experience in dentistry are what makes Dr Nathalie Selvanathan unique and able to provide quality care with integrity, respect and compassion.
When she is not at work, she loves spending time with her family. Her husband, Dr Karthik Raghuraman, and their two daughters love outdoor activities including cycling and kayaking. Dr Nathalie Selvanathan has learned classical dance and loves embroidery. She applies her artistry to her work and brings out the art and science of dentistry which can be seen in her lab work and intraoral work.
“I knew I could connect to people especially when they were in pain or going through some difficult times which made me want to go into healthcare. As I learned about dentistry, I became aware of how little people knew about it. Oral health is an integral part of overall health, and I wanted to bring about change, to educate people and make them aware of the importance of oral health. I spearheaded the oral cancer screening project while in dental school in India since tobacco was so prevalent. I focused on the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to dentistry. I developed a passion for prosthodontics because missing teeth can become a social stigma. They can make people embarrassed to smile, cause difficulty in eating, chewing and speaking. Missing teeth can make it difficult for a person to find a job due to their unaesthetic look. I strive to find ways to improve a patient’s dental experience.”
Karthik Raghuraman, DDS
Dr. Karthik Raghuraman is a graduate from University of California, San Francisco. He has been practicing since 2005 in the central valley. He loves endodontics and is one of the few general dentists who is a member of American Academy of Endodontics. His hobbies include biking and playing tennis. His best moments are time with his family.