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Dr. Phil Kamins, also known to his patients as “Dr. Phil,” has provided comprehensive dental care to the Pacific Palisades community for over 20 years.  He has extensive experience in the treatment of children and adults, with an emphasis on preventing dental disease.

Prior to opening his office in Pacific Palisades, Dr. Kamins practiced dentistry in Eilat, Israel for two-and-a-half years. He founded a dental clinic there sponsored by Kupat Cholim Maccabee, providing the residents an option for state-of-the-art dental care, which continues to this day.


Dr. Kamins knows that every patient who comes into the office has a certain level of what he calls, “dental awareness”—that is, information about dentistry in general and knowledge about what is happening specifically in the patient’s own mouth. Dr. Kamins’ goal is to raise that level of awareness by demystifying dentistry to make the information more accessible for his patients. Through this process, the patient becomes a partner in the improvement of his or her own oral health, and by extension, the patient’s health in general. Maintaining healthy tissue is central to Dr. Kamins’ treatment philosophy, and he utilizes minimally invasive techniques every day to achieve this goal. Dr. Kamins believes in individualized care and examining the treatment options available to each patient prior to commencing treatment.


  • BS – Loyola Marymount University
  • DDS – University of California, Los Angeles
    Professional Affiliations

Dr. Kamins believes that a commitment to the profession of dentistry includes staying current with the latest research, techniques, and equipment in the field. Dr. Kamins participates in continuing education through his membership and leadership in:

  • Executive Board & Past President- Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity
  • Member:

    •World Congress of Minimally Invasive Dentistry
    •Academy of Laser Dentistry
    •American Dental Association
    •California Dental Association
    •Western Los Angeles Dental Society


Dr. Susan Cane is a Los Angeles native who brings to Pacific Palisades Dentistry her cutting edge clinical skills as well as her love of helping others.

Susan dedicated her life to the dental health profession, yet has the personal touch of a mother who raised her 2 young sons while she developed her skills and practice.  Susan’s enthusiasm for her work was nurtured by way of a heritage of health care professionals in her family that were always on the forefront of serving others.  Susan treats each patient with a personalized plan tailored for both their immediate and long term needs, and provides a thorough analysis and explanation to each patient so that they know exactly what is going on with their particular situation in a casual and understandable way.  To Susan, being a dental health care provider is an honor and a responsibility with the purpose of touching people’s lives and making a positive difference in the world, thus being able to carry on a special family legacy.  Susan is especially passionate and yet sensitive to the needs of others, and has as her professional objective that which is similar to her personal life:  to treat patients the way she would want to be treated.  A manifestation of this is her commitment to being personally available to her patients at all times.

Dr. Susan Cane is a product of an education at UCLA that started with a degree in Mathematics, then a Master’s degree in Economics, and culminating in her Doctorate of Dental Surgery.  Among other community activities and endeavors, Dr. Cane volunteered services as a board member of the Jewish Federation, as a board member for SAFE House Women’s Shelter, and with the Honduras Dental Mission in Guaimaca, Honduras. 




Pacific Palisades Dentistry Dental Team



Melanie Boyd – Executive Director   Sharon Winter -On-Site Executive Director  Sage Kahalnick – Insurance Coordinator
Terri Levine – Registered Dental Hygienist    Juliana Modesto – Registered Dental Hygienist  Emilie Huecker - Registered Dental Hygienist

Erika Gomez – Registered Dental Assistant  Annie Williams - Registered Dental Assistant 
 Emil Tanavar – RDAEF II Restorative Assistant 

We are very pleased to welcome back Emil Tanavar and announce his new position as a Registered Dental Assistant in Expanded Functions (RDAEF II).  On completion and certification of his training, he now has expanded his skills and is able to help with restorative treatment in our office.

We are so proud, excited and happy that he is a member of our dental family here at Pacific Palisades Dentistry and Pacific Palisades Pediatric Dentistry.

 Diana Castro - Registered Dental Assistant Violeta De Jesus - Dental Assistant

 Valerie Valdez - Patient Coordinator