40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

NIKI FALLAH

  • Millbrae, California
  • Mills-Peninsula Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

Age:

35

Name of Practice:

Mills-Peninsula Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

Specialty:

Pediatric dentistry

Education:

DDS, University of Southern California School of Dentistry; pediatric residency training, University of California, San Francisco


Why She Was Nominated

Dr. Fallah pours her heart into every patient at her Bay Area practice. She’s also a clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco and the University of the Pacific Dental Schools.

Favorite Aspect of Dentistry

“The best part of my job is not just helping children and promoting healthy lives, but being able to form and shape their views toward oral health,” Dr. Fallah says. “My young patients are still able
to change bad habits into healthy ones.”

Philosophy

“My training and background focus on a conservative approach. I try to promote prevention first and foremost. My goal is to provide an emotionally and physically safe environment for my patients and their families; I designed my practice in the hope that it would be a pleasant environment.”

Most Memorable Patient:

Dr. Fallah’s final surgery case during her residency was an 18-month-old leukemia patient who needed several cavities filled before he could receive a bone-marrow transplant. “I remember looking at this baby in the pre-op and thinking how small and weak he looked,” she says. Talking with Dr. Fallah after his successful treatment, the boy’s parents began
to sob. “I knew at that moment I was in exactly the right profession,” she says. “I was meant to help children, both healthy and sick.”