Dr. Lecia Harmer
Dr. Lecia Harmer was born and raised in Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan and graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry with High Honors. Tired of the relentless weather, Dr. Harmer decided to attend UCLA School of Dentistry. In 2006, she received her D.D.S. concurrently with her M.S. in Oral Biology from UCLA. Dr. Harmer was elected by her professors into OKU, an honor given to only the top 10% of the graduating class. Dr. Harmer also received UCLA's award in Pediatric Dentistry, given to the top two students demonstrating promise in the field of pediatric dentistry. Dr. Harmer completed her pediatric dental residency at UCLA in 2008 and became board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in 2009. Dr. Lecia is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the California Society of Pediatric Dentists, and the San Fernando Valley Dental Society.
In her free time, Dr. Harmer enjoys playing soccer and cheering for the Lakers. (Her dog is affectionately named Kobe).
Dr. Elite Mekel
Dr. Elite Mekel was born in New York City and moved with her family to California at a young age, where she grew up in the San Fernando Valley. She received her B.S. from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Chemistry. She went back to the East Coast for Dental School to attend the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine -- consistently ranked among the top 5 dental schools in the country. There, she dedicated her free time to treating underserved pediatric populations. After 4 years on the East Coast, Dr. Mekel decided it was time to move back to the West Coast (best coast!) to pursue her career in Pediatrics, completing her advanced training in Pediatric Dentistry with NYU Dental Medicine at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego and finally became a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist.
Dr. Mekel's focus is on prevention of dental disease and educating her patients and families on the importance of oral health. She also enjoys working with mothers and infants as well children experiencing symptoms of tongue and lip ties to provide care to relieve these symptoms.
Standing at just under 5 feet tall - and always with a smile on her face - Dr. Mekel was clearly destined to become a Pediatric Dentist and she is so excited to be practicing in Southern California so close to where she grew up. In her free time, Dr. Mekel enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, cooking and baking (but, of course, tries not to indulge in TOO many sweets!)
Dr. Mekel is a Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Ambassador at the Breathe Institute, member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the California Dental Association, the California Society of Pediatric Dentists, the San Fernando Valley Dental Society, and the International Affiliation of Tongue and Lip Tie Professionals
Dr. Julia Endrizzi
Dr. Julia Endrizzi was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from San Diego State University. Dr. Endrizzi received her DMD at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
During dental school, Dr. Julia discovered her passion was pediatrics. Dr. Julia Endrizzi completed advanced training in Pediatric Dentistry at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, one of the nation's leading hospitals for children.
She has been in private practice since 2010. Dr. Julia specializes in caring for children with special needs and high anxiety and fear. Dr. Julia has a calm, gentle demeanor that soothes even the most nervous little ones.
Dr. Julia is happy to have returned to Southern California with her husband and two young boys. During her free time, Dr. Julia enjoys date night with her husband and taking her sons to the park.