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Dr. Tanya Karnavy is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and received her DDS degree from New York University in 2008. She completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency at Kokua Kalihi Valley Health Center, a Pediatric Dentistry Specialty Residency at health centers around the state of Hawai'i and the one year LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) program at Kapi'olani Hospital.
Growing up, Dr. Karnavy had a cavity on almost all her teeth and had braces twice, her favorite candy was sour patch kids! She saw a pediatric dentist and never had a bad experience, and eventually, learned to take excellent care of her teeth. But, she still occasionally gets a cavity. After several years in private practice in Colorado, she knew she wanted to return to Hawai'i to provide high-quality, gentle comprehensive care with the love and education that all keiki deserve.
Some of her goals are to inspire children to understand and appreciate the importance of good oral health and an overall healthy lifestyle and to create a positive dental experience and environment. Her hobbies include family, friend time, trying to surf and taste testing.
Dr. Joseph Mayer - General Dentist
Joseph P. Mayer, Jr., DDS, AKA: Dr. Joe, Capt. Joe, The Dad and Papa Joe, moved with his sweetheart Kathy to Aiea permanently in November 2016 after he was hired by a local community health and wellness center. Dr. Joe had 41 years of solo private practice experience as a general dentist in Cincinnati, Ohio prior to arriving in Kahuku. He also retired after 35 years as a U. S. Navy Reserve Dental Corps Captain. Reserve assignments at Barbers Point and Pearl Harbor easily convinced him to retire in Hawai'i. Both his son and daughter are married (on the mainland])with 2 and 7 grandchildren. The “9” plus Kathy’s 4 grandchildren all call him “Papa Joe”, his favorite moniker.
Dr. Joe graduated from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. He is a big fan of Ohio State Football. Dr. Joe was a competitive distance swimmer in the early ‘70s and is actively learning to surf. Dr. Joe aspires to playing the ukulele, bagpipes, sailing, scuba diving and golf after retiring from dentistry, his second favorite activity. No, you’ve got that wrong! His favorite activity is giving Shaheen a hard time. ;-)
Dr. Richard Swaja - General Dentist
Dr. Swaja graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Science from Furman University in 1999, then got his degree as a Doctor of Dental Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2005. He worked as a Dental Officer in the United States Navy from 2005-2013. Since then, he has worked as a Reserve Dental Officer. He enjoys spending his free time doing water sports, traveling, spending time with his wife, Mayumi, and Miniature Daschund, Pancho.
Markee Estioko - Hygienist
Born and raised on the North Shore of O'ahu, Markee attended Kahuku High School and Kamehameha Schools before being recruited to play D1 soccer at the University of New Mexico. She graduated at the top of her class and received a BS in Dental Hygiene. Her love for Hawai'i and passion for oral health brought her home and she is excited to continue serving her community. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor adventures with her husband, two kids, and four dogs.
Shaheen Hadjimaleki - Clinic Manager
Shaheen grew up in Colorado, where he began working in management for both pediatric and general clinics after studying at the University of Colorado. In 2017, he moved to Hawai’i and has ever since been working to promote oral health on O’ahu’s North Shore. In 2020, he was the recipient of the National Network for Oral Health Access Oral Health Champion Award, which was “in recognition of his efforts to support an oral health program in rural Hawai’i in the midst of a global pandemic.” In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking and spending time on the beach.
Kennadi Hunter - Dental Assistant
Kennadi was born in Montana, and moved to Hawai'i to study at Brigham Young University. She went to dental assisting school in Orem, Utah and has been working in the field ever since. She likes to spend her spare time hiking and at the beach, and is an aspiring surfer.
Peja Jones - Dental Assistant
Peja grew up in Hau’ula, and has been working as a dental assistant since graduating from Hawai'i Medical College. She loves with working people in our community to ease any anxiety they might have, and give them the best care possible. She has three babies (two dogs and one human,) and loves going to the beach.
Lisa Gorai - Treatment Coordinator
Lisa grew up in Hau’ula, went to Kahuku High School, and has worked in the dental field for fourteen years now, providing top-notch services to patients as a treatment coordinator, scheduling coordinator, biller and patient service representative. She hopes to contribute to the community that she is working in through her vast experience, knowledge, and caring demeanor.