Meet the Doctors

Dr. Stephen F. Hirano, DDS of Kidz Dental Care in Porter Ranch

Stephen F. Hirano, DDS

I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and attended Punahou High School. I later earned my Bachelor or Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and continued to UCLA Dental School where I graduated in 2002. I received my Pediatric specialty degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 2004. In my spare time, I enjoy playing basketball, baseball and golf. I also enjoy going to sporting events, wine tasting, and spending time with my family, my three boys: Aiden, Kyle and Micah, and my friends.

Shukan Kanuga, DDS, MSD

Dr. Kanuga completed her Pediatric dentistry training with a MSD degree from one of the most esteemed programs at the University of Washington, Seattle in 2009. She was a dentist in India (GDCH, Ahmedabad) before she came to the US in 2002. She received her DDS at the University of California, Los Angeles (2006); and continued her training in hospital dentistry (2007). She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

With 10 years of training in Dentistry and several years of clinical experience under her belt, Dr. Kanuga excels in managing and treating children from 0 to 18 years of age; both typically developing and children with special health care needs and disabilities. She provides comprehensive dental treatment to children using non-pharmacologic as well as pharmacologic behavior management techniques including Nitrous Oxide- Oxygen, and IV sedation with a dental anesthesiologist. Dr. Kanuga prides herself in the practice of Evidence-based dentistry with an emphasis on preventive oral care for young children.

Dr. Kanuga serves as an Editor at the San Fernando Valley Dental Society (SFVDS), a board member of the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry (CSPD) and an Evidence Reviewer for the American Dental Association (ADA). She has multiple publications under her belt in esteemed journals including the Journal of American Dental Association (JADA). She is also invited to speak to groups of dentists internationally on various topics in Pediatric Dentistry. She lives in the San Fernando Valley with her husband and her two children. In her leisure time, she enjoys cooking, reading, teaching Zumba, spending time with her friends and family and traveling. With her exceptional patient management skills and gentle demeanor, children love coming to Dr. Kanuga for their dental check-ups and treatment.

Brian J. Kim, DDS, MSD

Dr. Kim has been providing orthodontic care in southern California for over 17 years.

He has dedicated his practice to providing individualized care, and he only provides treatment with the highest standards for every patient. His office uses the latest in technology to provide you with the highest quality treatment possible. He knows that the decision you make for a beautiful smile is an important one and one that lasts a lifetime.

  • Bachelor’s Degree, University of California at Berkeley 1995
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree, University of California, Los Angeles 1999

After dental school, Dr. Kim was accepted into the highly competitive
Orthodontic Post Doctoral Residency Program at Saint Louis University – considered the birthplace of modern orthodontics.

  • Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Saint Louis University
  • Master of Science in Dentistry (M.S.D.), Saint Louis University 2001

Dr. Kim is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, a distinction held by a small percentage of orthodontists nationwide. His research has been published in the journal, Seminars in Orthodontics. He is an Invisalign Certified Provider and he continually participates in continuing education courses throughout the year.

Dr. Kim is an active member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, California Association of Orthodontists, California Dental Association and the San Fernando Valley Dental Society.

Being a native of Los Angeles, Dr. Kim loves the cultural diversity of the city.

Along with his wife, Nicole, and daughters, Charlotte and Naomi, he loves spending time together as a family.
When not concentrating on orthodontics, Dr. Kim is a rabid Cal Football fan and works on improving his golf game.

Meet the Staff

Mariel

Mariel

Office Manager
Favorite Disney Character: Ariel
Yadira

Yadira

Back Office Supervisor
Favorite TV Character: Johnny Bravo
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Megan

Dental Assistant
Favorite Pet: Bob, the bearded dragon

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