Anthony R. Cardoza, DDS
Dr. Cardoza is a 1985 graduate of Northwestern University Dental School and maintains a general dental practice in Santee (San Diego County) California. Dr. Cardoza is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and the San Diego County Dental Association. Dr. Cardoza is a Fellow in the World Class Laser Institute and a Member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry.
As a general dentist, Dr. Cardoza treats patients of all ages specific to their individual needs and concerns. Dr. Cardoza is comfortable performing many of the dental procedures that are often referred to specialists including endodontics (root canals), extractions, and periodontal (gum) treatments.
In addition, Dr. Cardoza is a forensic dental consultant for the County of San Diego Office of the Medical Examiner, County of Imperial Office of the Coroner, State of California Department of Justice, The California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) and is the Director of the California Dental Identification Team (CalDIT).
Dr. Cardoza maintains a busy forensic caseload due to the San Diego and Imperial Counties proximity to the Mexican border. He has performed numerous postmortem dental examinations, comparisons and identifications and most recently was involved with the identifications of victims of the Southern California wildfire disasters.
Also, Dr. Cardoza lectures throughout the United States and Canada at regional and local dental conferences on the topics of forensic dentistry and lasers in dentistry.
Megan Shelton, DDS
Born and raised in Kentucky, Dr. Megan Shelton is excited and honored to work alongside Dr. Cardoza at the San Diego Center for Laser Dentistry. Dr. Megan served in the Navy as a dentist and continued on to private practice for seven years. Dr. Megan looks forward to bringing southern hospitality and quality care to her patients here at Laser Dentistry and practices by the golden rule, treating her patients the way she would want to be treated. Dr. Megan knew she wanted to be a dentist early in her life while on a mission trip to Colombia as a dental assistant and continued her mission work through dental school to other areas including Belize and rural areas in the states. Providing a comfortable environment and confidence to her patients is her passion. Her other loves include her husband, who she met at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, enjoying the outdoors with her fur babies, visiting her family in the bluegrass state and discovering new adventures around here in the beautiful state of California.