Meet The Team

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Sacramento’s leader in Specialty Dental Care!

Oral Surgeon Sacramento

Dr. Austin Eckard

Oral Surgeon

Dr. Austin Eckard graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley. He enrolled at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where he graduated magna cum laude. He returned to the Bay Area for his residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Highland Hospital/ Alameda County Medical Center, Children’s Hospital and Kaiser Hospital in Oakland, California.

Following residency, Dr. Eckard joined a group practice in Southern California before joining Sacramento Valley Dental Specialists. His practice focuses on wisdom tooth removal, dental implants and bone grafting, and outpatient anesthesia. His goal is to ‘treat you like family.’

Dr. Eckard is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and a fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

In his free time, Dr. Eckard enjoys getting outdoors as much as possible and enjoys adventures with his wife, and two children.

Dr. Christopher Fries

Oral Surgeon

Dr. Fries received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his DDS degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center School of Dentistry in 2010. He then went on to complete an Advanced Education in General Dentistry 1-yr. program at Langley Air Force Base, VA, followed by his residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base. Upon completing his residency, Dr. Fries had the opportunity to live overseas for 3 years while serving in Okinawa, Japan as an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon.  Dr. Fries recently moved back to the states and now holds a teaching position at the Air Force Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency program at Travis AFB.

Dr. Fries strives to provide a relaxing environment for patients while delivering high quality care. He practices full scope care to include, but not limited to: surgical extractions, deep sedation, dental implants, ridge preservation/augmentation, sinus augmentation, biopsies, and orthognathic surgery.

Dr. Fries is a Board Certified Diplomate of American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as well as a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. In addition, he is certified in ACLS, PALS, and BLS. When not working, Dr. Fries enjoys exercising, trying out new restaurants, wine tasting, and many other outdoor activities in the local area. Dr. Fries looks forward to providing care to the greater Sacramento community for a very long time.

Dr. Darin T. Johnston

Oral Surgeon

Dr. Johnston received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biology from Brigham Young University and Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree from the University of Colorado at the Anschutz Medical Campus. He then pursued surgical training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Tennessee Knoxville Medical Center. While in residency, he focused on the surgical and non-surgical management of facial trauma, head and neck cancer, benign pathology of the face and jaws, dentofacial deformities, obstructive sleep apnea, and temporomandibular joint disease. He also received training in general anesthesia, intravenous sedation, dental extractions, bone grafting, and dental implant placement. Following residency, he completed one year of fellowship training in Craniomaxillofacial Trauma and Reconstruction at the Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina.

Dr. Johnston is currently stationed at Travis Air Force Base where he is an attending surgeon for the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program. He is actively involved in education as an Assistant Professor in the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and contributing author to numerous journals and textbooks. He is a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and holds certifications in BLS, ACLS, PALS, and ATLS. Dr. Johnston earnestly strives to provide evidenced-based care that is ethical and compassionate. As a parent and spouse, he understands the importance of clear communication before and after surgical procedures to minimize anxiety and confusion while maximizing comfort and healing. He and his wife enjoy living in California where they seek adventure with their four energetic boys!

Dr. Dana Jensen

Oral Surgeon

Dr Jensen received his undergraduate degree from Utah Tech University with a major in biology and earned a D.M.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University, School of Dentistry in 2006. Dr Jensen immediately entered the U.S. Air Force and spent one year in Omaha, Nebraska accomplishing an Advanced Education General Dentistry Residency program. After a short assignment to Okinawa, Japan he was selected to begin Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at Travis AFB, finishing in 2013. Dr Jensen has practiced full scope oral surgery since completing residency and has been stationed in multiple locations around the world, including Germany and the United Kingdom. He was recently appointed as Chairman of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency at Travis AFB. After being overseas for many years, returning to northern California is an exciting assignment that feels like home.

Dr Jensen values patient care, satisfaction and safety above all else. He has been an instructor for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS/ALS) for over 10 years, and is also certified in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). Dr Jensen is board certified and a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr Jensen enjoys traveling to new places, hiking, and other outdoor activities with his wife and three sons. He values health, fitness and staying active throughout life. He loves meeting new people and developing relationships with his patients. Dr Jensen is looking forward to serving the community of Sacramento and Northern California.

Dr Ali Mehrabian


Dr. Ali Mehrabian was born in Toronto, Canada and raised in Long Island, New York, where he attended St. Anthony’s High School and went on to attended Stony Brook University of New York where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy. After working as a Registered Respiratory Therapist for three years at a Level 1 trauma center at Stony Brook University Hospital and working as a Polysomnographic Technologist at Sleep Diagnostics Group, he went on to complete his Doctorate in Dental Surgery at the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine in 2014.

After Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Mehrabian completed a General Practice Residency at the Veteran Affairs Healthcare System in San Diego, California. He then practiced general dentistry in Long Island, New York for three years before receiving his Certificate of Specialty in Endodontics from Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine in 2018.

Dr. Mehrabian went on to serve as a full-time Endodontist and faculty member for the General Practice Residency program at Loma Linda Veteran Affairs Healthcare System for three years where he had the honor of caring for our Veteran population and providing comprehensive clinical teaching and didactic lecture series on the field of endodontics to general dentists.

Since then, Dr. Mehrabian has been in private practice and most recently helped develop the first endodontic clinic at one of the largest non-profit federally qualified health centers (FQHC) in Los Angeles—St. John’s Community Health. Dr. Mehrabian has also had the honor of lecturing at the International Academy of Endodontics on the topic of: “How to train your dental assisting team with ergonomics in mind.”

Dr. Mehrabian is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. This challenging three-step examination exemplifies the highest level of education in the specialty of endodontics. This experience ensures Dr. Mehrabian continues to demonstrate his dedication to professional growth and to providing the highest quality of patient care.

In his free time, Dr. Mehrabian enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. Following Arsenal soccer club and going to the movies.