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Dr. Adi’s Journey to Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Adi Genish

“After nearly getting stabbed in the eye by one of the tools my dentist was using, I could not understand how our childhood Pediatric Dentist still showed up to work. I was ten and my brother was five and he would literally terrorize the entire office if anyone so much as had the idea of sitting him down for a cleaning. Of course, I took pride in my ability to sit through all my dental appointments calmly.  Nonetheless, after years of observing fearful kids like my brother wreak havoc in the dental chair, I could not possibly understand why any dentist would want to treat kids! By the time I was in the eighth grade and after several years of braces, tooth extractions, and observations of my brother, my dental treatment had become a pretty regular part of my life. It had become SO normal that when my eighth grade English teacher assigned a career day project, I did not hesitate to focus mine on becoming a dentist (Shout out to Dr. Peter Roth for letting the twelve year old me come follow you around your office!)

Dr. Adi Genish - Kusp Pediatric Dentistry in Beverley Hills, CA

Being the daughter of a career preschool teacher, I developed a pretty deep understanding of the needs and behaviors of young children. Spending time assisting my mom in her classrooms, tutoring kids after school, or teaching children’s dance classes really solidified my love for working with young minds and hearts. I guess it comes to no surprise that I found my professional passion in pediatric dentistry – a combo of all my professional joys! As a double bruin (UCLA B.S., Physiological Sciences 2008; UCLA DDS, 2013), I was blessed to have an incredible educational foundation before completing a certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, 2015.”

Dr. Adi Genish

Dr. Adi  has spent many years working with children in different capacities whether teaching dance classes, volunteering at schools, or tutoring, Dr. Adi has always enjoyed her time mentoring and working with children. For her, becoming a pediatric dentist was a perfect match.

In her free time, Dr. Adi enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, son, and  their dog, a Shiba Inu, Lucah. Dr. Adi believes in treating every child as she would want others to treat her own. Her goal is to have every experience be a positive, enlightening one. She is grateful to be given the opportunity to play a small part but important part in each child’s life.

Dr. Adi began her education at UCLA where she received her B.S. in Physiological Sciences graduating with honors from her department. After graduation, she also spent five years as a teaching associate for UCLA’s Life Science Department teaching seminars as well as molecular cell biology and physiology. Dr. Adi then attended the UCLA School of Dentistry to complete her DDS. During dental school her heart was set on treating children exclusively. She  decided to complete an additional two year training program to specialize in pediatric dentistry at Loma Linda University. 

Dr. Adi Genish - Kusp Pediatric Dentistry in Beverley Hills, CA

Once there, she worked concurrently on completing her Masters of Science in Pediatric Dentistry.  Her research focus was on the  treatment of infants with cleft lip and palate.

Dr. Adi is a the past president and on the Executive Counsel for Southern California Society of Dentistry for Children.  She  is also a member of the American Dental AssociationAmerican Academy of Pediatric DentistryCalifornia Dental Association, San Fernando Valley Dental Society, and Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity.

In her free time, Dr. Adi enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, son, and  their dog, a Shiba Inu, Lucah. Dr. Adi believes in treating every child as she would want others to treat her own. Her goal is to have every experience be a positive, enlightening one. She is grateful to be given the opportunity to play a small part but important part in each child’s life.

Dr. Adi Genish - Kusp Pediatric Dentistry in Beverley Hills, CA

Pediatric dentistry is not my only professional passion, I recognized early on that my reach as a healer is limited to my physical capacity and to be able to create a real reach to provide quality care to children far away  and I would have to become an educator. Teaching dental students the art of treating a child would allow me to extend my love for treating children far beyond me. Beginning in 2008, I was hired as a teaching assistant for the UCLA Department of Physiological Sciences, after a few years this evolved into a promotion teaching a training course on undergraduate instruction for new graduate students as they began their teaching journeys at UCLA. In 2020, I was hired as a full time faculty at the UCLA School of Dentistry as an Assistant Clinical Professor. In this role, I was the Clinic Director for the Pre-Doctoral Pediatric Dentistry Clinical Rotations and one of my primary objectives is to ensure that the Comprehensive Clinical Pediatric Dentistry course for the predoctoral students was heavily based in the realities of private practice. In this endeavor, the focus was to increase case-based learning, creating digital learning modules, and converting all competencies and examinations to a digital platform such that students could access their results and areas that need improvement throughout the course of their clinical rotation and beyond. Further, my other addition to the rotation is to emphasize the importance of the doctor-patient-parent triad, a relationship that requires clear, open communication while understanding the parenting approach.  I really do get an amazing amount of satisfaction being able to share some of my knowledge with the next generation of dentists.

Pediatric dentistry is not only my dream “job”, my goal, and my focus but also my mission to create a dental home that facilitates a child’s dental self-love while giving their grown-ups a safe space to be partners in their child’s health. Although those days of watching my brother lose his composure as child made me apprehensive towards the pediatric dentist, they also facilitated my goal of becoming one.