Meet Dr. Kohani

Dr. Kami Kohani, DDS, believes in making a trip to the dentist’s office as enjoyable as possible. For over 32 years, he has provided a wide range of cosmetic dental services and innovative orthodontic care to patients in San Diego and Southern California to improve their health as well as their smiles.

His drive, passion, and optimistic personality have allowed him to determine the best methods to help his patients achieve their desired aesthetic goals while minimizing or eliminating the need for aggressive procedures.

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Academic Accomplishments and Training



  • Attended High School in Santa Barbara
  • Completed his undergraduate at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
  • Went on to study at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry (UCLA)
  • Graduated from UCLA in 1991 at the top of his class and finished his requirements in just three years



  • Dr. Kohani has had many years of post-graduate training in the fields of orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry.
  • Dr. Kohani has taught for over 18 years as the Assistant Director and Senior Lecturer for the UCLA Center of Esthetic Dentistry and Orthodontics.
  • He continues to lecture for one of the largest dental distributors and educate dentists from all over the world.
  • Dr. Kohani also holds several patents in his field and is on the advisory board for several reputable companies.
  • Dr. Kohani is a Diplomat and President of the International Academy of Dental Implantology (IADI)



  • Assistant Director and Senior Lecturer at the UCLA Center for Aesthetic Dentistry
  • Member of the International Academy of Dental Implantology (IADI)
  • Member of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (D.O.C.S.)
  • Active member of the American Dental Society (ADA)
  • Active member of the California Dental Society (CDA)
  • Founder and CEO of Joe Dentist, Inc.


  • In 1992, Dr. Kohani opened his private practice: La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics. It is here that Dr. Kohani and his team have been specializing in orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry as well as upholding their belief in treating the whole face, not just the mouth, for over 32 years.

    • For over 20 years, Dr. Kohani has volunteered for Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, a nonprofit organization that provides dental and surgical services to children with deformities of the face and mouth.
    • Dr. Kohani is also involved with World Help to assist in providing dentistry to people in Guatemala as well as helping them open a dental clinic in the area.
  • In his free time, Dr. Kohani enjoys classic cars, motorcycles, jiu-jitsu, and contributing to his community through volunteer work. He especially enjoys spending time with his family and is extremely proud of his two children.

    His son is attending Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and will be starting dental school to follow in his father's footsteps and take over the family dental practice. His daughter is attending Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, with a focus in child psychology.


Dr. Kohani Gives Back

In 2011, Dr. Kohani traveled to Africa here he met a young girl named Jackie. Jackie suffered from a severe case of cleft lip and palate, and Dr. Kohani knew he wanted to help her. He decided to bring the young girl back home with him, where she lived with him and his family for almost one year.

During her time in the United States, Jackie had several procedures performed to correct her deformities with the help of the Fresh Start nonprofit organization. She then returned to her home in Africa, and Dr. Kohani now aids Jackie’s family financially and is even putting her brother through college.

Today, Jackie is thankful for her bright, new smile all thanks to Dr. Kohani.