About Us

Meet Dr. Steven Arima


Dr. Steven Arima

Born in Los Angeles, Dr. Arima was raised in the San Fernando Valley and has lived in Valencia since 1989. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from California State University, Northridge. He continued his education to receive a doctorate of dental surgery (DDS) and a Bachelor’s degree in dental science from University of California, San Francisco. After being selected for a residency program in Advanced Cosmetic and General Practice Dentistry, Dr. Arima became a certified resident at Loma Linda Veteran’s Hospital.

In 1989, Dr. Arima married Rhonda and moved to the Santa Clarita Valley to open his cosmetic and family dental practice in the new and growing community. In April of 2007, after many years of practice in Saugus and Newhall, Dr. Arima finished his custom-built, professionally-decorated dream office. The practice is located in a brand new building on Tourney Road in Valencia, where Dr. Arima continues to provide excellent cosmetic and family dental care. After many years of building beautiful smiles in Santa Clarita Valley, Dr. Arima maintains the enthusiasm and motivation that prompted him to pursue a career in dentistry. He holds membership with the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, San Fernando Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and he is a Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

Dr. Arima’s three children are his pride and joy: Ryan (the oldest), Megan (the only girl), and Chasen (the baby of the family). When he isn’t working, Dr. Arima enjoys golf, scuba diving, and playing online games. Dr. Arima is also a nationally ranked second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. His main pastime is having fun with the family and enjoying his kids’ many sporting and club endeavors.

Meet our Team


Connie Castro, Practice Manager

Connie has been working in the dental field for over 25 years. Her goal is to provide every patient with a positive and rewarding experience. She is happy to schedule your dental appointments and to coordinate your course of treatment. She is an expert at understanding and explaining your insurance benefits in order to help you achieve a happy, healthy, smile.



Niki Caballero, Registered Dental Hygienist

Working with Dr. Arima since 2007, and having over 10 years’ experience in the dental field, Niki has become a very well-rounded dental clinician that works well with all types of patients. Her background includes working as a para-educator, which allowed her the wonderful experience of working with disabled children for 2 years. With a very gentle touch and caring approach, Niki’s main goals are prevention and education, while always setting a very comfortable and relaxing tone.



Jackie Burke, Registered Dental Hygienist

With over 5 years’ experience, Jackie has enjoyed working for Dr. Arima since 2009. Always cheerful and happy to see our patients, Jackie strives to make each patient visit one of comfort and low stress. Helping you keep your teeth for a lifetime is her main goal.




Forouzan, Registered Dental Hygienist

Forouzan has been a Registered Dental Hygienist for 10 years. She believes that continuing education is the key to stay on top of the latest information, treatments, and technologies in dental hygiene. She enjoys these courses, and they motivate her to help you achieve and preserve a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime.




Cathy Pachuca, Office Receptionist

Cathy has worked as a dental receptionist in general dentistry since 2003. In 2007, she joined our team, working in both the front and back office. Cathy will take care of every need while you are in the office. She can take care of scheduling and maximizing your insurance. She can also assist while you are receiving treatment. Cathy’s goal is making sure you and your family have a pleasant and comfortable experience in our office.



Patty Swingley, Office Receptionist

Patty is an expert at patient relations in the office. With her relaxed South Carolina demeanor, she will strive to make your visit as pleasant and streamline as possible. She loves patient care and is always glad to see you. So if you get a courtesy call from our office and hear that southern twang, know that you will be well taken care of by Patty.