Novan Nguyen, DDS
Dr. Novan Nguyen double-majored in Biology and Business with a minor in Art at the University of California San Diego. He attended the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry for his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree, graduating in 2005. He continues his dental education regularly, and completed a mini-residency to achieve his certification in orthodontics and implant dentistry. Dr. Nguyen has been practicing in the Sacramento, California, area for 8 years. He is a member of the American Dental Association.
As a dentist, Dr. Nguyen’s goal is to serve his community and provide quality care for his patients. He cares about each patient he meets, and works hard to equip each person who walks through the doors of his practice with the knowledge they need to maintain good oral health. He enjoys giving back to the community, and donates his time to organizations such as WEAVE, CDA, and CARES. He also donates oral hygiene items to schools and participates in the troops program and in a number of events in the Sacramento area.
Dr. Nguyen loves to spend time with his wonderful wife and fluffy Malti poo. His hobbies including wine tasting, hiking, traveling and spending time with family and friends in southern California.
Sally Chu, DMD
Dr. Sally Chu earned her Bachelor of Science degree at UCLA before attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, graduating in 2011 with her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree. She continues her dental education regularly. While in dental school she participated in an honors clinic. She completed her general practice residency program at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and participated in a dental externship in Botswana, Africa, providing dental care to underserved areas. Dr. Chu has been practicing in the Sacramento area since 2012.
Dr. Chu’s goals as a dentist are to provide comfortable, caring dentistry. She takes the time to know each individual patient and understand their needs so that she can help them achieve optimal and long-lasting oral health and provide a positive dental experience.
Dr. Chu was born in Sacramento and raised in the Greenhaven area. Her family – her twin sister, older sister, and parents – all live in Sacramento, and she enjoys practicing dentistry in her hometown. Her hobbies include traveling, cheering for her hometown teams, and cooking new recipes.
Katerina Koleva, DDS
Dr. Katerina Koleva attended the University of Dental Medicine Sofia in Bulgaria in 2009, and she continued her education in the USA by attending the University of the Pacific Arthur Dugoni, San Francisco in 2015. Dr. Koleva graduated with honors and she was accepted into the Tau Kappa Omega Honor Society in 2015. Upon graduating, she also received an award for Periodontal Excellence.
Dr. Koleva is constantly looking for ways that she can expand her scope of practice through continuing education courses. She also stays up-to-date with the latest in dentistry by being a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Sacramento District Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Koleva has been practicing in the Sacramento area since 2016, and she strives to not only provide the highest quality of care but to also create an environment where patients can actually look forward to their next dental visit.
Meet Our Team
Our friendly team of dental professionals at Novan Dental work hard to make each patient feel welcome and comfortable at our practice. We are dedicated to making your experience at our practice positive, and work hard to provide thorough, gentle dental treatments as well as the dental education you need to make informed decisions about your oral health. Call us today at 916-422-3991 to make your appointment with Dr. Novan Nguyen and Dr. Sally Chu and learn more about dental care in Sacramento, California. We look forward to caring for your smile!
Christine – Registered Dental Hygienist
Christine has been with our practice for 7 years. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Sacramento College, and attended dental hygiene school at Carrington College, completing her training in 2009. Christine loves being part of an innovative and hard-working team that puts our patient’s needs first and constantly strives to learn more. She strives to learn and grow while educating patients about their oral health. She makes each appointment personal and memorable.
Christine and her caring husband have 2 lovely daughters, Avery and Alyssa. Her hobbies include singing, traveling, shopping, and baking.
Ivy – Registered Dental Hygienist
Ivy has been with our team for 5 years. She began her career in the dental field in 2000 as a financial coordinator, where she was able to display her communication, leadership, and organizational skills. She graduated from Sacramento City College in May 2012. In 2011, she received a President’s Highest Honor award. Ivy performs many roles within our practice to help our team achieve our goals, but her favorite part of our practice is working with our amazing doctor and team to help our patients improve their oral health.
Ivy has been happily married for 13 years, and has two sweet daughters, Jenica (age 10) and Jasmine (age 4). Outside of the office, she enjoys singing, playing volleyball, and spending quality time with her family.
Luis – Dental Hygienist
Luis joined our team in August 2017! He graduated from the Carrington College Dental Hygiene program in 2014, and has received the Colgate S.T.A.R. award for patient compassion and commitment to learning. He loves that our office is friendly and professional and takes pride in their work, and is happy and proud to be part of such an elite group of dental professionals. Dental hygiene is Luis’ passion, and he loves what he does. Luis is proud to share his skills and knowledge with others and to contribute to his patients’ health and wellbeing. He holds himself to high standards, and treats his patients and co-workers like family.
Luis is happily married with 2 pit bulls and a Lhasa Apso. Outside of the office, he enjoys adult kickball, biking, swimming, and staying active.
Bonnie – Registered Dental Assistant
Bonnie has returned to Novan Dental in April 2018, after taking some time off. She has associates degrees in science, engineering and math. She enjoys the family atmosphere at our office and brings her patience and caring attitude with her to work every day.
Bonnie is married with two playful dogs and two wonderful kids, and in her spare time she enjoys gardening and going to the beach with her family.
Jessica – Dental Assistant
Jessica has been with our team for 3 years. She graduated from Franklin High School, and attended Carrington College for her Dental Assisting certification. She loves meeting our patients, learning about their lives, and seeing them satisfied with their smiles after we have completed their treatment.
Jessica has one older brother. In her spare time she loves to dance and watch beauty gurus on YouTube.
“Life is short, smile while you still have teeth.”
Marisa – Office Manager
Marisa has been with our team for 5 years. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Sacramento State. She helps us maintain a positive and organized environment, and enjoys interacting with our patients and helping them get the most out of their insurance benefits.
Marisa and her amazing husband have a senior pug named Dosha and a fat bull dog named King Louis. Her hobbies include sewing, cooking, and traveling with her husband.
Tiffanie – Marketing Coordinator
Tiffanie joined our team in 2016. She attended Sacramento Community College for 3 years. She facilitates to contribute to our community, including our participation in food drives and donations to schools. For Tiffanie, the best parts of the practice is seeing how happy the patients are with us as partner in their dental health.
Tiffanie has a beautiful 8-year-old daughter. When not at work her hobbies include reading, traveling with family, crafts and having fun in the sun.
Victoria – Scheduling Coordinator
Victoria joined our team in 2016, She has 2 years of experience in medical training. When patients visit our practice Victoria greets them with a smile and spreads the positive atmosphere we strive to maintain in our practice. For Victoria, the best parts of our practice are being able to create relationships with each patient and the feeling of family that exists within our team.
Victoria’s hobbies include traveling, shopping, hanging out with her friends and family, going to the movies, and boating.