Skill and compassion go hand in hand when providing exceptional patient care. As dental professionals, we stay up to date on the latest advancements in dentistry in order to provide the most current treatment options for our patients. As doctors, we recognize that our patients are unique individuals who have placed a great deal of trust in our team. That is just one reason why we value each and every patient relationship.
We appreciate the time you’ve taken to visit this site and find out more about this dental practice, our team, and the many services we can provide to help you achieve optimum oral health. To learn more about a specific doctor at Valley Oak Dental Group, please look at the biographies below:
Meet Our General/Cosmetic Dentists
Dr. Bonnie Morehead
I have enjoyed practicing dentistry in Manteca for over 25 years. I grew up on a farm in Lockeford, California, and have spent my life here in the Central Valley. I attended The University of the Pacific (as did my two daughters) where I joined a community service sorority and am still active with my chapter. I attended the University of Pacific, now the Dugoni School of Dentistry, and I continue to spend time in “The City,” active with the Board of The Pacific’s Dental School Alumni Association. I enjoy being active in my community, church and in the San Joaquin Dental Society where I am a past President. I also enjoy gardening, travel and spending time with family and friends.
Knowing that many people are fearful of dental treatment, I undertook certification training in DOCS and Oral Conscious Sedation. These techniques allow my patients to receive care in a very relaxed environment while getting complete dental care. I have extensive training in cosmetic dentistry, root canal treatment, implants and complete dental rehabilitation. I have a passion for patients’ well-being and enjoy working with my staff at Valley Oak Dental Group to help my patients reach their esthetic and health potential. I have the ability to do beautiful, metal free crowns in one visit with the use of “CEREC” technology. My goal is to provide kind, respectful and understanding attention to your dental needs in a friendly, relaxed environment. New patients are welcome.
Dr. Ron Joseph
Dr. Ron Joseph is a Manteca native! Graduating from Manteca High School in 1985, he attended U.C. Berkeley where he graduated in 1990 with his Bachelor of Science in Genetics and Molecular Biology. Dr. Joseph then attended the University of California at San Francisco Dental School where he graduated in 1995.
Following graduation, Dr. Joseph joined Valley Oak Dental Group, returned to the central valley, and married his lovely wife, Nisha. Together they are raising sons Tobias and Kaiden. When he isn’t at the office, Dr. Joseph enjoys time with his family, music, and playing his bass guitar.
Dr. Joseph’s goal is to provide a gentle, caring environment in which to assist patients achieve a healthy and happy smile.
Dr. Rudy Ciccarelli
Dr. Rudy Ciccarelli attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska where he majored in pharmacy. He then graduated from the University of Pacific School of Dentistry and in 1987 settled in the central valley where he was born and raised.
Dr. Ciccarelli enjoys the outdoors including camping, bicycling and water sports with his wife, three sons, and young daughter.
In practice, Dr. Ciccarelli’s passion for dentistry goes beyond his clinical skills and extends to his patients’ physical and emotional well-being. As much as possible, he tailors his dental service to accommodate his patients’ needs and wants.
Dr. Elizabeth Grecco
I grew up in what used to be rural north Modesto and, with not much else to do, I spent a lot of time following my dad around while he made repairs to the house, yard, machinery, and cars. I grew to appreciate the sense of satisfaction we got from restoring things back to function, and I still really enjoy problem solving and fixing things, both prerequisites for the technical side of dental practice.
I attended Modesto Junior College and graduated, with honors, from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. I received my dental degree from the University of California, San Francisco in 1990. After graduating, I undertook further training at the VA Medical Center/University of California, San Francisco in the General Practice Residency program. I have been practicing at Valley Oak Dental Group since 1993.
I am very grateful to live in this beautiful part of California because I enjoy pretty much anything that involves being outdoors including gardening, biking, hiking, and swimming. I also enjoy cooking and traveling with friends and family.
I am committed to providing high quality care to my patients in an environment of trust and confidence as well as comfort and satisfaction. I hope to provide the best that modern dentistry has to offer while respecting the needs and desires of my patients.
I am a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and San Joaquin Dental Society.
Dr. Daman Saini
One of Dr. Daman Saini’s favorite quotes is: “Good is the enemy of great.” A bay area native, raised in San Jose, he attended and graduated as a valedictorian from Independence High School. Three years later, he graduated Magna Cum Laude (top 3%) from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. Dr. Saini received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry. During his fourth year of dental school, he completed an externship in oral surgery at Louisiana State University. After dental school, Dr. Saini was selected for a one year General Practice Residency at the VA Palo Alto Medical Center, where he treated hundreds of medically compromised and fearful patients in a hospital setting. He joined the Valley Oak Dental Group family in 2004.
Being committed to continuing education and having a passion for cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Saini trained and studied the art of creating beautiful smiles and enhancing existing ones at the UCLA Aesthetic Continuum. With guidance from renowned dental experts, he was exposed to the newest scientific concepts and developments in aesthetic treatment modalities, including composites, conservative porcelain veneers, digital dental photography, shade selection, and smile design.
“It is truly gratifying to have the opportunity to alleviate another’s pain or improve their self-confidence by creating a healthy, functional, and confident smile,” says Dr. Saini. “My goal is to provide exceptional, comprehensive dental care to my patients in a friendly and caring environment, educating and encouraging them toward a state of optimal oral health.”
When Dr. Saini is not busy providing excellent dental service, he enjoys weight training, doing small projects around the house, travelling and spending quality time with his family. He is a Bay Area sports fan, and a big supporter of his favorite teams: the Warriors, Giants, and 49ers.
Dr. Saini is an active member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the San Joaquin Dental Society.
Dr. Harneet (Neeti) Saini
Dr. Harneet (Neeti) Saini is a general dentist who has been part of Valley Oak Dental Group since 2004. She graduated with honors from the University of California, Irvine, with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. She then went on to earn her doctorate from the University of California at San Francisco School of Dentistry in 2004 and subsequently moved to the Central Valley.
Dr. Neeti’s dental practice consists of all aspects of general dentistry. Her goal is to provide the finest dental care possible in a comfortable and painless environment. She places a high value on doctor/patient communication and spending quality time with each patient, which in turn reflects on the quality of her dentistry.
When not working, Dr. Neeti enjoys watching movies, playing tennis, traveling and anything that involves spending time with her family and friends. She also takes pleasure in the art of religious singing (kirtan), which she has been learning since the age of five. She has been happily married to Daman Saini since 2003.
Dr. Yan Gao
Dr. Yan Gao views dentistry as more than just a profession; she truly believes that it is a privilege to be able to make positive impacts in people’s lives by improving their oral health.
She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in biology from Wuhan University in China. She then attended Yale University to obtain her Ph.D. degree in immunology, before deciding to switch careers from basic science research to dentistry. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry with high honors.
Following graduation, she joined the Valley Oak Dental Group family in 2018. Her goal in dentistry is to provide high quality comprehensive dental services to her patients and build good rapport in a caring, stress-free, and respectful environment. Currently she lives in the Central Valley with her husband. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Gao is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society and San Joaquin Dental Society.
Meet Our Children Dentists
Dr. Mohammad El Farra
Being born and raised in North Hollywood, California, I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology in 1999 and my dental degree in 2003—both from the University of Southern California (GO USC TROJANS!). I relocated to Manteca in October 2003, when I joined Valley Oak Dental Group. My lovely wife Hadeil Kotb (who is a doctor of Physical Therapy) and I have three wonderful children—daughter Yasmeen and sons Idrees and Kareem. I am actively involved in our community and sponsor various activities and organizations that promote life-enriching programs for our youth. I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids, being actively involved in my religious community and anything involving the ocean and FOOTBALL!
I limit my practice to infants, children, young adults, and those with special needs. I strive to keep current with the leading edge techniques, materials, and equipment that will allow me to provide the highest quality of care. I have completed course work and maintained, through continuing education, my certificate in Oral Conscious Sedation. I am an affiliate member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and an affiliate member of the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, the American and California Dental Associations and the San Joaquin Dental Society. I am also a member of the Special Care Dentistry Association. For your child’s safety and your peace of mind, I am certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support and CPR. I continue to pursue continuing education in the fields of root canal therapy, cosmetics, sedation, and general patient health.
I enjoy providing the best possible dental care to my patients—but I always make the connection between dental health and overall health. I am an ethical and quality-oriented dentist who is determined to provide a comfortable and fun-loving environment for your child’s first and future dental experiences. My patient’s oral healthcare is my top priority and I will always be committed to providing my parents with the information they need to make good, sound decisions regarding their child’s life-long dental health.
I look forward to meeting you and building a lasting relationship with you and your family.
Meet Our Oral Surgeon
Dr. Mark Grecco
Dr. Grecco is a board certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon who has been in private practice in Manteca since 1992. He is a 1985 honors graduate of the Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry and completed his Oral & Maxillofacial surgery training in 1991 at the University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Grecco is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Dentists. He is a member of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, the California Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Dental Association, the International Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the California Society of Anesthesiologists, and the American Academy of Periodontics.
Dr. Grecco is a member of the medical staff of Kaiser Hospital (KFH) Manteca and Doctors Hospital of Manteca, an Associate Clinical Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, and an Examiner for the Dental Board of California.
Dr. Grecco’s clinical interests include dental implants, trauma surgery, and anesthesia.