Dr. Samir Batniji - Endodontist

Dr. Samir Batniji has many years of experience in the dental field and has been a practicing Endodontics since 1987. After graduating from dental school in 1976, he practiced general dentistry for 8 years and then pursued his graduate training. In 1987, Dr. Batniji earned his certificate in Endodontics from the University of Southern California. Dr. Batniji also earned his Master of Science in Education from USC where he continues to serve as a Clinical Associate Professor in the surgical sciences department – section of Endodontics. He also serves in several committees at the USC School of Dentistry.

Dr. Batniji and his associates are members of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and the American Association of Endodontists to name a few. Dr. Batniji is also a member of the Southern California Academy of Endodontists where he served as the past president from 1995-1996.

Dr. Raaed Batniji - Endodontist

Dr. Raaed Batniji has been involved with endodontics since he was in high school which was when he began dental assisting under the mentorship of his father, Dr. Samir Batniji. That was essentially the beginning of the apprenticeship that led him to this profession, one degree at a time. Dr. Batniji obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Boston University in 2006. He practiced general dentistry until 2010, then joined the Endodontic Residency Program at the University of Southern California and obtained his certificate in Endodontics in 2013. Since 2007, Dr. Raaed Batniji has been a clinical faculty member in the Doctor of Dental Surgery program at the Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC. He is responsible in supervising and maintaining coverage of dental students in the Urgent Care Dental Clinic and in training and providing instructions to the doctoral students in the Endodontic clinic.


Dr. Duhli Chen received his undergraduate degree from the University of California Irvine, with his bachelors in Psychology and minor in Business Management. His education prepared him for attending dental school at the University of Southern California, and also his advanced education and certificate in Endodontics. Dr. Chen has always been interested in the healthcare field and dentistry offered everything he was looking for; a field that allowed him to apply healthcare and business knowledge into a career. He wanted to pick a specialty that really challenged him. Endodontics allowed him to do that by resolving disease and difficult dental problems. Dr. Chen is a member of the AAE, CDA, and Orange County Dental Society. He enjoys surfing, swimming, snowboarding, and running. He has a lovely wife Jennifer, and two beautiful children.


Dr. Edward Deeb graduated from USC School of Dentistry in 1990 with a D.D.S. degree. He then held a residency in the specialty of Endodontics for two years with a Certificate in Endodontics at the USC School of Dentistry in 1992. He has practiced Endodontics for twenty years and has been practicing with Dr. Batniji for many years. Dr. Deeb has worked as an instructor in Endodontics and is devotes time to the new field of Online Dental Educaton. Dr. Deeb and his family enjoy the outdoors. They like to go biking, hiking and camping on their vacations. They also enjoy water sports. Dr. Deeb is also active in his church.


Dr. Lavene had a great childhood dentist that encouraged him to pursue dentistry. He enjoyed his experiences as a patient in his office and liked the idea of helping people in health care environment as well. Dr. Lavene practiced general dentistry for seven years before starting a residency in endodontics. He chose endodontics because he found it very rewarding helping people save their teeth and relieve them of their pain. Dr. Lavene wanted to narrow his focus in dentistry so he decided endodontics would be the best area of specialty. He received the Psi Omega Fraternity Scholastic Achievement Award for graduating USC with the highest GPA in his fraternity. Dr. Lavene is a member of the ADA, CDA, Orange County Dental Society and AAE. In his free time he enjoys hiking, golf and physical fitness. Dr. Lavene enjoys just about any outdoor activity and tries to take advantage of the great Southern California weather! He is married to his beautiful wife, Rebecca.