Meet the Dentists

Dr. Monisha Gagneja, BDS

Board-certified Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Monisha Gagneja, affectionately called Dr. Mo, grew up in a northern Indian family of physicians where she was the first one to choose dentistry instead of medicine. After graduating in 1994 from the Government Dental College in India, she practiced as a general dentist with her husband, Dr. Prashant Gagneja, in their private practice.

When she moved to the United States, she went back to school to specialize in pediatric dentistry at Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU). At OHSU, she got the opportunity to train at the School of Dentistry and to treat kids with special health care needs at Doernbecher Children's Hospital. She received her board certification from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in 2009.

Dr. Monisha Gagneja has presented at international dental conferences and has received numerous awards for academics, community services, music, art, and sports. She participates in both local community outreach programs and global health projects. She was published in the Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry, a renowned pediatric dentistry journal, in 2007 and has also been featured in Physician’s Scribe magazine in 2012. She has appeared on local TV shows multiple times promoting the oral health of children.

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Previously, Dr. Mo has worked as a pediatric dentist at Willamette Dental Clinic and Gentle Dental in Vancouver. Dr. Mo also trained dental students and pediatric dentistry residents at OHSU. She was the founding dentist at Providence Specialty Dental Clinic for Children in Portland, OR, specializing in treating children with special health care needs.

As a former faculty member at OHSU School of Dentistry, member of American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, as well as local and national pediatric dental associations, Dr. Mo has stayed current with the latest in pediatric dental care. She is also affiliated with Legacy Emanuel Hospital, Salmon Creek Legacy Hospital, St. Vincent’s Providence Hospital, and Kaiser Interstate Surgical Center.

Dr. Mo says, “I love working with kids because it gives me an opportunity to experience the uniqueness of each child and be a part of their lives in a small way. It has taught me immense patience and unconditional love.”

When she is not working, She loves to play the violin, paint, read, watch movies, and spend time with her loving husband, Prashant, their adorable boys, Anav and Aadil, and their dog, Mowgli.

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Dr. Prashant Gagneja, BDS, MDS

Diplomate of American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Prashant Gagneja (also known as Dr. G) grew up in the northern part of India in a family of academicians. Dr. G received his dental degree from Punjabi University in 1994 and his Masters in Dental Surgery (MDS) in Pediatric Dentistry from Guru Nanak Dev University in 1999. He completed his second residency in pediatric dentistry with the University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey (UMDNJ/Rutgers) in 2003. Dr. G started working as an assistant professor for OHSU in Portland, OR, the same year and was offered the position of department chairman of pediatric dentistry in 2004. He was the youngest chair at the age of 34 at OHSU.

Dr. Prashant Gagneja was instrumental in starting the new Residency Program in Pediatric Dentistry at OHSU in 2005. He received his board certification with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in 2006. Dr. G served as an associate professor and chairman of pediatric dentistry at OHSU from 2004 to 2011, and has also been on the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatric Dentistry since 2002. His passion for teaching and research has led to his recognition in the field. A number of his past students and residents are practicing dentistry all over the US.

Dr. G has also worked part-time for Willamette Dental and Gentle Dental in Vancouver. He has been awarded several awards nationally and internationally, including the Top 40 Under 40 of Portland in 2006.

Outside of work, Dr. G loves building and flying RC airplanes and enjoys reading books, graphic novels, and science fiction. He is a movie buff and an avid audiophile as well! He and Dr. Monisha Gagneja are proud parents of their two sons, Anav and Aadil.

About Must Love Kids®

The home of super smiles and healthy teeth.

Children have particular dental needs, so it makes sense to see a pediatric dentist who specializes in dental care for kids. Must Love Kids® is that trusted partner in your child’s healthcare. We provide a high-quality dental service, and your child’s comfort is our top priority.

Conveniently located in Vancouver, WA, we provide a full range of pediatric dental services from preventive care to orthodontic treatments and more. And, with Dr. Mo and Dr. G leading the practice, you can be sure your kids are in safe hands.

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Have been taking my kids here for years. Must Love Kids has the most knowledgeable staff and doctors! My kids get so excited when it’s their appointment day. Their state of the art technology is amazing and they truly care about their patients and families. If you’re not taking your kids here, you need to!! I would give them 10 stars if I could.

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