Meet the Doctors
The Gagnejas are a family of self-proclaimed nerds!
Prashant and Monisha met in dental school in India, have love and appreciation for life and enjoy their time together and being kids’ dentists. Known as Dr. G and Dr. Mo by their patients, they have a great love for animals – especially dogs! You will see one of their beloved Boston Terriers, Ladoo, featured in the MLK comic book as “Lord Ladoo”. Their black labrador, Mowgli, is being trained as a therapy dog to work at the dental office!
The name of the clinic defines the philosophy of their Practice: Must Love Kids! That’s the reason both Drs. Gagneja work with kids: their passion to help and work with children comes naturally to them. It’s why Must Love Kids® should be your number one choice for Pediatric Dentists in Vancouver
MONISHA GAGNEJA, BDS
Dr. Monisha Gagneja or 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 both 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 a renowned Pediatric Dentistry Journal in 2007 and has also been featured in Physician’s Scribe magazine in 2012. She has been on local TV shows multiple times promoting the oral health of children with special health care needs.
In the past, she has worked as a pediatric dentist at Willamette Dental Clinic and Gentle Dental in Vancouver. Dr. Mo also trained the dental students and pediatric dentistry residents at OHSU. Dr. Mo was the founding dentist at Providence Specialty Dental Clinic for Children in Portland, OR, specializing in treating those with special health care needs.
As a former faculty member at OHSU School of Dentistry, member of American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and local and national Pediatric Dental associations, Dr. Gagneja 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.
According to Dr. Mo “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.
PRASHANT GAGNEJA, BDS, MDS
Diplomate of American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Prashant Gagneja grew up in the Northern part of India in a family of academicians. His wife, Monisha Gagneja, is also a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist. They are proud parents of their two sons Anav and Aadil.
Dr. Prashant Gagneja received his dental degree from Punjabi University in 1994 and Masters in Dental Surgery (MDS) in Pediatric Dentistry from Guru Nank Dev University in 1999. He completed his second residency in Pediatric Dentistry from University of Medicine and Dentistry New jersey (UMDNJ) in 2003. Dr. Gagneja started working for OHSU the same year and was offered the position of Department Chairman in 2004, as 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 Journal of Pediatric Dentistry since 2002. His passion for teaching and research has lead to much recognition in the field. A number of his past students are practicing dentistry in the Northwest.
Dr. Gagneja also has 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. Gagneja loves building and flying model airplanes, photography, and reading comics and science fiction. He enjoys movies and music and exploring the latest in technology with his two equally nerdy boys!
CHELSEA ZAMUDIO, DDS
Dr. Z hails from Damascus, OR. Even as a child, Dr. Z always wanted to be a dentist. She even used to “examine” her Great Dane’s mouth! After graduating from University of the Pacific Dental School, Dr. Z did her residency at UCLA. She has recently relocated back to the northwest from southern California. She chose to specialize in Pediatric Dentistry because kids are so much fun! She loves animals, and has two dogs and two cats. Dr. Z also enjoys photography. Living the mantra “seize the day” is part of daily practice for Dr. Z, as a reminder of focus and mindfulness.
JIMMY LAPNAWAN, JR, DMD
Board-Certified in Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Jimmy Lapnawan Jr (“Dr. Jimmy”) was born in the Philippines and moved to Florida at an early age. He spent a majority of his life living in the warm Sunshine State, but after a mini-vacation to the Pacific Northwest, he and his wife Christina knew they wanted to call the beautiful area home! Dr. Jimmy loves Oregon & Washington State, from the scenic mountain views and waterfalls to its seasonal weather. He enjoys exploring the great outdoors with his wife and their fur-baby Lea. He is a big Star Wars and Marvel fan, and when at home, he loves watching a good movie and live sports!
Dr. Jimmy is a Board-Certified pediatric dentist. He graduated from the University of Florida (Go Gators!), where he earned his Bachelor’s degree, Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree, and completed a two-year specialty program in Pediatric Dentistry. During this time, he specialized in comprehensive pediatric dentistry, infant oral health, children with special health care needs, and craniofacial anomalies. He is a lifelong student, always learning the latest evidence-based treatments and techniques through CE courses. He is affiliated with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry (WSPD), and Washington Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (WAPD).
Dr. Jimmy is committed to providing high quality dental care for all children and he is dedicated to working with families on practicing good oral home care to help each child have healthy teeth that will last a lifetime. Dr. Jimmy is very excited to join the Must Love Kids team and looks forward to meeting you!