Your West Portal Dental Care Staff

Dr. Rosa Mathai, DMD
Dr. Mathai is a recent and enthusiastic transplant to the Bay Area. Originally from Leesville, LA, she earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania after attending Tulane University in New Orleans for her undergraduate studies. Following dental school, she lived in Boston, MA training at the Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, where she advanced her skills in all facets of general dentistry through a rigorous residency program. She has spent the past five years of education focusing on learning advanced prosthodontic and surgical techniques, as well as gaining experience in providing high quality dentistry for the entire family. As a new addition to “the best coast,” she is excited and honored to bring her skill set and passion for dentistry to the West Portal Dental Care practice.

Dr. Basil Skaikhly, DDS
Dr. Shaikhly as a practitioner has always put his patient’s interest first and that is what sets him apart from other high quality dentists. He earned his first dental degree in 2006 in Bagdad, Iraq, and practiced for over 5 years before he and his family moved to the United States in 2011. He then earned his second dental degree from the University of the Pacific in San Francisco, finishing as Valedictorian. Has 10 years of clinical experience mixed with academic teaching and management skills. Through excellent interpersonal skills, he assures that his patients’ needs are understood by him and his dental team. Dr. Shaikhly delivers an exceptional level of treatment. He is willing to challenge himself, stays abreast of new developments in dentistry and treats his patients as if they were his own family members. He is an active member of the American Academy of Aesthetic dentistry, the Bay Area Aesthetic Masters study club, the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and American Academy of Oral Pathology. He was selected to join the three most prestigious dental honor societies, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Kappa Upsilon and Tau Kappa Omega. Outside his profession, he enjoys spending time with his family, his wife, also a dentist, and his seven year old twin boys, who fill his life with joy. He enjoys lap swimming, tennis, hiking and exploring the beautiful Bay area.

Miguel Cardenas, Dental Assistant
As our Registered Dental Assistant, Miguel handles all duties for the clinical side of our practice. His priority is to make sure our patients have a comfortable experience, and anticipating the needs of our doctors. Miguel has five years of experience in various branches of dentistry, including oral surgery and Invisalign. Miguel enjoys the challenge of complex cases that we are qualified to offer our patients. He was born and raised in Fresno, but now calls the Bay Area his home. He is fluent in Spanish, and enjoys getting lost in nature in his free time.

Geeta Ramaiya - Office Manager
The first friendly face to greet you at our office is that of Geeta Ramaiya, our wonderful Office Manager. Geeta has over 30 years of experience in the dental profession, and she oversees all of the functions of our office, from scheduling and accounting and insurance, to making sure our patients are comfortable in the clinical setting. Geeta grew up in Bombay, India, immigrating to the United States 35 years ago. Along with her husband, she raised all three of her children in the West Portal neighborhood. When she is not taking care of the office, Geeta likes to cook for her family in her spare time.

Susan Mack RDA - Assistant Office Manager
Susan offers administrative support at the front desk, as well as support for the clinical staff when needed. Susan has over 30 years clinical experience in general dentistry and periodontics as a Registered Dental Assistant, as well as a Certified Dental Technician for Removable Prosthetics. Susan grew up in Western New York, and moved to California in 1978. She lives with her husband and two children in Midtown Terrace. Susan likes to paint and walk in her spare time, and she is proud to be a living kidney organ donor.

Founder - Dr. Paul P. Ortner III, DDS
Dr. Ortner was a native San Franciscan who has called West Portal home for forty five years. Prior to beginning his dental career, he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley; subsequently finishing his dental education with honors at the University of Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Dr. Ortner’s extensive experience in General Dentistry has given him the opportunity to become a savant in the diagnosis and treatment of complex dental problems. He has helped countless numbers of patients through the travail of complex dental rehabilitation; achieving a very healthy state and pleasing esthetic result, not to mention also, a very happy patient. Dr. Ortner has belonged to many service organizations over the years. He was a lifetime member of the ADA,CDA and the S.F. Dental society; having served on the Board of Directors at one time. He was married and was the proud father of six children; grandfather of nine. An accomplished pilot who founds time to go flying with some time left over to play golf; never yet losing his passion for Dentistry. He established this office long ago and his legacy contiues with the ideals he set forth for this practice.