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Santa Clarita Draws Stars and Dollars with Local Filming

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Monica Harrison, owner, L.A. Film Locations.


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L.A. Film Locations makes economic impact on Santa Clarita with Hollywood style by Rubén J. Porras

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t’s not difficult to tell when Monica Harrison and her L.A. Film Locations team is involved in a local film production project. Simply be on the lookout for stunt men jumping off buildings, major stars involved in dramatic scenes on the streets of Santa Clarita or fiery car and helicopter crashes resulting in massive explosions. L.A. Film Locations brings Hollywood to Santa Clarita by lining up locations for studios to film their productions. Harrison started planning the business in the mid “90s” and business has boomed since Harrison opened the company in 2003. TV programs including Supergirl, NCIS, Scandal, Modern Family, and Sons of Anarchy, brands such as Nike, Mercedes and Samsung, and movies including Love and Mercy, The Conjuring 2, and Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse have used the services of the company and the city has benefitted from their business. “The economic impact (on Santa Clarita) is huge – over $30 million in 2015,” said Harrison. “I believe it will continue to grow especially since shows are now moving back to California with the new tax incentives.“ While California’s new tax incentives make sense financially, film production companies choose to film in Santa Clarita for a variety of reasons. “We have varied looks and no other state can beat our weather – perfect combination for filming varied landscapes without the challenges of weather issues as we have seen in Chicago and Atlanta,

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Commercial shoot at a film-friendly warehouse in Santa Clarita. etc…,” said Harrison. Santa Clarita is also attractive to production companies because it is conveniently located inside the 30 Mile Zone — the area within 30 miles of N. La Cienega Blvd. and Beverly Blvd. The zone was established to define the distance that union workers are expected to travel to get to work at production locations. The city’s location is also the perfect home for hundreds of industry workers who choose to reside away from the traffic

and fast pace of Los Angeles. These industry workers support the local economy and form a rich talent pool that filmmakers can draw from. “Commercials, still photography and features don’t really need to stay in the film zone but we get requests for the locations to be located within the zone more often than not,” said Harrison. “Staying within the 30 Mile Zone allows studios and production companies to save money by not having to pay for hotel rooms, travel time,

mileage, and meal allowances once they leave the film zone.” To keep the film production business thriving in Santa Clarita, the city has streamlined its permitting process and developed economic incentive programs. “Santa Clarita is a very film friendly city with a film office that is great to work with and understands what the film business brings to a community – permits are quickly processed, permit fees are reasonable, film incentives are in place for studios and production companies to film out here, etc…The city gets it,” said Harrison. What might be surprising to some is the variety of locations that are requested by L.A. Film Locations clients. “One month we get more calls for warehouses and the next month it’s all about conference rooms and hallways and then residential proper-

ties,” said Harrison. “There is no pattern – we need everything including parking lots and mobile homes to mansions. More controllable locations and locations that have some decent parking get requested more often – but other than these two reasons – we get requests for all kinds of real estate on a daily basis. This morning we received more calls for dealerships, golf courses, hotels and also mechanic garages. It’s different every day.” Accommodating the unique requests of various studios and production companies requires Harrison and her team to manage a constantly evolving database of properties. Harrison relies on 15 years of experience managing a portfolio of commercial real estate that included over a million square feet of space in Southern California. Local business owners, property owners, and man-

agers and residents are welcome to contact L.A. Film Locations to add their properties to the company’s database. This creates an opportunity for them to generate a new stream of income. Marketing properties is a service that the company provides at no charge. “We have businesses that use the extra money to pay for not only varied expenses but also some put it into a fund for an employee party and/or bonuses, some home owner associations (HOAs) use this income to, offset costs for homeowners while retail centers use this income to offset common area maintenance costs for tenants,” said Harrison. “It’s easy, it’s fun and we do all of the work for our clients.” Those interested in making their properties available can email info@ lafilmlocations.com or call (661) 253-FILM (3456).

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L.A. Film Locations’ five-month-old mascot, Lewy, right, poses with staff members from left, Hannah Stanley, Trent Jackson, Chuck Aguirre, Mikaela Cimarusti, and Jose Zavala.

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Monica on set of a commercial shoot for a national cell phone provider.

L.A. Film Locations staff members from left, Chuck Aguirre, five-month-old mascot, Lewy (seated on floor next to Chuck), Monica Harrison, Hannah Stanley, Mikaela Cimarusti, Trent Jackson, and Jose Zavala


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Couple stays close to home with the opening of their one-of-a-kind store By Alicia Doyle

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eaturing all organic yogurt, coffee and protein shakes, BrewLé is considered a one-ofa-kind establishment in the Santa Clarita Valley. “So many people have come into the store saying there’s nothing like this in the valley,” said Sean Pieterse of Valencia. “That was one of our reasons for opening here – we wanted to offer something that no one else does.” Brew-Lé celebrated its grand opening on Valentine’s Day in its location next to the Edwards Cinema at the Valencia Town Center. The family-owned business is operated by Sean and his wife, ZiZi, as well as their daughter, Sasha Pieterse, who is also an actress on the show, “Pretty Little Liars.” Sean and ZiZi, who previously worked as a professional acrobatic dance team, immigrated to the United States in the year 2000 from South Africa. The couple first moved to Las Vegas to perform, and later appeared on the Merv Griffin Show, before making their home in Valencia. The couple chose to move to Valencia because the location is close to Los Angeles, where their daughter is immersed in her acting career. “We wanted to open Brew-Lé in our own home town because we like this valley a lot,” Sean said. “Plus, a lot of people here are health conscious so we

try to make everything as healthy as possible.” The name of the business means “brew” for coffee, and “le” for crème brûlée. There are 10 yogurt flavors, including dairy-free coconut and dairy-free vanilla, as well as a pomegranate-flavored treat that’s both vegan and dairy free. “The rest are milk-based but all organic, gluten-free and cholesterol-free,” said Sean, noting that each flavor on the menu includes the ingredients. The menu also includes salted caramel, cheesecake, and the signature tart-flavored plain yogurt. “Most stores that have yogurt, if they do have organic, they’ll have one or two flavors,” Sean noted. “But we’ve gone full organic which is unusual for a yogurt store.” The coffee, both caffeinated and de-caffeinated, is made from organic beans from Guatemala. “We’ve had excellent response to the taste of the coffee because it’s the purest,” Sean said. The protein shakes are made with MRM protein powders, which are considered the most natural form of powders, he said. “All the personal trainers recommend it to their clients,” Sean said. “We have a big menu of chocolate-based or vanilla-based shakes that can be made with almond milk, coconut milk or regular organic milk.” The shop is also consid-

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Sean and ZiZi Pieterse stand in the doorway of their new coffee and frozen yogurt shop, Brew-Le, in the Valencia Town Center. ered unique for its décor, which features a rustic design with wood-paneled walls and industrial pipes for shelving. “Typically yogurt stores are very bright with bright colors,” Sean said. “We wanted ours to be a little warmer for people to hang out. We’ve got a nice location next to the movie theaters which is a good thing because we have a lot of

people passing by.” Above all, “we’re a mom and pop business and we just want to be warm and welcoming to anyone,” he added. “We want to make it more personal than your average yogurt store.” Brew-Lé is located at 24415 Town Center Drive in Valencia. For more information, call 661-7539373 or visit https://www. facebook.com/BrewLe/

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Rainbow Florist designers see continued growth one year after store opening By Laurel Davis

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wner Rose Arredondo recently celebrated the one year anniversary of Rainbow Florist Designers in Canyon Country. The doors of this busy but quaintly appointed flower shop first opened on February 9, 2015, and on February 9, 2016, what did she do to celebrate? She handdecorated an assortment of beautiful custom-made wooden boxes, took lots of customer orders, purchased volumes of roses, and made other preparations for Valentine’s Day. And she wouldn’t have it any other way. Rose says her shop, one of only three flower shops in Canyon Country, has had a positive first year. “We were very welcomed in the community and have benefitted from good word of mouth,” she said. She is grateful to the City of Santa Clarita, the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation, and the Small Business Center at College of the Canyons. “The City was very helpful with the opening of my shop here,” Rose points out. “They took the time to talk with me about my goals, and all of their departments gave me excellent direction every step of the way. The Small Business Center has so many free resources that got me started.” Prior to opening Rainbow Florist Designers last year, Rose had been designing floral arrangements out of her home since

2000. She started with filling individual orders and doing small events. “It kept growing from there,” she said. Eventually, realizing there were only two flower shops in Canyon Country, “I decided to take the business to the public.” Rose’s 20-plus years of corporate business experience has helped. She worked in Beverly Hills in commercial property management and investing, and then started her own investing. “I learned so much during that period,” she said, which she has been able to apply now as a small business owner. The growth of Rose’s floral designing over the years has so far come primarily from weddings. Rose believes everyone has a story and she appreciates those customers who have allowed her to be a part of theirs. “I could write a whole book of stories about customers who have grown with me,” she noted. “It feels good to be a part of customers’ special occasions.” Rose is proud that 90 percent of her flowers come from local growers in Los Angeles and surrounding counties. Of course, she will import flowers if specifically requested. She has designed floral arrangements for a variety of customers and events from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Now that Rainbow Florist Designers has been open for more than a year, Rose is excited about her expanding plans for business growth, with affordable pricing being a top

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Rose Arredondo, left, and Karla Metz, right, at the Rainbow Florist Designers shop in Canyon Country. priority. She is putting the finishing touches on her website and has started tapping into more commercial customers. In addition, Rose is getting calls from local schools for their events, and she has begun supporting student fundraisers whereby her shop will give a 10% discount to customers buying flowers on a school’s behalf. Also, churches will receive wholesale pricing. Rainbow Florist Designers also recently began offering customizable, hand-

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rangements for funerals. Plus, they offer rentals of other products to help complete an event, such as candy tables. What Rose finds most rewarding about floral design is the effect flowers have on men and women alike. “Flowers make you feel good. They can literally change your whole mood,” she beamed. “You don’t need words.” Whether it’s a gorgeous small bouquet, an elegant center piece, or an elaborate arrangement, “flowers feed

decorated wooden floral boxes of various sizes, for all occasions and events. All elements are U.S.-manufactured, and the decorating is done in the shop. Combined with using local growers, these business priorities help reduce the shop’s operating costs. Customers reap affordable pricing for beautiful floral arrangements made and delivered on time. Rainbow Florist Designers also designs balloon bouquets, potted plants, gift baskets, and flower ar-

the soul.” Rose looks forward to the continued growth of her shop. “I want to make people’s lives more beautiful.” Visit Rainbow Florist Designers at 18966 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country, 91351. Hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (closed on Sundays). Contact Rose at (661) 3609239, email RainbowFloristDesigners@yahoo.com, or visit www.RainbowFloristDesigners.com

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Range offers safe sporting environment close to home By Rubén J. Porras

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ot everyone is aware that a safe and affordable outdoor shooting range exists in the Santa Clarita Valley, but that is exactly what A Place to Shoot is. Located at 33951 San Francisquito Canyon Road, A Place To Shoot sits on a vast parcel of land surrounded by mountains and hills that offer beautiful views to anyone heading out to the range. A Place to Shoot was designed with safety and variety in mind. The site includes seven different ranges to shoot at including a members-only range, non-magnum handgun range, shotgun trap range, handgun and small caliber rifle range, high power rifle range, and a sporting clay stand. Military assault type firearms are allowed if they are California compliant and fully legal. Various target types are also available to choose from. If interested in the satisfying sound of a thunderous shot hitting a steel target, choose a range with steel plate targets. Paper target ranges are also in place. Each range has different shooting distances with paper target ranges ranging from seven to 100 yards, pistol steel plate ranges ranging from 25 - 35 yards, and rifle steel plate ranges offering targets at up to 400 yards. Education is an important factor at A Place to Shoot, and classes are available that focus on a number of skills

to ensure safety. New shooters can enroll in the range’s Safe Start: Introduction to Firearms course which is an orientation course for beginning shooters. Students completing the course will receive a Safe Start Course completion certificate. According to the range’s official website, the Safe Start Course is for the individual who is unfamiliar with firearms procedures or who need to develop safe firearm-handling skills and a solid foundation of basic shooting skills. The threehour courses cover the four basic firearms safety rules, safety and etiquette on the range, an outline of California law regarding transporting, possession and storage of firearms, a brief overview of the use of deadly force in California, firearms nomenclature and function, an outline of various ammunition types, properly loading and unloading weapons and the elements of marksmanship. Those interested in competition and broadening their overall skills are encouraged to participate in one of many special events that A Place to Shoot offers including high power tactical rifle matches, 4H-shoots designed for students, hunters safety classes and Apple Seed shoots conducted by Project Appleseed, an organization dedicated to helping both new shooters and experienced shooters develop their skills. Apple Seed shoots include weekend marksmanship clinics, known-distance workshops,

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Instructor Bob Parrish, left, gives Mandy Lewis a lesson on the pistol range at A Place to Shoot. and an intensive week-long boot camp where participants shoot at various distances and receive personalized attention needed to advance their skills. Regardless of whether you are new to shooting, curious about shooting, or interested in becoming a better shooter, A Place to Shoot has everything you need to attain your goals. You can buy ammunition and clay birds on-site and also rent items including spotting scopes, bench rests and target frames at nominal fees. Start by visiting www. aplacetoshoot.net for infor-

mation on everything from classes to ammunition prices and a schedule of special events. The site also lists daily range fees and membership fees and offers a coupon good for $5.00 off one adult range entrance with proof of a new firearm purchase. (The coupon must be used within 60 days of the firearm purchase and a receipt is required.) A Place to Shoot makes learning and gaining experience a non-stressful experience in a safe environment staffed by highly trained professionals.

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Instructor Bob Parrish sprays the metal targets on the pistol range at A Place to Shoot.

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SCV Bail Bonds: People good to know, even though you hope you never need them By David Heitz

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anding in jail can put a pit in your stomach faster than a ride on Magic Mountain’s scariest of roller coasters. So it’s good to know the wife-husband team of Robin Sandoval-March and Nuri March, operators of SCV Bail Bonds, are always around if you need help. No bail bond service can get someone out of jail faster in the Santa Clarita Valley, the Marches say, but SCV Bail Bonds serves all of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, as well as Santa Barbara. They are licensed to do business anywhere in California, in fact. Don’t expect to meet a couple of cliché, cigar-smoking, heavy gold-chain-wearing people if you call SCV Bail Bonds. The Marches and their employees are just hardworking family people like most of their clients. “We understand there’s stress and the worry and the fear of the unknown in having to bail someone out, so we work really hard to help take the mystery out of what bail is,” Sandoval-March said. “We’re available 24 hours a day, and people wonder how we do that. Do we sleep at our office? Sometimes we have to…but it’s

pretty comfortable there.” Most people who land in jail the first time never are to be seen by the jail again, Sandoval-March said. Maybe they had a ticket they forgot about and ended up being arrested on a warrant. Maybe it was a dispute with a spouse or partner, or an incident that arose from having “one too many.” “We feel strongly about the level of care we offer, and are committed to those we help,” Sandoval-March said. “We go the extra mile by providing our clients with local information on family support or domestic violence counseling, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities. We offer support before, during and after every bond we write.” How do bail bonds work? SCV Bail Bonds offers the lowest legal rates in California and flexible payment plans for those with decent credit. SCV Bail Bonds is located right across the street from the jail and isn’t hard for friends and family of inmates to find. SCV Bail Bonds accepts most major credit cards, personal and business checks, and also provides bail by phone/FAX/email services around-the-clock. Consultations are free, and collateral is not always

needed. “We always take the time to patiently explain the bail process and personally work with people step-bystep,” Sandoval-March said. “We set the highest ethical standards and stand by our commitment of confidentiality and privacy to our clients. We’ll always discuss their options, prior to moving forward with any bond we write.” SCV Bail Bonds sponsors youth sports leagues, including ACTION Family Counseling, a drug and alcohol treatment and rehabilitation program in the valley. SCV Bail Bonds also supports non-profits including the SCV Domestic Violence Center, the Youth Project and Bridge to Home. The Marches are committed to helping the community experience real change and reduce recidivism (a term for people ending up in jail repeatedly). “Community outreach is very important to our agency, and we often talk to people about the issues that got them arrested in the first place,” Sandoval-March said. “We discuss behaviors which, in turn, can lead them in future trouble with the law, where they would require our services again. We don’t want to see that happen.”

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Seafood restaurant gives back to its community By Alicia Doyle

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he Crunchy Crab, a Sylmar restaurant known for its wide range of unique menu options, is a great destination for seafood lovers in Santa Clarita seeking a dining option close to home. The eatery opened in the community in April of 2015 to offer local residents seafood and shellfish options that weren’t available in town. “The Crunchy Crab is around 15 minutes from the center of town in nearby Sylmar,” said Gerry Guzman, business manager. “Our menu is varied, but our specialty is seafood and shell fish. We encourage residents to stop by and check us out. The food in general is pretty amazing – there isn’t quite anything like this in the Santa Clarita Valley.” Victor Peña, a resident of Santa Clarita, is the executive chef and co-owner who learned how to cook from his godfather as a child. The chef recently introduced the Crunchy Crab Burger, a pure Angus beef hand-formed patty on a toasted bun with a crunchy soft-shell crab, American cheese, and his signature Honey Boo Boo sauce. He also invented the Surf N Turf Burger made with jumbo grilled shrimp and a halfpound of Angus beef on a brioche bun. “These are my godfather’s traditional recipes that I put my own touch to,” Peña said. “I want people to come out and taste our flavors. The way we cook and our style is different from other seafood restaurants.”

Items on the boiling seafood menu include shrimp, mussels, clams, crawfish, king crab legs, whole live Atlantic lobster and Dungeness crab. Varieties of submarine sandwiches served with hand-cut fries include the soft shell crab sub, fried shrimp sub and fried fish sub. The restaurant also offers a range of appetizers, including jalapeños stuffed with shrimp and cream cheese, fried calamari, deep fried scallops and shrimp ceviche. “What makes the Crunchy Crab really special is the flavor of our sauces,” Guzman said. “That’s what Victor’s specialty is – the ability to make really wonderful flavors.” The Crunchy Crab also gives back to the community through a charitable effort in which the restaurant donates 15 percent of its proceeds to local schools or nonprofits. “We recently had a school earn about $400,” Guzman said. Above all, he wants the Crunchy Crab to be known as a great destination for family dining and especially great seafood and shell fish options. “Even though we opened in Sylmar, we wanted to invite families from the Santa Clarita Valley to come out and check us out,” Guzman said. “We have a great family atmosphere and we are confident you will love the food and service. Stop by. You won’t be disappointed.” The Crunchy Crab is located at 13076 Glenoaks Blvd. in Sylmar. For more information visit www. thecrunchycrab.com or call 818-860-CRAB.

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Designated Drivers gets you and your car home safely By Rubén J. Porras

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Mark and Samantha Elsebusch stand with their vehicle. A drunk driving arrest could subject you to a number of personal and financial issues. You could lose your job, have your reputation tarnished, have to hire an at-

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ave you ever been in this situation: You meet your friends at the bar for a “quick drink” and then by the time you realize it hours have gone by and many drinks have been consumed? One business in Santa Clarita understands and can help. Designated Drivers of Santa Clarita is the brainchild of Mark and Samantha Elsebusch and was created to promote safety in the Santa Clarita Valley. The basic point of the service is to get you and your car home from wherever you happen to be if you have had one (or a few) too many drinks. Sure, you could call a taxi or use an app, but what is the point of that when they only get you and not your car where it needs to go? Taxi fares can also be more than you are willing to spend. The high price issue is easily put to rest by Designated Drivers of Santa Clarita’s f lat fee service. For just $20.00 they will get you and your vehicle to anywhere in the Santa Clarita Valley. If you are concerned about your privacy, have no fear. The Elsebusch’s

pride themselves on maintaining a strict policy of never giving out identifying information about their clients including where they were picked up and the reasons surrounding their need for the service. The company even promises not to write a book about their driving adventures. One other reason for putting the phone number for Designated Drivers of Santa Clarita in your phone is that they won’t refuse you. This is spelled out on their quirky and informative website. According to their website, “It does not matter if you just got thrown out of the bar for fighting, or threatened to break the liver of the next person you see, or if you have in the past treated us more condescendingly than a Republican treats a Sanders’ fan. It is a safety issue for you and the general public. We will always come get you and take you home. Even if you are upper management of a major bank who threatens to put us out of business if we do not break the law as you demand us to. I am not saying that actually happened. I am also not saying it did not happen. Just sayin’!”

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Husband-and-Wife Dentists offer all-in-one-office care By Marcie Geffner

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hen it comes to quality dental care, Daniel Iannotti, DDS, and Alexis Moore, DMD, offer their patients all the services they may need in one place. Services include routine care for adults and children, crowns and bridges, cosmetic dentistry, decay prevention, specialty dentures, sedation dentistry, endodontics and periodontic surgery. Depending on the need, the work may be performed by either “Dr. Dan” or “Dr. Alexis,” as the dentists are known in their office, or, if necessary, by both of them working together as a team.

Harvard, UCLA

Iannotti was born and raised on Long Island, New York, earned his doctor of dental surgery (DDS) degree from Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine and completed two years of advanced comprehensive dental training at UCLA. Moore earned her doctor of dental medicine (DMD) degree at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and completed her specialty training in endodontics at UCLA. “Between the two of us, we are uniquely qualified to handle just about every type of dental procedure from surgical extraction of wisdom teeth, implants and periodontal surgery to root canals with a microscope, root canal surgery—we do

everything except orthodontics,” Moore says.

Education and options

The emphasis at the practice is on patient education and informed consent. “We take our time and get to know our patients,” Iannotti says. “We review their x-rays with them, discuss our findings and give them options. There’s never just one option to solve their problem. We inform and empower patients so they can make an educated and informed consent to optimizing their health.” Iannotti is certified in oral sedation so patients who are fearful or haven’t been seen by a dentist for a long time can schedule a longer appointment and have the work done under sedation.

Comfy blankets

Iannotti and Moore aren’t just in business together. The two dentists, who met at UCLA, got married in 2012, bought their first house in Santa Clarita in 2014 and opened their practice here in September 2014. “It’s a fresh office,” Iannotti explains. “We opened it from scratch. It’s a relaxed atmosphere. We have a beautiful state-of-the-art office with all the technology we need.” Patients can also take advantage of the practice’s beverage bar and, on request, comfy blankets to

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From left, Dr. Dan Iannotti, DDS, Alexis Moore, DMD, Dental Assistant Lizette Menjivar, Receptionist Denise Soliz. stay warm while their dental work is being done.

Why Santa Clarita?

Both dentists were drawn to Santa Clarita because they liked the valley’s community pride, highly regarded schools and fam-

ily-friendliness. Iannotti also mentions the beach, mountains and—as a former New Yorker—the daily sunshine. Despite their short residency in the community, Iannotti and Moore have already made a mark and

contribution. Iannotti was named to the 2015 “40 Under 40” list by the Santa Clarita Junior Chamber International and he’s a volunteer at the local Bridge To Home shelter, which offers a dental clinic for people who are homeless. The practice, Daniel J.

Iannotti, DDS, Inc., is located at 25880 Tournament Road, Suite 106, in Valencia. To make an appointment or get more information, call (661) 481-0884 or send email to daniannottidds@gmail.com. The website is at http://www. daniannottidds.com/.

Welcome to Your New Dental Home!

DAN IANNOTTI, DDS Comprehensive Dentistry

ALEXIS MOORE, DMD Microsurgical Endodontics

25880 Tournament Rd, Suite 106 Valencia, CA 91355

New Patient Specials

• $79 New Patient Exam, X-Rays and Cleaning! • $149 Custom Teeth Whitening • $149 CBCT (3D x-ray) & Implant Consultation

*New patients only. Limited time only. Call for details. Scaling and root planing not

Dr. Dan Iannotti was selected as one of SVC’s top 40 under 40 for 2015!

included in new patient cleaning. Insurance programs billed at regular fees.

** Most PPO insurance plans accepted.

Call Us Today at (661) 481-0884 or Visit Us Online at

www.daniannottidds.com to conveniently request an appointment!


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