A team of specialists under one roof for all of your dental needs.

It’s been said the eyes are the windows to the soul. What you may not know is that your teeth are a reflection of your overall health. That’s why finding the right dentist is so important.

Dr. Anne A. Nicholas

Anne Nicholas, dentist in Palm Desert, CaliforniaDr. Nicholas completed a post-doctoral program in Periodontics & Dental Implants at Loma Linda University in 1992. Dr. Nicholas also completed a comprehensive residency at the Misch Implant Institute. Dr. Nicholas teaches other doctors inside and outside her practice. She utilizes her extensive training and experience to treat even the most challenging dental situations.

She has been delivering cosmetic, implant, and functional solutions to clients for over 17 years. Her commitment to “doing it right” and ability to “handle just about anything” has won her the admiration of clients and other doctors. Dr. Nicholas uses her expertise to prevent big problems from ever happening. Dr. Nicholas has been helping clients so they can enjoy eating and smiling again with dental implants ever since starting her practice. In addition, she has developed special techniques in sedation dentistry for the fearful client. All treatment is performed in the same office. This, combined with advanced techniques, allows even the most compromised individual to return to a life of enjoying dental health.

Dr. Nicholas's dogs, Coconut (Coco) and Charlie, wearing bandanas.

Coconut (Coco) and Charlie love to wear their bandanas and are cute and lovable!

Dr. Nicholas also offers her patients the option of being sedated during treatment so that patients have little or no memory of the surgery when both long and short procedures are performed. In a quest to find a more complete way of caring for her patients’ dental needs, her practice has evolved into a multi-specialty dental group that encompasses most of the specialties in dentistry. The specialists in her office work as a team to provide patients a coordinated and comprehensive treatment plan all in one office. She also has created in her facility a special room dedicated for educational and training purposes.

For the benefit of her clients, advanced learning and the implementation of new technologies at the leading edge of dentistry are constants for Dr. Nicholas and her team of professionals. The friendly doctors and staff are known for their down-to-earth and non-technical communication style, making complex dentistry easy to understand.

In 2005, Dr. Nicholas gained fellowship status at the Misch International Implant Institute, the most acclaimed implant training institute in the world. In 2008, she was also awarded Diplomate status from the International Congress of Oral Implantology.

Dr. Nicholas has offices in Palm Desert and Palm Springs, and her state-of-the-art facility provides patients educational software, oral cancer screening, multiple treatment options, and multi-specialty, tailored care all in one location.


Anne A. Nicholas DDS & Associates
Periodontics & Dental Implants, Inc. (1992-2009)
73929 Larrea St., Suite 2, Palm Desert CA 92260, (760) 340-1030
1701 N. Palm Canyon Dr., #2, Palm Springs CA 92262, (760) 416-3662
Instructor – Loma Linda University School of Dentistry (1992)


Specialty: Periodontics & Dental Implants (Jan 1999 – Sept 1992)
(Loma Linda University – School of Dentistry)
Residency: Dental Implants (Jan 2003 – Jan 2004)
(Misch International Implant Institute, Detroit MI)
Residency: Dental Implant Prosthetics (July 2003 – Dec 2003)
(Misch International Implant Institute, Detroit MI)


Specialty: Bone Biology & Bone Grafting (Oct 1998)
(University of Miami, San Diego CA)
Residency: Oral Plastic Surgery (2004)
(Center for Advanced Dental Education)
Residency: Jaw Reconstruction; Osseointegration (1990)
(Loma Linda University – School of Dentistry)


  • Fellow of Dental Association of Conscious Sedation
  • Diplomate of International Congress of Oral Implantology
  • Fellow of Misch International Implant Institute
  • Member of American Academy of Osseointegration
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • Center for Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry

Dr. Stephen Alfano

Dr. Stephen Alfano, dentist with training in prosthodonticsDr. Alfano graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Mississippi. He attended dental school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and graduated in 1993. He practiced general dentistry in the Navy for four years prior to beginning residency training in 1997. He completed a three-year residency in Prosthodontics at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School in Bethesda, Maryland in 2000 and graduated as the top resident among all specialties. He then completed a one-year fellowship in Maxillofacial Prosthetics, treating complex patients recovering from cancer treatment or trauma. Dr. Alfano completed board certification in prosthodontics, achieving the highest level of expertise in the field. He lectures on the topics of prosthodontics and implant dentistry and has published multiple journal articles. In addition, he enjoys spending time with his family at the beach and on the water and can usually be found cheering on his children during a water polo game.

Dr. Maxwell M. Nazari

Dr. Maxwell M. Nazari, dentist with training in prosthodonticsDr. Nazari has been practicing dentistry since 1991. In 2005 he completed a three-year residency at the prestigious Loma Linda University Prosthodontics Program. Prosthodontics, a specialty recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA), pertains to the rehabilitation and restoration of missing and broken teeth in complex situations. He was also accepted into the Loma Linda Implant Surgery Fellowship Program where he received comprehensive training in implant surgery, bone grafting, and soft tissue management. He has a Masters of Science degree from Loma Linda School of Dentistry that reflects his knowledge of the science behind his work.

Dr. Nazari continues his relationship with LLU as an assistant professor in the Implantology Department, guiding and mentoring general dentists who are learning how to place implants.
Dr. Nazari’s knowledge, clinical skill, experience, and passion for teaching is well-known throughout the dental community.

As an active Associate Member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Dr. Nazari attends annual meetings where dentists from around the world meet, learn, discuss and debate alternative treatment options for implant dentistry. The AAID awards their credentials only to applicants who have fulfilled rigorous and proficient criteria in implant dentistry.

Dr. Nazari believes the philosophy of “dentistry for the quality conscious” involves building trusting relationships, understanding the patient’s concerns and wishes, and providing exceptional clinical care. With his free time, Dr. Nazari loves to spend time with his son and daughter, cook, and play competitive ping pong and badminton.

Didi Cuccia – Dental Hygienist

Didi Cuccia, the dental hygienist at Palm Desert DentalDidi graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. Didi’s first priority to her patients’ is comfort. Didi is enthusiastic about her profession and deeply cares about her patient’s dental health. She will always provide a thorough, gentle cleaning or periodontal maintenance. She likes to educate patients about the value of good oral hygiene as a foundation for long term oral health. She has been very active in her profession and community for many years.

Didi and her husband, Victor, have 4 children and 9 grandchildren. In her free time, you will find her on the golf course, hiking or gourmet cooking.

LuAnn – Office Manager

LuAnn, the office manager at Palm Desert DentalLuAnn is our office manager and has been in the dental field for 10 years.

Her job is to make sure that our office runs smoothly and efficiently so we can provide the top-quality care our patients deserve .Her expertise is overseeing daily operations and providing the utmost care for patients, staff and doctors. She brings over 30 years of experience in senior management. LuAnn takes pride in insuring every patients’ expectations have been met and exceeded. She loves to see the transformation in patients when watching their treatment from beginning to end and seeing how happy they are when their treatment is completed

Away from work she enjoys doing activities with her husband of 39 years like golf, wine tasting and “Glamping”.

Rachel – Treatment Coordinator

Rachel, the treatment coordinator at Palm Desert DentalRachel has been in the dental field for over eight years. She was the office manager for a large dental practice in Northern California. Came to Palm Desert for the great weather and job opportunities. She is patient-focused and strives to ensure that every person who comes through our doors has a positive experience and leaves smiling. From greeting patients as they arrive, to checking in with them at the end of their visit. She enjoys giving her patients the best experience possible. She has a positive attitude and is always wearing a smile Rachel is very caring and good listener and strives to make sure you have a great experience in our office. She particularly enjoys interacting with our patients and helping them achieve optimal dental health.

Away from the office she enjoys the outdoors, hiking and spending time with her dog and family.

Elisa – Assistant Treatment Coordinator and Dental Assistant

Elisa, the assistant treatment coordinator and dental assistantElisa began her career in the dental field 20 years ago and still loves it today. Elisa has extensive dental assisting experience, assisting doctors over the years in many different dental procedures which is reflected in her knowledge and understanding of dental procedures in our office.

She is passionate about caring for the desert’s residents from near and far and giving them the best experience possible. She looks forward to helping you achieve the healthy smile that you deserve. Elisa is always welcoming and available to answer any questions about your treatment.

She is detail oriented and strives for perfection in every way. You can find her helping in the front office when she is not with a patient or helping Dr. Nicholas. She is a great team player and always ready to help wherever needed. Her experience and great communication skills makes her an asset to our team. She looks forward to helping you achieve the healthy beautiful smile that you deserve.

Away from the office, she enjoys all that the beautiful desert provides, hiking, swimming, local concerts, street markets and of course family and friends to share it with.

Brenda Bravo – Surgical Dental Assistant

Brenda Bravo, our surgical dental assistantBrenda has been working for Dr. Nicholas as a surgical assistant for about 5 years. She also maintains and keeps up on all the ordering of supplies in our office. With her gentle and caring nature, she makes every patient feel relaxed and welcomed in our office. Her experience allows Dr. Nicholas to be efficient in surgery as well as making sure patients receive the most optimal surgical care.

She is married with 2 daughters and a third child on the way. In her spare time, she likes to hang out with her daughters, watch movies with her family and go to concerts with her husband.

Kathy – Dental Assistant

Kathy, dental assistant at Palm Desert DentalKathy has almost 30 years of dental experience in both front and back office. Kathy’s skills in both clinical and front office allow her to make your transition from treatment to scheduling your continued care very smooth. Kathy’s knowledge of dentistry and communication skills is a tremendous asset in patient education.

Kathy is compassionate and her passion for the Dental field makes her the perfect fit for our practice. She is very caring and good listener and strives to make sure you have a relaxed positive experience during your dental appointment.

Kathy is a mother of 2, a son and a daughter. She enjoys the outdoor and hiking and attending spots events and going to concerts.