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Our dentist and team at Auburn Oaks Family Dentistry are knowledgeable, friendly, and personable, and we take great pride in what we do. We strive to make our patients feel comfortable, and to treat them like family. Our practice combines good humor with professionalism, so you can feel at ease while receiving quality dental care in Citrus Heights and Sacramento, California. Dr. Narinder Mahal and his team invite you to get to know us better by reading our bios below!

Dr. Narinder Mahal, DDS

Dr. Narinder Mahal, DDS

Dr. Mahal is a graduate of Columbia University, NY who has been practicing since 2012 and moved to California in 2015. Dr. Mahal was recognized for his acumen and skills, by being awarded the excellence in restorative dentistry.

Prior to moving to United States, Dr. Mahal graduated with Bachelors in Dental surgery from one of the most reputed and prestigious schools in Punjab. After moving to USA, Dr. Mahal went to University of Michigan-Flint for Masters in Healthcare administration. In 2009 He started volunteering at Brooklyn Medical center, Oral Surgery department and assisted in various in-patient and out-patient procedures.

Dr. Mahal and his team knows the importance of a stress free dental visit and makes every effort to provide you with the best experience. He believes in understanding you and your dental needs and considers it the supreme. Education is essential to providing comprehensive care to patients hence Dr. Mahal has been committed to staying at the forefront of dentistry by participating in regular educational courses and workshops. He is an active member of multiple dental affiliations including the American Dental Association (ADA).

During his free time, Dr. Mahal loves riding his bike, reading books and traveling with his wife Raman and two boys, Ekam and Zoravar Singh Mahal.

Dr. Samuel Karavan, DDS

Dr. Samuel Karavan is a different kind of dentist. Gentle, patient and caring, he takes the time to provide you with the best care possible. He is also well regarded by his patients for his thoroughness. Rather than being rushed, you know that he is there to serve your needs.

Dr. Karavan attended the University of California at Davis before receiving his Doctorate in 2018 from Loma Linda School of Dentistry in Southern California, where he earned several prestigious awards for excellence in dentistry.

He is dedicated to advance, postdoctoral study and provides his patients with a gentle, caring, comprehensive approach to oral health. He believes in conservative, preventative dentistry, and his goal is to increase the longevity of his patient’s teeth.

Dr. Karavan and his family reside in the Sacramento area. His hobbies include hiking, ultimate frisbee and cooking.



At Auburn Oaks Family Dentistry, our team is committed to helping our patients achieve beautiful smiles and excellent oral health in a comfortable, trusting, and relaxing atmosphere. Each member of our team is highly educated and knowledgeable about the various dental treatments we provide and the technology we use to care for your smile. We invite you to get to know our team before visiting Dr. Narinder Mahal, our dentist in Citrus Heights, California; doing so can help you feel more like you are with family when you come in for your dental care.


Sarah has been with Dr. Mahal for a few years now. We love having her be a part of our Dental Family. Her kind words and outgoing personality truly bring something special to our office. Sarah has been in the detail field for over 15 years and she really loves her job and being able to help those patients in need. She strives to make every patient feel comfortable and is very sympathetic to those who are anxious about going to the dentist. Sarah is married and has one daughter. She enjoys spending time with her family but also enjoys her alone time when it’s needed. When she is not working, Sarah enjoys Yoga, road trips, shopping and traveling.

Beatrice – Dental Assistant

Beatrice grew up in Costa Rica. Her love for Dental started there and we are so lucky to have her be a part of our Team. Beatrice really enjoys helping patients and her amazing chair side manner really reflects the kind person she is. Beatrice always has a warming smile and helps keep our office upbeat. Our patients really like her and we are so thankful to have her as one of our amazing RDA. When Beatrice is not working she enjoys spending time with her family.

April Pacli – RDA

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April was born and raised in Sacramento. She has been in the dental field for over 6 years now and we are thankful to have her be a part of our dental family! Her favorite part of the dental field is seeing the smile on the patient’s face when they are happy with the work that has been done. April also enjoys the new advancement in technologies and procedures for dental and likes to always take advantage of learning new things. April has 3 kids and two dogs. Outside of work she enjoys staying active by going on bike rides, and spending anytime she can outdoors. April also likes to spend her time cooking.

Lenka – RDH (Hygienist)

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Lenka was born and raised in Europe. She has been in the dental field since 1996, where she started out as an Oral Surgery assistant in San Francisco. After 10 years she moved with her family to Sacramento, where she decided to pursue her Dental Hygiene degree. Lenka has been working as a RDH for 11 years now. Lenka loves educating her patients towards better oral hygiene care and habits. Lenka also strives to make her patients feel less apprehensive in the dental chair. Outside of work you can find Lenka reading suspense novels, watching mystery movies, working out and shopping. Lenka also likes to spend time outside attending to her flower garden and taking care of her 3 cats and 2 dogs. Her free spirit and warm personality really make her an amazing team member and a delight to have in our office.

Melissa Canavan (DA)


Melissa grew up in a small suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. She moved to Sacramento and started her dental career in 2018. Melissa did her externship with Land Park dental and we hired her permanently with our office. Her favorite thing about working in dental is getting to know patients and making sure they are taken care of. Melissa also likes the fact that everyday brings something new and different. Outside of work you can find Melissa spending time with friends and her significant other. Melissa enjoys staying active and spending time with her dog Tank and her cat Cleo. She also enjoys staying at home and watching a good Netflix show. We love having Melissa be apart of our dental family!

Carolina – Dental Assistant

Dental assistant-Carolina


At Auburn Oaks Family Dentistry, we treat our patients like family, ensuring that everyone we see receives optimal oral health in an incredibly friendly, comfortable environment.