Building Foundations Together
At Gums by Gohel, we believe in true teamwork, camaraderie and collaboration between each other, our patients and the referring doctors we work with. We provide patients with ethical and honest options to create healthy smiles and better oral and overall health in a comfortable setting. Our goal is to base each experience in trust and respect. Our team strives to be the best version of ourselves, both in and out of the office.
Dr. Shivali Gohel and Dr. James Sinks specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, as well as the surgical placement and maintenance of dental implants. Our office also offers patients a variety of cosmetic procedures to enhance your smile. Contact our office to schedule an appointment with our doctors and their friendly staff. We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.
Proudly serving all of San Diego County – including Ramona and La Mesa!
Meet the doctors
Dr. Shivali Gohel
Dr. Shivali Gohel is a Board Certified periodontist who is passionate about helping her patients achieve optimal oral health. In doing so, she is able to improve their overall well-being, since periodontal disease is linked to heart disease and other serious health problems. Providing an attentive, personalized treatment approach, and always aware of each person’s unique concerns, Dr. Gohel caters to each patient’s needs. Dr. Gohel’s interest in dentistry started when she was nine years old and she fractured her two front teeth. When her teeth were restored, she was amazed at the difference in her life. Restoration of her teeth not only gave her back her smile, but also restored her self-confidence. She loves helping her patients regain their oral health and confidence in the same way. Dr. Gohel is committed to providing the best possible periodontal care. She is ethical, compassionate, understanding, and loves to help others.
Meet the doctors
Dr. James Sinks
Dr. Sinks is a native of San Diego, attending Clairemont High School and UCSD. He completed his undergraduate degree at UCLA and received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Having practiced general dentistry in San Diego for four years before leaving for his residency in Periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Sinks brings a unique perspective to his periodontal practice.
To keep up with the many changes in periodontics and implant dentistry, Dr. Sinks is continuously taking courses and seminars. The emphasis of his continuing education has been on regeneration of lost supporting tissues, placement of dental implants and aesthetic periodontal procedures.
Meet the team
Kim - Business Manager
I oversee all day-to-day operations of the business. I have been part of the office team here for over 25 years.
I handle our patient’s treatment plans and oversee all day-to-day operations. My goal is to make sure our patients are taken care of, have a good understanding of why they are here and that their questions are answered. I try to make their periodontal visit as pleasant as possible. I have been a part of the office team here for over 22 years. Dr. Gohel is an extremely skilled doctor who truly loves what she does and is wonderful to work with. I also have the pleasure of working with Dr. Sinks. Both doctors have an amazing chairside manner and you can see they really love what they do!
When I’m not here in the office, my husband and I spend a lot of time outdoors and are starting to travel more now that our kids are all grown.
Amanda - Office Manager
My first interaction with new patients is to make them feel comfortable and make sure they have all the information that is available to them. I assist Dr. Gohel and Dr. Sinks in surgical procedures focusing on the job to make sure we achieve a safe and successful outcome. Following up with post-op patients gives me a chance to see how they are recovering and if there is anything I can do to help them along the way.
We all care so much for each other and our patients that it really doesn’t feel like the typical office environment; we are all friends. Dr. Gohel and Dr. Sinks are very generous, making sure to thank everyone around them, both patients and staff and go out of their way to show their appreciation for the staff.
Outside of work I am a BIG sports fan… GO PADRES!! I enjoy hanging out with friends, family and spending time with my husband and our two cats.
Veronica - Registered Dental Hygienist
My career as a dental health professional began in 1989 in Flagstaff, AZ where I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. As a native Californian, I chose to begin my career in San Diego in General Dentistry. After 10 years I realized my passion was in Periodontal Dentistry so I concentrated my practice in this area. I am thrilled to be working with Dr. Gohel and Dr. Sinks.
In 28 years of practice, I enjoy most of the relationships I share with my patients. My ultimate goal is to guide my patients with education. Together we will achieve your dental goals, no matter what they may be.
My philosophy: Let’s work together and not sweat the small stuff!
Margaret - Registered Dental Hygienist
Providing excellent dental care, educating patients on their periodontal condition to achieve optimum oral health as well as listening to the concerns and individual needs of patients have been my professional philosophies for over 27 years.
It is an honor and privilege to work with Dr. Gohel and Dr. Sinks. Not only are they outstanding periodontists, their genuine concern and compassion toward our patients are truly commendable.
I’m an avid reader, indoor cycling enthusiast and Kundalini yoga practitioner.
My greatest joy is being with my husband and daughter.
Aixa - Surgical Dental Assistant
I love coming to work everyday. The environment here is conducive to learning and growing. We’re all willing to help each other. Dr. Gohel and Dr. Sinks are amazing. They treat us and their patients with the same love and respect.
Outside of work I love spending time with family and my dogs. I also really enjoy bouldering at grotto.
Jessica - Patient Care Coordinator
My career in dentistry has been 34 years in “America’s Finest City”. Twenty of those years were spent in general dentistry, as well as in other specialties. I had the opportunity 14 years ago to work in periodontics, and I have enjoyed it ever since. I enjoy the precision and delicateness of the art of periodontal surgery. It is a beauty in itself to appreciate. Being a surgical assistant, I am able to be side by side with the doctors to help patients understand their treatment and make sure they are comfortable. I know that Dr. Gohel and Dr. Sinks provide care and concern for their patients, which is very important to me as well. With that understanding, I know that I am part of a great team, that puts patients first and helps them every step of the way.
On beautiful days when the sun is warm and bright I try to spend time with my toes in the sand playing in the waves. The beach is the ultimate! I also enjoy fun road trips, thrifting, and antiquing. The joy of all joys is spending time with my grandchildren.
Our patientS say
"No one likes the dentist. Much less a periodontist. If you need to go I recommend Dr. Gohel. She’s great as is the office staff and assistants. She and her assistant, Melissa, took great care of me with a minimum of pain."
"Very friendly and welcoming staff. Dr. Sinks was personable and welcoming as well. The process and timeline for my implant was explained in a complete manner."
"The entire staff makes you feel welcome. I highly recommend Dr. Gohel, she is absolutely wonderful."
"Dr. Shivali Gohel was very professional and she diligently explained in detail what I would expect from the procedure from start to finish.Her work was done with confidence and in a thorough manner. She has my recommendation."
"Dr. Gohel, was great along with her staff. She explains everything, she manages pain effectively during procedure and answers all questions. Would highly recommend."
"I was so comfortable with Dr. Shivali. She was very friendly, interested, and explained the procedure to me very thoroughly. I felt that her time with me was dedicated to me completely."
"Due to poor dental health, I have had several Periodontal procedures and Dr. Gohel is the most competent Periodontist I have ever experienced. Having had unfavorable outcomes in the past, I have anxiety prior to any Dental procedure. Dr. Gohel's bedside manner gave me confidence in her ability and I was not disappointed. I wish she was my primary dentist."
"I was referred to Dr. Sinks' and Gohel's office for gum surgery. Dr. Gohel was my surgeon and I couldn't be more pleased. I was dreading this surgery because I'd had gum surgery quite a few years ago elsewhere and it was a horrible experience. With Dr. Gohel, however, it was totally the opposite! I essentially didn't feel a thing and because I got a stent to put in my mouth for my palate to heal without me playing with it with my tongue, that made everything even easier. Dr. Gohel explains everything clearly and goes the extra mile to make sure her patients are happy. The entire office staff is super also!"
"Dr. Gohel is really good at what she does and super kind. I am having 4 quadrants of periodontal surgery and she has follow-up visits scheduled after each is done to make sure all is healing well. She also removed a wisdom tooth for me, and let me have a follow-up visit to check on an issue of some bone fragments scratching my tongue, which can organically happen after wisdom tooth removal. She fixed those right away. All the people in her office are helpful, professional, and nice. It's a great thing to do something you deeply dread and have such a talented and lovely person (and office!) to work with. Can't say anything but good things about her practice!"
"Dr. Sinks was very thorough and gave me a referral for x-rays as part of my visit. Service from his staff was excellent and professional, and everyone was extremely nice. I was highly impressed with the quality of service."
"Service is always very professional and personal. I appreciate that they treat each patient as an individual and strive to accommodate each of our needs. Wonderful staff!!!"
"I always know I will receive kind, considerate and professional care when I visit the office of Dr. Sinks. He is very thorough, and you never feel rushed. The office staff are equally professional and caring."
"I have been a patient of Dr. Gohel for about a year and she is absolutely wonderful! I have never been the biggest fan of going to the dentist, but Dr. G has made my recent experiences enjoyable. She is very professional, friendly and her work is very thorough. In addition to Dr. G?s great work, she also has access to the best technology in dentistry. I recently had LANAP procedure and I am very pleased with the results. I truly feel my teeth and gums are in good hands with Dr. Gohel. Highly recommended!"