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About Us

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.

Check out the latest press releases regarding Gums by Gohel and our periodontist in San Diego, Dr. Shivali Gohel!

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 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.

Ariana - Surgical Assistant

My name is Ariana. I am a San Diego native and have been in the dental field for 12 years. Over my years working in dentistry, I’ve learned that the key to happiness is working in a positive work environment and working with people who share the same passion for helping people improve their smile.

Working with Dr. Gohel and Dr. Sinks and the team at Gums x Gohel has been such a great experience. It does not feel like I am going to “work“ every day. It truly feels like I am spending time with family.

In my spare time, I enjoy going to Petco Park and watching the Padres play or barbecuing with family.

Carla - Surgical Assistant

Coming into the dental world has been one of the best decisions I made in life and I am proud of this achievement. Becoming a team member at Gums by Gohel has helped me reach my goal of helping and being there for people, making everyone feel confident when smiling, when laughing, and being their happy self.

Outside the office, I love being out with friends and family. I also love having my mom by my side to push me and support my goals. She has been one of the biggest blessings and I thank her so much for everything she’s helped me accomplish. I also love being able to be there for people with my silliness, my heart and love.

I love saying that I might be one of the funniest people you will ever meet and I mean it when I’m saying it. Making people laugh is what I love the most.

Cleo - Surgical Assistant

Let me just say I have had 9 years of dental assisting experience, and this office has been by far the nicest work environment I’ve ever worked in. Dr. Gohel is the best and treats both her patients and her team with the same kindness and respect.

Dr. Sinks is very knowledgeable, and he always makes sure that the patient is as comfortable as possible. Outside of work, I love spending time with my two dogs and family/friends. I also enjoy long relaxing days at the beach and grabbing some delicious tacos after.

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.

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