Meet Our Staff 

Our staff strives on promoting a welcoming environment. Where children and their family members feel at ease. Each of our staff members are an important part of our integral specialized team. We are honored to have them as a part of our family!


The Doctors

PK Patel, DMD
Dr. Patel earned his Dental Degree form the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine, and residency in Dental Anesthesiology at Loma Linda University of Southern California. He completed his Anesthesiology Fellowship at Riverside County General Hospital.

In 1998, Dr. Patel helped establish Central California Dental Surgicenter in Atwater, CA. while building his private practice. In 2004, Dr Patel developed and built Salida Surgery Center and their doors opened in 2005 where he is the Medical Director.

Over the years, Dr. Patel has provided General Anesthesia to thousands of children and adults including children with special needs. In addition, he has worked to increase Access to Care for the underserved population of California by providing the much-needed dental care.

Dr. Patel is active in the community and in many dental organizations. He is currently a Committee member for the Oral Health Advisory Committee of Stanislaus County, Treasurer for the California Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists and in the past served on the Board of Directors for San Joaquin Dental Society. Dr. Patel is a current member of the ADA, CDA, ASDA, ADSA, and SJDS.

In 2017, Dr. Patel became the President of the San Joaquin Dental Society. 

Shailesh Patel, DDS
Dr. Patel graduated from the University of The Pacific, School of Dentistry in 1992 and opened his first practice in Hemet California, after several successful years opened another practice across town.

In 2005, he went into partnership with his brother to open Salida Surgery Center. Dr Patel began working in Salida Surgery Center part-time in the latter part of 2007 and decided to make it full-time by the end of 2008.

In 2009, Dr. Patel along with his bother and another colleague opened Bay Area Dental Surgery Center in Milpitas, California. Dr. Patel is a member of ADA, CDA, Tri County Dental Association, Indian Dental Association, and the San Joaquin County Dental Society.  

Bindi Patel, MD
Dr. Patel is a board certified anesthesiologist. Dr. Patel began her career in India starting with her MBBS degree graduating in 1996 from NHL Municipal Medical College in Gujarat, India then continued onto with her anesthesiology residency at V.S. General Hospital, in Gujarat, India receiving her degree in 1998.

Dr. Patel moved to the United Sates and continued her pursuit of anesthesiology. She passed the USMLE exams I, II, III, and the CSA and obtained her ECFMG certificate. This certificate allowed her to enter into a residency program in the USA.

In 2005 Dr. Patel received her MD Anesthesiology degree after completing her residency at Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. Patel became board certified in 2006 and has worked in the surgery center part-time since 2008. Dr Patel is a member of AMA.

Christine Yim, DMD
Dr. Yim graduated from Boston University in 2003 with a DMD. She continued with her general practice residency for one year at the Veterans Hospital in Loma Linda, CA before entering into the program for Dental Anesthesiology in 2005 graduating with honors in 2007.

In 2008, Dr. Ym began working part-time at Salida Surgery Center, while continuing her private practice. Recently she has transitioned to work full-time for Salida Surgery Center. Dr. Yim is a member of ADA, CDA, and Santa Clara County Dental Society.

Rajeshwari Diwana, DDS 
In 2000, Dr. Diwana graduated from Dental school in India and worked in several clinics until she moved to the USA in 2005.  While waiting to enter dental school in New York, Dr. Raji took several college credits towards her MPH degree. She graduated from New York University College of Dentistry in 2011. Dr. Diwana has worked part-time in several local dental offices until she began with Salida Surgery Center in August 2016. Dr. Diwana is a member of American Dental association (ADA), California Dental Association (CDA), Stanislaus Dental Society, and volunteers locally in the community with several free dental clinics.  

Charles Leung, DDS 
Dr. Leung graduated from New York University, College of Dentistry in 2010. He furthered his career and received his credentials as a Pediatric Dentist in 2014. Dr. Leung has worked in the San Francisco Bay area for several years as well as an Adjunct Clinical Faculty at the prominent Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco since 2013. Dr. Leung began work for our sister Surgery Center in Milpitas, CA in 2014, and in May of 2015 began working here at Salida Surgery Center. Dr. Leung is a member of American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Sarvenaz Sharifi, DDS 
Dr. Sharifi graduated from The University of Toronto, College of Dentistry in 2008. She worked as a dentist for several years and then went onto obtain her Dental Anesthesia credentials from Saint Barnabas Hospital where she graduated in 2016. Dr. Sharifi started working with our sister surgery center in Milpitas, Ca in 2016 and then in 2017, Dr. Sharifi began working here at Salida Surgery Center. Dr. Sharifi is a member of American Dental association (ADA), California Dental Association (CDA), & San Jose Dental Society.

The Front Office Team 

Ana, Alicia, Kelly, Mallory

Rebecca, Isela, Rosa

(Not Pictured: Yesenia)

Here at Salida Surgery Center our front office team is here to assist you with any questions you may have with:

Medical and Dental insurance information
Medical/Dental Authorizations questions
What to bring to your appointment
Scheduling appointments

The Dental Assistants


Vanessa, Savannah

Eloiza, Victorea

The Nurses 


Natalie, Kim, Vanessa

(Not Pictured: Trish)

Administration Team

  Front Office Supervisor  


Rosa R. 

Rosa is available to address any concerns or questions that you may have regarding your child’s treatment here at Salida Surgery Center.If you need to contact her she can be reached at (209) 543-9299 during regular business hours.  

Administrative Clerk 

Mallory M.

Mallory began working as an intern with the Stanislaus County Court system. She went on to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies in 2016. She began working for Salida Surgery Center in 2017, as the administrative clerk. And uses her knowledge of technology and clerical skills to help with day to day tasks for the administrator.

Mallory is here to assist with marketing and administrative needs for the facility. If you need to contact her she can be reached at (209) 543-9299 during regular business hours.   

The Administrator

Laura Young, RN, BSN, LNC

Laura's nursing career originated in 1982 in the San Jose area. She worked at a geriatric center while advancing her college education. In 1989, she relocated to the central valley and became an occupational nurse for Gallo Winery. As the years progressed she became very knowledgeable, working in many different fields of nursing.

In 2005, Laura brought her knowledge and experience to Salida Surgery Center as the Administrator. Laura currently oversees the day to day operations of the center and strives to ensure the safety and well-being of patients, families, medical staff and employees. Her responsibilities include: Keeping up to date with State & Federal regulations,Credentialing Medical Staff, HR Management, Payroll, Education & Training to employees and medical staff, OSHA & Safety Education & Compliance, Policy Review, Purchasing and Marketing.

Laura is available to address any problems, questions, or concerns. Please feel free to contact her at any time during business hours at or call 209-543-9299.