Meet Dr. Nuckles

I feel extremely fortunate to be in such a terrific profession, which allows me to create beautiful smiles that will light up a room. I really enjoy the social aspect, getting to know everyone and swapping stories, laughing, and getting to know new people all the time. Our office is a very happy place; everyone loves to be here and it really shows.

My life has been so enriched by the friendships of so many patients over the years. There is nothing better than running into an old patient when they show you their gorgeous smile. People often ask me when I'm going to retire. Why would I want to retire? I'm having too much fun!

I am a native of Los Angeles and now live in Santa Monica with my husband of more than 25 years and our cats, Max and BeBe. In my free time, I enjoy traveling and hiking, and I have always been a bit of a car nut.


My undergraduate degree was in art, though I changed into orthodontics later because I really liked the idea of working in a profession that combined art and science. I love making a smile look as beautiful as possible. Having an artistic eye allows me to really see my patients’ smiles as a whole so they not only function well, but also look as good as possible.

Continuing Education

In order to provide my patients with the best care possible, I take regular continuing education courses to keep up with latest technology and innovations. I also lecture to local study clubs and hygiene groups about Invisalign®.  I was one of the first 26 doctors in the country to beta test Invisalign before it was released to the general public. I have vast experience because I was using it before anyone else!

Positions and Accomplishments

I was on the faculty of the UCLA School of Dentistry for over 25 years and just recently retired.  It was a pleasure to work with the residents and teach them to be the best they can be. My years of teaching required me to stay current in advancements in technology for the benefit of my students, and is something I continue to do to benefit my patients as well.

Professional Memberships

I've been very involved in the orthodontic and dental communities for years. I was the president of our local dental society, past president of the Los Angeles Association of Women Dentists, and am very active in the California Association of Orthodontics. I've participated a lot in organized dentistry because I believe it’s important to give back to my profession.