My name is Nora Tleel. All the kids call me Dr. Nora. I have been practicing pediatric dentistry since 1994, and every day has been, and continues to be a rewarding and exciting time for me providing service and care to children in a fun and caring environment.

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in biology and my Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S) from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. I continued my education directly and received a Masters of Science in Pediatric Dentistry (M.S.D) from Indiana University at Indianapolis, Indiana and completed a pediatric dentistry residency program at Riley Children’s Hospital at Indianapolis, IN. I became board certified and a Diplomate with the American board of Pediatric Dentistry shortly after that. I have privileges at Rady Children’s Hospital. I am also a clinical examiner for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and on the editing board of JADA magazine the Middle east edition.

Four years ago, I decided to make San Diego my home. I joined UCLA faculty, and was the associate program director for the pediatric dentistry residency program at Rady Children’s Hospital, and now I am enjoying providing high quality service to the Point Loma community and San Diego county.

During my education I was honored with several awards such as the Ralph E McDonald Research award, the Marquette University School of Dentistry Dedication and Service award and the Academy of Dental Materials award.

Throughout my career I have been involved in many dental and non-dental activities. I am a member of many dental societies and associations such as the ADA, AAPD, CSPD and San Diego dental society to mention a few. In addition, I have privileges at Rady Children’s Hospital, am a clinical examiner for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and on the editing board of JADA magazine, the Middle East edition. I am also a member in the International Women’s Forum and past member of the Rotary club.

During my free time I love to travel, scuba dive and hike. I have seen many interesting creatures above and under water, please do not be shy to ask me about them when you come in, and looking forward to more adventures in the future.


Kate Dardis

Dr. Kate Dardis is a midwestern transplant and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology from Miami University in Oxford, OH. She went on to dental school at the University of Michigan where she was recognized with the Donald A. Kerr Award in Oral Pathology and with the AAPD Predoctoral Student Award, for “outstanding promise in the field of Pediatric Dentistry.” She completed her training and received her certificate in pediatric dentistry at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. After spending her first several years of practice in Chicago, Dr. Kate decided to relocate here to sunny San Diego. Dr. Kate is an ABPD certified pediatric dentist and is a member of the ADA, AAPD, College of Diplomates, CDA, and SDCDS.

Dr. Kate has enjoyed spending her time here on the west coast hiking, camping, sailing, and running or biking the ocean with her husband. She loves to travel and is always up for finding new adventures off the beaten path.