As soon as you meet Dr. Elysa Kahan, you will see that she truly enjoys being an orthodontist and creating beautiful smiles. Dr. Kahan takes pride in providing expert orthodontic care while ensuring that patients have a positive, enjoyable, and rewarding experience. As one of the best orthodontists in the Tarzana area, Dr. Kahan is excited to bring modern skills and techniques to her patients as she returns to the area that she grew up in.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Dr. Kahan has fond memories of her high school years at Harvard-Westlake School, driving up and down Ventura Boulevard.
"It is very exciting to be back in the Valley where I began my journey towards my dream of becoming an orthodontist. Now I get to pay it forward to patients by transforming smiles and overall confidence while they pursue their dreams."
Dr. Kahan received the highest honors from Washington University in St. Louis, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She then continued her education at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where she graduated at the top of her class with a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Finally, Dr. Kahan completed her Orthodontic residency at one of the top schools in the country, Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY, where she earned her Certificate in Orthodontics.
While in her intense three-year orthodontic residency program at Montefiore, Dr. Kahan treated hundreds of difficult orthodontic cases, including surgical, open bite, crossbite, craniofacial, cleft lip and palate, and syndrome cases. She is trained and certified in a variety of orthodontic techniques, such as Invisalign, removable appliances, metal brackets, clear brackets, self-ligating brackets, lingual braces, expanders, and temporary anchorage devices.
In order to provide the best possible care to her patients, Dr. Kahan regularly attends continuing education courses and is active in the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and a member of the San Fernando Valley Dental Society. She is also involved in the Los Angeles and Valley Chapters of the Alpha Omega Under 40 organization. Dr. Kahan is also an active member in the Young Adults of Los Angeles Healthcare Organization, the Valley Chapter of the Jewish Federation, and her alma mater, Harvard-Westlake School Alumni Association.
When she's not creating beautiful smiles, Dr. Kahan loves to travel internationally, and her favorite destinations include New Zealand's gorgeous Abel Tasman National Park, and Thailand's northern Chiang Mai, with the best authentic Pad Thai! Dr. Kahan is also a trained musical theater vocalist, and has competed in national competitions over the years, and has even been featured on a few movie soundtracks. Some of her best memories singing were with Mosaic Whispers, her college a capella group. She also enjoys relaxing and spending quality time with her tight-knit family, who all live in Los Angeles.