8201 Edgewater Dr., Suite 101
Oakland, CA 94621
A native of the Bay area, Dr. Michael Simontacchi-Gbologah was raised in Alameda.
He attended Howard University in Washington D.C., where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, earning his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry, while serving as captain of Howard’s Division 1 soccer team.
In 2008, he earned his Doctorate of Medical Dentistry at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine. He continued on at the University of Pennsylvania, serving as Chief Resident during his post-doctoral Orthodontic residency and received his Orthodontic specialty certificate in 2010.
In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, mountain biking, hiking, and being active. He is dedicated to his profession and passionate about working with his patients. His goal as a clinician is not only to create beautiful, functional and healthy smiles, but also to build mentorships with his patients and serve as a positive and uplifting voice in their lives.
Dr. Stavrev, D.D.S., M.A., M.S., completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of California, San Francisco and completed his post-doctoral education at Columbia University in New York where he earned his Master of Science degree in Orthodontics.
Throughout his specialty residency in Orthodontics, Dr. Stavrev became closely familiar with a wide range of treatment methods and philosophies. He has experience with a variety of bracket types and technologies such as passive self-ligation, clear aligners, temporary anchorage devices, and soft tissue laser therapy.
He treats patients of all age and works with both fixed and removable functional appliances. His general philosophy and approach to treatment is that every patient is unique and therefore no two treatments are alike. In addition to offering patients best-in class orthodontic treatment, Dr. Stavrev brings with him an international perspective and a kind-hearted, exciting approach to his practice and is fully invested in the well-being of each and every one of his patients.
Outside of creating beautiful smiles and making patients happy, Dr. Stavrev enjoys competitive ballroom dancing and stays active with CrossFit, skiing, running, and yoga. He also has a passion for cooking, traveling, and learning new languages.