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Dr. James Powell at Exceptional Dentistry in Palmdale CA

James D. Powell, DDS

Dentist | Founder | CEO

Dr. James Powell is the founder and CEO of Exceptional Dentistry. What began as a childhood career dream is now an impactful dental practice in Palmdale, California. With over 30 years experience and 10,000 hours in advanced education, Dr. Powell is the dentist of choice for over 1,000 patients in four different states.

Dr. Powell has been featured on the local TV station as an expert in physiological dentistryalternative sleep apnea treatments, and the mouth-body connection. He also conducts a monthly study club with other local health professionals for advancing patient care.

Dr. Powell has worked closely with Dr. Bruce Crispin, former director of UCLA’s Cosmetic Dentistry Center, and is a Fellow of the world-renowned Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies.

Dr. Powell has been a part of the Antelope Valley for more than 50 years. He attended local elementary schools and graduated from Antelope Valley High School and Antelope Valley College. He played Little League, Pony League baseball, and worked in his father’s business, Green Pastures Dairy on Division Street in Lancaster. He married his high school sweetheart and they raised their five children in the Antelope Valley, where they are surrounded by family and lifelong friends. The family enjoys hiking, camping, swimming, and many other outdoor activities that allow them to take advantage of what the desert and the state of California has to offer. 

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He pursued undergraduate studies in biology at the University of the Pacific, and also attended California State University of Northridge for additional courses in science and business. Later, he graduated from the prestigious Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. It is Dr. Powell’s vision to positively affect the lives of as many people as possible, and believes one way to do this is by delivering the most advance treatment options available. Because of this belief, he has diligently pursued higher learning from the following facilities and organizations:

  • Antelope Valley High School, 1973
  • Antelope Valley College, 1974
  • University of the Pacific, 1979
  • California State University at Northridge, 1980
  • Loma Linda University – Doctor of Dental Surgery, 1984
  • Myotronics (Advanced Occlusion and Case Finishing), 1993, 1998-2000
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City (Continuing Dental Courses), 1995
  • International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics, 1996
  • Esthetic Professionals (Advanced Fixed Prosthodontics and Occlusion), 2000-2001
  • CEREC® CAD-CAM, 2003, 2004, 2010
  • Nobel Biocare (Implant Restorations), 2004, 2005; Placing and Restoring Implants, 2005
  • Las Vegas Institute (Advanced Dental Studies), 2000, 2007-2009, Received Fellow Award
  • 3D Cone Beam Computed Tomography, 2009
  • Member of International Association of Physiologic Aesthetics (IAPA), since 2009
  • Advanced Radiological CBCT Interpretation, Computer-Guided Implant Surgery, 2010
  • Scottsdale Center for Dentistry (Level 6 CT Guided Implant Surgery), 2010
  • Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (Primespeak), 2011
  • ClearCorrect™ (Clear Aligner Therapy), 2011
  • Scottsdale Center for Dentistry/Academy of General Dentistry (3rd annual CEREC Owners Symposium), 2011
  • SybronEndo (Essential Endo), 2011
  • Impant Direct Sybron Int. (Multi-Dimensional Approach to Implant Dentistry), 2011
  • Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (Non-Surgical Endodontics), 2011
  • Advanced Treatment Planning Seminar, 2011, 2012
  • The Shield Group (Infection Control), 2011, 2012
  • Nobel Biocare (Esthetic Alliance – Module 1), 2011, 2012
  • Esthetic Professionals (Surgical Implant Placement, Grafting and Prosthetic Design Series), 2012
  • Myotronics (The Power of Neuromuscular Dentistry), 2012
  • FOY Dentures (Training Program), 2012
  • Patterson Dental (CEREC Study Club), 2012
  • Patterson Dental (Placing Implants with CEREC and GALILEOS), 2012
  • Great Lakes Education Center, 2012
  • LVI (The Physiological Approach to Treating OSA), 2012
  • LVI (Post Core Continuum), 2013
  • LVI (The Oxygen Advantage), 2016
  • ACT 260 Lasers in Restorative Dentistry NightLase® Smoothlase™, 2013
  • ACT 260 Lasers in Restorative Dentistry Laser Operative, Endo, Perio (2 courses), 2013
  • LVI (Cranio-Cervical Physical Therapy’s Role in Neuromuscular Dentistry), 2013
  • LVI (Post Core Continuum: Level 1), 2013
  • LVI (The Physiological Approach to Treating OSA: Level 2), 2013
  • LVI (Practical Advanced TMD: Level 2), 2013
  • LVI (Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders and Myofunctional Therapy), 2016
  • Great Lakes Education Center (CEREC Owner’s Tips Tricks), 2013
  • The Shield Group (Infection Control), 2013
  • LVI (Pediatric Orthodontics), 2013
  • LVI (Neuromuscular Ortho Mechanics), 2013
  • SPEAR (Joint Examination), 2015
  • SPEAR (Surgically Assisted Osteogenic Orthodontics), 2015
  • SPEAR (The Gummy Smile – Differential Diagnosis), 2015
  • SPEAR (Treating Significant Interior Gingival Recession), 2015
  • SPEAR (Endo Vs. Extraction in a Fractured Interior Tooth), 2015
  • SPEAR (Restorative Solutions for Failed Implants), 2015
  • SPEAR (Integrating Aesthetics and Functions in Wear), 2015
  • SPEAR (Complex Dental Cases), 2015
  • SPEAR (Functional Treatment Planning), 2016
  • SPEAR (Wear and Tooth Size Discrepancy in the Ortho/Restorative Case), 2016
  • SPEAR (Functional Evaluation), 2016
  • SPEAR (Diagnosing and Treatment Planning Interior Open Bites), 2016
  • SPEAR (Patient Goals in the Comprehensive Exam), 2016
  • LVI (Physiologic Orthodontics level 1), 2016
  • IAPA (Evolutionary Changes in Physiologic Based Dentistry and Advanced Scan Interpretation), 2016
  • IAPA (Creating a Computerized TAG Bite for a Sleep Appliance), 2016
  • IAPA (Environmental Toxins and Their Relationship to: Heart Disease, Osteoporosis, Dementia, and Cancer), 2016
  • IAPA (OSA Begins in Childhood), 2016
  • LVI (Controlled Arch Orthodontics and Case Finishing), 2017
  • LVI (Tactical Advanced TMD), 2017
  • LVI (Full Safe Orthodontic “F2O” Physiologic Orthodontics Level 2), 2017
  • SPEAR (Unesthetic Anterior Implants), 2017
  • SPEAR (Orthodontic Extrusion and Implant Sites), 2017
  • SPEAR (Patient Education), 2017
  • SPEAR (Multiple Missing Teeth and the Complex Ortho/Surgical Restorative Case), 2017
  • SPEAR (Anterior Trauma and Fractured Teeth), 2017
  • SPEAR (Traumatic Avulsion of an Anterior Segment in a Very Young Patient), 2017
Dr. Oliva Berman at Exceptional Dentistry Palmdale CA | Dentist

Olivia Berman, DMD


Dr. Olivia Berman is a general dentist, who is passionate about the dental health and aesthetic appeal of her patients.

Dr. Berman takes pride in offering the finest in patient care and services to every patient individually. She takes the time to get to know her patients and their comprehensive needs. She is a friendly face to make you comfortable in the dental office.

Dr. Berman graduated from Johns Hopkins University with her bachelors in science in molecular and cellular biology.  She then went on to get a masters of science in biomedical science at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Dr. Berman earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine at Roseman College of Dental Medicine in Salt Lake City, and completed her residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry at the University of California, Los Angeles.

While at school, she volunteered her time doing research and being an active member in the American Student Dental Association.

Dr. Berman enjoys spending time with her family and her fur babies, Sasha and Bruce as well as spending time outdoors, hiking and practicing yoga.

Hannah Martin

Registered Dental Hygienist

Hannah is a Registered Dental Hygienist who graduated from Loma Linda University with a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. She is trained in periodontal treatments and advanced instrumentation, and is also certified in soft tissue laser therapy.

Hannah enjoys working at Exceptional Dentistry because she loves all of the advanced technology in the office that allows her to give our patients a more comfortable experience. Like the rest of the team, she’s adamant about putting the patient’s needs and comfort first. Patient comfort is a top priority for her, and she strives to ensure that each patient has a positive experience.

In her spare time, Hannah enjoys traveling, snowboarding, reading, hiking, and going on adventures with her husband and dog, Koda. She also loves spending time with her family and going home to the PNW as much as possible.

Hannah Martin RDH at Exceptional Dentistry Palmdale CA
Peggy Powell RN at Exceptional Dentistry Palmdale CA

Peggy Powell

Registered Nurse | Myofunctional Therapist

Peggy is a Registered Nurse who graduated from San Bernardino Valley College with an AS in 1982. She has attended courses at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for the Buteyko Breathing Method and has been trained by Joy Moeller in Myofunctional Therapy. She has also received advanced training by Dr. Shiffman in laser therapy for palatal bio stimulation.

Peggy enjoys working at Exceptional Dentistry because she finds the teamwork here to be fun. She really looks forward to being of service to the people that we see. She has a special talent for making everyone feel comfortable and loves all the technology in the office because she’s seen the difference that it’s made in people’s lives.

In her spare time, Peggy enjoys interior painting, reading, skiing, exercising and going for walks. She also loves spending time with her grandkids.

Aja Suarez-Huff

Hygiene Assistant & Coordinator

Aja went to Charter College and received her certification for coronal polishing and radiograph safety. She enjoys working in the dental field because she enjoys serving others and being able to help them get the smile of their dreams.

She enjoys working at Exceptional Dentistry because of the high level of customer care, where each patient is treated based on individual needs. She also loves the technology that is in the office because it allows us to be proactive instead of reactive about patient needs.

Aja loves to spend her free time baking and lounging with a good book. She also loves to spend as much time as she can with her family.

Aja Suarez-Huff at Exceptional Dentistry Palmdale CA
Emani Miller at Exceptional Dentistry Palmdale CA | Dental Office

Emani Miller

Dental Assistant

Emani attended Pete Knight High School and graduated with honors. Afterwards, she attended Mission College where she received her AA in biology. In 2009, she graduated from Charter College with a certification in dental assisting.

Emani likes working at Exceptional Dentistry because she enjoys people and takes pride in making sure they feel comfortable. She loves working on the Exceptional Dentistry team because everyone is friendly, and works very well together. She also loves the technology the office has because it’s more comfortable for our patients, and more convenient (like with the same-day crowns).

In her spare time, Emani likes to play soccer (she also played in college), exercise, and line dance. She also really enjoys spending time with her family and hanging out with friends. 

Kendra Powell

Marketing Director

Kendra holds a BA in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Business. She has attended marketing courses with Paul Moon, the President/Chief Marketing Officer at PanCom International Inc. She is also five-star certified through Jay Geier’s Scheduling Institute.

Kendra likes working at Exceptional Dentistry because it has the latest advancements in technology, and the team performs state-of-the-art techniques on a daily basis, which gets our patients excited about dentistry. She loves how the team is incredibly knowledgeable, empathetic, fun, and professional.

In her spare time, Kendra enjoys music, drawing, DIY projects, the beach, and spending time with her loved ones. She is also a licensed cosmetologist and professional makeup artist. 

Kendra Powell Marketing Director at Exceptional Dentistry

Relax at Your Visit

Our dental office in Palmdale, CA is sure to be the most relaxing and comfortable dental visit you’ve ever had.

Equipped with the latest and greatest dental technology, you can enjoy the benefits of NO-SHOT fillings, SINGLE-VISIT restorations, safer radiograph digital images, and many more benefits!

  • Doc and staff are amazing. Make you feel very comfortable.

    David Martinez Jr Avatar David Martinez Jr
    November 16, 2022
  • I had a great experience today with my dental hygienist she clean my teeth very through, just love the feeling of clean teeth.

    Bianca Barahona Avatar Bianca Barahona
    December 16, 2022
  • I love these people. Friendly, professional and thorough. I feel I am in great hands.

    Gary McCutcheon Avatar Gary McCutcheon
    March 16, 2023
  • Friendly staff and very comforting environment. You will definitely feel welcomed and listened to hear. The best dentist I've ever gone to in my life.

    Randie Ruz Avatar Randie Ruz
    May 16, 2023
  • Love this dentist office! Everyone is incredibly sweet and friendly. I have gone for over 20 years! They are an American-loving business and that has been very hard to come by these past few years! Thank you for all you do and stand for!

    Holly Loveless Avatar Holly Loveless
    November 16, 2022
  • Great experience and very peaceful.

    christine stoddard Avatar christine stoddard
    June 16, 2022
  • All of the staff were extremely friendly! Great place

    Amanda C Avatar Amanda C
    May 16, 2023
  • I couldn’t tell if I were at a dentist office or a day spa!! They offer essential oils, warm blankets and hand massages. I had such a pleasurable experience and the entire staff is A1. I highly recommend, I promise you will not be disappointed !!

    Leah Denise Avatar Leah Denise
    December 16, 2022
  • Only dentist I look foward to seeing. 🙂 Had a few traumatic dental experiences in the past, and they're helping me heal both my gums and my past experiences.

    Maria Gutierrez Avatar Maria Gutierrez
    November 16, 2022
  • Today was my son Anthony’s first appt. with Dr. Powell at Exceptional Dentistry and he told me how welcomed he felt. From the reserved parking spot for him and the comfortable waiting area to the comfort menu that he was offered, he came back home with a big smile. I hope every visit is this memorable for him. Thank you for taking good care of my boy.

    Elizabeth Ruiz Avatar Elizabeth Ruiz
    June 16, 2022

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