The Team

Dr. B.K. Rai Santa Barbara Dental Spa

Dr. B.K. Rai


I make every effort to treat each patient with empathy and respect. I feel the key to a good relationship with a patient is being open and honest; it is my goal to listen, communicate, and be compassionate with each individual. This enables me to provide excellent customer service and allows patients to see they are my priority. I try to go out of my way to do whatever I can to make sure patients feel important and heard; I am their advocate.

Most people don’t love going to the dentist, so it is important to ensure each visit is as comfortable as it can be. An office like ours is willing to be sensitive to your wants, needs, and concerns. You can count on the fact that we will do everything we can to work with you, satisfy your requests, and make sure you leave feeling confident that you received great work and were treated like family. I know how important this aspect of patient care can be, and believe that we continually strive for and are successful with this, which helps set us apart from the rest.

Santa Barbara Dental Spa is a well-established practice that offers high quality dentistry, the most up-to-date technology, a relaxing environment, a happy team who enjoys what they do, a personalized experience, and most importantly a relationship for life. We care about your happiness and appreciate your business!

  • Dr. Rai Graduated from Bangalore Dental College in India in January 1978 obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Dental Surgery.
  • Completed one year of internship after graduation.
  • Completed a Master's program in Operative Dentistry and Endodontics from 1980 to 1983 and obtained the Master's Degree
  • California Licensure Exam at Loma Linda University in 1987
  • Worked as an Associate dentist in Los Angeles from 1987 to 1988
  • Private practice in Santa Barbara from April 1988 to present
  • Member of American Dental Association
  • Member of American Academy of General Dentistry 
  • Member of California Dental Association. 
  • Member of American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. 
  • Member of Santa Barbara Periodontal Study Club for 6 years 
  • Member of Gnathology and TMJ Club for 4 years 
  • Successfully completed the UCLA Aesthetic Continuum in 2007.
  • Completed the Dental Implant course 
  • Has attended many courses on Cosmetic Dentistry, Prosthodontics and Implantology over the years 

Michele Seibenberg Santa Barbara Dental Spa

Michele Seibenberg


Hygientist

Michele is a registered dental hygienist. She was born and raised in California. Dentistry became her life long passion after her interest was sparked during a dental appointment in the fifth grade. She became a dental assistant soon after high school. In 2005 she graduated Magna Cum Laude from West Los Angeles College in Culver City, California with a degree in Dental Hygiene. West Los Angeles College is affiliated with UCLA School of Dentistry and uses their instructors and clinical facilities for a superior education. She spent the first four years after graduation working in a dental office specializing in periodontics, fine-tuning her knowledge and treatment of gum disease. 

Michele has been a member of the Ventura County Dental Hygienists’ Association, California Dental Hygienists’ Association and American Dental Hygienists’ Association for 17 years. She is committed to life long learning and frequently takes courses from Santa Barbara-Ventura County Dental Society. 

In 2006 she married her high school sweetheart. They now live in Ojai with their two-year old son and six-year old Australian Shepherd, Dodger. In her downtime she enjoys her family, knitting, gardening, yoga and writing. 

Michele enjoys all aspects of her career as a dental hygienist, but above all, she loves helping people with their understanding and confidence in maintaining a healthy smile over the course of a lifetime.

Michele is beyond thrilled to be working under the incredible talent and skill of our own Dr. Rai. She looks forward to meeting you and thanks you in advance for allowing her to help you with your dental needs. As a member of the Santa Barbara Dental Spa Team for over a year her motivation is continuously renewed by the daily application of exceptional dental care provided by the entire office. Her motto is "gentle but thorough" and she truly loves what she does.

Tiffany Leon Santa Barbara Dental Assistant

Tiffany Leon


Dental Assistant

Tiffany is one of our two dental assistants and has been a dental assistant for over three years and is a pleasure to have here at the spa.  What she truly loves about working in the Dental Field is making each appointment for each patient an enjoyable and relaxing experience.  She loves being part of a team that helps people enhance and love their smile.

In her spare time, she loves spending time with family, especially her two nephews, watching them grow and learn.  She also enjoys spending time outdoors, going on hikes and the beach with her two four-legged fur children, Wrangler and Bella.

Liliana Valdez - Dental Assistant

Liliana Valdez


Dental Assistant

Liliana “Lili” is our other dental assistant here at the Spa and is a delight to be around. She received her certification in 2016 and has over a year of experience.

What she enjoys about her career as a dental assistant is seeing patients happy and smiling after their treatment.

In Lili’s free time she loves spending quality time with her friends and family. She is also a cosmetology aficionado, enjoys shopping at chic boutiques, and going to the beach.

Edgar Rodriguez - Treatment/Benefits Coordinator

Edgar Rodriguez


Treatment/Benefits Coordinator

Edgar Rodriguez is our Patient Concierge with over twenty years of experience in customer service in the field of Dentistry, truly enjoys helping our patients have a wonderful experience here at the Spa. He is a Registered Dental Assistant with hands-on experience and continues his education by attending scientific symposiums through the American Dental Association and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. When it comes to questions about insurance, procedures, or even at times questions that are not so dental-related, he is always keen to help.

Edgar’s extensive training through the Pride Institute and Inventive Dental Solutions has helped us in creating an environment that reflects our Santa Barbara culture. His passion is helping people and spending time with his two children who are avid hockey players for the Jr Ducks and Lady Ducks organization in Anaheim. Like his children, he shares that same enthusiasm by coaching youth hockey and even finds time to play in an Adult league here in Goleta at the beautiful Ice in Paradise. In his leisure time, he enjoys walking his dog Kopi, swimming, bikram yoga, and cuddling with his kiddos.

This is the best dentist in Santa Barbara!! I am genetically prone to cavities, so I've had my fair share of dentists. In fact, I used to be terrified of them, but Dr. Rai is so pleasant I actually don't mind going to the dentist anymore. He is always asking how I'm doing (like every 5 minutes), and he never makes me feel like a horrible person if I forgot to floss. They have a massage chair, and a TV that you control that sits right in front of your face to keep you distracted. I've also had my wisdom teeth removed by him, and I had NO swelling. I also never feel like he's trying to make extra money off me and pressure me into something I don't need. Seriously, this guy is the best. If he takes your insurance, then I wouldn't go anywhere else.
Lillie S. - Santa Barbara, CA

News

Happy Valentine’s Day from Santa Barbara Dental Spa!

Happy Valentine’s Day from Santa Barbara Dental Spa!
By BK Rai in Santa Barbara Dental News

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and you’ll want to look your best for the love of your life. One way to help you accomplish this goal is by having a better smile.

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Keep Your Pearly Whites In Check This St. Paddy's Day

Keep Your Pearly Whites In Check This St. Paddy's Day
By BK Rai in Santa Barbara Dental News

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Santa Barbara Dental Spa! We all know that St. Patrick’s Day is notorious for one thing: parties. And if there’s a party, there’s bound to be lots of booze as well.

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Santa Barbara Dentist Offers Brighter Holiday Smiles

Santa Barbara Dentist Offers Brighter Holiday Smiles
By BK Rai in Santa Barbara Dental News

Thanksgiving is a time we all gather around the table for that big annual feast. Since getting all of the family together doesn’t happen often with everyone’s busy schedules, you’re bound to take a few family photos. Why not have a picture perfect smile?

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