The Palisades Dentists
Cerisa Moncayo, DDS:
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The Palisades Dentists
Cerisa Moncayo, DDS
Pacific Palisades, CA













A list of major dental treatments which I offer my patients:

Dental cleaning

White fillings


Inlays & onlays


Clear aligners

Porcelain veneers

Teeth whitening

Dentures & partials

Root canal treatment

Tooth extraction

Sedation dentistry

Dental implants


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes


Monday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Thursday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Friday: 7:00 am to 2:00 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





Check out what some of our happy patients are saying about us:

Deborah C. from Santa Monica, CA (Source: Yelp)


I went to this group because I liked their ad in the Palisadian Post, and they were located conveniently close. I got in right away, and was seen by Dr. Cerisa Moncayo. I was (am!) really pleased with the excellent results. The dental assistant, Marilyn, was also very good. It was actually a very pleasant experience for me. I’m really glad that I found Dr. Moncayo and that she’s my dentist now.

Andrea Gamble (Source: Facebook)


Dr. Moncayo is one of the most caring dentists out there! Highly recommend! She knows how you to make you smile and feel comfortable!

Charmela G. from Palmdale, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Cerisa Moncayo and her entire staff are the epitome of quality care and exceptional service. They are so knowledgeable and honest, which I think is hard to find these days. It is clear from the moment you walk in that they are going to treat you like family. The doctor, hygienist, and assistants are all so soft handed, yet so thorough. Our family has had cleanings, fillings, and even a root canal done. They ensured each one of us was comfortable and each procedure was painless. The entire staff is amazing with my children. My kids even look forward to going to the dentist. I highly recommend this office. I know we won’t be going anywhere else. I hope Yelp can get their act together and leave reviews alone. My previous review is missing and I think this is unfair to businesses that work so hard to provide quality service to those customers. It’s also very frustrating to take time out of my day to be helpful to others to only find that Yelp is deleting comments.

Daun H. from Encino, CA (Source: Yelp)


Very thankful I was referred here from a good friend as I was in urgent need and experiencing a lot of pain from a wisdom tooth infection. I was told by a previous dentist that he could not extract my wisdom teeth due to the roots being on the nerve which would cause nerve damage. He recommended a different procedure and quoted me an outrageous price. That evening I was referred to Dr. Max Moncoya who’s assistant reached out to be that evening to scheduled everything for the next morning and assured me they would be much more successful in helping me. The office is lovely which is a great benefit but I care most about the expertise and working with a dental office I feel i can trust and they are that. Dr. Max spoke to me and answered all my questions. He was very comforting and so was everyone else. Front desk is amazing as well. I worked with Jessica, Dr Carly and Dr Max. Post-op, I feel great! Extraction was done and the entire process was seamless. Pain is gone. Pain from extraction is very minimal as well so he knows what he is doing. Lucky to have been referred to them. They are all excellent at what they do and such kind people! Thanks again Team!

Ciara I. from Minneapolis, MN (Source: Yelp)


My family and I love this practice. You are treated so well from the time you walk in to the time you leave. It feels more like a relaxing spa experience than a visit to the dentist. Every single staff member is professional yet personable. I am so relieved we found Dr. Moncayo and her incredible staff since they are committed to providing quality care.

Russell G. from Lake Forest, CA (Source: Yelp)


Everytime I come here I’m reminded of what a stellar dental practice Dr. Cerisa Moncayo has here. She is so kind and compassionate. And it’s not just her. Her entire staff is friendly, knowledgable and genuinely cares about every single patient that walks through their door. Going to the dentist isn’t normally anyone’s favorite thing to do in the world but everyone here actually makes it such a pleasant experience. They are the gold standard!

Gary P. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


So apparently Yelp removed my review because I do not have a long enough history of Yelp reviews. It is true, I rarely post Yelp reviews, but when the business in question is as AMAZING as Palisades Dentists, I do. So I am posting AGAIN. These people changed my LIFE!!! I can not say enough about how great these folks are. My teeth were in bad shape, and I was in need of total replacement. I had been shopping around for weeks, and seen several dentists, including the ones you hear advertising constantly on the radio, and I was about to give up hope, when I finally went to The Palisades Dentists, and I knew right away I was in the right place. Dr. Moncayo took the time to go through all the options available to me, and what would be the best solution(s) to fit my budget, and what the pluses and minuses were for all the different solutions. I now have a totally new and wonderful smile, and I am THRILLED with the results. I love to smile again, and that is all thanks to these wonderful people at The Palisades Dentists. Thank you SO MUCH Dr. Moncayo. Gary P.

Roxanne M. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


Thank you Jessica for booking my appointment with your amazing team. I met the Palisades Dentists at a community event at Temescal Canyon several months ago and I’m so glad I followed up. They are simply the best in the Palisades and I appreciate what they did for me. The ambiance of the office is very positive and relaxing. The xray technician, dentist, and hygienist really took their time to explain to me the procedure and what to expect. My favorite part was the cleaning. Much love to the Palisades Dentist for taking excellent care of me. Thank you again Jessica and Palisades Dentist team!

Meredith M. from Santa Monica, CA (Source: Yelp)


If loving my dentist’s practice is wrong, I don’t want to be right. Not only do they offer the latest procedures using sophisticated technology, they bring to bear kindness and ethical conduct. Dr. Carly Levine did my INVISI-LINES to beautiful effect. Her hygienists make DENTAL CLEANING pleasant. (I’m not even lying.) Just days ago Dr. Max Moncayo performed GUM SURGERY to combat my recession. After having had a number gum grafts, I know the ropes. Even with the best surgeons, the recovery hurts: searing, burning pain for weeks. Also gum grafts have been a one-site-at-a-time proposition, meaning: multiple miserable recoveries. I am 8 days out from Dr. Max’s procedure on multiple sites; even so, compared to gum grafting, this recovery has been a walk in the park. (I hereby declare gum grafts Medieval!) On top of everything, “Dr. Max” is plain bighearted. His caring follow-up has been nonpareil. Finally, yesterday in the office, I met Dr. Cerisa Moncayo. When asked about VENEERS, she studied my mouth, and said, “You’re teeth are too beautiful. Don’t.” Yet another revelation: greater than bringing in dollars, the priority for this practice is my actual wellbeing. What integrity! Love them!

Gary Pinkstaff (Source: Google)


Just passed my one year anniversary of having my whole new smile. Thank you Dr. Moncayo!!! – And your amazing partner, surgeon Max Moncayo… You guys are AWESOME, and you changed my life. I am loving the new implants, and smiling at everyone again! You Guys ROCK!

Elisa R. from Santa Monica, CA (Source: Yelp)


5 Star rating!  is the first dentist that was absolutely gentle and knowledgeable. I’ve had my fair share of going to different dentist and once I sat in her chair I knew she was going to take care of me.  Dr. Levine was very thorough and explained what was most important to get done first.   Dr. Cerisa Moncayo also worked on me.  Dr. Moncayo worked on my front tooth and I am extremely happy with the results. She was very talented and gentle. The Palisades Dentists has an amazing team and you will not be let down. I highly recommend seeing either Dr. Levine or Dr. Moncayo to be your dentist!

Andrea P. from San Jose, CA (Source: Yelp)


Ive had several appointments here , including a crown and root canal placed. I received great customer care from the front desk(jessica,ofm) which answered my many questions and was very good at her job, to the dental assistants and finally the dentist(Dr.Cerisa). Very friendly,professional and clean environment. They even had a tv with netflix to help with the nerves and to keep you occupied during services. Recommended!

Israel Castro (Source: Google)


Needed a filling. Herd about The Palisades Dentists through a family member. I made an appointment. The location is in the beautiful Pacific Palisades and office is very welcoming. Our 2 year old son loved the fish tank they had in waiting area and all the staff treat you like family. I had Dr. Moncayo and her assistant Sarai treat my filling and I have to say, it was very pleasant due to no pain and gentle work. I will be coming back for mouth guards and defiantly bringing in my wife for her treatments too.

Dave C. from Pacific Palisades, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have never experienced anything quite like the family at The Palisades Dentists. Everything from the warm aesthetic and the latest technology to the caring chair-side manner is evidence that they love what they do and the truly care about their patients. I’m not going to say going to the dentist is fun, but Dr. Cerisa and her staff go to great lengths to make sure that me and my family are comfortable and well taken care of. Thank you Palisades Dentists!!!

L. B. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


Highly recommend them! They took me in last minute and I wasn’t a patient(yet). They are very knowledgeable and explain everything to you, as well as your options. Everyone is very friendly and accommodating and they have great high tech methods in doing procedures. Also,  never mind the fact that they are very knowledgeable in what they are all doing.  I really liked my experience there and plan on making this my regular “tooth place”.  As I have been in dental limbo for a long time. Thanks to them I think I can leave limbo behind now.  🙂 Again, I highly recommend them. You can’t go wrong by opting to choose their dental services..

Pisces Z. from Santa Monica, CA (Source: Yelp)


This review is long overdue! I must state The Palisades Dentist is by far the best dentist in the entire city! First of all, the place is spotless. ALL of the staff are very friendly and make you feel at home. Also, there are Ipads set up overhead in the chairs so, patients can watch their favorite shows while being drilled 🙂 They even have a small fridge full of high-quality beverages in the waiting area. While all of the above is outstanding, there is nothing more outstanding at The Palisades Dentists than Dr. Cerisa Moncayo. As a fellow military veteran, I am thankful to have found Dr. Moncayo. I had an emergency broken tooth that required a crown and I did not have dental insurance. Dr. Moncayo made miracles happen from the first day I met her! She did an excellent job at making my broken tooth whole again with a brand new crown! She even went a step further and recommended me for more detailed work with another dentist. Did I mention Dr. Moncayo is also a Navy veteran?! Keep up the good work and thank you for all that you do!

Marina K. from Pacific Palisades, CA (Source: Yelp)


My family loves and appreciates the new additions to the practice–Dr. Moncayo and her husband. They both served in the military and are exceptionally skilled and knowledgeable.
Top of the line in dentistry!!!

Nima M. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Cerisa! Not only is she a very skilled and knowledgeable dentist, but most importantly she’s a truly genuine, friendly and honest person. Her smile lights up the room and she’s so easy to talk to. When you talk to her you immediately feel comfortable and get nothing but positive energy.  Office is beautiful and clean equipped with modern technology. You just get a good vibe when you go there. I definitely recommend Dr. Cerisa and her team.

Tulip F. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


I had to do a tooth extraction….quickly. They immediately found time for me and Dr. Max Moncayo was excellent. He also did a bone graft which will prepare me for an implant down the road. He also followed up with a phone call the day after the extraction. The office is ‘state of the art’ and Dr. Cerisa Moncayo did a quick follow up with me. Kristi, the office manager, was very nice to me too. I highly recommend this dental office.

Jack B. from Pacific Palisades, CA (Source: Yelp)


What a pleasant experience considering that this was a dental appointment.  I went in because a crown had popped out. Within one hour from the time I called I was in the chair having my tooth analyzed. In a few minutes Dr. Moncayo determined the cause and gave me options to solve the problem. Within one hour impressions and X-rays were taken and a temporary crown was prepared and put in place. It was simple, quick and as pain-free as possible. From the staff to the Dentist, everyone was helpful, cordial and inspired confidence in me that I had made the right choice. I would strongly recommend this office to anyone looking for a new dentist.


Dr. Cerisa is a firm believer in the Golden Rule. She strives to offer her patients nothing less than the type of care she would like to receive—a personal, positive, pain-free experience. Having grown up in a military family (her father served 20 years in the U.S. Navy), and as a Navy veteran herself, Dr. Cerisa finds it a joy to put her patients first. She attended Stanford University where she became fluent in Spanish and graduated with a degree in Human Biology with a focus on International Health and Development. After working in the non-profit sector, Dr. Cerisa went on to obtain her Doctor of Dental Surgery at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC where she was on the Dean’s List and was part of the IV Sedation Team, led by world renowned Dr. Stanley Malamed. Through college and dental school, she had the privilege of traveling to over 20 countries and serving others on humanitarian missions in Southeast Asia and Central America. After dental school, she served as a Naval Officer stationed with the Marines. Having access to world-class technology, and working closely with specialists on a daily basis, enabled her to become skilled in the entire scope of general dentistry—from cosmetic to trauma management and oral surgery. Dr. Cerisa is humbled to be able to serve those in her own community. She is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Western Los Angeles Dental Society, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Aesthetic Excellence Study Club, and is certified by the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry. She is also part of the Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce, American Legion Post 283, and Success Becomes Her organization. In her free time, she is a mentor to pre-dental students and veterans and enjoys enhancing her knowledge with continuing education courses. When you don’t see her at The Palisades Dentists, you’ll probably find her and her husband (Dr. Max of Palisades Surgical Arts) jogging around town with their English labs Moose and Mochi.