MariaElena “Malena” Rodriguez, D.D.S. has been practicing Maxillofacial Prosthodontics in Torrance for nearly 20 years. Following her graduation from the UCLA School of Dentistry in 2000, she continued her training and specialized in Prosthodontics, Maxillofacial Prosthodontics and Geriatric Dentistry, all at UCLA. In 2014, after being in private practice for many years, she again expanded her specialization by completing the internationally respected Implant Dentistry fellowship at Loma Linda University – one of only two centers in the world that offer such in-depth dental implant training. This combined training and practical experience has made Dr. Rodriguez a highly skilled dental implant surgeon.

Deeply committed to education, Dr. Rodriguez spent 8 years on faculty at the UCLA School of Dentistry; continues to mentor students and young dentists, and frequently attends advanced dentistry courses all over the world. In addition, she is a member of the P.E.O. sisterhood, a U.S. based international women’s organization whose primary focus is providing educational opportunities for female students worldwide.

Professional Societies and Organizations:
American Dental Association
American College of Prosthodontists
Kois Center
Academy of Osseointegration
Western Dental Society
California Dental Association
P.E.O. Sisterhood
UCLA School of Dentistry Alumni Association

1993-1996
BA, Psychology – Loyola Marymount University
1996-2000
D.D.S. – University of California, Los Angeles
2000-2003
Certificate in Advanced Prosthodontics – University of California, Los Angeles
2000-2004
Faculty at University of California, Los Angeles – Clinical instructor, section of Removable Prosthodontics 2003-2004 Certificate in Maxillofacial Prosthodontics – University of California, Los Angeles
2003-2005
Geriatric Fellowship – University of California, Los Angeles
2004-2008

Faculty at University of California, Los Angeles – Clinical instructor for the Graduate Prosthodontics Residency Program

Faculty at University of California, Los Angeles Continuing Education – clinical instructor for registered dental assistants extended function

2004-Present
Private Practice in Torrance, CA – South Bay Prosthodontics and PermaDent Dental Implant Center
2012

Kois Specialist Graduate

2012 – 2014

Fellow Certificate, Implant Surgery – Loma Linda University

2014 – Present

Director, PermaDent Dental Implant Center

2015 – 2017

President, California Section – American College of Prosthodontists