When she was growing up, Dr. Diana Sedler knew she wanted to work in the medical field. She had an eye for detail and an inclination toward surgical work. She also knew she wanted to help people. This, along with being born into a family of dental professionals, put Dr. Sedler on a natural path to becoming a periodontist.
Dr. Sedler completed her periodontics residency in 2019 at the University of Southern California’s Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, where she also completed dental school. While in dental school, Dr. Sedler assisted on a case for a patient who had lost her teeth, couldn’t eat and had lost 50 pounds. After treatment, the patient cried with happiness, gained her weight back and began smiling again. Seeing that transformation convinced Dr. Sedler that changing people’s lives by changing their smiles was what she had to do.
Dr. Sedler is driven by this passion for patient transformation. Whether she is correcting a gummy smile, gum recession, doing sinus elevation or dental implants, Dr. Sedler listens to her patients’ needs and concerns first.
This intentional chairside manner was inspired by an extended stay in the hospital when Dr. Sedler was young. Her doctor did not have a personable bedside manner, and she vowed she would never handle her medical practice that way. Dr. Sedler’s patients know they will have her full attention when they are in her care.
Although Dr. Sedler comes from a long line of dental professionals, she is the first periodontist in her family. Her grandparents immigrated from Russia where her grandfather was a dentist and her grandmother a dental technician. When they moved to California, they began working at a small dental lab with five other employees. They eventually bought the lab and today Burbank Dental Lab employs over 250 people and is run by Dr. Sedler’s parents and brother.
But the lab wasn’t the place for Dr. Sedler. She enjoys being face-to-face with her patients. She enjoys the fine attention to detail that surgery requires, and she considers herself one of those rare people who loves her job so much, it doesn’t feel like work.