Our Team

Your Soma Dental Dentist, Dr. Nigel Suarez

drDr. Suarez graduated with honors from the prestigious UCLA School of Dentistry. He started his own practice shortly after in San Francisco. With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Suarez offers the latest in all facets of dentistry. His clinical skills and exceptional chair-side manner have won him numerous awards, including Consumer Review Board’s “Dentist of the Year” (2011-2012) and “America’s Top Dentists” (2012). Dr. Suarez continues to improve his skills, taking advanced courses particularly in the field of cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics. Outside of the dental office, Dr. Suarez is the 2016 IFBB 50+ North American Bodybuilding Welterweight Champion, enjoys golf, tennis, gymnastics, and has handled his show dog, Charley to AKC Champion status.

My Philosophy:

“I have been at the service of patients in San Francisco for over 2 decades. It is a city and community I truly love. For those of you who have never met me, I wanted to share my personal and professional approach to dentistry. First and foremost, I strongly believe in giving my patients the best and most gentle dental care. I believe dentistry is a marriage of art and science that must be performed without pain or discomfort to patients. As a practitioner, I hold this principle dearly and expect all my staff and associate dentists to abide by the same principle. I am very proud of my track record as a ‘gentle and painless’ doctor regardless of the procedure. I also believe patients need to be informed before making any decisions regarding their dental treatment. I always take the time to clearly explain what conditions or problems are present, what the consequences of not treating these problems may be and what options are available to patients. The options I present are plainly laid out, without any bias or ulterior motives. I respect and listen to my patients because I know patients will only come back for treatment if they feel their needs are understood and met. Finally, I believe my patient’s smiles represent my practice and skills. I live in the community I serve and know the dental care I provide is a reflection of me. I am proud of the work I do and want my patients to boast the most beautiful and healthy smiles.”


Our Soma Dental Staff

At Soma Dental, we select only the best of the best to serve our patients and their families. All of our staff members are friendly, knowledgeable, and highly proficient in their office duties. Should you have any questions or concerns before, during or after a visit to Soma Dental, do not hesitate to contact one of our staff members. They are readily standing by to address your needs.

Ryan Pacheco, DDS, Dentist

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We are thrilled to have Ryan as part of the SOMA Dental team, being selected as our first choice out of many high caliber candidates last year! After graduating from the University of Pacific Dental School, Ryan completed a General Practice Residency at the University of Minnesota. Through this extensive training, he has an affinity for treating medically complex patients, as well as patients with dental phobia and anxiety. Outside of dentistry, Ryan enjoys reading, snowboarding, and baseball.


Clara Lee, DDS, Dentist

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Clara is a native to the Bay Area, growing up in San Francisco and attaining her undergraduate degree at Berkeley. After graduating from UOP, she has been in private practice for 29 years and has a wealth of experience! She enjoys taking care of her dog, cat and takes great interest in photography.


Lida Suarez, Office Manager

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Lida has worked in the dental field for over 15 years in the Bay Area. Hobbies and interests include working out, reading, and most importantly making every day count!!!


Liliana Gonzalez, Front Office Administrator

We are very happy to have Lili greet our clients at SOMA Dental! Her hobbies and interests include: cooking, going to movies, spending time with her son, family and friends and enjoying life!


Sebastien Mancel, General Manager

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With over 15 years of dental office management experience, Sebastien co-founded SOMA Dental with Dr. Suarez. Hobbies and interests include fitness, travel, and wine tasting.