• 5105 Laguna Blvd Suite 4 Elk Grove CA 95758 Phone: 916-478-0222

Our Team

Laguna Star dental is a full service, state of the art dental facility in Elk Grove, Ca. We offer Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Implants, Family Dentistry, Digital Dental x-rays, Veneers, Crowns, Same colored tooth fillings, teeth whitening, oral cancer screenings, and much more. Give us a call and schedule an appointment today. 

If you are looking for a Dentist in Elk Grove who can service all of your Family Dental needs, look no further than Dr. Karan Pannu. the Elk Grove area, He has owned and Operated (2) successful dental practices in Modesto, Ca. and now brings his expertise to Elk Grove, Ca. His new state of the art dental facility houses the latest in Dental Technology, including: Gendex Digital x-rays, 3D Cone Beam Imaging, and the latest in Dental Implants by Hiossen. Ask about our new patient special and receive a very special offer!

Dr. Karan Pannu, DDS

“An Elk Grove Dentist spcializing in Family Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Implant Dentistry, General Dentistry, Teeth Whitening, and more!”

“I consider it a Privilege and honor to be chosen by my patients as their personal Dentist. I believe honesty and integrity are integral parts of my character and that is reflected while taking care of my patients. I pride myself on being able to give patients my full attention while listening to and understanding what my patients needs and priorities are, thus allowing me to take care of them in the most efficient and comfortable way to achieve the smile they want and the dental care they need.”

Professional Biography:
Dr.Pannu received his California Dental License from UOP, San Francisco. With over 15 years of experience in general and cosmetic dentistry. After running 2 successful family dental practices in Modesto, Dr. Pannu opened a practice in Elk Grove and has been providing dental care to communities in the Central Valley since 2002.

Dr. Pannu has gone through extensive training in advanced cosmetic and implant dentistry to provide his patients excellent esthetic dentistry and continuously educates himself by taking continuing education courses, lectures, and hands-on training in the latest dental techniques.
In his spare time Dr. Pannu enjoys spending time with his 10 year old son. He has a passion for golfing, working out, trucks, bikes and anything outdoors.


Professional Associations:

He is a member of American Dental Association, Calif Dental Association, Stanislaus Dental Society and American General Dentistry.

In his spare time Dr Pannu enjoys time with his 10 year old son.

He has a passion for golfing, working out, trucks and bikes and anything outdoors.

Dr. Pritpal Gill, DDS


Dr. Gill attended New York University College of Dentistry, one of world’s best dental schools, to obtain his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS).  Dr. Gill has been in practice since 2010. While at New York University, Dr. Gill was one of 6 students out of the senior class of 300 to receive advanced education in implant dentistry and was awarded Honors in Implants Dentistry.

He believes doctors are expected, if not required, to use most current, evidence-based information and practices. The contribution of research to advance our dental knowledge base can be directly applied to the patient and provide best dental care. This inspired him to join the Dental Clinical Research program at New York University where he earned Graduate Certificate in Advanced Research.

Dr. Gill is a member of American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and Sacramento District Dental Society.

With his experience, skills and passion for dentistry Dr. Gill can provide best dental care to his patients.

In his spare time, he loves to read dental journals, enjoy spending time with his wife, being outdoors, photography and to follow the news.

Kim Buckingham

I have been in the dentistry industry since 2007. I really enjoy working with my patients on all levels and developing unique relationships with them. Over the years many have become like extended family. Most people tell me “I’m scared of the dentist” and I do my very best to make that a thing of the past and alleviate the fear. When I am not working I love to read and have my Kindle with me always. I have 2 dogs that are my ‘children’ and when I am not at work I enjoy spoiling them rotten. My youngest is still a puppy so she really keeps me on my toes.

My favorite TV shows are Duck Dynasty, Big Bang Theory and Survivor.

I have always had a passion for working with people and being a part of Dr. Pannu’s dental team allows me a chance to do what I do best. Making people feel welcome and comfortable here at our family practice. So we look forward to meeting you and taking care of you, your family and friends.

Vanessa Gallegos

I have been in dentistry since 2007 and I love it. Nothing makes me happier than to see our patients leave here with a smile. A dental office is not a person’s favorite place to be. So, I do everything I can do to make them feel welcome and comfortable. I have a Blue Nose and he is the sweetest thing. I enjoy taking him on walks when I get home from work and getting together with family and friends. I love vacationing when I can, watching The Voice and my favorite, football season! I just love my 49ers.

Sommer Payne

“As my patient, I want you to feel like you are a part of my family, as if you can call on me for anything, tell me anything, and I will always be there with open arms and no judgement. I look forward to building a trusting relationship with each and every one of my patients by surrounding them with quality care and love.”

I am happily married to my husband and best friend of 14 years. We have four daughters, Chayenne, Addison, Rylee and Harper, and a dog named Cisco. I enjoy running, crafting, scrapbooking and making memories with my family. I am affiliated with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the California Dental Hygienists Association. I have volunteered with RAM Sacramento and the SMILE bus for children. I am certified in Laser training, CPR, Local Anesthesia, STC and nitrous oxide.

Sarah Lopez

I have been a Registered Dental Assistant since 2006 and I absolutely Love my job!! I enjoy making conversation with my patients and getting to know them. I will do my best to make sure my patients are happy, comfortable and always know what step is coming next. I was recently married June 1, 2014. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and pets, music and the outdoors. My favorite shows are The Blacklist and The First 48.

Melissa Miro

Melissa has been a wonderful addition to our staff. She loves smiling and making others smile. She enjoys conversing and learning more about patients’s personal lives.

She has been in the dental field for the past 5 years and is continuing to further her education by attending night classes toward her bachelor’s degree in science.

In her spare time she goes hiking, running, dancing and practices yoga.

Michele Chase

Michele has been in the dental field for the past nine years and is very passionate about her career. Michele enjoys getting to know her patients and providing outstanding dental care. She is a proud mom of 3 and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, swimming and boating. Currently, she lives in Elk Grove with her husband and children.