Gorrell Smiles

Meet the Team at Gorrell Smiles

Our Dental Hygienists (top) and our Dental Assistants (bottom)

What’s the value of a beautiful, healthy smile? We know that smiling conveys love, warmth, and friendliness. Sharing a smile has also been proven to release endorphins, so it also fills you and those around you with a sense of happiness and well-being.

For over 40 years, Dr. Brent Gorrell has been helping patients in Santa Clara County achieve optimal oral health and beautiful, confident smiles. He believes that your smile should allow you to express your individuality openly and comfortably. Dr. Gorrell and his dental team help promote, enhance, and maintain smiles for every patient in our community who desires a healthy, natural-looking smile.

Our skilled and dedicated dental team works together to ensure that you have a pleasant and enjoyable experience. We believe you’ll appreciate the combination of warm, personalized care and cutting-edge technology that allows us to provide the highest standard of dental care in a friendly, stress-free environment. We're a multilingual dental practice with team members who speak Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese, and Georgian in addition to English.

Are you ready to get started? Please call our Mountain View, CA dental office to arrange a dental appointment at your convenience. Until we meet you in person, please take a few minutes to get to know our team.

J. Brent Gorrell, DDS

Born in California, Dr. Gorrell was raised in the metropolitan Chicago area – moving to the Midwest when he was in junior high school. He attended the University of Iowa on a swimming scholarship for his undergraduate studies. In 1979, he received his Doctor in Dental Surgery from Northwestern University’s Dental School, at which point he decided he’d had enough of Chicago winters.

Later that year, cosmetic dentist J. Brent Gorrell D.D.S. established his Mountain View, California practice serving Palo Alto and Sunnyvale. Since then he has remained committed to staying at the cutting-edge of the ever-changing field of dentistry. He fancies himself as a "continuing education junkie," as he’s addicted to continuing education (CE) courses. Dr. Gorrell has remained dedicated to being one of Northern California’s finest cosmetic dentists.

Dr. Gorrell has also been active in several esteemed organizations including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (member since 1996), the L.D. Pankey Institute, and the Academy of General Dentistry (in which he has earned his mastership). Dr. Gorrell is also a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, and the International Association for Orthodontics. He's also an associate instructor for the Northern California Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry.

In his spare time, Dr. Gorrell enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. His interests include outdoor sports, including mountain biking, scuba diving, swimming, and skiing, as well as reading, and fine dining.

Dr. Gorrell’s Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Science – University of Iowa – 1975
  • Doctor in Dental Surgery – Northwestern University – 1979
  • Continuing Education: Five continuum weeks at the L.D. Pankey Institute

Dr. Gorrell’s Societies and Affiliations

  • Fellow and Master of the Academy of General Dentistry
  • Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Member of the International Association for Orthodontics
  • Member of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
  • Member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Alumni of the L. D. Pankey Institute
  • Member of the American Dental Association
  • Member of the California Dental Association
  • Member if the Mid-Peninsula Dental Association

Nelishah Jiwani, DMD

Associate General Dentist

Dr. Nelishah Jiwani joined Gorrell Smiles in 2018 and is a highly qualified, passionate caregiver as well as a complement to our amazing team. Previously, Dr. Jiwani had been practicing in Toronto, Ontario for the past five years. She earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine in 2012 and then went on to complete the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at Temple University in 2013.

Dr. Jiwani had to have extensive dental work done, and that has helped build her self-confidence. She is passionate about providing quality dental care that will bring a lifetime of health, function, and confidence for others.

Sharing Dr. Gorrell's value for excellence, Dr. Jiwani is dedicated to continuing growth in state of the art dentistry that delivers results for her patients. In her free time, Dr. Jiwani enjoys traveling, rock climbing, trying out new restaurants, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Jiwani’s Education

  • Honors Bachelor of Life Science – McMaster University, 2008
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine – Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine, 2013
  • Advanced Education in General Dentistry – Temple University, 2013

Dr. Jiwani’s Certifications

  • Nitrous Oxide Certified
  • CAD/CAM Certified
  • BLS (Basic Life Support) Certified
  • Invisalign Certified

Dr. Jiwani’s Affiliations

  • Member of Academy of General Dentistry
  • Member of the American Dental Association
  • Member of the California Dental Association
  • Member of the Mid-Peninsula Dental Association
  • Member of the Canadian Dental Association
  • Member of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario

Judy Chau, DDS

In keeping with the values and culture of Gorrell Smiles, Dr. Gorrell and his team have carefully selected Dr. Chau for her clinical expertise, listening skill and kind patient care. 

Dr. Judy Chau is a Bay Area native and a graduate from UC San Diego with a degree in Human Biology and Communications. She then attended the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry where she was inducted into the Tau Kappa Omega honor society for scholastic excellence and character. She has worked in private practice for more than 10 years. Dr. Chau is continuously expanding her range of services in order to serve her patients more effectively.

She routinely takes advanced post graduate classes and residencies including the Endodontic Continuum at UCLA, Orthodontics at the Center for Occlusal Studies, and the International Dental Implant Association. Dr. Chau provides services in all aspects of general dentistry as well as root canals, complicated extractions, bone grafting, implant placement and restoration, sleep apnea appliances, traditional orthodontic treatment and Invisalign, soft tissue laser surgery, aesthetic dentistry, and full mouth reconstruction. 

In tandem with her skills and experience, Dr. Chau has an exceptionally empathetic and compassionate bedside manner. Both children and adults feel at ease because of how she can explain scary sounding, complicated procedures with easy to understand analogies. Her passion and cheerfulness relaxes patients. She believes in treating not just the teeth but the patient as a whole. Dr Chau can speak Vietnamese and elementary Spanish as well. She and her husband have two beautiful children and a rescue pitbull. Outside of work, Dr. Chau plays the piano and guitar, is an experienced yogi, and enjoys hiking. 

We feel privileged to have her join us in providing the excellent, comfortable and convenient care our patients expect at Gorrell Smiles.  Dr. Chau looks forward to meeting each of our patients in our dental family.


Practice Manager

Araceli joined Gorrell smiles in 2015, and the thing that she loves most about her job is that, to her, it’s not a job at all! She has fun working with the team at Gorrell Smiles and building long-lasting relationships with our patients so they can relax and get the important dental care they need.

A San Jose native, Araceli attended Concorde Institute for her dental assistant training and graduated on the honor roll in 1995. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, enjoying the outdoors and traveling. 


Registered Dental Hygienist

Hope has been working in the field of dentistry since 2002 and has been a part of the Gorrell Smiles dental team since 2015. She attended Carrington College and received an Associate’s degree in dental hygiene in 2011. Hope truly loves her work, and she has a heart for every patient that she treats. She feels especially satisfied when she can help a patient overcome a previous negative memory of dentistry and help them feel comfortable and happy to be receiving care.

A native of Wuhan, China, Hope attended Wuhan Conservatory where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education and Dance in 1992. Hope was a dance teacher in China, and she still loves to dance and has been a Zumba instructor for five years.

Hope and her husband have two daughters, and in her free time, she enjoys family vacations with them. She also likes body-building and interior design.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Lillian attended Foothill College and Carrington College and has been with Gorrell Smiles since June 2018. She enjoys spending time with all of her patients educating and collaborating with them to help improve their oral hygiene routine. Lillian also appreciates working in a dental practice that welcomes ideas from the entire team and works together to make them happen. She values the team support and creative feedback that helps her improve her work and her patients’ experiences.

Lillian was born in the Philippines and raised in San Jose. She enjoys spending spare time with family and friends, going out to museums, theme parks, and tourist attractions.


Hygiene Coordinator

Melanie is a woman of many trades! She loves spending free time with her husband, children and friends.

She enjoys baking with her daughter and having fun with her two boys. 


Registered Dental Assistant

Rocio was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco and raised in the Bay Area. As our clinical manager, Rocio strives to provide excellent patient care and high quality of work. She is very sensitive to her patients’ needs and makes sure they are comfortable during their treatment.

Having worked with Dr. Gorrell since 2008, Rocio truly feels that this is her home. She loves the relaxed environment at Gorrell Smiles and enjoys spending time here. Rocio believes that our patients come to see Dr. Gorrell because they have confidence not only in his ability and experience but also in the caring and thoughtful way he treats our patients.

In addition to being a Registered Dental Assistant, Rocio also holds a license in x-ray and coronal polishing, and she is CPR certified. Outside of work, Rocio enjoys cooking, traveling, listening to music, reading, and spending time with friends and family.


Scheduling Treatment Coordinator

Jessica joined the Gorrell Smiles dental team in 2018, and she enjoys helping patients feel confident about their oral health and their smiles. A native of Sunnyvale, Jessica enjoys spending free time with her family.


Registered Dental Assistant

Tamara joined Gorrell Smiles in 2017. As one of our skilled dental assistants, Tamara loves the opportunity to meet new people and show them how to take care of their teeth properly. She enjoys her wonderful coworkers who work together to make every day enjoyable and productive.

Tamara is a native of Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia and attended Foothill College in Los Altos Hills where she studied dental assisting. In her free time, Tamara enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends. She also loves to cook and share her food with others.


Financial Coordinator

As our financial coordinator, Lydia is well-versed in any matters that relate to dental insurance or financing the cost of dental care. Over the last 25 years, she has taken numerous courses devoted to insurance processing and financial arranging and processing. Lydia is the helpful team member you turn to with all of your insurance and financial questions.

Lydia joined Gorrell Smiles in 2014 and loves everything about working here including the ease of working as part of our team, the patients she assists, and her ability to use her skill to make the office run more smoothly. 

A native of Middletown, RI, Lydia enjoys traveling and cooking and is an avid reader in her spare time.

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Our comfort has always been important to them

We have been patients of Dr. Gorrell, for years. He and his staff care about their patients. Our comfort has always been important to them. We appreciate that he and his staff listen to us and take positive action to make us the most comfortable possible during any procedure.

- Gloria H.

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