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8120 Foothill Blvd.
Suland, CA 91040
United States

(818) 352-3174

James E. Mertzel D.D.S

Sunland/Tujunga family and cosmetic denistry 



Meet Our Team

James E. Mertzel - Sunland, California  Dentist


Presently, Dr. Mertzel and his wife, Marianne, serve on the Executive Committee of the Presidents Associate at California State University Northridge and on the Deans Circle of the College of Health and Human Development at CSUN. He also serves on the executive board of the ST Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Mertzel enjoyed coaching soccer in the AYSO youth soccer program. They enjoy attending many of the cultural events at the Valley Performing Arts Center at CSUN. They enjoy traveling, especially when they have the opportunity to travel with their family. Jim, as he asks his patients to call him, has enjoyed his family practice, providing the dental needs for everyone including children and seniors. He enjoys doing cosmetic dentistry, restoring dental implants, placing veneers, and crowns, and when necessary, constructing  partials, and full dentures. He also performs dental surgery as the need presents itself. He has been asked on numerous occasions to speak to school classrooms regarding dental hygiene and dentistry as a career. His loyal staff Elizabeth (13 years) and Carmina (8 years), both Registered Dental Assistants, have great personalities and create an atmosphere of hospitality and caring to the practice.

  • Graduate USC School of Dentistry

  • Awarded a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry

  • Member American Dental Association

  • California Dental Association

  • San Fernando Valley Dental Society

  • Has Served on the CA Dental Association Political Action Committee, and Government Affairs Council and as A Member of the House of Delegates for the CA Dental Association

  • Has been a member of the SFV Valley Dental Board of Directors for the past 14 years as Legislative Chairman.

  • Also served on the Peer Review, Speakers Bureau, Career Guidance Committee of the SFV Dental Society

Meet Our Staff

Elizabeth - Office Manager and Receptionist

Elizabeth has been employed by Dr. Jim for 13 years. She is a Registered Dental Assistant and extremely knowledgeable regarding the details of dental insurance and dental financing. In addition, she is quite adept at helping in the operatory when the occasion presents itself. She speaks Polish when the need arises.


Carmina - Registered Dental Assistant

Carmina is a delightful individual full of personality and dedication. She has been assisting Dr. Jim for the past eight years. Carmina is a native of Acapulco and an accomplished surfer / water skier. She enjoys hiking and often can be seen on long treks with her Sierra Club friends.