Meet Our Team

Nicholas S. Baumann, DDS

Dr. Nicholas Baumann was born and raised in the Coachella Valley and came back to practice in his hometown after graduating from New York University College of Dentistry in Manhattan. Dr Baumann loves to do procedures in all facets of dentistry and has completed numerous post-graduate courses in multiple disciplines including neuromuscular dentistry (directly under the guru of NMD, Dr. Clayton Chan), fixed and removable prosthodontics, and oral conscious sedation. Dr. Baumann feels continuing education is vital for him to provide the highest quality dentistry for his patients in the most comfortable environment possible.Outside of dentistry, Dr. Baumann is a golfer (this should be a given considering he and his brother Palmer are named after two of the greatest) and an avid world traveler. He hopes to one day make it to 100 different countries. He is always enthusiastic to talk at length about any of his hobbies he has in common with his patients.

Dr. Baumann’s Memberships
• American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)
• Academy of Osseointegration (AO)
• Founding member- Coachella Valley Dental Society (CVDS)
• American Academy of Sleep Dentistry (AADSM)
• Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)
• Doctors of Oral Conscious Sedation (DOCS)
• American Dental Association (ADA)
• California Dental Association (CDA)
• Tri-County Dental Association (TCDS)

Dr. Sarah A. Khoshniyati, DDS

Dr. Sarah A. Khoshniyati was born and raised in Orange County, CA. She received her bachelor’s degree in Cell & Molecular Biology and Physiology from California State University Long Beach prior to earning her dental degree from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC in Los Angeles, CA. During her time in dental school, she dedicated a large amount of her time to community and international outreach programs. She traveled internationally to Nicaragua, Panama, and the Philippines to provide dental care to underserved communities.
Dr. Khoshniyati enjoys all disciplines of dentistry, specifically focusing on restorative and cosmetic dentistry. She believes everyone deserves a healthy and happy smile and treats all her patients like family. She takes pride in offering the finest, most up-to-date patient care and treatment to each and every patient.
In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending quality time with her husband and puppy, Teddy.

Dr. Khoshniyati’s Memberships
• American Dental Association (ADA)
• California Dental Association (CDA)
• Tri-County Dental Association (TCDS)
• Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)

Bruce R. Baumann, DDS, FAGD

Staff_BruceDr. Bruce Baumann founded the dental practice in 1982. A graduate of Georgetown Dental School. His legacy lives on with his son, Dr. Nicholas Baumann, his wonderful staff and the patients to which he dedicated 40 years of service too.

Our Front Office Staff


Lupe is the Office Manager for our practice. She has been with Dr. Baumann for over 36 years. Lupe is an expert manager. She does our appointment scheduling and is an excellent resource for insurance questions and financial arrangements. When not working, Lupe enjoys reading and working in her garden.


Jessica is our Hygiene Coordinator and is in charge of our hygiene department. Jessica also manages the finance options, which includes Compassionate Finance and Care Credit for the office. She has been with our family for 31 years. The fun part of her job is posting on our Social Media such as Facebook (palmdesertsmiles) and LinkedIn. Her hobbies outside of the office are lifting weights, football, baseball and she enjoys listening to country music. Jessica’s son Hunter attends Chico State University.

Our Hygienists


Michelle earned her Bachelors Degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of San Diego prior to pursuing a career in dentistry. She completed the Dental Hygiene program at San Joaquin Valley College in 2008. She is passionate about helping her patients achieve and maintain oral health as a way to improve their overall health and well-being. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, playing board games and staying active outdoors. They also enjoy traveling and seeing what new adventure is around the corner.


Prior to becoming a Dental Hygienist, Lorena was Dr Bruce Baumann’s lead assistant for 20 years. She earned her Extended Functions in assisting license from UCLA. Later she earned her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree from Loma Linda University. As a hygienist, Lorena enjoys working one-on-one with her patients to help them improve and maintain their overall oral health. Her dedication and experience in the dental field makes it easy for her patients to feel comfortable during their hygiene visits. Lorena is a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association, the California Dental Hygiene Association and the Western Society of Periodontology. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking, traveling and horseback riding.

Our Highly Trained Assistants

We are very proud of our staff of well-trained clinical assistants. They too are committed to learning the latest techniques of patient care. The assistants often travel with Dr. Baumann to continuing education classes throughout the country. These ladies attend on average more continuing education courses than most dentists in the country do.


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Abby is our RDA and has been at our office for 9 years. She is very sweet and kind which makes her patients feel welcomed and comfortable. She enjoys taking continuing education courses to expand her dental knowledge. Outside of work she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.


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Christina RDA, has been in the dental field for a 6 years. She attended Brightwood college in Palm Springs and shortly after received her RDA license. She enjoys learning new skills. Outside of work, Christina enjoys reading, going to concerts and visiting new places.


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Belinda attended Kaplan College where she got her RDA license. Belinda has worked in the dental field for 7 years. She enjoys making patients smile. In her free time, she likes exploring and hiking the National parks, she also likes to spend time with her family and friends.

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