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Meet The Doctors

Christopher J. Cantrell, DMD

Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry

“As a dental professional I have the ability to educate, motivate and inspire my patients. The power of a smile promotes confidence, which can change lives.” 

Chris Cantrell, DMD , a partner in Sutter Terrace Dental Group, believes that patient involvement and education are essential to successful treatment and beautiful smiles. With the use of dental photography and intra-oral images he helps his patients visualize their treatment options. Tailoring each procedure and treatment to the wants and needs of his patient's, Dr. Cantrell combines esthetic considerations with functional requirements. In addition to transforming and renewing smiles, he corrects bites and realigns jaw joints, balancing the concepts of esthetic smile reconstruction with functionality.

Dr. Cantrell has a strong commitment to quality dental care and patient comfort, which is evident in his cosmetic and implant dental practice. Realizing that perfection in cosmetic and implant dentistry requires staying on the cutting edge of technological and surgical advancements in the field, Dr. Cantrell travels across the nation to learn from the top educators in dentistry. Studying with these individuals allows Dr. Cantrell to provide his patients the very best in dental care.

Born and raised in Fair Oaks, California, Dr. Cantrell is a 1996 graduate of Bella Vista High School. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine from Pepperdine University in 2000. Dr. Cantrell graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 2004. Throughout his education he has been active in helping others, mentoring fellow classmates, involvement in student affairs and participating in research projects comparing the use of dental materials. In 2003, he was the recipient of the Thomas B. Hunt Scholarship Award for academic excellence.

Dr. Cantrell is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and Sacramento District Dental Society. In addition, he is a participating member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Sacramento Valley Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Cantrell, his wife Lacy and their children make their home in El Dorado Hills. Dr. Cantrell is an avid golfer and they enjoy snow skiing, mountain biking and traveling with family and friends.

School: Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Boston, Massachusetts Year:2004



As a member of AACD,
Dr. Cantrell participates annually in 
Give Back a Smile


Rae Ann Whitten, DDS

General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry

“As a dentist, I have the ability to improve people’s lives by improving the health and beauty of their smile.” 

Rae Ann Whitten, DDS, a partner of Sutter Terrace Dental Group, is committed to creating a friendly environment where her patients feel safe and well cared for.

Raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Dr. Whitten feels that her “aloha spirit” is reflected in the down to earth nature of her practice. Her goal is to create a warm atmosphere for her patients and employees.

After graduating with a degree in Nutrition from UC Berkeley in 1989, Dr. Whitten began her career in dentistry as an assistant then returned to school for her Registered Dental Hygienist license. In 2001 she graduated with honors, and as valedictorian, from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco. She continues to improve her skills and knowledge through postgraduate education courses to stay at the top of her profession. Dr. Whitten is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and the Sacramento District Dental Society.

Dr. Whitten lives in Folsom with her husband, Clark, and their four sons. Dr. Whitten is an avid runner and you just might see her with her family running or cycling along the American River Bike Trail.

School: University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry
San Francisco, California Year: 2001


Sahil Sethi, DMD

Comprehensive, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry

“I believe that the real gift of dentistry is the opportunity to serve my patients through a partnership, giving them options to maintain their oral health in comfort, function, health and esthetics for life.” 

Sahil Sethi, DMD, a partner in Sutter Terrace Dental Group, practices dentistry with a specific focus on comprehensive, conservative, esthetic and patient centered dental care. He believes that a “partnership” must exist between the dentist and the patient for the ultimate success of any treatment plan. By observation, education, dental photography and digital images he encourages his patients to become active decision makers in their treatment alternatives. The co-discovery of signs and symptoms, by the dentist and patient, allows his patients to understand their treatment needs and visualize their “ideal smile” free from pain, dysfunction, disfigurement and disease. Using these principles Dr. Sethi combines the sciences of prosthodontics, implantology, occlusal therapy and aesthetic dentistry to create for his patients a smile that is comfortable, functional, healthy and esthetically pleasing.

Dr. Sethi's commitment to excellence requires staying on the cutting edge of dentistry. Dr. Sethi achieves this level of clinical excellence through his involvement with three of the most respected institutions for advanced dental education in the United States today:

In addition, Dr. Sethi completes numerous continuing education courses with some of the leading scholars of modern dental medicine in order to provide his patients with quality, pain-free dentistry.

Dr. Sethi is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and the Sacramento District Dental Society. He is also an active member of the “LIGA -Flying Doctors of Mercy”, a volunteer organization through which medical professionals fly to underprivileged areas of the Sinaloa peninsula of Mexico to provide medical care to rural communities. Dr. Sethi is also a regular participant in the “Giving Smiles” Children's Dental program providing free dental care to underserved children in our community.

Dr. Sethi completed his Bachelor of Science in Biology and graduated with honors from Loyola University of New Orleans in 1999. Subsequently, he chose to attend the prestigious Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts and graduated with a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 2004.

Dr. Sethi, and his family, make their home in El Dorado Hills. They enjoy an active lifestyle of running, biking, motorcycling, skiing and hiking.

School: Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Boston, MA Year: 2004

Elisabeth de Gaust, DDS, Inc.

General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry

“Practicing dentistry gives me the opportunity to educate my patients and help them improve their oral health and function to result in beautiful, functional smiles that last a lifetime. I find it very rewarding to provide the highest quality of care and patient comfort while maintaining a relaxing environment.” 

Elisabeth de Gaust, DDS, a partner in Sutter Terrace Dental Group, focuses her practice and compassion on treating every age group towards lifelong dental health, through all aspects of general dentistry. By Dr. de Gaust improving, restoring and maintaining your oral health, esthetics and dental functionality, you will embrace your smile. With the best in diagnostic and educational tools, Dr de Gaust will use intra-and extra oral photography, diagnostic casts and digital x-ray imaging to plan your treatment needs and all your options will easily be reviewed and explained. Your treatment and comfort will always be performed in a conscientious and caring manner.

Committed to providing the highest standard of care, with 15+ years of international clinical experience, Dr de Gaust is dedicated to continuing post graduate education to incorporate the latest advances in techniques and procedures, through travelling across the nation and abroad to learn from the leading edge educators. Locally she participates in Sacramento study clubs where local dentists and specialists team up on a regular basis to discuss the treatment of challenging cases. Dr de Gaust is a graduate of the SIC mini-residency in implant placement and restoration.

Dr de Gaust is an active member of national and local dental organizations such as the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association and the Sacramento District Dental Society. Dr de Gaust has a special place in her heart for children and is a regular participant in the nationwide Give Kids a Smile program providing free dental care to underserved children in our community. Dr de Gaust also works with the school district providing free dental screenings for Head Start children. She has also volunteered her dental services through The Rotary Doctor Bank organization where medical professionals provide care for the inhabitants of underserved rural communities in Kenya.

Dr de Gaust was born and raised in Gothenburg, Sweden. She graduated with a degree in Chemistry from the Sven Erikson College in 1990. Thereafter she attended five years of dental school at the Karolinska Institute of Medicine and Odontology, the Nobel Prize nomination institute in Stockholm, Sweden, where she graduated with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree in 1998. Throughout her education she was active as a Math tutor and as a Board Member of the International Student Exchange Program as well as a Board Member and Coach with the Student Sports Swim Program.

Dr de Gaust lives in El Dorado with her husband Andrew and their three boys. They enjoy many outdoor activities including hiking, biking, camping and skiing.

School: Karolinska Institute of Medicine and Odontology
Stockholm, Sweden Year:1998