I was born and raised in Silicon Valley in Northern California, but moved to Southern California to further my education. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) and my Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry (USC). My desire to focus more on children's dentistry led me to the Big Apple to New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD) for residency training and pediatric specialization.
You’re probably wondering, why pediatric dentistry? While attending USC, my interest in treating children and special needs individuals evolved. At NYUCD, I focused on behavioral management skills with children, learned more in depth about the care and growth of ‘baby teeth,’ and truly gained patience while working with children.
I am passionate about helping the underserved communities local and worldwide through my dental affiliations. I am active with the NYU Global Outreach Program and have provided dental services most recently in Nepal, as well as, Nicaragua and Grenada. I have also participated with the Ayuda Dental Community Service Group in the local Los Angeles area, as well as, Belize, Mexico, and Costa Rica.
Since becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, I’ve practiced pediatric dentistry in Florida, Texas and California. I feel so lucky to work at SoCal Pediatric Dentistry and live in my most favorite place in the world, the South Bay.
Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, 2011
Residency and Pediatric Specialty Training, New York University College of Dentistry, 2010
Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS), University of Southern California School of Dentistry, 2008
Undergraduate Degree in Biochemistry Cell Biology, University of California San Diego, 2003
American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD)
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD)
California Society of Pediatric Dentistry (CSPD)
College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (COD)
Southern California Society of Dentistry for Children (SCSDC)
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Previously lived in Colorado as a ski bum
Ran the NYC Marathon
Last name means "beach" in Japanese
Hiked Half Dome in Yosemite
Trying to add guitar to my repertoire
Enjoys watching pro basketball and USC football
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