Are you getting your regular bi-annual checkups from the dentist? The fear of going to the dentist may haunt you as a child, but it is such a vital craft that these dentists have practiced years and years for. Having strong and healthy teeth should be viewed as much of a priority as the rest of your health. If issues go untreated and you ignore the warning signs of a small toothache, this could lead to a greater build-up of more severe dental issues over time.
Word of Health would like to take the time to highlight a few of these individuals. Below is a list of the top ten dentists in the Anaheim area.
1. Dr. Hang Pham, D.D.S.
Dr. Pham was born and raised in Orange County. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Biology at California State University Long Beach. She then attended the renowned University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry where she obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Before opening her own private dental practice in Anaheim, CA in 2010, Dr. Pham was managing a family private practice in Las Vegas Nevada where she treated patients of all ages. Her invaluable experience in Las Vegas has allowed her to gain clinical confidence in a very fast pace environment. While taking in everything that corporate business had to offer, Dr. Pham knew that she would one day want to start her own private practice. After two years, Dr. Pham decided that she was ready to move home to be closer to the family. Anaheim Dentist Dr. Pham strongly believes in continuing her education, always making sure to take time off to attend lectures pertaining to all aspects of dentistry. Dr. Pham is also a faculty member of the highly prestigious Spears Education campus in Scottsdale, AZ. She has also completed advanced training at the prestigious Las Vegas Nevada Global Institute, a post-graduate dental learning institute. She is also certified in Basic Life Support (BLS). When away from the office, Dr. Pham and her husband, Bobby, enjoy spending quality time with their two daughters. Dr. Pham also enjoys playing volleyball, tennis, reading and watching Korean dramas.
2. Sharon J Lee, D.D.S.
Sharon Lee grew up in the suburbs of Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. She left the east coast about 20 years ago to come out west to attend the University of Southern California (USC) School of Dentistry. Dr. Sharon has been practicing dentistry for over 17 years in Orange County. She loves her job and loves making smiles for children and adults. Dr. Sharon is the proud mother of two young girls and enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs. She understands the importance of family and oral health and maintaining a happy, healthy smile.
3. Dr. Thomas Bae, D.D.S.
Dr. Bae graduated from UCLA and then obtained his dental degree from the UCSF School of Dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and the Spears Dental Education Study Club. He has extensive experience in restorative dental care, cosmetic dentistry, and is an Invisalign Premier Provider. His approach to dentistry is built upon a minimally invasive philosophy that stresses prevention. He has a passion for giving back to the community and loves to spend his time contributing free dental work to the homeless and is passionate about international medical and dental mission work. He and his wonderful wife, Susan, and daughters, Kelsey and Seylah, live in Orange County.
4. Chris Fotinos, D.D.S.
Considered one of the best dentists in Orange County, Dr. Fotinos is committed to providing top-quality cosmetic & general dentistry to patients. He achieved the designation as a “Super Dentist” of Southern California in 2015, which is determined through peer selection and independent research. Dr. Fotinos was the team dentist for both the Anaheim Angels and the Mighty Ducks from 1993 to 2004, and now he devotes his time to his practice, patients, and his family.
5. Dr. Tae Hyung Kim, D.D.S.
Dr. Kim’s extensive and unique training background has made him an excellent and well-rounded dentist who is able to provide his patients with the most comprehensive care possible. Dr. Kim offers many customized services, from diagnosis and treatment planning to post-operative care. Dr. Kim earned the status of sub-captain on his high school rugby team and graduated as the valedictorian with numerous honors. He was then admitted to a dental program at the most prestigious university in South Korea. After getting his first Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from Yonsei University, South Korea, Dr. Kim served in the army for three years as the director of the Oral Health Department in Anseong where he was also named the president of the Public Health Doctors Association. During that time, he went through an orthodontic training program at the Yonsei Esthetic Orthodontic Specialty Clinic. After receiving his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Southern California, Dr. Kim was appointed to the faculty at the USC School of Dentistry. His extensive experience and knowledge have led him to teach in the Oral Surgery, Fixed Prosthodontics, Operative Dentistry, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning Departments at USC. Dr. Kim is extremely delicate and pays extra attention to detail while caring for his patients. He demonstrates a great depth of knowledge and passion for excellence.
6. David H K Tran, D.D.S.
Dr. Tran has over 15 years of experience as a general dentist. He has served as a volunteered faculty at USC School of Dentistry. As a member of the California Dental Association, American Dental Association, and Orange County Dental Society, he knows what it takes to achieve the highest standard of care and is committed to providing his patients with the utmost in dental care. However, he still believes that taking the time to talk and listen to his patient is the most important part of dentistry.
7. Krystal Pham, D.D.S.
Dr. Krystal Pham is the owner of Oceanic Dental. In 2010 she and her husband, Victor Pham, who assists the practice as Office Manager, decided to open Oceanic Dental in Huntington Beach to be where their family and community are. Dr. Krystal Pham was born into a household of healthcare providers. Her father is a physician and her mother and sister are both dentists. Growing up, she spent many happy hours in her mother’s dental office and began assisting her when she was 13. She always loved dentistry, and watching her mother transform patients’ lives by giving them beautiful, healthy smiles just deepened that love. At Oceanic Dental, Dr. Pham is fulfilling her goal of providing high-quality, comprehensive dental care with everything a patient wants and needs to be provided under the same roof. Dr. Krystal Pham said, “As a dentist, I can get my patients out of pain, educate them about maintaining good oral health, and most importantly, transform their smiles and improve their confidence and quality of life.”
8. Chris Hatae, D.D.S.
Dr. Hatae received his Bachelors of Science from the University of the Pacific and has over 500 hours of courses including Endodontics, Implants. He is an active member of the Orange County Dental Society, California Dental Association, and American Dental Association. He stays up to date with the most current dental technology through continuing education courses in all aspects of dentistry. As a licensed Invisalign, Velscope, and ZOOM! Whitening provider Dr. Hatae works hard to provide patients with high-end quality products and services along with customized personal attention. Dr. Hatae not only practices dentistry in Fullerton, but he also lives in Fullerton with his wife. Both Dr. Hatae and his wife are Southern California natives. When not practicing dentistry, you can find Dr. Hatae rooting for his local sports teams, the Lakers and Dodgers. He also plays basketball in multiple adult leagues. A newly acquired hobby is hitting the golf links with his friends.
9. Mariam Soldin-Wasfi, D.D.S.
Dr. Mariam Soldin-Wasfi graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She is a part of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society, American Dental Association, American Association of Women in Dentistry. “When it comes to a persons smile, every patient has different needs and goals. Whether its cosmetic or restorative, I strive to help my patients become healthier and happier people. I love what I do and the sense of gratitude I get from my patients brings a smile to my face.” Dr. Soldin loves spending time with her husband and her beagle, Buddy. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach, hiking, and traveling to other countries. She loves trying new food and is always in search of new restaurants in her neighborhood. Dr. Soldins favorite TV show is Mr. Robot, her favorite vacation destination is Florence, Italy, and her favorite foods are desserts.
10. Dr. Jerry Kronquist, D.D.S.
Dr. Jerry Kronquist has been practicing dentistry in the same office for almost 35 years. He earned a Bachelor of Science at USC and a Doctor of Dental Surgery at UCLA in 1982. Dr. Kronquist has extensive training in Cosmetics, Orthodontics, Periodontics and Implantology. Additionally, he is certified in Conscious Sedation therapy and the Pinhole Surgical Technique. In his practice, Dr. Kronquist focuses on providing his patients with the most advanced techniques that allow for patient comfort and convenience. He is known for his expertise, kindness, passion, and gentle touch. Dr. Kronquist enjoys kiteboarding, snowboarding, golfing, and riding his Ruckus with his wife and three dogs.
11. Dr. Jennifer Messenger, D.D.S., M.S.
Dr. Messenger was born and raised in southern California! She attended UCLA for dental school, graduated in the top 10% of her class with Cum Laude academic honors. She is a Board Certified Orthodontist and completed a 30-month orthodontic residency at OHSU in Portland, OR. She is active in multiple professional organizations, including the American Association of Orthodontics, the Orange County Women’s Dental Society, and the Junior League of Orange County. Dr. Messenger is a Board Certified Orthodontist-a distinction held by less than 20% of practicing orthodontists. When she is not straightening teeth, Dr. Messenger loves to enjoy the outdoors in sunny Southern California with her husband and their 2 daughters. Dr. Messenger believes that every person can have their dream smile and that straight, healthy teeth contribute to your overall dental health and well-being.
12. Susan H Lee, D.D.S.
Dr. Lee, Founder of Healthy Teeth Dental has been in business for over 25 years handcrafting her practice and tailoring it to best serve the hard-working people here in Southern California, especially Anaheim, CA. She brings the highest quality service to meet the needs of her patients. Dr. Lee makes herself personally available to active patients in need of emergency services and is grateful for every one of her dedicated patient base that put their trust in her. She often shows her appreciation through gifts and goodies and has even started a referral program called ‘Share the Love!’ Dr. Lee’s Christian Integrity shines through all of her work as she goes the extra mile to take care of her staff and talk patients through treatment options. Every patient is unique, and Dr. Lee takes the time to draft a personalized treatment plan to not only help patients get to their best smile but to keep it for life. Dr. Lee prides the practice on never cutting quality short, and will work with patients on an individual basis to work out the best payment structure with insurance and financing to ensure that necessary treatment does not get delayed.
Top 5 Meditation Apps To Try in 2019
Many individuals get engrossed in their daily routines with little time to be mindful or calm. To address this problem, people are turning to meditation apps to restore balance into their lives. Check out the Top Meditation Apps that will help you feel peaceful and will allow you to exude peace amidst a busy schedule.
Note: This is not a ranking article, and the descriptions for each app can be found on the App Store.
Calm is an app for Sleep, Meditation and Relaxation. It has sleep stories, breathing programs, stretching exercises, and relaxing music. In addition, it is recommended by psychologists, therapists, and mental health experts. Calm is the perfect mindfulness app for beginners, but also includes hundreds of programs for intermediate and advanced users. Guided meditation sessions are available in lengths of 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, or 25 minutes so you can choose the perfect length to fit in with your schedule.
Headspace helps its users learn to relax with guided meditations and mindfulness techniques that bring calm, wellness and balance. This app teaches users how to meditate, breathe, and live mindfully. It has also been proven to improve focus. There are exercises on topics such as managing anxiety, stress relief, breathing, happiness and focus. For beginners, there is a free basics course that will teach you the essentials of mindfulness and meditation.
This app is the apps of the year winner by TIME magazine and Women’s Health, and it has guided meditation talks led by the world’s top meditation and mindfulness experts such as neuroscientists, psychologists, and teachers from Stanford, Harvard, the University of Oxford, and more. It also has music tracks from world-renowned artists. Additionally, there are thousands of discussion groups and community features to help you reflect and monitor your progress.
Stop, Breathe, and Think
Stop, Breathe, and Think is an app designed to help you build the emotional strength and confidence to handle life’s ups and downs. This meditation app will help you reduce stress through a meditation timer and guided breathing exercises and acupressure. Moreover, this app will also help track your mood and progress by top emotions, total time meditated, and weekly settledness.
10% Happier is a guided meditation app that aims to help people to stick to their meditation journey. There are videos and meditation combos that make it fun and straightforward to meditate as well as a library of 500+ guided meditations on topics ranging from anxiety yo parenting to focus, ensuring that you can find the right meditation for the moment. Furthermore, there are also quick meditations that fit your busy life during your commute, lunch break, etc.
Have you tried any of these apps? Let us know in the comments below.
Top Cardiologists in Inland Empire
According to the CDC, every one in four deaths can be attributed to heart disease. Needless to say, the heart is one of the most vital organs in our body. Ensuring that the heart functions properly can significantly enhance the quality of our lives in terms of longevity and sustainability. Cardiologists specialize in treating diseases in the heart and some areas of the circulatory system.
Word of Health would like to recognize the top cardiologists in the Inland Empire for their impactful work that they are doing for their communities to combat heart disease.
Dr. Don Ahn, M.D.
Dr Ahn is the founder of Inland Cardiology. He originally started as an individual cardiologist at San Antonio Community Hospital in 1985, and eventually formed the Inland Cardiology Medical Associate Group in the year 2000. He is board certified in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Diseases,and Internal Medicine. He performs cardiovascular procedures ranging from diagnostic to therapeutic interventions. He graduated from Kyunghee Medical school in Seoul, South Korea, studied at Vanderbilt Medical School in Nashville, and underwent his Internal Medicine Residency at Wright State Medical shool in Dayton Ohio. He then finished a Cardiology Fellowship at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles. He currently serves as the Medical Director of Invasive Cardiology at San Antonio Community Hospital. He also was previously honored to serve as the Chief of Staff there in the year 2006.
Dr. Hetal Bhakta, M.D.
Dr. Hetal Bhakta is one of the most sought-after cardiologists in the Coachella Valley. Specializing in the Field of Electrophysiology and also board certified in Cardiology, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology and Internal Medicine, he offers state-of-the-art care for both diseases of the heart and its electrical malfunctions that disrupt the proper blood flow.
After graduating from Albany Medical College in New York, Dr. Bhakta completed his clinical training in internal medicine and cardiology from University of Southern California. He then completed advance fellowship in electrophysiology from Kaiser-UCLA program. After finishing his clinical training Dr. Bhakta moved to Palm Springs and founded Desert Heart Rhythm Consultants and started the Electrophysiology Program at Desert Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Bhakta has since built a comprehensive EP program which offers a full complement of services for patients suffering from heart rhythm disorders—from device-based therapies to advance ablation therapies which cure heart rhythm disorders in many cases. Dr. Bhakta also is a leader in introducing cutting-edge technologies and new procedures to the Coachella Valley and Inland Empire that provide new and safer options for improving the lives of people who live here.
Dr. Mimi Sen Biswas, M.D.
Dr. Biswas completed her B.S. at the California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech), received her MD from the UCLA School of Medicine, and completed her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. At Duke University Medical Center, she completed her Cardiology Fellowship, a fellowship in Women’s Health, obtained a Master’s in Health Science, and is still involved in clinical research. While on the faculty at Duke, she founded and was the Clinical Director of the Duke Women’s Heart Care Clinic. In addition to being board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Nuclear Cardiology, she is trained in cardiac CT imaging. She specializes in cardiovascular imaging, prevention, and women’s cardiovascular care. Dr. Biswas is dedicated to developing a center for Women’s Heart Health in the Inland Empire, and to raising awareness about women and heart disease.
Dr. Syed W. Bokhari M.D., F.A.C.C.
Dr. Syed W. Bokhari, MD is the owner and lead care provider at Advanced Cardiovascular Care in Riverside, California, and the greater Inland Empire area, and also serves as a Chairman for the Department of Medicine at the Riverside Community Hospital. As an esteemed specialist in his field, Dr. Bokhari specializes in and treats varicose veins, structural heart disease, and cardiovascular disease. He performs carotid stenting, as well as minimally invasive and nonsurgical vascular procedures, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Dr. Bokhari received his medical degree from King Edward Medical University and completed an internship and residency at Los Angeles County, University of Southern California Medical Center. He also completed general and interventional cardiology fellowships at the University of California, Irvine and University of Chicago Medical Center. He’s board-certified in endovascular medicine, cardiovascular diseases, and interventional cardiology and enjoys helping his patients regain and maintain healthy and joyful lives.
Harit V. Desai, M.D.
Dr. Harit Desai attended medical school at the M.S. University Baroda Medical College, India where he was amongst the top 5 students in the graduating class. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at New York Medical College Westchester Medical Center where he was selected as a Chief Medical Resident. He then completed fellowship training in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology at University of Miami, Florida, where he also served as a Chief Interventional Cardiology Fellow.
Dr. Desai performs all ranges of coronary interventional procedures such as angioplasty, stent placement, atherectomy, intravascular ultrasound and is proficient in performing these procedures via the radial artery (wrist) approach. He also implants permanent pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators. He has expertise in a variety of cardiac imaging methods, including nuclear cardiac imaging, vascular ultrasound, transesophageal and transthoracic echocardiograms. He specializes in the management of peripheral arterial disease causing leg pain (claudication) and/or impaired wound healing. He is also trained in structural heart disease interventions including ASD/PFO closure, balloon aortic valvuloplasty and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Dr. Desai has published numerous research papers in peer reviewed medical journals and presented his work at several national meetings.
Top Optometrists in San Diego
Sight is one of the most powerful senses that allow us to perceive and experience the world around us. The field of optometry strives to maintain optimal eye health by testing for visual acuity, depth, eye pressure, and color perception. Word of Health would like to recognize the important work that top optometrists are doing in
Dr. Amanda Dexter
Dr. Amanda Dexter received her training at Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California, where she was the class of 2010’s Valedictorian and former President of Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society. Dr. Dexter completed residency training at the VA San Diego Healthcare System in La Jolla where she gained an extensive clinical experience in ocular disease, geriatrics, traumatic brain injury and low vision rehabilitation. Dr. Dexter is a past president of the San Diego County Optometric Society where she actively participates in local vision screenings for underprivileged children. She is a current Candidate for Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry, a distinguished association of accomplished eye care providers.
Dr. Olivia Do
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Dr. Olivia Do completed her undergraduate degree at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec in 2003. She then went on to earn her Doctor of Optometry degree from The New England College of Optometry, Class of 2008 in Boston.Dr. Do
Dr. Rambod Esfandiari
Raised in San Diego, Dr. Esfandiari did his undergraduate work at the University of California, San Diego. He received his doctorates in optometry from New England
Dr. Jared Hagan
Dr. Jared Hagan was born in Rochester, Minnesota, where he attended Mayo High School. Shortly after
Dr. Gary A. Klein
Dr. Klein is originally from the Washington, D.C. area and has been a San Diego “native” since 1989. He received his Bachelor of Science from Emory University in Atlanta and Doctor of Optometry from Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia where he completed his internship at The Eye Institute in Philadelphia. With over 35 years of experience in various clinical settings including multi-specialty group practice, Dr. Klein has remained a clinical investigator and professional consultant for various companies in the ophthalmic industry responsible for bringing new eyecare technologies to fruition. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the California Optometric Association. In 2007, Dr. Klein opened Urban Optiks Optometry with a mission to provide San Diego with the highest level of
Dr. Melanie Langford
Dr. Melanie Langford received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Indiana University Bloomington. She then went on to receive her Doctorate of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL. She also chose to complete a residency with the University of California Berkeley at the Palo Alto VA Hospital where she specialized in primary care and low vision. Dr. Langford practices full scope optometry and she enjoys working with patients of all ages. She is licensed in the treatment and management of ocular disease with therapeutic pharmaceutical agents, primary open angle glaucoma, and lacrimal irrigation and dilation.
Dr. Jason Tu
Dr. Jason Tu received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Irvine and his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, a Trustee of the California Optometric Association (COA) Board, a past member of the Education & Clinical Practice Committee of the COA, and a Past-President of the San Diego County Optometric Society.
Dr. Meredith Walton
Dr Walton received her Doctorate in Optometry in 2011 from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. Following graduation she moved with her husband who is in the Navy to his new duty station in Italy. While in Italy, Dr. Walton worked at the U.S. Naval Hospital-Naples, Italy providing eye exams for active duty military members and their families. Additionally, she lectured as an adjunct professor at the Italian optometry school, Universitá Frederico II and served local communities by participating in multiple free eye-care clinics throughout Europe. After relocating to San Diego, CA, Dr. Walton opened Heights Optometry in her own neighborhood of Normal Heights in the spring of 2015. She is passionate about serving her community by delivering quality care, providing thorough eye examinations and educating her patients about the importance of routine eye health. Dr. Walton is committed to helping every patient see to the best of their ability. Dr. Walton is a participating member of the national, state and local Optometric Societies and volunteers locally to help patients with limited resources have access to eye exams and glasses.
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