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Howdy, my friend! I’m glad you have reached our website and are learning about our dental practice and staff. Naturally, you have questions about me, your dentist. Let’s get to know each other, shall we?
I grew up in Taiwan, a small country off the coast of China. I moved to Southern California with my sisters when I was 13. Went through the public school systems of Southern California, then attended UCLA for my undergraduate training. During high school and college, martial arts and racket sports have been a large part of my life, and recently I have a new-found obsession with fishing. I am also a dog aficionado and a parent to a pomeranian and border collie.
I shadowed different health fields but ended up falling in love with dentistry because I’ve always been infatuated with artistry and health care. I had the immense privilege of attending Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, which has given me extensive training in restorative dentistry and basic dental surgery.
During my third year, I was approached one of my mentors to apply for the three-year Implant Dentistry Program at the university, the only three-year program of its type. That single decision has been the most formative experience for me as a clinician and care provider. For three years, concepts in periodontal surgery, implant surgery, and prosthodontics were ingrained in how I diagnose and treat patients.
Altogether, that was seven years of schooling for dentistry that I would gladly do again because it has given me tools and knowledge for excellent patient care. What this means for you as a patient is that your future dentist has a uniquely comprehensive view of treatment -- from surgery to finishing your new, improved, and beautiful smile.
My treatment planning philosophy is simple. What I do for you is what I would do for my own family members. How, you ask? This means that I do not compromise on materials. I buy the best implants and restorative materials on the market and use the best labs in the Valley to deliver the best care. Good dental care requires good techniques, good materials, and good labs partnered with good patient care. I am an active participant in continuing education and have presented lectures and presentations at various professional venues to educate and learn from colleagues.
What would you like to improve about your smile? Whether it’s as simple as fixing a toothache, replacing a missing tooth, straighten crooked teeth, or cosmetic improvements, my staff and I would love to help you.
I'm originally from Taiwan. I moved to the United States whenI was 13 years old and my first language was Mandarin!
I LOVE animals! My childhood hero was Steve Erwin. I especially adore reptiles and used to have all sorts of snakes, lizards, and pets!
Welcome to the Cholla website! I would love to take some time to introduce myself.
I was born and raised in Arizona, and I’m a desert gal through and through! Growing up with five brothers and an extremely adventurous set of parents ensured that I spent lots of time outside cultivating a deep love for nature and science.
My father is a physician and my mother is a dentist, and I always had a feeling I would end up in healthcare. I started playing the harp at the age of four, piano at the age of six, and cello at the age of ten. Musical theater and involvement in the Phoenix Youth Symphony were fundamentals of my childhood. Weekly mandarin lessons and summer language intensive courses instilled in me a love of Chinese culture and language. Family, faith, music, language, travel, and nature were all at the core of my childhood.
I attended a small liberal arts college in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I double majored in biochemistry and Chinese, and I soon decided dentistry would be the career for me. It's such a beautiful blend of science, art, psychology, human connection, and communication.
I had the privilege of attending Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, the very same university my mother graduated from dental school over 30 years ago! I walked the same halls, had some of the same professors, and learned the same fabulous dental tenants that have made her a successful dentist in the Valley. The highlight of my dental school career was weekly time spent volunteering at a local free dental clinic—which is where I ended up meeting my husband, Dr. Eric Chen! Working side-by-side and serving people in need was how our love story began, and we still share that deep passion for service and dentistry. Multiple dental mission trips to Nicaragua together brought us more internal rewards than could ever be explained as well as friendships developed with our colleagues that will last a lifetime.
We are now so thrilled to be practicing dentistry together, side-by-side, at Cholla Family Dentistry. When Eric and I are not in the practice, you can find us with our two pups out exploring nature.
Through my lens, dentistry is a beautiful way to reach and connect to people. It is my deepest desire and passion to ensure that each and every patient in my chair feels comfortable, understood, and cared for. Whether you are self-conscious with your smile, have immense fear in dental settings, are dealing with dental pain and discomfort, or simply are looking for a dental home that will be consistent and caring for you, I am ready to help and ready to connect to ensure every and all of your dental needs are met. We would love to meet you soon!
I love the ocean! Sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving -- anything involving the beach and water!
I'm the only girl in a family of six. (I have five brothers!)
I'm a big fan of classical music (I've played harp and cello since a young age) and also love musical theater!