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Top Dentists

Because you can’t grow 
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Site Staff Health & Wellness, Top Dentists

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Quite often, the way we choose a dentist is 
by asking friends and colleagues for their recommendation. Considering the importance of dental health to our overall well-being, it’s far from the ideal method to locate the best care.

Researchers at the Atlanta-based topDentists ask thousands of dentists every year a simple question: “If you had a patient in need of a dentist, which dentist would you refer them to?”

This simple question put to the dentists’ peers helps researchers and editors determine who the topDentists should be. Dentists and specialists are asked to take into consideration years of experience, continuing education, manner with patients, use of new techniques and technologies, and — of course — physical results.

The nomination pool consists of dentists listed online with the American Dental Association, as well as practitioners listed online with local dental societies, allowing virtually every dentist the opportunity to participate. Dentists are also given the opportunity to nominate others they feel should be included on the list. Respondents are asked to put aside any personal bias or political motivations and to use only their knowledge of an individual’s professional work when evaluating the other nominees.

Voters are asked to evaluate dentists on their ballot whose work they are familiar with. Once balloting is complete, scores are compiled and averaged. The numerical average required for inclusion varies depending on the average for all nominees within each specialty and geographic area. Borderline cases are given careful consideration by the topDentist editors. Voting characteristics and comments are taken into consideration during the decision-making process. Past awards that a dentist has received and status in various dental academies can play a role in the decision.

Once decisions have been finalized, the top- rated players are checked against state dental boards for disciplinary actions to ensure they have an active license and are in good standing with the board. Then, letters of congratulations are sent to all the listed dentists.

Of course there are many fine dentists who are not included on this representative list. It is intended as a sampling of the great body of talent in the field of dentistry in California. A dentist’s inclusion on this list is based on the subjective judgments of his or her fellow dentists. While it is true that the lists may at times disproportionately reward visibility or popularity, topDentists is confident that its polling methodology largely corrects for any biases and that these lists continue to represent the most reliable, accurate, and useful directory of dentists available anywhere.

Endodontics


Margaret Ashe
Desert Dental Specialty Group

72415 Parkview Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260

760-568-5928


Eddie H. Halasa

Rancho Mirage Endodontics

71780 San Jacinto Drive,
Building B3

Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

760-779-0350

Gerald Lim

74120 El Paseo
Suite 2

Palm Desert, CA 
92260

760-568-5488

Dennis Joseph Wourms
27700 Avenida Belleza
Cathedral City, CA 92234

760-325-1881

General 
Dentistry


Maria Caroline Aguilar

Mirage Lane 
Dentistry

42501 Rancho 
Mirage Lane

Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

760-341-4515

Lilibeth L. Babao

73625 Highway 111
Suite E

Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-674-8114

Bruce R. Baumann

Palm Desert Smiles

44239 Monterey Ave.
Palm Desert, CA 92260

760-568-3602

Nicholas Baumann

Palm Desert Smiles
44239 Monterey Ave.

Palm Desert, CA 92260

760-568-3602

Gerald Chang

140 North Luring Drive
Suite B

Palm Springs, CA 92262

760-778-2777

Rene’ Dell’Acqua

Dell’Acqua 
Dental Studio
74133 El Paseo
Suite D
Palm Desert, CA 92260

760-346-8056

Ayman Elraheb

Precision 
Dentistry

267 E. Tahquitz 
Canyon Way

Palm Springs, CA 92262

760-325-2134

Steven Reid 
Frimtzis

45110 Club Drive
Suite C

Indian Wells, CA 92210

760-345-6633

Mercedes Josefina Herrera
Indio Dental 
Office

80545 Highway 111
Suite B14
Indio, CA 92201

760-342-9938

Kenneth E. 
Hodgkins

Desert Dental 
Specialty Group

72415 Parkview Drive

Palm Desert, CA 92260

760-568-5928

Gary L. Hopper

72175 Painters Path

Palm Desert, CA 92260

760-568-9371

Glenn A. 
Huddleston
73121 Fred Waring Drive
Suite 102

Palm Desert, CA 92260

760-346-6273

Carolyn Izu

Izu & Bergmann Dental Associates

74303 Highway 111
Suite 2A

Palm Desert, CA 92260

760-340-0888

Aaron Kelsey

Bliss Dentistry

46660 Washington Street
Suite 10

La Quinta, CA 92253
760-777-9127

Dong J. Kim

Pure Dental

69420 Ramon Road
Cathedral City, CA 92234

760-202-1171

Craig D. Lake

Lake Dental

345 Tachevah Drive
Suite 1

Palm Springs, CA 92262

760-327-1138

J. Steven Lake

Lake Dental

345 Tachevah Drive
Suite 1

Palm Springs, CA92262

760-327-1138

Robert M. Lake

Lake Dental

345 Tachevah Drive
Suite 1

Palm Springs, CA 92262

760-327-1138

James Lau

Desert Hot Springs Dental

66450 Pierson Boulevard

Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240

760-329-2191

Marc E. LeBlanc

Portola Dental

44853 Portola Ave.
Suite B

Palm Desert, CA 92260

760-346-1414

Takbiu Lo

34400 Date Palm Drive
Suite H
Cathedral City, CA 92234

760-770-8009

Michael W. Long

Plaza Dental Group

78461 Highway 111

La Quinta, CA 92253

760-564-5455

Thomas S. McGalliard

73151 Fred Waring Drive

Palm Desert, CA 
92260

760-837-0222

Mark A. Mobley
41592 Indian Trail
Suite A

Rancho Mirage, CA
 92270

760-341-1459

Duane Nishikubo

44227 Monterey Ave.
Suite 1

Palm Desert, CA 92261

760-341-8414


Samir Rizvanbegovic

Town Center 
Dentistry

44421 Town Center Way
Suite C

Palm Desert, CA
 92260

760-776-1646

Sheila Sales

Affinity Dentistry

440 S. El Cielo Road
Suite 4

Palm Springs, CA 92262

760-320-8700

Harry M. Schneider
40055 Bob Hope Drive
Suite G

Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

760-321-8003

J. Scott Shepherd

Palm Springs Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

2150 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Suite 2

Palm Springs, CA 
92262

760-416-1003

Robert L. Strain

Studio Dentistry

71703 Highway 111
Suite 2B
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

760-568-9494

Bruce M. Strathdee

37086 Cathedral 
Canyon Drive
Cathedral City, CA 92234
760-328-3827

Ramon Sumabat

285 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Suite D7

Palm Springs, CA 92262

760-320-2780

Cynthia K. Tak

Pure Dental

69420 Ramon Road
Cathedral City, CA 92234

760-202-1171

Gregory Dean Yates
74000 Country Club Drive
Suite B1

Palm Desert, CA 92260

760-568-6900

Oral and 
Maxillofacial Surgeryy


Robert L. Bass

Desert Oral Surgery

72780 El Paseo
Suite E1

Palm Desert, CA 92260

760-346-7431


Stephen Kreizenbeck
Mirage Center Oral and 
Maxillofacial Surgery

39935 Vista Del Sol
Suite 102

Rancho Mirage, CA
92270

760-779-9989

Marc P. Salomone

Desert Oral Surgery

1900 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Suite A1
Palm Springs, CA 
92262

760-327-1509


Peter M. Scheer

Mirage Aesthetic Concepts

39935 Vista Del Sol
Suite 100

Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

760-837-1515

Monroe Sternlieb
Mountain View Oral Surgery

69846 Highway 111
Suite A

Rancho Mirage, CA
 92270

760-770-1570

Orthodontics


Lawrence Morgan Moranda
Schantz and 
Moranda 
Orthodontic Care

44651 Village Court
Suite 150

Palm Desert, CA 92260

760-568-5987

Minakshi Narula

Center for 
Orthodontics
71949 Highway 111
Suite 200

Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

760-340-2026

Jeffrey R. Schantz

Schantz and 
Moranda 
Orthodontic Care

44651 Village Court
Suite 150

Palm Desert, CA 92260

760-568-5987

William H. Shibata

34400 Date Palm Drive
Suite E
Cathedral City, CA 92234

760-328-1400

Pediatric Dentistry


Lauren L. Gutenberg

490 South Farrell Drive
Suite C 101

Palm Springs, CA 92262

760-320-7621

Steven J. Niethamer

Dr. Niethamer and Associates Pediatric Dentistry

490 South Farrell Drive
Suite C 101

Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-320-7621

Gary U. Okamoto

Desert Pediatric Dentistry

77564 Country Club Drive
Suite 190-A

Palm Desert, CA 92211

760-360-0622

Bobby L. Butler

Advanced Periodontics Implant Center

72780 Country Club Drive
Suite 402

Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-836-1809

David A. Corradi
Desert Dental Specialty Group

72415 Park View Drive

Palm Desert, CA 92260

760-568-5928

Eric G. Driver

Periodontics of the Desert
44550 Village Court
Suite 102

Palm Desert, CA 92260

760-674-4410

Steven E. Jacobson

Periodontics 
of the Desert

44550 Village Court
Suite 102

Palm Desert, CA 92260

760-674-4410

Ellie Kheirkhahi-Love

Advanced 
Periodontics 
Implant Center

72780 Country Club Drive
Suite D402

Rancho Mirage, CA
 92270

760-836-1809

Rodrigo A. Lagos

Lagos Periodontics and Dental Implants

36945 Cook Street
Suite 101

Palm Desert, CA 92211

760-568-3421

Peter S. Warshawsky

Periodontics 
of the Desert

44550 Village Court
Suite 102
Palm Desert, CA 92260

760-674-4410

Klaus Mitchell Yi

Desert Periodontics and Dental Implants

34530 Bob Hope Drive
Suite B
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

760-324-2939

Prosthodontics


Rainer H. Bergmann

Izu & Bergmann Dental Associates
74303 Highway 111
Suite 2A

Palm Desert, CA 92260

760-340-0888

Richard A. Bullock

Implants Guru

72027 Desert Drive

Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

760-848-4486

Craig W. Conrow

Palm Desert Dentist

73993 Highway 111
Suite 200

Palm Desert, CA 92260

760-776-4688

Christian Luzar

41750 Rancho Las Palmas
Suite E1

Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

760-674-8881

Robert R. McLachlan

Desert Dental 
Specialty Group

72415 Park View Drive

Palm Desert, CA 92260

760-568-5928

Jeffrey F. Tom

Palm Springs 
Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

2150 Tahquitz 
Canyon Way

Palm Springs, CA 92262

760-416-1003

Top Dentists was last modified: December 30th, 2016 by Site Staff