A better experience. A better choice.

Our experienced, friendly, and talented team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding experience every time you visit our dental practice. We look forward to working with you.

Trusted Quality

Our patients deserve the best dental care. We use the highest rated materials and the most effective techniques to ensure that the work we deliver remains comfortable and beautiful for years to come. We stand behind our work and guarantee its longevity for all of our active patients.

Comfortable Environment

A visit to the dental office can be stressful. This is why patient comfort is our top priority. We provide warm blankets, warm towels, and refreshments. Want to watch Netflix or listen to Pandora during your treatment? No problem. For patients who have anxiety, we offer various relaxation and sedation options to put them at ease. We go the extra mile so you can feel safe and happy with your dental visit.

Modern Technology

Our modern equipment, including digital x-rays, intraoral cameras, and 3D scanning and printing, allow us to deliver better accuracy, comfort, and results. No more gooey trays or temporary crowns that break or fall off. You can even keep track of information on our online portal, sign forms on our iPads, and receive text message appointment reminders.

In-House Specialists

Tired of being referred out to other offices for specialty services like dental implants, wisdom teeth extractions, root canal therapy, or orthodontics? We have our own team of highly-skilled specialists who can take care of all your dental needs under one roof. This allows us to provide better comprehensive care and save unnecessary trips to other dental offices.

Patient Conveniences

Everyone is busy and cannot always take time off during the week to receive dental care. This is why we offer late evening and Saturday appointments to accommodate busy family and work schedules. We also have ample parking at a central location that is easy to find.

Patient Education

All patients should make an informed decision regarding their own oral care. We take time to educate our patients with 3D models, animations, and videos, so they understand their treatment options and the current condition of their mouth. Together with patients, we discuss long-term goals and help design a path to achieve the healthy and beautiful smile they have always wanted.

Meet Our Team

Meet Dr. Irving Chao

Dr. Irving Chao

Dr. Irving Chao was awarded high honors and received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from the University of the Pacific’s School of Dentistry in San Francisco.

He continued to receive postgraduate training at UCLA School of Dentistry in areas of cosmetic dentistry, root canal therapy, implant dentistry and invisalign® orthodontics.

Dr. Chao is committed to giving back to Salinas Valley. He provides free dental care to the Elm Drug Rehabilitation House and is the Director of the Monterey Bay Dental Health Committee, organizing classroom dental presentations throughout the county.

Dr. Chao takes pride in his work and is very patient and gentle. In his spare time, Dr. Chao loves to ballroom dance and hike with his two dogs, Tasha and Louie.

Dr. Ngoc Bui

Dr. Ngoc Bui

Dr. Ngoc Bui received her Bachelor of Science degree from UC San Diego and Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA.

To further advance her education and skills set, she went on to complete a hospital-based dentistry residency at the VA Medical Center in Palo Alto, CA. During residency, she had the opportunity to serve our veterans with personalized, gentle and the highest standard of care.

Dr. Bui has always been passionate about giving back to her community. She dedicated much of her time serving both locally and abroad by managing a mobile free clinic in San Diego County and volunteering on humanitarian trips in Indonesia, Timor Leste, and Mexico.

In her spare time, she enjoys catching up with friends over yummy foods, hiking new trails, and playing tennis.

Dr. Quynh Nguyen

Dr. Quynh Nguyen

Dr. Nguyen received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from New York University School of Dentistry. Prior to pursuing dentistry, Dr. Nguyen earned a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, Davis. Born in Vietnam and immigrated to the United States as a teenager, Dr. Nguyen has a strong commitment to providing high-quality and individualized dental care for his patients from diverse backgrounds.

Before becoming a dentist, Dr. Nguyen worked in the semiconductor industry as an electrical engineer. Dr. Nguyen's experience in engineering has provided him with a unique perspective on dentistry, particularly in the areas of technology and materials. Dr. Nguyen is passionate about improving dentistry technology to make treatment safer, cheaper and more accessible to patients in need.

In his free time, Dr. Nguyen enjoys traveling the world, watching his favorite basketball team the Golden State Warriors, and spending time with his family.

Dr. Carolyn Chang

Dr. Carolyn Chang

Dr. Carolyn Chang received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from New York University School of Dentistry with honors in removable prosthodontics.

She completed her residency at the VA Medical Center in Palo Alto, CA, where she was able to further enhance her skills in implant dentistry, oral surgery, and prosthodontics, while being able to provide the best care for our veterans.

Dr. Chang is passionate about delivering the highest quality dental care to her patients and is actively pursuing continuing education. She is currently an active member in multiple dental societies including: Academy of Osseointegration, California Dental Association, and the Santa Clara County Dental Society. Dr. Chang enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and watching cooking shows in hopes that one day she will become a Star Baker.

Dr. Michelle Maciel

Dr. Michelle Maciel

Dentistry became a calling for Dr. Michelle during her senior year at Salinas High School when she embarked on a dental course at the local ROP. It was this experience that ignited her passion for dentistry. Driven by a commitment to her lifelong goal of becoming a dentist, Dr. Michelle worked as a registered Dental assistant for 10 years while concurrently attending school to become a dentist. Throughout her journey, Dr. Michelle's aspiration was clear – to return and serve the very community she grew up in.

Her educational journey commenced at Monterey Peninsula College, where she earned her AA in Health Sciences. She pursued further studies at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, earning her BS. This path eventually led her to the prestigious UCLA Dental School, where she refined her skills and gained a thorough comprehension of the latest dental practices.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Dr. Michelle finds joy in creating lasting memories with her loved ones. In her leisure hours, she adopts an active lifestyle. You can find her enjoying a serene morning yoga session or an energetic cycling class. Dr. Michelle embodies both a skilled dentist and a compassionate individual dedicated to improving oral health and leaving a lasting positive impact on those she serves.

Dr. Madeline Nguyen

Dr. Marlene Gadano

Born and raised in a vibrant city of Los Angeles, Dr. Marlene has always been fascinated by the intersection of health and science. This passion led her to University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she earned her Bachelor of Sciences in Psychobiology. During her undergraduate studies, Dr. Marlene delved into the world of scientific research, particularly focusing on dental sciences. Her commitment to advancing the field took her across the globe to Beijing University, where she conducted significant research on Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). Continuing her journey at UCLA, she graduated from the UCLA School of Dentistry.

Outside the clinic, Dr. Marlene finds joy in the great outdoors, often going camping with her dog and husband. Her adventures in nature are a testament to her belief in the importance of a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Fluent in both English and Spanish, Dr. Marlene is dedicated to breaking down language barriers and ensuring that all her patients feel comfortable and understood. Dr. Marlene believes in creating a positive and safe environment for her patients, where their needs and concerns are heard and addressed with empathy and expertise.

Dr. Sirish Makan - ORAL SURGEON

Dr. Sirish Makan - ORAL SURGEON

Dr. Makan was born and raised in Southern California. He matriculated at the University of California, Riverside where he majored in biology.

He then went on to attend the prestigious Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, CA, obtaining his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Upon completing his dental degree, Dr. Makan interned in Nashville, Tennessee at the Oral Surgical Institute. After interning in Nashville, Dr. Makan went on to spend 4 years in Washington D.C., completing his residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMS). He currently maintains his privileges at Stanford University.

Dr. Makan is married to his beautiful wife, Rupa, who is completing a surgical fellowship in breast cancer surgery at Stanford University. They enjoy the outdoors, travelling and spending time with their friends and family.

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