Our Top Dentists

Who will you call when you need dental care? Meet Coachella Valley’s top 52 dentists as chosen by their peers.



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Finding the right dentist can be daunting and frustrating. What you need is a strong recommendation from a trustworthy source. This is why Palm Springs Life has partnered with Augusta, Ga-based topDentists™ to study the field of Coachella Valley dentists and report back.

The list on the following pages was excerpted from the inaugural topDentists™ list — a database of more than 50 dentists and specialists in the greater Palm Springs area based on thousands of detailed evaluations of dentists and professionals by their peers. The complete database is available at www.usatopdentists.com. For more information, call (706) 421-4057 or write to 1042 Bedford Drive, Augusta, GA 30904. You can also e-mail info@usatopdentists.com or visit www.usatopdentists.com.

Making the Cut

“If you had a patient in need of a dentist, to whom would you refer them?”

This is the question we’ve asked thousands of dentists to help us determine the topDentists list. Dentists and specialists were asked to take into consideration years of experience, continuing education, chairside manner, use of new techniques and technologies, and physical results.

The pool of nominees consists of all dentists listed with the American Dental Association (www.ada.org), as well as all dentists listed online with their local dental societies, thus allowing virtually every dentist the opportunity to participate. Dentists may nominate other dentists whom we have missed. Respondents were asked to put aside any personal bias or political motivations and to use only their knowledge of their peers’ work.

Voters were asked to individually evaluate the practitioners with whose work they are familiar. Once the balloting was complete, the scores were compiled and then averaged. The numerical average required for inclusion varies depending on the average for all the nominees within the specialty and the geographic area. Borderline cases receive careful consideration by the editors. Voting characteristics and comments are taken into consideration. Past awards, status in dental academies (Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Periodontology, etc.) also factor in our decision.

Once finalized, the list of dentists is checked against state dental boards for disciplinary actions to make sure 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, many fine dentists are not included in this representative list. It is intended as a sampling of the great body of talent in the field of dentistry in the United States. A dentist’s inclusion on our list is based on the subjective judgments of fellow dentists. While it is true that the lists may at times disproportionately reward visibility or popularity, we remain confident that our polling methodology largely corrects for any biases and that these lists continue to represent the most reliable, accurate, and useful list of dentists available anywhere.

TopDentists has used its best efforts in assembling material for this list, but does not warrant that the information contained herein is complete or accurate and does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. Copyright 2007 by topDentists, Augusta, GA. All rights reserved. This list, or parts thereof, must not be reproduced in any form without permission. No commercial use of the information in this list may be made without permission of topDentists. No fees may be charged, directly or indirectly, for the use of the information in this list without permission.


GENERAL DENTISTRY
Maria Caroline Aguilar
Mirage Lane Dentistry
42501 Rancho Mirage Lane
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-4312
760-341-4515
Alice G. Alatorre
82013 Doctor Carreon Blvd., Ste. D
Indio, CA 92201-5832
760-775-0087
Bruce R. Baumann
44239 Monterey Ave.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-568-3602
Clark Eugene Cressman
74900 Highway 111, Ste. 110
Indian Wells, CA 92210-7104
760-836-0052
Victor R. Cuccia
42215 Washington St.
Palm Desert, CA 92211
760-772-3553
René Dell’Acqua
Dell’Acqua Dental Studio
74133 El Paseo, Ste. D
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-861-2726
Kenneth Roy Gallion
68820 Ramon Road
Cathedral City, CA 92234-3337
760-770-0236
Joseph Brian Godinez
1276 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Ste. 104
Palm Springs, CA 92262-4411
760-322-2454
Mercedes Josefina Herrera
82227 Highway 111, Ste. B14
Indio, CA 92201-5667
760-347-6499
Carolyn Izu
74303 Highway 111, Ste. 2A
Palm Desert, CA 92260-4141
760-340-0888
Dong Jin Kim
Gentry Plaza Dental Care
68555 Ramon Road, Ste. D-102
Cathedral City, CA 92234-3310
760-202-1171
Edward R. Kuhn
267 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262-6432
760-325-2134
Craig D. Lake
345 E. Tachevah Drive, Ste. 1
Palm Springs, CA 92262-5742
760-327-1138
J. Steven Lake
345 E. Tachevah Drive, Ste. 1
Palm Springs, CA 92262-5742
760-327-1138
John Herbert Lake
345 E. Tachevah Drive, Ste. 1
Palm Springs, CA 92262-5742
760-327-1138
Robert M. Lake
345 E. Tachevah Drive, Ste. 1
Palm Springs, CA 92262-5742
760-327-1138
Daniel A. Lieberman
1729 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Ste. 217
Palm Springs, CA 92264-1640
760-778-2777
Michael W. Long
78461 Highway 111
La Quinta, CA 92253
760-564-5455
Guadalupe Ines Suarez Lopez
Del Pueblo Dental Office
83115 Requa Ave., Ste. 5
Indio, CA 92201-4625
760-775-0109
Robert M. Maher
73640 El Paseo, Ste. 9
Palm Desert, CA 92260-4340
760-836-0700
Thomas S. McGalliard
73151 Fred Waring Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260-2843
760-837-0222
Allen Y. Nazeri
Cornerstone Dentistry
74000 Country Club Drive, Ste. E3
Palm Desert, CA 92260-1685
760-674-0303
Duane Nishikubo
44227 Monterey Ave., Ste. 1
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-341-8414
Barry Lynn Parkins
78080 Avenida La Fonda
La Quinta, CA 92253
760-777-0114
Ayman Raheb
31855 Date Palm Drive, Ste. 7
Cathedral City, CA 92234-3100
760-324-1618
Samir Rizvanbegovic
44421 Town Center Way, Ste. C
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-776-1646
Harry M. Schneider Jr.
39700 Bob Hope Drive, Ste. 220
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-7111
760-346-8011
Michael D. Seto
73151 Fred Waring Drive Palm
Desert, CA 92260-2843
760-837-0222
Robert L. Strain
73260 El Paseo, Ste. 2D
Palm Desert, CA 92260-4270
760-568-4257
 
ENDODONTICS
David Z. Li
73950 Alessandro Drive, Ste. 6
Palm Desert, CA 92260-3637
760-568-5928
Gerald Lim
74120 El Paseo, Ste. 2
Palm Desert, CA 92260-4120
760-568-5488
Douglas M. Mellion
42700 Bob Hope Drive, Ste. 309
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-7166
760-779-0350
Kirk Roberts Ryskamp
35900 Bob Hope Drive, Ste. 210
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-1764
760-778-6088
Dennis Joseph Wourms
27700 Avenida Belleza
Cathedral City, CA 92234-5519
760-325-1881
 
ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY
Robert L. Bass
72780 El Paseo, Ste. E1
Palm Desert, CA 92260-3391
760-346-7431
Stephen Kreizenbeck
Mirage Center
39935 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 102
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-3211
760-779-9989
Peter M. Scheer
Mirage Center
39935 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 100
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-3211
760-837-1515
Phillip M. Seim
Mirage Center
39935 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 102
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-3211
760-779-9989
Thomas Wong
42900 Bob Hope Drive, Ste. 115
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-7132
760-568-2578
 
ORTHODONTICS
Clyde Pratt Craine
2225 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Ste. 1
Palm Springs, CA 92262-7022
760-323-2696
Lawrence Morgan Moranda
73211 Fred Waring Drive, Ste. 201
Palm Desert, CA 92260-2871
760-568-5987
Minakshi Narula
71949 Highway 111, Ste. 200
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-4848
760-340-2026
Jeffrey R. Schantz
73211 Fred Waring Drive, Ste. 201
Palm Desert, CA 92260-2871
760-568-5987
William H. Shibata
34400 Date Palm Drive, Ste. E
Cathedral City, CA 92234
760-328-1400
Guy Douglas Taylor
81709 Doctor Carreon Blvd., Ste. B3
Indio, CA 92201-5510
760-347-8415
PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY
Gary U. Okamoto
77564 Country Club Drive, Ste. 190A
Palm Desert, CA 92211-0449
760-360-0622
Rita Christine Soto
78900 Avenue 47, Ste. 110
La Quinta, CA 92253-2070
760-771-8334
PERIODONTICS
Rodrigo A. Lagos
Periodontics of the Desert
44550 Village Court, Ste. 102
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-674-4410
Peter Sol Warshawsky
44550 Village Court, Ste. 102
Palm Desert, CA 92260-3817
760-674-4410
Klaus Mitchell Yi
74000 Country Club Drive, Ste. B1
Palm Desert, CA 92260-1684
760-346-6700
 
PROSTHODONTICS
Craig W. Conrow
73993 Highway 111, Ste. 200
Palm Desert, CA 92260-4034
760-776-4688
Jeffrey Frank Tom
72415 Parkview Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-568-5928
 

Special Palm Springs Life Dental Advertorials

Anne A. Nicholas, DDS and Scott R. Adishian, DDS

Desert Dental Specialty Group

Periodontics of the Desert

René Dell’Acqua, DDS

Robert L. Strain DDS

The Art of Prosthodontics


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