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If a patient asked you for a dental referral, whom would you recommend?

The researchers at Augusta, Ga.-based topDentists put this question to thousands to begin their study. They ask dentists and specialists to consider 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 with the American Dental Association and local dental societies, thus allowing virtually every dentist the opportunity to participate. Dentists can also nominate other dentists whom they feel should be included. Respondents must put aside any personal bias or political motivations, and use only their knowledge of their peers’ work when evaluating nominees.

Once the balloting is completed, the scores are compiled and 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 are given careful consideration. Voting characteristics and comments are also taken into consideration. Past awards a dentist has received, status in various dental academies (Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Periodontology, etc.) can play a factor.

Once the ratings are final, the included dentists 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 in this list. It is intended as a sampling of the body of talent in the field of dentistry. 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 remains confident that its polling methodology largely corrects for any biases and that the list is the most reliable, accurate, and useful resource available.

ENDODONTICS

Margaret Ashe
Desert Dental Specialty Group
72415 Parkview Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-568-5928

Eddie H. Halasa
Rancho Mirage Endodontics
42700 Bob Hope Drive, Suite 309
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-779-0350

Gerald Lim
74120 El Paseo, Suite 2
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-568-5488

Douglas M. Mellion
Rancho Mirage Endodontics
42700 Bob Hope Drive, Suite 309
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-779-0350

Kirk Roberts Ryskamp
Exclusively Endodontics
35900 Bob Hope Drive, Suite 210
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-778-6088

Dennis Joseph Wourms
27700 Avenida Belleza
Cathedral City, CA 92234
760-904-0781

GENERAL DENTISTRY

Maria Aguilar
Mirage Lane Dentistry
42501 Rancho Mirage Lane
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-341-4515

Alice G. Alatorre
82013 Dr. Carreon Blvd., Suite D
Indio, CA 92201
760-775-0087

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
760-610-6689

John T. Bianchin
Valley View Dental
73640 El Paseo, Suite 9
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-776-4525

Rene Dell’Acqua
Dell’Acqua Dental Studio
74133 El Paseo, Suite D
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-346-8056

Ayman K. Elraheb
Precision Dentistry
267 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-325-2134

Sarah M. Enright
Palm Springs Family
& Cosmetic Dentistry
2150 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite 2
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-416-1003

Steven Reid Frimtzis
45110 Club Drive, Suite C
Indian Wells, CA 92210
760-345-6633

Terry J. Guzak
2225 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite 3
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-320-6506

Mercedes Josefina Herrera
Indio Mall Dental Office
82227 Highway 111, Suite B-14
Indio, CA 92201
760-347-6499

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 2-A
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-340-0888

Aaron Kelsey
Bliss Dentistry
46660 Washington St., Suite 10
La Quinta, CA 92253
760-777-9127

Dong J. Kim
69420 Ramon Road
Cathedral City, CA 92234
760-202-1171

Craig D. Lake
Lake Dental
345 E. Tachevah Drive, Suite 1
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-327-1138

J. Steven Lake
Lake Dental
345 E. Tachevah Drive, Suite 1
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-327-1138

Robert M. Lake
Lake Dental
345 E. Tachevah Drive, Suite 1
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-327-1138

James Lau
Desert Hot Springs Dental
66450 Pierson Blvd.
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

Guadalupe Ines Suarez Lopez
Del Pueblo Dental Office
83115 Requa Ave., Suite 5
Indio, CA 92201
760-775-0109

Thomas S. McGalliard
73151 Fred Waring Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-837-0222

Robert D. Reed
73071 Fred Waring Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-346-8901

Samir Rizvanbegovic
Town Center Dentistry
44421 Town Center Way, Suite C
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-776-1646

Sheila Sales
Affinity Dentistry
440 El Cielo Road, Suite 4
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-320-8700

Harry M. Schneider Jr.
40055 Bob Hope Drive, Suite G
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-321-8003

Michael D. Seto
73151 Fred Waring Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-837-0222

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 D-7
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-320-2780

Cindy M. Tran
49271 Grapefruit Blvd., Suite 1
Coachella, CA 92236-1485
760-398-3636

ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY

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

Phillip M. Seim
La Quinta Dental Goup and Orthodontics
78595 Highway 111, Suite 300
La Quinta, CA 92253
760-771-0300

Monroe Sternlieb
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 201
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-568-5987

William H. Shibata
34400 Date Palm Drive, Suite E
Cathedral City, CA 92234
760-328-1400

Guy Douglas Taylor
81709 Dr. Carreon Blvd., Suite B3
Indio, CA 92201
760-347-8415

PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

Steven J. Niethamer
490 S. Farrell Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-320-7621

Gary U. Okamoto
77564 Country Club Drive, Suite 190A
Palm Desert, CA 92211
760-360-0622

Rita Christine Soto
The Dentist for the Children
78900 Avenue 47, Suite 110
La Quinta, CA 92253
760-771-8334

PERIODONTICS

Todd B. Benia
Palm Springs Periodontics, Dental Implantology
160 N. Luring Drive, Suite E
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-327-7600

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 402
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-836-1809

Rodrigo A. Lagos
Periodontics and Dental Implants
72880 Fred Waring Drive, Suite D16
Palm Desert, CA 92260
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
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

Craig W. Conrow
Palm Desert Dentist
73993 Highway 111, Suite 200
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-776-4688

Christian Luzar
Mirage Dental
41750 Rancho Las Palmas, Suite E-1
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-674-8881

Jeffrey F. Tom
Desert Dental Specialty Group
72415 Parkview Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-568-5928

Disclaimer: This selection was excerpted from the 2013-2014 topDentists™ list, which contains more than 60 dentists and specialists in the Greater Palm Springs area. For information, call 706-364-0853, email info@usatopdentists.com, or visit www.usatopdentists.com. 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 2010-2013 by topDentists, LLC,  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.

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