top dentists 2021

The Desert’s Top Dentists

A peer survey, followed by a stringent screening process, reveals the best dentists and specialists in the Coachella Valley.

Steven Biller Current PSL, Top Dentists

top dentists 2021
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“If you had a patient in need of a dentist, which dentist would you refer them to?”

This is the question Augusta, Georgia-based topDentists asked thousands of dentists to help determine the top dentists in the Coachella Valley and nationwide. 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 and with local dental societies, thus allowing virtually every dentist the opportunity to participate. Dentists can also nominate others who they feel should be included. Respondents are asked to put aside personal bias or political motivations and use only their knowledge of their peer’s work when evaluating other nominees.

Voters are asked to individually evaluate the practitioners whose work they know. Once the balloting is completed, the scores are 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. The editors carefully consider borderline cases and also take into consideration voting characteristics, comments, past awards a dentist has received, and status in various dental academies.

Once the decisions have been finalized, the included dentists are 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, there are many fine dentists who 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 Coachella Valley. A dentist’s inclusion on the 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, 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.

Endodontics

Eddie H. Halasa
Rancho Mirage Endodontics
71780 San Jacinto Drive, Bldg. B-3
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-779-0350
ranchomirageendodontics.com

Rita J. Hung 
Rancho Mirage Endodontics
71780 San Jacinto Drive, Bldg. B-3
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-779-0350
ranchomirageendodontics.com

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

General Dentistry

Maria C. Aguilar
Mirage Lane Dentistry
42501 Rancho Mirage Lane
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-341-4515
miragelanedentistry.com

Lilibeth L. Babao
73625 Highway 111, Ste. E
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-674-8114
drbabaodds.com

Bruce R. Baumann
Palm Desert Smiles
44239 Monterey Ave.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-568-3602
palmdesertsmiles.com

Nicholas S. Baumann
Baumann and Baumann Dentistry
44239 Monterey Ave.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-568-3602
palmdesertsmiles.com

Jamie Carstairs
Eclipse Dentistry
44025 Jefferson St., Ste. 105
La Quinta, CA 92253
760-989-4340
eclipsedentistry.com

Gerald E. Chang
140 N. Luring Drive, Ste. B
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-778-2777
gchangdds.com

Raymond Cros
Cros Dental
71843 Highway 111, Ste. A
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-444-3202
crosdental.com

Coulter T. Crowley
Exquisite Smile Design
74120 El Paseo, Ste. 1
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-837-1983
coultercrowleydds.com

Rene Y. Dell’Acqua
Dell’Acqua Dental Studio
74133 El Paseo, Ste. D
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-346-8056
thevalleysdentist.com

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

Steven R. Frimtzis
37017 Cook St., Ste. 102
Palm Desert, CA 92211
760-345-6633
desertsmiledoc.com

Glenn A. Huddleston
73121 Fred Waring Drive, Ste. 102
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-346-6273
drbalisdds.com

Maisy S. Ibrahim
Desert Dental Spa
41990 Cook St., Ste. 402
Palm Desert, CA 92211
760-610-0275
desertdentalspa.com

Carolyn Izu
Desert Dental Excellence
74303 Highway 111, Ste. 2-A
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-349-7100
desertdentalexcellence.com

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

J. Steven Lake
Lake Dental
345 Tachevah Drive, Ste. 1
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-327-1138
lakedentalpalmsprings.com

James A. Lake
Lake Dental
345 Tachevah Drive, Ste. 1
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-327-1138
lakedentalpalmsprings.com

Robert M. Lake
Lake Dental
345 Tachevah Drive, Ste. 1
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-327-1138
lakedentalpalmsprings.com

Takbiu Lo
34400 Date Palm Drive, Ste. H
Cathedral City, CA 92234
760-770-8009
drlodds.webs.com

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

Mark A. Mobley
41592 Indian Trail, Ste. A
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-341-1459
markmobleydds.com

Annette B. Moranda
40055 Bob Hope Drive, Ste. G
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-321-8003
annettebakmorandadds.com

Duane T. Nishikubo
44227 Monterey Ave., Ste. 1
Palm Desert, CA 92261
760-341-8414

Samir Rizvanbegovic
Town Center Dentistry
44421 Town Center Way, Ste. C
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-776-1646
palmdesertdds.com

Sheila Sales
Affinity Dentistry
440 S. El Cielo Road, Ste. 4
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-320-8700
thepalmspringsdentist.com

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, Ste. 2
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-416-1003
psdentist.com

Anna M. Sobero
Desert Family Dental
34481 Date Palm Drive, Ste. E
Cathedral City, CA 92234
760-324-5071

Ramon R. Sumabat
285 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Ste. D-7
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-320-2780

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Jeffrey W. Garcia
Desert Oral Surgery
1900 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Ste. A1
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-327-1509
desertoralsurgery.com

Jennifer C. Hearne
F.A.C.E.
1900 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Ste. C-4
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-459-2880
jenniferhearnemd.com

Milan J. Jugan
Desert Maxillofacial Center
72780 Country Club Drive, Ste. 106
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-837-1515
desertmaxillofacial.com

Stephen L. Kreizenbeck
Mirage Center
39935 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 100
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-779-9989

Peter M. Scheer
39935 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 102
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-656-0746
drpeterscheer.com

Monroe Sternlieb
Mountain View Oral Surgery
69846 Highway 111, Ste. A
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-770-1570
drmonroesternlieb.com

Orthodontics

Oscar Arias
Santa Fe Dental
72855 Fred Waring Drive, Ste. C17-18
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-561-5459
santafedentalcorp.com

L. Morgan Moranda
Schantz & Moranda Orthodontic Care
44651 Village Court, Ste. 150
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-568-5987
desertbraces.com

Mina Narula
Center for Orthodontics
71949 Highway 111, Ste. 200
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-340-2026
centerfororthodontics.com

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

Pediatric Dentistry

Lauren L. Gutenberg
The Pediatric Dentists
490 S. Farrell Drive, Ste. C-101
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-320-7621
thepediatricdentists.com

Steven J. Niethamer
The Pediatric Dentists
490 S. Farrell Drive, Ste. C-101
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-320-7621
thepediatricdentists.com

Gary U. Okamoto
Desert Pediatric Dentistry
77564 Country Club Drive, Ste. 190-A
Palm Desert, CA 92211
760-360-0622
desertpediatricdentistry.com

Periodontics

David A. Corradi
Desert Dental Specialty Group
72415 Park View Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-568-5928
desertdentalspecialtygroup.com

Ellie Kheirkhahi-Love
Advanced Periodontics Implant Center
72780 Country Club Drive, Bldg. D, Ste. 402
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-836-1809
drellielove.com

Rodrigo A. Lagos
Lagos Periodontics & Dental Implants
36945 Cook St., Ste. 101
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-568-3421
palmdesertperiodontist.com

Peter S. Warshawsky
Periodontics of the Desert
44550 Village Court, Ste. 102
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-674-4410
perioofthedesert.com

Klaus M. Yi
Desert Periodontics Dental Implant Center
34530 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-324-2939
desertperio.com

Prosthodontics

Rainer H. Bergmann
Desert Dental Excellence
74303 Highway 111, Ste. 2-A
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-349-7100
teethforbetterhealth.com

Joshua W. Cartter
Desert Dental Specialty Group
72415 Park View Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-568-5928
desertdentalspecialtygroup.com

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

Christian J. Luzar
41750 Rancho Las Palmas, Ste. E-1
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-674-8881
drluzar.com

Robert R. McLachlan Jr.
Desert Dental Specialty Group
72415 Parkview Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-568-5928
desertdentalspecialtygroup.com

Jeffrey F. Tom
Palm Springs Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
2150 Tahquitz Canyon Way, Ste. 2
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-416-1003
psdentist.com

DISCLAIMER

This list is excerpted from the 2021 topDentists™ list, which includes listings for more than 55 dentists and specialists in the Coachella Valley. The list is based on hundreds of detailed evaluations of dentists and professionals by their peers.

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 causes. Copyright 2010-2021 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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