Meet Dr. Michelle
Dr. Michelle is a huge fan of the Golden State. Originally from Redondo Beach, she completed her undergraduate degree from the University of California at San Diego. She received her dental training from the UCLA School of Dentistry.
However, for her general dentistry residency, she traveled to the East Coast where she worked at a Trauma 1 Center in New York. This meant she saw a lot of emergency patients. While it was very valuable training, it also made her realize how much she missed the relationship-building that is the hallmark of family dentistry. In fact, patients love Dr. Michelle because of her friendly, caring nature and her excellent ability to perform complex procedures with ease!
After her residency, she moved back to the West Coast to focus on family dentistry. Dr. Michelle is very familiar with family dentistry because both her dad and her brother are orthodontists!
Skills and Specialties
Dr. Michelle is extremely skilled in performing complex dental emergencies and rehabilitation cases and can easily manage pediatric patients. With a specialty in dental emergencies, Dr. Michelle expertly helps patients suffering from dental abscesses, lip lacerations, alveolar fractures, and avulsed/intruded teeth. For complex rehabilitation cases, she is extremely skilled in performing implants, partial dentures, veneers, and root canal therapies. Also, Dr. Michelle can help pediatric patients, and she has extensive experience making sure they feel calm during difficult procedures.
Dr. Michelle earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California San Diego in human biology. After finishing her bachelor's degree, Dr. Michelle completed her doctor of dental surgery (D.D.S.) from the University of California Los Angeles. From 2016 – 2017, Dr. Michelle worked on her residency at the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Here, she helped an average of eight patients a day and specialized in emergency dental problems. Throughout her education, Dr. Michelle received high honors for patient management and volunteered with several organizations.
"I’m a California girl,” says Dr. Michelle enthusiastically. “I also love treating kids — and as they’ll tell you, I also like hearing and telling silly jokes.”
When she is not at work, she is a huge fan of the hiking and biking trails that wind throughout the San Diego area, which she enjoys with her boyfriend of five years. Her favorite hiking trail is, “the Kwaay Paay Peak, a one-hour loop that takes me above the clouds.”
Visit her at our Downtown location and be sure to tell her your favorite silly joke!
"Dr. Michelle very kind and honest and very helpful. This is dentist is very comfortable and welcomes u. Me and my mom comes to this dentist because it very comfortable and not scary for me. And the front desk staff are very nice recommend dr. Michelle for sure."
"I broke my front teeth last night from a Bird electronic scooter accident and called around several dentists. Thankfully this place was open on this holiday weekend and was able to get me in for a 9:45am appointment when they opened at 9am. There was a bit of a wait after check-in and the x-rays, but Dr. Michelle fixed me up well. My insurance covered me for the accident so the bill came to be less than $100 out of pocket for me. So thankful for this office and the last minute availability. They even gave me a free T-shirt for being a first time patient."
"Dental Express has changed my life!! Dr. Michelle is the BEST dentist i have ever had! She genuinely cares about her patients and goes above and beyond to not only fix problems but to make her patients comfortable when they have anxiety or even fears of going to the dentist. I have gone YEARS covering my mouth when i laugh and i couldn't remember the last time i had any confidence and was able to smile. Thank you Dental Express for giving me my smile and confidence to show it off!!!"
"I've walked by Dental Express for the last year because my son attends school near by. So I finally decided to walk in and I was greeted By Joana the Dental receptionist. She was very kind and courteous. I schedule 4 appointments one for my self and2 for my kids and one for my mom. I was very skeptical do to a bad experience that I had 3 yrs ago at another Dental office. Also my son has a lot anxiety, before hand I informed the Dental assistant Somsernt sorry if I spelled that wrong. But he was awesome he was nice friendly and made both my kiddos comfortable. My son has a hard time when going to the dentist but right away they made him feel at ease.Then we finally met Dr. Michelle. She was fantastic, explained our dental treatment in detailed she is very nice and professional. I can honestly say all 4 of us had a fantastic experience. The office is nice clean and very friendly. I so love the music in the office I mean Best treatment ever and not to mention Journey playing in the background. My number one priority is that they make us feel safe and welcome. And they exceeded my expectations. Thank you Dental Express your team Rocks. We definitely found our Dental office and we plan on sticking with it. Thank you so much!!!!"
"The nicest people in the dental industry! I went to a different dentist a few months ago and they told me I needed to get a root canal - I wasn't having any pain so I decided I needed to get a second opinion, I'm so glad I did. I went to see Dr. Michelle & she informed me all I needed was a cavity filled! In & out in 30 minutes with a much happier wallet. Everyone there was extremely friendly, patient, and conversational. I was laughing while getting my teeth examined, that has NEVER happened to me. This is the first time I've actually been happy at the dentist! Thank you guys so much!"