San Diego Dentist | Dr. Rachel Ryu

Meet Dr. Rachel

It may come as a surprise to learn that when she was a child, Dr. Ryu was once afraid of going to the dentist. This gives her a special understanding and empathy for those who are also anxious about dental exams. Dr. Rachel was worried that “when she was in college and no longer forced by her parents to go to dental appointments, she would start missing appointments out of fear.” She knew that would lead to dental problems so to be on top of her dental health, she became a dentist! To her, it was a way for her to overcome her fears. 

When it comes to dentistry, she loves problem-solving and designing new personalized treatment plans based on the patient’s need and dental history. Since she knows what it’s like to be an anxious patient, she also likes thinking of ways to help patients feel more comfortable during procedures.

Skills and Specialties

Dr. Rachel helps patients with general, restorative, and aesthetic dental procedures. She is skilled in performing periodontal care, fillings, root canal therapies, and extractions. When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, she has extensive experience helping patients with veneers, implant restorations, and removable and fixed prosthodontics for dentures and partials. She also works closely with periodontists, surgeons, and pediatric dentists to help design comprehensive plans for patients.


Dr. Rachel earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington. After finishing her undergraduate degree, Dr. Rachel received her doctor of dental medicine (D.M.D.) degree from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. During school, she learned the best techniques for different procedures, setting up complex dental plans, and making sure patients feel calm and relaxed throughout their appointments. 

In addition, Dr. Rachel believes in giving back to her community. She has performed voluntary dental work at free clinics and teaches pre-dental undergraduate students about the clinical aspects of dentistry. Throughout school and recently, Dr. Rachel has volunteered for many organizations, including:

  • UCSD Voluntary Clinical Instructor
  • Navutu Stars Mission with Loloma Foundation
  • Give Kids A Smile Day
  • Saturday Children’s Clinic
  • Sgt. Ferrin Memorial Veteran’s Clinic
  • Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission Dental Clinic


When she is not at the office, Dr. Rachel enjoys going to concerts and hiking. She also has an artistic flair; she paints portraits of her friends' pets as gifts. Dr. Rachel also loves to volunteer. She regularly volunteers at the UCSD free dental clinic.

Set up an appointment with Dr. Rachel today!

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