John Wallace, DDS

With over 25 years of experience in dentistry, Dr. Wallace has the knowledge and skill to address virtually any restorative or cosmetic need one might have. But what he’s best known for is his gentleness and lighthearted personality, making even the most apprehensive patient feel comfortable in the dental chair.

Personal

Born and raised in Long Beach, Dr. Wallace graduated with honors from the UCLA School of Dentistry in 1993 and is the owner of Ocean View Dental Care. He is a published author, lecturer, and committed humanitarian, providing dental care to the underserved in Mexico, Haiti, and the remote islands of Fiji. Dr. Wallace has a grown son, Brandon, who is married and also works in the dental field.

Dr. Wallace’s Commitment and Passion

Dr. Wallace is committed to providing gentle, compassionate dentistry. This commitment grew out of his experience of being afraid of the dentist when he was a child; he still remembers the apprehension he felt sitting in the chair awaiting treatment. He considers this his secret weapon, as he truly empathizes with fearful, anxious patients.

One of Dr. Wallace’s best qualities is his warm and friendly personality. Rather than rushing through treatment, he enjoys spending time with his patients and really getting to know them. “Everyone has a story to tell and I feel fortunate to have a front row seat to hear some pretty amazing stuff. I do have a captive audience after all,” he quips.

When Not Being a Dentist

In his spare time, Dr. Wallace enjoys exercising, traveling with his lovely wife, and serving in his local church.

”Being part of this team and having the privilege of serving this community is a tremendous blessing to me. We look forward to providing excellent dental care in San Clemente for many years to come.
Dr. Wallace

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Lauren Gleason, DDS

Dr. Lauren Gleason is a warm and enthusiastic dentist from Hacienda Heights, California. She graduated from UCLA School of Dentistry where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. She then pursued her post-doctoral education in San Francisco, California by completing a one year Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) at the University of the Pacific.

Dr. Gleason has received many clinical and academic accolades, including receiving honors in many dental courses and being inducted as a Dean’s Leader at UCLA. She has volunteered her time and skills to CDA Cares and various other programs for those in need of dental care. Beyond her clinical achievements, patients know Dr. Gleason for her kindness and conservative approach to dentistry. She believes in preventative care and makes her patients’ comfort her priority.

In her free time, Dr. Gleason enjoys traveling, being active including hiking and exercising, and discovering new restaurants.

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Pichak Kelk, DDS DABP

A Specialist You Can Trust

At Ocean View Dental Care, we are honored to have the expertise of our own in-house, Board-certified periodontist. If you need specialist care from a periodontist, your periodontal treatments can be completed at our San Clemente, CA dental practice.

Do you suffer from gum disease?

Also known as periodontal disease, ignoring this condition can lead to more serious issues, such as surrounding bone degeneration, tooth loss, and even serious cardiovascular disease. A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in treatments related to the gums and supporting structures around teeth. These specialists complete advanced training after graduating from dental school.

Dr. Kelk can provide expert care if you:

  • Have a gummy smile or gum recession that keeps you from smiling
  • Would like a missing tooth or teeth replaced with dental implants
  • Require gum tissue grafts
  • Are suffering from the effects of periodontal disease and have bleeding gums and loosening of teeth

A Specialist You Can Trust

Dr. Kelk is a Board-certified Periodontist and Dental Implant Surgeon you can trust.

If you think that is simply a talking point, consider the amount of trust USC Dental School placed in her. The advanced program taught her the surgical skills to become a periodontist through their Advanced Periodontology Program.

The Dental Board of California also trusts her. While she no longer has availability to work with them, she served them for many years as a conscious sedation onsite examiner.

Beyond dental school, Dr. Kelk has three years of advanced training in Periodontology. This includes advanced training in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, treatment of oral inflammation, and performing cosmetic periodontal procedures and bone regeneration. In addition, Dr. Kelk completed a 15-month Fellowship in Dental Implant Surgery.

In practice since 2000, Dr. Kelk has focused her practice on periodontics and dental implant surgery.

Educational Background

Dr. Kelk earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1992. Her Fellowship Degree in Dental Implants was earned from Loma Linda University. She then completed her specialty training at Loma Linda University’s Advanced Periodontology Department.

In 2004, Dr. Kelk received the distinction of Board Certification by the American Board of Periodontology.

Dr. Kelk served as the Dental Board of California onsite examiner for conscious sedation for many years.

In addition, she is currently part-time clinical faculty at the Advanced Periodontology Program at USC Dental School, where she trains future periodontists in surgical skills.

Dr. Kelk’s Scope of Practice

Dr. Kelk treats all aspects of periodontal disease using the latest surgical and non-surgical techniques. Here are some of the treatments that she provides:

  • Periodontal Surgery
  • Pocket Reductions Surgery
  • Osseous Surgery
  • Esthetic and Functional Crown Lengthening
  • Gum/Gingival/Connective Tissue Grafts using your gum tissue
  • Soft Tissue Grafts using donor tissue
  • Bone Regenerative Techniquesusing bone grafts/membranes/biologic materials and growth factors
  • Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery
  • Laser-Assisted Periodontal Therapy
  • Placement of Dental Implants
  • Reconstructive Surgery to create bone volume to place dental implants optimally

Dr. Kelk’s Affiliations

  • American Dental Association ADA
  • California Dental Association CDA
  • Orange County Dental Association OCDS
  • American Academy of Periodontology AAP
  • American Board of Periodontology ABP
  • Western Society of Periodontists WSP

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Katherine Ahn Wallace, DDS

Are you embarrassed by your smile due to crooked teeth? Do you have problems speaking or eating due to a misaligned jaw? Maybe you suffer from a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea?

Expert Help is Available

If you have crooked teeth, a bite misalignment, or problems with the function of your jaw, Dr. Katherine Ahn will likely have the solution.

Dr. Ahn started her dental journey with an undergraduate degree in biology at Loma Linda University. She was then accepted into the prestigious dental program at the UCLA School of Dentistry. After graduating with her DDS in 1993, she completed a two-year pediatric residency at UCLA with a strong focus on early growth and development.

During her pediatric residency, Dr. Ahn acquired skills and experience in orthodontics and craniofacial development. This education has proven invaluable in her focus on healthy airway support and jaw development.

Dr. Ahn holds memberships with numerous professional medical associations that include:

  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • Orange County Dental Society
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

Her post-graduate studies include:

  • Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies: Cosmetic & Neuromuscular Dentistry
  • TMJ & Sleep Therapy Research Center: Dental Sleep Medicine & TMJ Disease Mini-Residency
  • EODO: Full Face Orthodontic Mini-Residency
  • AACP: Craniofacial Pain Mini-Residency
  • AMR: Airway Mini-Residency
  • OAMT: Myofunctional Therapy Training
  • Facial Beauty Institute: Growth Guidance & Controlled Arch Systems Training

Aviara Centers

Dr. Ahn is founder of Aviara Centers, one of the nation’s most unique clinical settings in which patients receive comprehensive care to help them achieve optimal health through orofacial development, proper jaw and teeth alignment, and most importantly, with an uncompromising focus on proper airway development. Aviara has partnered with some of the most accomplished medical doctors, orthodontists, myofunctional therapists, and other key healthcare professionals in this field to bring you the very best care available.

Dr. Ahn Loves Kids

While she also loves and treats adults, kids are her passion. She has a knack to making them feel comfortable, important, and happy. Her favorite thing is seeing her patients smile and giggle, especially the patients who are usually embarrassed by their smile.

And the kids love her too! They always look forward to coming back for a visit.

Moreover, the parents also love her, as they see and feel her genuine kindness and care. They also appreciate how she answers all their questions and wants them involved in creating the most beautiful smile and face possible for their child.

When Not Being a Dentist

When away from the office, Dr. Ahn enjoys traveling with her amazing husband, serving in her local church, and exercising. Her grown son, Brandon, also works in the dental field.

”I am excited to bring our Aviara concept to San Clemente. I look forward to helping our patients, both children and adults, to develop beautiful smiles and faces while achieving improved health.
Dr. Ahn

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At Ocean View Dental Care, we are a team of caring, experienced dental professionals who use only the most advanced technologies, materials and procedures.

We value our patients’ opinions and concerns, and always begin the appointment by patiently listening to your concerns. Our friendly team will always go the extra mile, starting with your first phone call. We enjoy educating our patients on their oral health and discuss the diagnoses with you in an easy-to-understand approach.

At our community-focused practice, your comfort and satisfaction come first. We offer early morning, late evening and Saturday appointments, so you don’t have to miss work or school for your care, something our team feels strongly about.

Our exceptional, friendly staff is our greatest asset. All of our dental assistants and hygienists are licensed professionals who pride themselves on their current dental techniques and outstanding patient communication. With unmatched quality and integrity, they are dedicated to achieving the best possible results for you and your family.

Since your comfort and health are our top priorities, Ocean View Dental Care’s staff is glad to assist you in any way. If you have any questions at all, from treatment options and sterilization to insurance concerns and paperwork, we’re here for you! We can assure you that you’ll enjoy your dental visit!

The entire team at Ocean View Dental Care looks forward to seeing you soon and developing a life-long relationship with you to build the bridge toward long-term trust and successful dental care. See why our patients can’t stop smiling!

Jackie L.

Front Office & Dental Assistant

Geni M.

Registered Dental Assistant

Kathleen R.

Registered Dental Hygienist

Mandi C.

Registered Dental Hygienist