DDS, University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry
The son of refugees, Dr. Chau is dedicated to giving back. He has two clinics, Encino Orthodontics and Bizoumis & Chau Dental Group. He volunteers with Smiles Change Lives to provide free orthodontic services to needy families; he’s also a provider for Denti-Cal, California’s dental Medicaid program. Last year, he co-opened Elite Care Treatment Center, a facility for people recovering from substance abuse and addiction.
Dr. Chau had crooked teeth from toddlerhood, but he didn’t get braces until he was 17, when a local philanthropic group called Assistance League of Long Beach stepped in to help his family pay for them. “When I got my braces off in college, it changed my life and my self-confidence,” he remembers — and at that moment he shifted his medical studies in the direction of dentistry.
Dr. Chau hopes to help all his patients similarly transform themselves: “The patient’s reaction when the braces come off reminds me of the life-changing smile I received years ago. It doesn’t get old.”
“Never give up. What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”
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