The youngest doctor on this year’s list, Dr. Pierce is also one of the most ambitious. In 2018 he founded the California Dental Institute, a fully accredited dental-assistant program with a custom curriculum focused on advanced techniques and modern technology.
Why They Became a Dentist
“As a child, I would say that I wanted to be a dentist when I grew up. That dream never really changed, and I’m so happy it didn’t.”
“Separating myself from others while also remembering that there are many great dentists out there—a huge concentration of them in Southern California. Many are neighbors, friends and colleagues.”
Patients first. “The patient’s perception is always the most important factor in dentistry. I always do my best to relate to every patient and make them feel comfortable.”
Most Memorable Patient
His first ER patient, a singer in a heavy-metal band. “He had a freak accident during a softball game and broke his arm. While having an X-ray done on his arm, he passed out, hit the floor and broke his jaw and front teeth. That’s when I was brought in. We were able to repair his broken jaw and replace his broken and missing front teeth. I learned a lot about customizing treatment: He did a lot of intense vocals that made his healing period challenging. We both had to adapt our ways. The final result was outstanding.”
Exciting New Trend
“The Mavrik whitening system is a machine that will completely change whitening and reduce post-operative pain and sensitivity. The Yomi robot by Neocis will allow for amazing same-day surgical precision for implant placement.”
Something People Don’t Know
Despite his O.C. credentials, Dr. Pierce is a small-town Midwesterner from Green Lake, Wisconsin. Total population 1,100; he went through K-12 with the same 36 kids.