About Us

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Dr. Ricardo Hernandez has wanted to be a dentist since the age of 7. His greatest reward is giving people their smile back and making them more confident. He has been practicing for over 30 yrs.He graduated from Creighton dental School in Omaha, Nebraska in1991. Dr Hernandez has written two children’s books to motivate kids to brush and see the dentist as their friend. When Dr H isn’t working he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.

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Leida Hernandez has been working in the dental field for over 20 years. She loves working with people and enjoys spending time with her family

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Michelle Everding is our Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH). She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Hygiene from the University of Southern California, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry. She has over 17 years of experience in the dental field. Michelle enjoys spending time with her family and is very detail-oriented when it comes to her work. Our patients love her bubbly and energetic personality!

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Dorian Lopez has been a Registered Dental Assistant for over 8 years. She loves working in dentistry. Seeing patients with confident smiles brings her great gratification.

If you were looking for him or not, you have found the highest rated and the most reviewed dentist Pacific Beach CA has to offer. You are going to be overjoyed that you found a dentist you can trust and that you enjoy seeing. You have found Pacific Beach Smile Studio. We have been in business for over thirty years, so you can rest assured that we know exactly what we are doing. Your dental health is our first priority because we view smiles as assets and we want to make sure yours is great and stays great!

We are family owned and operated. Our dentist, Dr. Ricardo Jay Hernandez, is not your average dentist. With a passion for oral health and a commitment to providing exceptional care to his patients, Dr. Hernandez has become a trusted figure in the field of dentistry. Born and raised in sunny San Diego, Dr. Hernandez was drawn to the idea of helping others at a young age, setting him on the path to becoming a dentist.

Dr. Hernandez’s journey to becoming a dentist Pacific Beach CA began when he was just 7 yrs. old. He always went to the dental office when his dad got dental work done. Dr. Hernandez enjoyed the dental office which had a kid section with little toys, games, coloring books, etc. The office staff thought he was cute and always talked to him and made sure he was having fun while waiting for his dad. His mom told him if he became a dentist, he could have his own office and have toys, decorate the office any way he wanted AND have dental assistants and tell them what to do. That sounded like fun to him and inspired him enough to continue on the path to where Dr. Hernandez is today. In 1986 he enrolled in dental school after completing his undergraduate studies at San Diego State. His passion for dentistry inspired him through his arduous educational journey ahead of him.

After graduating from Creighton Dental School in 1991 from Omaha, Nebraska, Dr. Hernandez wasted no time in leaving the hot and humid bug-ridden state of Nebraska and took the first plane back to hometown of San Diego. He left so quickly the ink on his diploma was still wet! Before Dr. Hernadez opened his own practice he wanted to gain some experience in dentistry. He wanted to work in different dental offices with different practices to get an idea of how he wanted his practice to be as a dentist Pacific Beach CA. He worked in different dental clinics, and private offices. It was like the dental version of the classic story of the Three Bears: he had to try several different ones to be able to figure out the practice that was just right. He first started working in a small office where they saw exclusively HMO patients. It was an office in the Santee area. He was the only dentist in the office with an office manager and a dental assistant. The office manager told him what treatment to perform on the patients. When he let her know of a better material to use or a different treatment for the patient, she would tell him to stick to the treatment plan given to him. He soon realized that an HMO office didn’t offer the customer service or quality of service that he wanted to provide for his patients. So, he didn’t last much longer there and decided to venture forwards and so he decided to work at a clinic in Chula Vista. 

Now he had to drink a lot of coffee to keep up at this office! The patients were lined up and ready to be seen. The majority of the patients seen here were Medi-Cal patients. They were lined up and ready. At this office he didn’t have an office manager breathing down his neck; he moved on up to a head managing dentist who taught him how to cut a prep in 10 minutes. Though working at this clinic was an eye opener. He realized this place wasn’t for me. He didn’t want to work in a high stressed fast paced office that wasn’t going to give his patient the quality of work he wanted to give.

His next adventure took him to a private office. He soon realized that this type of office was a right fit for me. He loved the quality work he was able to perform here. He was able to give personal attention to each patient. Because Dr. Hernandez is a people person this was very important to him because he is driven by his desire to give the best customer care to his patients and make a positive impact on those that he is blessed to work on as a dentist Pacific Beach CA. He worked there for two years until he opened up his own private office in Clairemont where he grew up. Dr. Hernandez practiced there for 15 years. then later moved to Olney St. which is where he currently practices. Driven by his desire to give the best of customer dental care and to make a positive impact on his patients he decided to start a private practice in the Clairemont area where he grew up.

Throughout his career, Dr. Hernandez has stood out for his compassionate approach as a dentist Pacific Beach CA service. He believes in taking the time to listen to his patients’ concerns and developing personalized treatment plans that address their unique needs. Dr. Hernandez’s philosophy on dental care is rooted in the belief that a healthy smile is the key to overall well-being, and he is committed to helping his patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health. This is the overall philosophy by which Pacific Beach Smile Studio conducts business day after day. Find out why more and more people are coming to see Dr. Hernandez and choosing him as their favorite dentist Pacific Beach CA. Contact us today here on the website, or you can reach us at 858-272-6047! Your smile is an asset, take care of it!