Safari Children's Dentistry

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Dr. Tina Duong

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Hi! Thanks for taking an interest in our practice. I was born and raised in Long Beach, California where I attended the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) and obtained my Bachelors of Science degree in biochemistry. Being a true UCLA Bruin, I decided to also pursue my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (DDS) at UCLA. It was during a volunteer dental mission in Mexico that I realized my passion was to be with kids and help them achieve better oral health.

This led me to dedicate my career to specialize in children where I completed my residency in pediatric dentistry at UCLA. I had the opportunity to work with medical experts at the world famous Rady's Children's Hospital in San Diego, California where I had extensive experience working with children with special needs. I also have experience working at the San Ysidro Community Health Clinic working with low-income populations. No matter what these children's backgrounds were, my goal as a pediatric dentist was always the same: to create a positive dental experience and work with families to find ways to prevent dental cavities.

After my residency program, I wanted to experience life outside of California, and decided to move to Upstate New York working at a community clinic serving the low-income families of Rochester, NY. While living in Rochester, my husband, a Toronto native, and I frequented weekend trips to Toronto. It was at those times where I fell in love with Canada appreciating its ethnic diversity, friendliness and multiculturalism. We then decided to make the move to Burlington to start our family here. I look forward to my new life in Burlington and hope to become a leader and child advocate in Burlington's medical community

Dr. Avin Gupta

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Hello and Welcome to my practice! Originally born and raised in downtown Toronto, I attended the University of Toronto where I obtained a Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Political Science.

 

I then moved to historic Philadelphia to attend the 2nd oldest dental school in the Americas, Temple University where I obtained a combined Doctorate in Dental Medicine (DMD) and Masters of Public Heath Degree (MPH). I felt that obtaining a MPH in addition to my DMD was important because I understand that teeth are connected to people who are part of families that make up communities. This allowed me to approach dentistry from not only a clinical perspective, but also from a community one emphasizing prevention on a larger scale.

 

My passion for children and being a true kid at heart led me to further education and training in pediatrics at the prestigious University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in beautiful Southern California. It was there that I became an expert in the growth and development and behavior management of children learning from the world's top experts in the field.

 

After receiving my certification as a specialist in Pediatric Dentistry, and wanting to be close to Toronto, I moved back to the East Coast where I practiced in a private practice and community clinic in upstate New York. However, it was not close enough and being a true Toronto boy and diehard Maple Leaf fan, I decided to return home. I noticed that not only was Burlington a beautiful place to settle down and raise a family but it had an unmet need in pediatric dental health.

 

As Burlington's only board certified pediatric dental specialist, I strive to be the leading voice for children's dental health within our community and I hope you choose me to be part of your medical family.

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