About Us

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Meet

Dr. Victor Tran

Dr. Tran is originally from northern California, but he fell in love with the finest city when he moved to San Diego to work as a dental assistant in his uncle’s office. Dr. Tran has been interested in dentistry from a young age when he would observe at his uncle’s practice. After graduating from University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Tran went on to the University of California at San Francisco to earn his DDS and MBA.

Dr. Tran has owned a successful dental practice in Sorrento Valley since 2016, and attributes that success to his ability to develop meaningful relationships with his patients. When you’re at Origin Dental, you’ll feel like family. Appointments are smooth and comfortable because our team genuinely cares about your dental health. We do everything we can to make sure your experience with us is positive.

Dr. Tran is an active member of several dental associations, including the San Diego County Dental Society, the California Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. His passion for knowledge is evident in his continuing education from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and Spear Education, an innovative resource for research in dental care.

When Dr. Tran isn’t in the office, he’s spending time with his wife and newborn son. He loves sports and taking his family on culinary adventures in San Diego. If you’re looking for a friendly dentist in San Diego, visit Dr. Tran and the Origin Dental team. We can’t wait to get to know you!

Dental Implants

If you’re missing teeth, your oral health and confidence can suffer. But at Origin Dental, we offer permanent solutions that can get your smile back on track.

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Cosmetic Dentistry

You deserve the smile of your dreams. Our Sorrento Valley team provides cosmetic dentistry options that will give you the confidence boost you’ve been looking for.

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General Dentistry

No matter the state of your oral health, we can help you improve and maintain your smile with compassionate general dentistry and preventive care.

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Quality Dentistry with a Smile

Meet The origin dental Team

Our team’s main focus is your health and comfort. We genuinely care about all of our patients, and we know most of them by name. At Origin Dental, we want our office to be a friendly environment where you feel cared for and respected, so we always do our best to go above and beyond to keep our patients happy.

Lovely Juanitas

Benefits Coordinator

Education:

Madison High School, 2012-2016

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Years in Dentistry: 2 years

Fun Facts: Lovely is very family oriented and loves spending time with her family and close friends. Besides work and family, she loves being in the studio recording and writing music. She is a part of a collective with her brother and cousin who also produces and writes music. Along with music, she also enjoys practicing yoga, meditating, and baking.  

Sandra Chavez

Dental Assistant

Education:

San Pasqual High School, 2012-2016

UEI College, 2016-2017

Hometown: Escondido, CA

Years in Dentistry: 3 years

Fun Facts: Sandra was born and raised in North County, CA. She starts her days by going to the gym before work, and stays active throughout the day by walking as frequently as she can. Her typical weekends include visiting her parents and siblings, spending quality time at home with her cousin, and getting together with old friends; but most of all, she loves catching up on sleep! At home, she loves learning to cook new recipes and playing with the house dog, Coco.

At work, Sandra enjoys getting to know our patients and making each of them feel as comfortable as possible. She takes satisfaction in knowing she has provided the best possible dental experience for all!

Carolina Galvez

Scheduling Coordinator

Education:

La Quinta High School, 2011-2015 (La Quinta, CA)

San Diego Mesa College 2015-Current

Hometown: Coachella Valley, CA

Years in Dentistry: 3 years

Fun Facts: Carolina is a current student in the San Diego Mesa College Dental Assisting Program, she enjoys working in the dental field as a scheduling coordinator, however, is always looking to grow within the field. When she is not working or attending class, she enjoys spending quality time with her fur-baby Bruce and trying new restaurants with friends.

At work, Carolina enjoys connecting with her patients and creating a comfortable environment to help eliminate dental fears.

Karen Abugan

Registered Dental Hygienist

Education:

Concorde Career College

Hometown: Manila, Philippines

Years in Dentistry: 19 years

Fun Facts: Karen is committed to the best patient care and education. She backs this up with the gentle touch and personal attention that she gives all her patients. She enjoys warm weather and beautiful sunsets.

Michael Martinez

Registered Dental Hygienist

Education:

San Joaquin Valley College

Hometown: Manila, Philippines

Years in Dentistry: 7 years

Fun Facts: Michael was born in Manila, Philippines but was raised in San Diego starting at the age of 9. He has been in the dental field since 2013 graduating from San Joaquin Valley College with a degree in Dental Hygiene. In his spare time, he tries to maintain a healthy lifestyle by going on road runs, hill sprints, and hiking throughout San Diego. He is dedicated to giving his patients the most thorough and gentle cleanings possible. When it comes to social distancing, he likes to be EXTRA SAFE and maintains a 6-foot 1-inch distance from people.

Nicolette Maia

Registered Dental Hygienist

Education:

Monroe Community College, 1999-2001

Hometown: Rochester, NY

Years in Dentistry: 20 years

Fun Facts: Nicolette was born and raised in Rochester New York but has been enjoying San Diego for the past 10 years. In her spare time Nicolette is a Brazilian Jujitsu practitioner and has recently achieved her purple belt. She enjoys the outdoors and time with her family.

Nicolette prides herself on giving the most quality dental care with a gentle touch.

Danielle Lindstrom

Registered Dental Hygienist

Education:

Point Loma High School, 2002-2006 (San Diego, CA)

Professional Dental Enterprises 2007, Dental Assistant

Southwestern College Registered Dental Hygienist Class of 2015

Hometown: San Diego, CA (Point Loma)

Years in Dentistry: 13 years

Fun Facts: Danielle is a San Diego native and grew up deep sea fishing and scuba diving. She loves all activities related to the ocean. She enjoys traveling and has been to many countries including Africa, Costa Rica, and several countries in Europe. Danielle speaks both Swedish and English because her parents moved to San Diego from Sweden before she was born. She absolutely loves her job as a dental hygienist and began her career in dentistry as an assistant. She is very knowledgeable in her field and can’t wait to share her dental hygiene tips with you!

Don’t forget to ask her about her furry friends BingBing and McMuffin… Meow!

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Patient Comforts

Relax & Enjoy

At Origin Dental, we want to prove to our patients that dental appointments don’t need to be stressful or uncomfortable. We do everything we can to make sure our patients enjoy their visit with us, and our office is equipped with amenities that will keep you at ease and entertained.

We want our office to feel like home, which is why we have a beverage station to keep you hydrated, blankets to keep you cozy, and warm towels to add a special luxurious touch. We also have TVs in all of our operatories for your Netflix viewing pleasure. Tell us your favorite show and we’ll turn it on during your treatment!

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What Sets Us Apart

The Origin Dental Difference

At Origin Dental, we are committed to providing the highest quality clinical care and personalized service in a warm and compassionate atmosphere. Our doctors and staff enjoy getting to know each patient and their families, and love creating relationships that transcend multiple generations.

We know that dentistry isn’t one-size-fits-all, so we customize treatment plans for each of our patients’ unique goals. Our office is equipped with cutting-edge technology to ensure that you receive efficient, compassionate care, and we always keep your health and expectations top of mind. Call us today to schedule an appointment!

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