Dr. Dorothy Pang and her husband, Dr. Peter Lee, founded this joint specialty practice in 1996. From small beginnings has emerged an ever-growing team of pediatric dentists, registered dental hygienists and assistants, and friendly office staff. Our team of specialists is led by Dr. Pang, who studied in England, Texas and North Carolina before beginning her practice. She has since been honored by many dental societies and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She also teaches at UCSF.
Dr. Pang, Dr. Lee and their two children love living here in San Francisco. The enjoy getting out to a good movie or staying in and watching the Food Network and cooking. Whenever possible, they like visiting family and friends in Hong Kong, Malaysia and England.
After more than 20 years of practicing in this community, Dr. Pang and Dr. Lee are happier than ever to be here. They are eager to see what the next 20 years hold and to brighten smiles for all of that time!
Dr. Pang loves practicing and teaching pediatric dentistry. A native of Hong Kong, Dr. Pang finished high school and college in England, where she met her husband, Dr. Peter Lee, with whom she shares the practice. They moved from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to San Francisco in 1992 when Dr. Pang joined the faculty of the University of California, San Francisco and became the Graduate Program Director of Pediatric Dentistry. In 1997, Dr. Pang left her full-time academic position to start her private practice in San Francisco, but she has maintained a part-time teaching position at UCSF since then.
Dr. Pang received her initial dental degrees from Kings College, London and the Royal College of Surgeons of England, then her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Texas, Health Science Center at Houston, and her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and Master of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Health Science Clinical Professor at UCSF, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD), and a Diplomate as well as a Consultant and Examiner of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Pang became a board-certified pediatric dentist and was chosen in 2017 to serve as one of the six Directors for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Pang, Dr. Lee and their two sons live in San Francisco. They enjoy traveling, going to the movies, reading, cooking, and watching the Food Network as a family. Periodically, they visit their family and friends in Hong Kong, Malaysia, and England. Dr. Pang also enjoys hanging out with friends over the weekend. Her claim to fame in cooking that draws recurrent visitors is her rib eye roast stuffed with garlic, but she cooks it only if she doesnt see patients on Monday!
In 2021, Dr. Pang celebrates her 30th year in practice and teaching. Having served as a director in the last four years, Dr. Pang is currently the President of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD). ABPD is the certifying organization for the specialty of Pediatric Dentistry. Their mission is to promote quality oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, as well as individuals with special health care needs. As a private practitioner as well as a Health Science Clinical Professor at UCSF, Dr. Pang has dedicated her career in taking care of her patients and educating young aspiring pediatric dentists. As a lifelong learner, Dr. Pang recognizes the importance of embracing changes. She constantly strives for excellence and practices with humility, integrity and fairness.
Dr. Chen attended the University of California, Berkeley and achieved a Bachelor of Arts in molecular and cell biology. It was during her undergraduate program that she developed a passion for serving the homeless and socio-economically disadvantaged residents of the community at the Berkeley Free Clinic. She completed dental school at UCSF School of Dentistry and went on to attain her specialty certification in pediatric dentistry and masters degree in orofacial sciences.
While in graduate school, Dr. Chen was a finalist for the Graduate Student Research Award (GSRA) for research in dental cariology and caries prevention. She is a proud member of the California Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association and other local San Francisco pediatric associations.
Dr. Chen loves to spend time with her family and friends in the Bay area. She enjoys reading, running, playing tennis, traveling and meeting new people. One of her favorite novels is The Kite Runner. During basketball season you can catch her cheering on the Golden State Warriors. She is fluent in Mandarin and can conversationally speak Taiwanese.
Dr. Lam comes from a Chinese-Vietnamese family, but was born and grew up in France until the end of high school. She moved to the United States, where she pursued her undergraduate studies and obtained a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and a Master of Science in materials science from the California Institute of Technology. After working as a research and development battery engineer for several years, she decided to change careers to become a dentist and has not looked back since.
Dr. Lam obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the UCSF School of Dentistry, where she graduated at the top of her class and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society. She then completed her residency in pediatric dentistry at UCSF where she served as chief resident and received her specialty certificate. She is now a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a part-time teaching faculty member at the University of the Pacific, Dugoni School of Dentistry.
Dr. Lam enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and their friends. She loves to travel and looks forward to discovering many new places, cultural events and culinary adventures, both near and far. She can also speak French, Spanish and Vietnamese.
As a pediatric dentist, her goal is to help guide children in achieving optimal oral health. Whether it means providing parents with the knowledge and advice needed to care for the early stages of teething, reassuring a child as they transition to their permanent teeth, or even motivating teenagers to become independent in their self-care.
Dr. Helen was born in Alabama and raised in Georgia. She received her bachelors degree from Cornell University in both biology and psychology and earned a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Helen has always had a passion for working with children. During college, she worked as a summer schoolteacher and volunteered for multiple dental mission trips to Nicaragua, where she was first exposed to pediatric dentistry. She continued her efforts in dental school by providing dental services to pediatric refugee populations and schoolchildren in underserved areas of Philadelphia. In dental school, Dr. Helen was also student body president.
After a big move to the West Coast, Dr. Helen obtained her Certificate of Pediatric Dentistry and Master of Science at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In residency, she focused her interests on treating children with neurodevelopmental disorders and founded a dental desensitization program for these children. She currently works as a part-time teaching faculty member at UCSF, where she oversees this clinic.
Outside of dentistry, Dr. Helen enjoys spending time with her husband (who is also a dentist), her new baby girl, Olivia, and their golden doodle, Kingston. Together, they love exploring the Bay Area.
As a new mom, Dr. Helen wants to treat every kid like she would her own child and every family with the utmost empathy. She strives to provide dental care with the highest level of compassion so that she can build a lifelong relationship with your child and your family.
At OPDSF Pediatric Dentistry we are committed to providing quality pediatric dental care to our patients in South San Francisco, Daly City, Millbrae, Pacifica, Ramona, Oakland, Emeryville and Marin County, California. But we are more than just your local pediatric dental office. We are members of our community and we value the people and cultures of our area. Because of that, our office works with various organizations and schools to provide educational and outreach activities. We would like for you to be a part of our efforts. It only takes one person to make a difference in someones life or even in the life of a city, and we invite you to talk with us about what your plans are for serving our community, and how we might be able to help. The first step is contacting us. If you are interested in partnering with us, we would love to talk with you! Just click the button below and fill out the form. Well be in touch soon! Thank you for being a part of our efforts to make our area a better place and thank you for including us in your plans!