Dear Valued Patients,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your trust and loyalty through the years and to announce my retirement. It has been a pleasure to provide your dental health care over the past 20 years and I enjoyed working with all of you. However, Thea and I thought time was ripe for us to move on to enjoy the new adventures in life and made the difficult decision to step away from our dental practice and beloved Santa Cruz.

I have taken great effort to ensure that you will continue to receive the best possible care and chose Dr. Joseph Kim to take over my dental practice after evaluating a number of strong candidates. I am confident that you will be in good care with Dr. Kim and find him to be one of the most trustworthiest and personable dentists you know.

You can find his website at

Dr. Kim possesses the highest qualification and is skilled in all phases of dentistry with impressive breadth of knowledge across various treatment areas. This allows him to provide practically all procedures in-house, including implant, bone graft, wisdom teeth extraction, root canal, periodontal surgery, crown, and denture.

His unique competence in interdisciplinary approach has been enriched, in part, by his network of families who are dentists, including an Oral Surgeon in San Francisco, an Endodontist in San Jose, and an Associate Professor at UCSF School of Dentistry.

Dr. Kim also boasts strong academic and clinical foundation as a graduate of Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, one of the top dental schools in the nation. He deepened his knowledge in oral surgery during his residency at New York Methodist Hospital in New York and started his career at Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Center in San Francisco. Since then, he has served thousands of patients for all across the Bay Area over the last 7 years, garnering unequivocal trust from his patients with various dental challenges and opportunities.

Dr. Kim and I have worked closely together to ensure a smooth transition to serve your needs, and Ernesto and Debbie will also continue to work with Dr. Kim. With Dr. Kim’s expanded hours covering Monday through Thursday, he will be able to offer more convenient times for you. If you have any questions about the transition in the weeks ahead, both Dr. Kim and I are here to address them.

Finally, thank you for your kindness and loyalty that you have afforded me over these many years. I know that you will be just as pleased with Dr. Kim and hope you extend your trust to him, as well.


Henry Ramirez