About Our Dental Office

There are two things that make an office: physical layout and staff. Our dental office is located in a really cool brick building in the heart of Oakland. We have clouds on our ceiling and two televisions in each unit to ensure that our patients have a comfortable experience in the dental chair. What makes our dental office unique however, are the people who work here. We are a very eclectic group, with some of us coming as far as Stockton. More importantly, the 18 people who work here have one goal in mind: to help each of our patients achieve their dental treatment goals. Some of our patients only need to get their teeth cleaned twice a year, while others need major dental work to feel and chew better, but no matter the situation, our treatment plans give options that you can feel comfortable about. The dentists at our office have a lot of experience, having cumulatively worked for 85 years, resulting in lots of good results and happy patients.


Established in 1975, Ernie Lavorini first opened his practice on 17th Street in Oakland. A year later joined by Dr. Gloria Fong, together they have been servicing our community for the past 37 years. They have since moved their practice twice, now residing in an incredible building on 15th Street and continue to be a part of the Oakland downtown community. Since 1975 they have added two specialists, an endodontist and a periodontist. During this time, there have been new faces added to the group, but they are happy to say to the delight of their patients that many of the coworkers have been with them for 20 years or more.

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Our Dental Staff:

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Dr. Ernie Lavorini

Dr. Ernie Lavorini
Ernie graduated from the University of California at San Francisco in 1973, Cum Laude. After working for a dentist in Berkeley he opened his own practice on 17th street in Oakland. In the time he has been practicing he has volunteered his time at the Berkeley free clinic. For 30 years he was one of the few providers that accepted denti-cal patients during the time that the state provided dental care.

Most recently he has won an “Alameda County Public Health Department Community Partner Award” award for voluntarily providing dental care at no cost to the homeless for the last 7 years. As a reflection of how much he enjoys his work, two of his children have become dentists and one of them practices with him. Last but not least, he tells great jokes!

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Dr. Amanda Lavorini

You might notice that she has the same name as the boss. Dr. Amanda Lavorini is a native of the Bay Area and a second generation dentist. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in 2004, and completed her graduate endodontic training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. A valuable endodontic specialist, Amanda is poised, gentle, and extremely skilled in doing root canals. She is adept at helping patients understand and feel comfortable while in the chair and many patients walk away astonished that there was no pain, during or afterwards, with their root canals

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Dr. Gloria Fong

Gloria Fong, D.D.S., a longtime resident of Oakland, enjoys working on children and their parents. She believes every family should have a “dental home” where they can establish a professional relationship. Dr. Fong is gentle and compassionate; she continues her enthusiasm after 37 years in practice. As a trailblazer, she was one of three females in a class of 133 dental students.

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Jimmy Choi

Dr. James (Jimmy) Choi is a remarkable periodontal specialist. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley (GO BEARS) and completed dental school and his surgical residency at UCSF. He is an excellent periodontal (gum) specialist and is fantastic at placing implants. He provides honest and friendly care to his patients and is an impressive asset to our office.

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