Our Doctors

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Ernie Lavorini, DDS (Owner)

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 for the homeless in the last 7 years. As a reflection of how much he enjoys his work, two of his children have become dentists and even practices with him (see below). Last but not least, he loves to ski and tells great jokes!

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Gloria Fong, DDS (General & Pediatric Dentist)

Gloria is a longtime resident of Oakland. She enjoys working with children and their parents. She believes every family should have a “dental home” where they can establish a professional yet close relationship. Dr. Fong is gentle and compassionate; she continues her enthusiasm after 39 years in practice.

As a trailblazer, she was one of three females in a class of 133 dental students at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Also a former 10-year Board Member of the Alameda County Dental Health Foundation, she helped facilitate the distribution of funds to  the many federally funded dental clinics throughout Oakland.

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Amanda Lavorini, DDS (Endodontist)

Dr. Amanda Lavorini is a Bay Area native and a second generation Lavorini dentist. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni 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. Like Ernie, Amanda is a great skiier!

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Jimmy Choi, DDS (Periodontist)

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 University of California San Francisco. 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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Cassidy Lavorini, DDS (Oral Surgeon)

Dentistry is truly a passion for the Lavorini family! Dr. Cassidy Lavorini is also a second generation Lavorini dentist, graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in 2009, and completed his oral surgery residency training at Yale (New Haven Hospital) in 2013. Cassidy is our go to guy for skilled teeth extractions, dental implants, and other facial reconstruction needs!

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