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For You, About You Dentistry

Hillcrest residents, we’re bringing our family-friendly, patient-focused care to your neighborhood in just two short weeks!

At Dental Express, our ultimate goal is to offer the five-star care we’re famous for to the entire city of San Diego.


We’re working to shift the paradigm in dentistry and put YOU at the center of the proverbial solar system. 


“For You, About You” dentistry is our motto, and that means every aspect of our patient care revolves around what you want for your smile. That’s why we offer flexible scheduling, weekend hours, a wide range of payment methods, and a warm family atmosphere.


We believe everyone deserves access to affordable care they can trust, no matter their age, occupation, income, or current dental health. 


That’s why we’re super excited to announce that we’re expanding! 


That’s right. 


The grand opening of our 7th Dental Express location is set for September 20th — less than two weeks away!


Dental Express Hillcrest

As our family grows, so does our ability to serve you. 


Our new Hillcrest location is gearing up to bring our wide range of dental services to uptown San Diego. As always, this office will accept same-day appointments and walk-ins, stay open on Saturdays, offer emergency services, and provide dental care for smiles of all ages.


This new operation has been in the works for a while now, and our team is ready and excited to serve your community!


Dr. Rachel Ryu at the Helm

If you’ve ever visited our Clairemont location, you may have had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Rachel Ryu.


She’s been a member of the Dental Express family for over four years now, and we’re happy to say she’ll be our lead dentist at the new Hillcrest office.


So, to get you all acquainted, we thought we’d tell you a little about her!


It’s Kind of a Funny Story…

Dr. Rachel was born in Seoul, South Korea, lived in Germany for several years, and completed her education in the United States. But you’d be surprised at how she got her start in dentistry…


When she was young, Dr. Rachel wasn’t a very big fan of going to the dentist. In fact, she struggled with a good amount of dental fear. So much so that when she moved out of her parent’s house to go to college, she didn’t trust herself to keep up with her routine cleanings and checkups.


Growing up, her parents always made sure she went. But now that she’d gone off to college, there was nobody to encourage her.


So, what did Dr. Rachel do? She decided to become a dentist so she would never miss an appointment again!


After completing her undergraduate career at the University of Washington in Seattle, she finished her dental education at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Then, she spent the first three years of her dentistry career in Texas. 


But she soon realized she needed a change in scenery — specifically, more beaches and mountains.


So, she made the move to Snap on Smile San Diego, and she’s been here ever since. 


At Dental Express, Dr. Rachel is known for building meaningful relationships with her patients. She has a thoughtful, compassionate approach that makes each patient feel cared for in their own unique way.


Outside the office, she loves spending time with her dog, hiking, going to concerts, and she’s also a very talented painter. One of her favorite things to do is paint portraits of her friends’ pets and give them as gifts!


True to the Core

As a dental provider, Dental Express abides by five core values. 


These are the principles by which we hire and operate every day across all our offices so we can provide you with the quality dental care you deserve. And our new Hillcrest location won’t be any different.


Let’s take a look at what they are and — more importantly — what they mean for you as a patient:

  1. Empathy – Compassionate and judgment-free dental care is one of the cornerstones of our philosophy. No matter your condition, we treat you like family and care for your teeth like we would our own.
  2. Integrity – We’ll never ask you to pay for a treatment you don’t need. If times are tough and you need treatment, we’ll figure out a plan that works best for you and your wallet.
  3. Collaboration – Quality dental care is a collaborative effort between dentist and patient. We promise to consult, inform, and educate you with full transparency at every stage of your dental health journey.
  4. Adaptability – Plans change, problems develop, and emergencies can happen when you least expect them. At Dental Express, we’re always ready to adapt your dental care plan to changes in your life and dental health. We happily accept walk-ins and same-day appointments, and we offer emergency dental services at every one of our locations to provide care when you need it most.
  5. Whistle While You Work – We love what we do, and it shows. Our passion for dentistry and helping our community makes every day at the office fun and fulfilling.


The Mission Continues

With the grand opening of our Hillcrest location, we’re one step closer to our dream of offering budget-friendly dental care to all of San Diego.


It’s always been our mission to build a culture that our patients and team members love to be a part of, and we couldn’t have done it without you.


We want to thank you for joining us on our journey and for all your support along the way. 


Whether you’re a new or returning patient, your smile is always welcome at Dental Express, and we’re happy to have you as a member of our family.


Affordable Dental Care: Coming to a San Diego Neighborhood Near You

As much as Dental Express has grown in the past several years, you can rest assured that if we’re not already around the corner, we will be soon!


By September 20th, we’ll have seven locations in the greater San Diego area: Clairemont, Downtown, Escondido, Point Loma, Poway, Santee, and now, Hillcrest…


Each one dedicated to providing quality dental care with a smile.


If you’re nearby, drop us a line if you have any questions or stop in and see us. We’d love to see your smile, and we’re always happy to serve our community!


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