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About Carmel Valley Pediatric Dentistry

Our practice aims to deliver the best dental care for children possible.

We have the latest state-of-the-art equipment to make sure your child has access to everything he or she needs at their dental visits. We constantly evaluate our materials and keep current with new technologies to make sure you have the best options available.We pride ourselves in practicing ethically and honestly, always taking the time to explain our findings. We always consider all appropriate treatment options and try to present the most conservative plans, when possible.

It is important for us to be helpful to our patients and answer any questions you might have regarding dental care. Starting early with prevention and good habits will help build a life-long smile and relationship with your pediatric dentist. Thank you for trusting us with one of the most joyful gifts a child has to offer, their smile!

Dental Practice Philosophy

Our practice philosophy is about treating every child as if they were our own and developing a lasting relationship not only with the patient, but also the parent. Whether we’re talking silly with a two-year-old or reviewing the proper techniques for brushing and flossing with an eighteen-year old before they head off to college, we focus our chairside manner on your child and getting to know them better at each visit.

Our goal is to deliver quality care to each patient while fostering habits beginning at age one and continuing into early adulthood.

With our focus centered on prevention at each visit, we teach patients our favorite secret tooth rules to keep a healthy and lasting smile—what foods, drinks, and habits are integral to maintaining optimum oral health and overall health. With sealants, fluoride, and special toothpaste options, our first goal is to always prevent dental disease before it occurs.

However, if more extensive work is required, such as fillings, crowns, root canals, and extractions, we strive to provide the highest quality dental care possible. To help maintain healthy, esthetic smiles, we try to utilize tooth-colored restorations whenever possible.

We are also able to offer a variety of behavior management techniques to put your child at ease and have an enjoyable dental experience. Additionally, we screen patients of all ages for orthodontic care at each six month examination.Not only do we focus our attention on your child, but we also work hard to address parental concerns by explaining each child’s unique dental situation—why and what type of treatment has been planned, and what to expect moving forward. In all aspects, we hope that every patient and parent has a positive experience in our office. We believe that when the child, parent, and dentist actively participate in prevention, a child can stay cavity-free. We appreciate the trust you have placed in us and look forward to growing this relationship. We will do what is best for your child while planting the seeds for their healthy smile!


Our Dental Doctors

Dr. Chris
Dr. Richard Grant
Dr. Kim Lugtu
Dr. Chris
Dentist

Dr. Chris L Pham is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist serving the children of San Diego. He is a graduate, with honors, from The Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, where he continues his academic interest as a visiting Clinical Professor. Dr. Chris is also a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and plays an active role in the California Dental Association, American Dental Association, and California Society of Pediatric Dentistry. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, of only a few can claim in San Diego, CA. He is on staff at Scripps Hospital La Jolla.

His calm and patient manner with children allows the staff and parents to have an enjoyable and thorough visit, ensuring a lifetime of beautiful, healthy smiles.

Dr. Chris is actively involved in the dental community. He serves as a Chairman for the San Diego County Dental Society. He also serves on the Ethics Committee for the dental society. He continues in Academia as Adjunct Faculty at UCSD Medical School – Department of Preventative and Family Medicine. He is also affiliated with and an adviser to Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego State University and UCLA. He is also a published author for his research in children’s dentistry.

Dr. Chris has enjoyed dental mission work in Vietnam, Guatemala, Mexico and other under-served areas.

Dr Chris enjoys the outdoors and is an avid skier. He spends his free time with his wife, Katherine, and their two dogs, Lilly and Winston. They enjoy the beach and surfing.

Dr. Richard Grant
Orthodontist

Dr. Richard Grant is a specialist in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics who is educated in the latest techniques in diagnosing and correcting problems associated with the misalignment of the teeth and jaws. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Detroit Mercy where he graduated with high honors. While in dental school, he received the Dental Merit Scholarship and an induction into a prestigious national dental scholastic honor society. In his 3rd year of dental school, Dr. Grant completed a residency program in Cleft Palate and craniofacial abnormalities at Loyola University in Chicago where he expanded his knowledge and abilities in the different specialties of dentistry. With this, Dr. Grant is able to fully integrate all aspects of your treatment and discuss it thoroughly with you. He subsequently earned a Masters specialty degree in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics from Saint Louis University. He has also been past President of a local dental society. Dr. Grant stays up to date with the latest advancements in orthodontics with memberships in the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, California Dental Association and the San Diego County Dental Society. Dr. Grant and his wife, Carolyn, have two children, Crystal, and James. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, skiing, riding motorcycles and biking.

Dr. Kim Lugtu
Dentist

Dr. Kim Lugtu is a native of San Diego where she grew up in Rancho Penasquitos and attended Mt. Carmel High School.

She graduated magna cum laude and received a BS degree in Biology at UC Riverside. In 2006, Dr. Kim received her doctorate of dental surgery at UCLA School of Dentistry. Following dental school, she went on to complete her pediatric dental residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where she served as chief resident of the department her final year. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Kim is currently a member of the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, and American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Kim is dedicated to building long lasting relationships with her patients and creating a lifetime of healthy smiles. She has enjoyed mission trips to Nicaragua and the Philippines. On her free time, she and her husband, Brian, love traveling, spending time with family and friends, and playing with their Dog, Mochi.

Dr. Mark Macaoay
Dr. Peggy
Dr. Mark Macaoay
Dentist

Dr. Mark Macaoay was born in San Diego and has spent most of his life here. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Mammalian Physiology and Neuroscience from the University of California at San Diego. He earned his Doctor of Dental Science Degree from the University of the Pacific’s Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California. Dr. Macaoay also received a Navy Health Professions Scholarship in dental school and participated in pediatric outreach and organized dentistry during his time there. He graduated with honors and then completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. After completing his Navy commitment, Dr. Macaoay returned to University of the Pacific School of Dentistry as a clinical professor and co-director in the International Dental Studies program. While teaching at the dental university, he practiced in a pediatric dental office where he discovered his passion for children’s dental health. He completed his Pediatric Dental Residency training at St. Barnabas Hospital, a Level I trauma center in New York City. Dr. Macaoay has been featured in publications of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association and local newspapers. He is a volunteer for UCSD’s Predental Society Student Run Dental Clinic and has participated in international humanitarian dental missions in Fiji, Jamaica and Jerusalem. When Dr. Macaoay is not helping children achieve healthy smiles, you can find him reading, traveling, hiking, training for triathlons and spending quality time with his family.

Dr. Peggy
Dentist

Dr. Peggy Fard is a UCLA Dental School graduate, where she was awarded her Doctor of Dental Science degree. After achieving
her doctorate in dentistry, she then pursued training in pediatrics. 
She did her pediatric dental residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where she served as Chief Resident. 
Dr. Peggy is an active member of the San Diego Dental Society, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and American Academy
of Pediatric Dentistry.

In her free time she enjoys running, reading, traveling and spending time with her friends and family. Dr. Peggy is happy
to come home to her native California after 8 years in private practice in New York in her own pediatric dental practice. 
Dr. Peggy is particularly an expert at injection and behavior management techniques.