Dr. Chris was born in Southern California and spent his early childhood living in Huntington Beach, where he was taught to surf by his father and grandfather. Dr. Chris earned a Bachelor of Science from Creighton University in Omaha, NE, and upon graduation he immediately moved back to Southern California. He surfed whenever possible, when not in the water, Dr. Chris worked as a Molecular Biologist in La Jolla,CA. It was during this period that he met and married his wife Laurian, an architect.
Deciding to switch careers, Dr. Chris moved with Laurian to New York City where he earned his dental degree from New York University College of Dentistry. Following four years in NYC, and the birth of their daughter Adina, the family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where Dr. Chris completed a residency in Advanced General Dentistry at the University of New Mexico. Upon graduation, Dr. Chris was named the Chief Dental Officer at Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless. It was during these years working with a wide variety of patients that Dr. Chris recognized his passion for working with children. In early 2011, and in recognition of his commitment to providing exceptional care in a public health setting, Dr. Chris was named by the New Mexico Primary Care Association as the New Mexico Public Health Dentist of the Year.
In the summer of 2011, now a family of five following the birth of their daughters Eliya and Shoshana, the family moved to upstate NY where Dr. Chris completed his Pediatric Dentistry residency at the Eastman Institute of Oral Health at the University of Rochester. In 2013 the family moved back to Southern California where Dr. Chris joined a venerable and long established multi doctor Pediatric Dental practice in Ventura County. He simultaneously joined University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry as clinical faculty in the Pediatric Dentistry Department teaching and supervising dental students in the Pediatric Dentistry clinic. Dr. Chris still maintains his appointment at UCLA.
With the opening of Peak Pediatric Dentistry in Carlsbad, Dr. Chris has fulfilled his lifelong dream of owning and operating his own practice in his beloved Coastal North County. Dr. Chris and Laurian with their three girls Adina, Eliya, and Shoshana, are very involved in volleyball, tennis, gymnastics. When he is not in the office, Dr. Chris enjoys surfing, skateboarding, cycling, and spending time with family and friends. Often, the family can be seen at the beach or the local farmer’s markets.
Dr. Chris is a Diplomate of the American Board Pediatric Dentistry, a member of the the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the San Diego County Dental Society, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry.