Dr. Nguyen grew up in Cerritos, California, and graduated from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, where she taught part-time. After graduating from UOP’s accelerated dental program, she completed a general practice residency at the University of Southern California and worked in the Greater Los Angeles Veterans’ Affairs Healthcare System. The GPR program gave her greater expertise in treating medically complicated cases and in hospital dentistry. She spent the first five years of her career giving back to the community by working in a mobile dental clinic for the underserved populations of Santa Clara County and Alameda County, and she still donates to them regularly. In her spare time, she enjoys powerlifting and has won two silver medals in local competitions.
Dr. Chou is a Bay Area native, and she graduated from the University of Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. After dental school, she continued her education through the advanced education in general dentistry residency program at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Prior to joining our team at Smile Craft, Dr. Chou worked as an associate dentist at other practices in the bay area. She is also currently a clinical instructor at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry’s AEGD residency program in Union City, California, where she instructs post-doctoral residents in all aspects of dentistry. In her free time, Dr. Chou enjoys cuddling with her cat, Mochi, traveling, cooking, doing yoga and scuba diving.
Dr. Ding obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences from the University of Southern California in 1980 and earned his DDS degree from the USC School of Dentistry in 1984. He is a member of the American Dental Association® and the San Mateo County Dental Society. Dr. Ding grew up in Palo Alto, California, where he graduated from Cubberley High. He returned to Palo Alto after receiving his degrees from USC to raise his three children. Besides road biking, his favorite past time is competitive swimming, and he swims regular Alcatraz crossings up in the SF bay…. 59 to date!
Dr. Rita was born and raised in Palo Alto, California, and is a graduate of the University of California, Davis. She continued on to obtain her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Dr. Rita has years of experience with a strong passion for dentistry but is constantly working to improve and perfect her craft. In her spare time, she enjoys playing volleyball with her friends. She is also the proud owner of her dog, Rhett (aka the World’s Most Handsome Dog), whom she rescued in 2020.
Dr. Noorian was born in Mountain View, California, not far from Smilecraft and was raised in the South Bay Area, having lived in San Jose, Campbell and Sunnyvale. She also stayed in California for her undergraduate degree in computer engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. After working for a short time as an engineer, she chose to follow her true passion of helping others and attended the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. Dr. Noorian wanted to further her experience and education with complex cases and continued on to the UOP Advanced Education in General Dentistry program in Stockton. She is currently working part-time in order to spend more time with her family including her husband, two boys and Boston Terrier.
Dr. Nehal Shah completed his DMD degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. Having grown up in San Jose, he returned back to serve the local community here in the bay area. Dr. Shah has a diverse background in many different aspects of general dentistry, which he looks forward to utilizing to best serve his patients’ needs. In his free time, Dr. Shah has many hobbies he enjoys including photography, cooking and traveling!