Almaden Valley Dentistry Services

Pediatric Dentistry

Whether your child is visiting us for a routine cleaning appointment or to tackle a sugar bug, at Surfside kids dental the needs of your child is being met on an individual bases. Our caring pediatric dentist and knowledgeable staff understands, at times, anxiety comes to children with just the thought of seeing a dentist. At Surfside, our caring empathetic staff is here to ease the fear of going to a dentist. We offer state of the art equipment, movies to watch, and communicate with your child so the know what to expect from bringing to end.

When can you bring your child in for the first check up? Why is it important?

Per the American Pediatric Dental Association, establishing a dental home for your child when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday can help prevent dental problems.

What's a Certified Specialist?

Each of our dentists have undergone years of specialized training to provide top-notch pediatric dental care. Their certifications require additional years of training which focus on the psychology of children, to help kids overcome stress related to dental visits.

They receive specialized training covering the ways kids’ faces develop as they transition from having baby teeth to adult teeth. All of our pediatric dental specialists are educated in the practice of treating special-needs children and the proper administration of medication to children.


While most dentists can recommend an orthodontist for their clients, at Surfside you don’t even have to leave the office!

Having your dentist and orthodontist in the same office means they can share information instantly and recommend the best procedures to one another.

Orthodontics is much more than just the straightening of teeth. It’s a specialized branch of dental care that also focuses on jaw structure and function. Our orthodontists specialize in correcting dental issues which are unique to children.

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Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Lina Paek

Dr. Lina Paek
Pediatric Specialist

Dr. Lina attended the University of Notre Dame for her undergraduate degree where she double majored in Science Preprofessional Studies and Music. She then moved to New York and received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. She completed her pediatric specialty training at New York University College of Dentistry.

Dr. Lina was born in Los Angeles but raised on the Eastside of Seattle, Washington. She found her happy medium in the Bay Area and now lives in San Jose with her papillon, Yumi. Dr. Lina is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and California Society of Pediatric Dentistry. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, traveling, sketching, playing piano and enjoying afternoon tea with her sister.

Dr. Phan

Dr. Derick Phan
Orthodontic Specialist

Dr. Phan earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California Riverside, and later his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry.  Dr. Phan was then accepted into a prestigious Graduate Residency Program at the Loma Linda VA Medical Center.  

After being in private practice in the Salinas/Monterey Bay area as a family and cosmetic dentist, and a year specializing in pediatric dentistry, he chose to complete his orthodontic residency at Jacksonville University Dental School of Orthodontics, where he completed his thesis on Invisalign® and interproximal reduction. 

Dr. Phan has been in practice for over 15 years now.  He strives to stay on the forefront of the newest orthodontic techniques and technology.  He serves as an Opal Evaluation Counsel member to help test, evaluate, research, and develop the latest orthodontic products. 

When Dr. Phan is not caring for his patients, you may find him on the slopes snowboarding or playing volleyball.  He continues to coach a girls’ high school volleyball team- which he has been doing for over 12 years now.