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.
Dr. Justin attended the University of Washington in Seattle for his undergraduate education and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for dental school. He then completed a pediatric dental residency at Children's Hospital Boston and a clinical fellowship at Harvard University School of Dental Medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Justin took a year off to travel in 2014, visiting 64 countries and all seven continents. Some of his favorite places (so far) are Iceland, Albania, Bhutan, Myanmar and Antarctica. In addition to traveling, Dr. Justin enjoys running, Disney theme parks... and running at Disney theme parks!
Dr. Scott Pyo Pediatric Specialist
Dr. Scott Pyo, born and raised in Redlands, CA attended Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. After graduation, Scott completed a Graduate Practice Residency at Danbury Hospital, Connecticut where he trained with specialists in oral surgery, endodontics, periodontology, restorative dentistry and the operating room. He then practiced public health dentistry for two years in Willimantic, CT. It was there he decided Pediatric Dentistry was his calling.
Scott trained as a Pediatric Dental Resident at Children’s Medical Center of Connecticut and The University of Connecticut satellite dental clinics. Scott’s clinical expertise comprises of interceptive orthodontics, sedation dentistry, operating room, emergency call/trauma, cranio-facial disorders, and infant oral health. Dr. “Scott” is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Scott loves to cook and is an avid foodie. He also enjoys time outdoors, watching and discussing sports. Dr. Scott is happy to be back in his home state!
Dr. Rawlins Pediatric Specialist
Dr. Rawlins attended dental school in Dallas, Texas, at the Baylor College of Dentistry. Following dental school, he worked as an attending professor at the Baylor College of Dentistry and is currently in the final stages of completing a PhD in developmental biology. He then completed an additional two years of specialty training in pediatric dentistry at Ohio State University and the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
Dr. Rawlins and his wife, Julie, fell in love with Northern California while visiting his brother, who is also a dentist in the Sacramento area. They are excited to be close to the family and feel very fortunate to now call El Dorado Hills home. They have three children, Mitchell and twins Chase and Ava. Dr. Rawlins’s hobbies include running after his children, golfing, skiing, and fly-fishing.
Dr. Jenny McCarthy Pediatric Specialist
Dr. Jenny McCarthy grew up in Hawaii, and moved to California to attend undergraduate school at UC Davis. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Pacific School of Dentistry. She received her training in pediatric dentistry at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Ohio State University.
After residency, Dr. Jenny moved back to California with her husband, Kevin, who is a Sacramento native. They are happy to call California home, and so are their two children, twins Maya and Kian. In her spare time, Dr. Jenny enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking and playing the ukulele.