Brian Benyammi, DDSBrian Benyammi, DDS
I am a Northern California native, born and raised in Los Altos. I graduated from U.C. Davis in 2012 with a degree in Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. After graduation, I took a year off to give back to my community. I volunteered my time at Ravenswood Family Dentistry, a community clinic in East Palo Alto. I volunteered with the CDA and worked as a dental assistant. I received my dental education from the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni of Dentistry in San Francisco. I graduated with honors in June 2016 and have been practicing since. I joined this practice in February of 2018 and hope to maintain the same outstanding patient care and high standards that have been set by this practice.
As a board-certified dentist, I am a good standing member of the following organizations in the field of dentistry:
California Dental Association
American Dental Association
Mid Peninsula Dental Society
In my spare time I enjoy catching up with longtime friends, traveling, spending time outdoors and spending time with my family. I am a big Bay Area sports fan; love the Sharks, 49ers, Giants, and the Warriors.
Carlos M. Longa, DDSCarlos M. Longa, DDS
I always knew I wanted to be a doctor, but I never thought I would be a doctor of dental surgery. The seed of dentistry wasn’t planted until after college when I returned to San Francisco and started working for a grant project to increase access to oral health care for persons with developmental disabilities through the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Three years later, the associate dean of the dental school finally convinced me that I was destined to be a dentist. During dental school I was humbled when the student body and faculty awarded me “Most Compassionate Student Award” in 2005. My role as a dental educator and advocate for disabled persons prior to dental school has fueled my passion for helping others and continued during and after my doctorate.
Born and raised in San Francisco, I am proud to be a native San Franciscan. I love this city and for the past 8 years I have really embraced the neighborhood of Glen Park as both a resident and business owner in this community. The small town feel of Glen Park is a wonderful departure from the all too familiar hustle and bustle of San Francisco and I feel blessed to have my home and work all within the tight-knit community of Glen Park.
Dentistry is no longer just a matter of diagnosing cavities and filling them. The role of the dentist has expanded to screen and treat various systemic conditions which arise or manifest in the mouth such as oral cancer, herpes, HIV, sleep apnea(OSA), diabetes, hypertension, TMD, migraine headaches and facial pain. All of these conditions have an oral component and most dentists are not educated in this arena because it is not taught in dental school. It is up to the dentist to learn about these potentially life-threatening conditions so that they do not go undiagnosed and untreated. It is our mission at Glen Park Dental to stay at the very forefront of dentistry and all it has to offer our patients. Education is never-ending, especially in health care. We will never know everything there is to know when it comes to health, but we must strive to do so, because in the pursuit of perfection we can achieve excellence.
I believe in a patient-centered, interdisciplinary approach to health care. Prior to my career as a dentist, I did research in the field of radiation oncology thru UC Irvine Medical school. As a research scientist, it is well understood that the greatest benefit from science comes from the sharing of information; however, this principle is often lost in the field of healthcare. At present, our healthcare system is centered around treating illness rather than preventing it. Here at Glen Park Dental, we collaborate with oral surgeons, endodontists, periodontists, primary care physicians, sleep physicians, chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists and anybody who will listen and contribute to the common goal of keeping our patients healthy.
One of the most fulfilling aspects of dentistry is that in most cases, things can be prevented. It is our goal to educate patients on how to maximize their oral health in an effort to minimize the amount of dentistry they require in the future. Our primary objective is to educate and elevate the systemic health of all our patients. Our best reward is patient satisfaction and we stop at nothing to achieve a level of care above the rest.
A Solid Educational Background:
My journey as a student is never ending but the start of that journey was at St. Brendan’s Elementary School. Following St. Brendans, I took a drastic departure from private Catholic School and went to Lowell High School and graduated in 1996. Undergraduate education was completed at University of California, Irvine with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. Followed by Dental School at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.
I have pursued various postgraduate education courses including the California Center for Advanced Dental Studies and the California Dental Society; however the place where I transformed into a comprehensive oral health provider was at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies.
My postgraduate dental education includes courses in the following areas:
- Aesthetic/Cosmetic Dentistry
- Neuromuscular Dentistry
- Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Implant Surgery and Restoration
- New You Dentures
- International Association for Physiologic Aesthetics
- Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies
- San Francisco Dental Society
- California Dental Society
- American Dental Society
Kimberlee Dickerson, DDS, LVIFKimberlee Dickerson, DDS, LVIF
My enthusiasm for dentistry stems from helping my patients learn about the connection between their mouth and body. Teeth, gums, TMJ, and your airway can all have a direct impact on your overall health; and, when healthy, can significantly reduce the risk of serious disease. My primary goal with every patient is to make them comfortable in our office and educate them about their oral health.
Born and raised in Las Vegas, my dental experience began at a very young age working in my father’s dental office. After college at Santa Clara University, I realized my passion for helping patients while working in the marketing department of LVI, a postgraduate dental institute teaching aesthetic and neuromuscular dentistry. From observing and experiencing the difference the dentists were making in the lives of their patients, I knew I wanted to provide the same type of excellent care.
I believe in providing patients the highest quality dental care in a calm, comfortable environment. I also recognize the importance of giving back to your community and have worked with the underprivileged. A few of my best experiences have been participating in dental missions to provide much needed dentistry to populations without access to dental care.
I enjoy being involved in local non-profit organizations and have volunteered much of my time since 2009 to planning the annual Glen Park Festival which takes place in the Glen Park Village each spring. It is a wonderful event for our community and all proceeds go to grants for the local schools in the neighborhood.
Above all, my greatest fulfillment comes from my family. My husband (and partner dentist at Glen Park Dental!) and I are raising two young boys in the neighborhood and loving it. We value family time and spend our weekends enjoying all that San Francisco has to offer our growing family. In my free time, I enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, running, snowboarding, and biking. I love to travel and lived in Madrid, Spain during college where I refined my Spanish language skills.
Solid Educational Background:
I received my Bachelors of Science in Marketing, Santa Clara University; Doctor of Dental Surgery from University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, San Francisco, CA; and earned my Fellowship from the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies.
I am committed to providing my patients with the highest quality dental care and strongly believe that continuing my dental education to advance the horizon of oral health care is an essential part of patient care. I have completed numerous courses at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute (LVI) in many areas, including aesthetics, advanced adhesives (bonded, metal-free dentistry), neuromuscular dentistry, TMJ/TMD, and sleep apnea. In 2021, I was named a TBI Ambassador by the Breathe Institute. The Breathe Institute focuses on treating sleep and breathing disorders through airway support. I am also certified in Invisalign and participate in continuing education courses for Invisalign treatment.
I stay involved with local and national dental organizations and am a member of the San Francisco Dental Society, the California Dental Association (CDA), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the International Association of Physiologic Aesthetics (IAPA). In 2014, I earned the great honor of becoming a Fellow of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies.