Meet the Dentists

Our Team of Dentists

Meet Dr. John Chrispens

As a minister’s son, Dr. Chrispens lived throughout various parts of the country as he grew up. Before becoming a dentist, he worked as a research chemist. After shadowing two friends in medical and dental school, he saw how significantly a great dentist could impact the individual lives of their patients and began pursuing his career in dentistry.

After completing his dental degree at Loma Linda University, Dr. Chrispens continued his post-doctoral work to earn a certificate in periodontics from Eastman Dental Center and an additional residency in airway/sleep dentistry. He has also served on the faculty at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and in the US Navy Dental Corps before shifting to private periodontal practice in 1981.

Dr. Chrispens’s focus on preventive dentistry and CAMBRA techniques (Caries Management by Risk Assessment) has even taken him to the point of working with NASA research scientists to develop tooth decay prevention mouth rinses that are used by today’s astronauts. His commitment to patients earned him a 5 Star Yelp Award and Top Periodontist in Orange County Magazine.

In his personal time, Dr. Chrispens enjoys photography and growing orchids (some of which are sprinkled throughout our practice.) He also likes to play tennis and golf at Monarch Links. On the weekends, he teaches classes at Laguna Niguel Seventh Day Adventist Church. He and his wife Judy have two grown children and a grandson, Rorke.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • Orange County Dental Association
  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • Western Society of Periodontology
  • California Society of Periodontists
  • International Association for Dental Research
  • American Association for Dental Research

Education

  • University of Southern California, B.A. Degree 1963
  • Loma Linda University, D.D.S. Degree 1969
  • Eastman Dental Center, Certificate in Periodontics 1975
  • University of Rochester, Fellowship in Microbiology and Immunology 1975

Meet Dr. John Evans

Dr. Evans has been a practicing dentist in Long Beach for over forty years. His philosophy on dentistry is to help patients meet and exceed their desires of having a healthy, beautiful smile. It is his goal for people to be comfortable and relaxed when they receive their dental treatment. It is of utmost importance to Dr. Evans to keep up to date with the new treatments available. Dr.  Evans uses the latest innovations in dental technology and equipment to provide top of the line care to his patients. In order to remain at the cutting edge of dental treatment and technology, Dr. Evans routinely takes many continuing education courses and is involved in several study groups with renowned dental specialists committed to delivering the highest quality and most comfortable dentistry to patients nationwide.

After spending two years in the U.S. Army (most of the time in the dental corps), Dr. Evans graduated from the University of Southern California Dental School in 1974. Immediately after completing his education, he established his own practice in Long Beach where he has been practicing for over forty years. Dr. Evans has just recently relocated his practice to Newport Beach with Dr. John Chrispens, who is a periodontist.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry, Emeritus
  • Harbor Dental Society
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • American Academy of Implant Prosthodontists
  • American Prosthodontist Society
  • Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Orthodontics
  • Osseointegration Study Club of Southern California
  • L.D. Pankey Institute, Alumni

Education

  • Compton Jr. College, A.A. Degree 1963-1965
  • University of Arizona, B.S. Degree 1965-1967
  • U.S. Army Dental Corps 1967-1969
  • California State University, Long Beach, Masters Program 1969-1970
  • University of Southern California Dental School, D.D.S. Degree 1970-1974
  • Over six thousand hours of post graduate courses

P E R I O D O N T I C S

MEET D R . V A N E S S A B I K H A Z I

INTRODUCTION

I would like to introduce myself, Dr. Vanessa Bikhazi, a periodontist practicing in Newport Beach.

I am a native of Southern California and grew up in Newport Beach. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California in Irvine. Following graduation, I moved to New York City and studied fashion and spent five years working in the fashion industry. 

Over time, I felt a desire to combine my manual and creative skills with medicine and began to pursue my career in dentistry. I received a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences at Rutgers University and went on to attend NYU College of Dentistry, where I published a paper investigating conditions that pose a risk for osteonecrosis of the jaw unrelated to anti-resorptive therapy. Following graduation, I attended the Periodontics Residency at NYU. 

WHAT IS PERIODONTAL DISEASE ?

Periodontal disease is characterized by the inflammation of gum tissue, presence of disease-causing bacteria and infection below the gum line. Infection and bacteria in the mouth can cause bone loss, tissue recession and even tooth loss.  These infections and bacteria can spread beyond the mouth and lead to disease in other parts of the body.

Periodontal disease is characterized by the inflammation of gum tissue, presence of disease-causing bacteria and infection below the gum line. Infection and bacteria in the mouth can cause bone loss, tissue recession and even tooth loss.  These infections and bacteria can spread beyond the mouth and lead to disease in other parts of the body.

I am looking forward to meeting all of you. I am enthusiastic to practice Periodontology and help my patients and other practitioners to achieve oral health.

 

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