Discover Your Outstanding Dentist in Irvine
SCOTT M. WATANABE, DDS
“I am blessed and privileged to help others as a dentist. I have grown up with this dental practice. As a child, I ran the halls and helped file patient charts. I feel honored to be able to practice with my mentor and father, Dr. Ronald T. Watanabe, who started this practice in 1980. I work with a wonderful, caring and experienced staff, which includes my mother, Joan.
“My practice is here to educate and help our patients with improving their oral health. I am passionate about creating a beautiful smile, and I believe it takes careful planning and consideration. I treat patients of all ages. I value getting to know my patients and believe it is rewarding to see how dentistry can bring positive change. Welcome to my practice! I’m excited to share our passion for dentistry with you.
“I regularly attend advanced continuing education because I think it is valuable to employ state-of-the-art technologies and up-to-date materials to provide the latest in clinical advancements.
“In all areas of dental health, Arbor Dental Group is focused on providing you an outstanding experience. We strive to deliver to you dentistry and service that will consistently exceed your expectations. Our staff is dedicated to hearing your concerns, understanding your specific needs and building a lasting relationship with you.
“I met my wife after graduating from dental school. We were married in 2009 at Mariners Church in Irvine, where you can find us on weekends. Our lives are filled each day with family. We have two sons, Matthew and Weston, and we welcomed baby #3 on July 5 2016, our beautiful daughter, Kate. We have a rescued dog, Joey. My family and I reside in Irvine, where I grew up. I enjoy running, hiking and following sports, like my college team, CAL. Go Bears!”
DDS: Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, Cleveland, OH
Member: American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Orange County Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, Newport Harbor Academy of Dentistry
RONALD T. WATANABE, DDS
“Welcome to Arbor Dental Group! I am proud to be a founding member of Arbor Dental Group, which was started in 1980. Our group philosophy provides patients a wide range of providers and services to give open options for appointment times and treatment consultations. Our core philosophy is to offer excellence in family dental care in a friendly, warm environment.
“My interest in dentistry began at a very early age. A dentist spoke to our fourth-grade class about oral hygiene and proper nutrition. This inspired me to write an article about proper oral healthcare and nutrition, which was published in the school newsletter. I was also inspired, as a teenager, by my next-door neighbor who was our family dentist. He was kind enough to talk to me about a career in dentistry and gave me advice regarding the educational path to take to become a dentist. I focused on the goal of being a part of the dental profession throughout college and was excited when it became a reality. The profession has proved to be everything I had hoped.
“I love having a close one-on-one working relationship with people. I enjoy improving their general health, self-image, appearance and confidence. The dental profession, as other medical fields, is constantly evolving. Paper records and charts, chemically developed radiographs and impression materials have evolved into a new technology of computer data, digital radiographs and digital CAD/CAM imaging. Dental materials have been developed that provide improved esthetics and durability. Technology has provided innovative ways of tooth replacement. It has been exciting to see the constant evolution and innovations of the profession. What has not changed, though, is my goal to give an interactive, patient-centric dental experience. Treatment plans are customized and carefully planned to keep in mind the individual needs and desires of each patient. I, as well as the other members of Arbor Dental Group, am dedicated to providing precise care of the highest quality possible with a calm, gentle, comfortable experience using the most current, contemporary technology available.”
DDS: Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, Cleveland, OH
Member: American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Orange County Dental Society
RICA R. BIAGAN, DDS
“I take pride in being a dentist because I help people achieve a healthier smile and feel more confident about themselves. I hope to give my patients a strong sense of confidence and trust that they are receiving the highest quality of care possible.”
DDS: University of California, San Francisco
Member: American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Orange County Dental Society, ITI Study Club
KURTIS S. KANEMARU, DMD
“I come from a family legacy of dental care. I love working with and treating people, improving their oral health and function. I believe in comprehensive care customized to each patient’s needs and lifestyle.”
DDS: Washington University School of Dental Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Member: American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Orange County Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, Academy for Excellence in Dentistry
KELLY L. PIERSON, DDS
“My mother is a dentist and my mentor. I love working with healthcare, art and people. Dentistry is a great combination of those things. I am a teacher at heart. I focus on prevention and treat conservatively. Education and a healthy mouth are the most important things I can give to my patients.”
DDS: Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
Member: American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Orange County Dental Society, Orange County Women’s Dental Society, Hoag Memorial Hospital medical staff in conjunction with the Head and Neck Cancer Tumor Board
Dr. Pierson has been working with head and neck cancer patients since 2009. She did an extensive hospital-based residency program at UCLA and also spent four years teaching the third-year dental students’ Special Patient Care course, which included head and neck cancer care. Dr. Pierson’s experience in medicine and dentistry gives her a broad perspective on the relationship between oral health and overall health – a major benefit to her patients. In addition to head and neck cancer patients, she is trained to treat many patients with complicated medical conditions or special needs.
NORIKO SATAKE-LEUNG, DDS
“It excites me to make a positive change in your oral health. I want to get to know you, your family and situation, and generate the best treatment plan, tailored to your needs at that time.”
DDS: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC General Practice
Residency (Hospital Dentistry): UCLA
Member: Orange County Dental Society, California Dental Association, American Dental Association
Dr. Satake was born in Japan, and moved to North Carolina in her childhood. She attended middle and high school in Hickory, North Carolina, and did her undergraduate studies and earned her DDS degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then moved to Los Angeles to complete her General Practice Residency (Hospital Residency) under Dr. Eric Sung at UCLA. During her residency, she worked extensively with medically compromised patients, including head and neck cancer patients. She has treated patients in Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and UCLA Medical Center, and can coordinate treatment plans with patient’s physicians if necessary.
Dr. Satake has experience providing dentistry in West Los Angeles and in Torrance for 8 years before moving to Orange County and joining the Arbor Dental Group. Dr. Satake has two young daughters (Lisa, and Emi), and loves to read, sing, do arts and crafts, and bake with them. She is also fluent in Japanese.
If you're interested in outstanding dentistry from Arbor Dental Group, call 949.551.1443 for more information. Or use our online form to Request an Appointment. Our dentists welcome patients from Irvine, Lake Forest, Newport Beach, Aliso Viejo, Costa Mesa and nearby communities.