Laurence S. Wong, D.D.S., Branimir Vatavuk, DDS
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Meet Dr. Wong

Dr. Laurence Wong


I have been a resident of Palo Alto since 1960.  Through my childhood years, I received dental care through my father’s dentist friend.  I was always inspired by his energy and excitement towards dentistry, (he practiced well into his 80s!), so when I was 15 years old, I aspired to become a dentist myself.  No other occupation held the same interest for me.

I completed my undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, where I also enjoyed playing in the Cal Band.   Applying for dental schools during that time, I took UC San Francisco's School of Dentistry's two day dexterity test, a test once administered by UCSF.  When I was informed that I had earned the highest score ever achieved there, not only was I granted admission to my first choice of dental schools, but was one of the very few admitted a year early.  I received both my BS and DDS degrees from UCSF. 

I became a commissioned officer in the United States Navy during dental school, and after graduation, served two years on active duty as a dentist stationed at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego.  My experiences there were extremely rewarding professionally.  There, I not only gained experience in general and emergency dentistry, but especially invaluable was the experience gained in the dental specialties.  I received hands-on training working side-by-side board-certified endodontists and oral surgeons in the large, busy dental facility.  I served as a Naval reservist for three more years, until I started my current dental practice in 1980.

I love practicing dentistry and remain as enthused about the profession as ever, which is why I plan on practicing for many years to come.  I enjoy interacting, communicating, and caring for my patients, while providing the best service I can.  I like to assist each patient in making informed dental decisions that serve their best interests, whether it be cosmetics, function, or longevity, in the most cost-effective manner.  I would pick the same profession again if I were to do it all over!

Continuing education is not just a state licensure requirement, but also a passion of mine.  I enjoy learning, and am a member of many dental study clubs and professional organizations.  I far exceed the mandated biennial 50 hours of continuing education, and my staff attends a minimum of 25 hours of education, so the entire office is continually trained to keep up-to-date.

Linny, (my wife of 40+ years), and I have a son, a professional musician, and a daughter, a dental hygienist who also works in our office.  Linny and I have been regular mountain bikers for many years, and we enjoy following local sports, especially the Giants, Warriors, and 49ers.   My hobbies include photography, music, traveling and driving back roads around the US and Canada with Linny.