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, and participating in motorsports.