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Meet the Doctors

Pediatric Dentists: John De Lorme, DDS | Sam Wu, DDS | Lonnie Lovingier, DDS (Retired) | Chris Carillo, DDS

Orthodontists: Chris Carter, DMD, MS

 

John De Lorme, DDS

Dr. John De Lorme is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and is a big part of the local community speaking for the last 14 years at parent/child classes throughout South Orange County. A Southern California native, Dr. De Lorme enjoys his beach time, surfing and time on the golf course. He also played soccer in college and is still involved in the sport coaching his children. He and his wife Erica have a daughter Kyle, and two sons, Hudson and Garrett. They are very involved in their children's school and their church.

Pediatric Dentistry Residency:

Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Boston Children's Hospital

Dental School:

University of the Pacific School of Dentistry

Undergraduate:

Saint Mary's College

Hospital Affiliation:

Mobisurg an Accredited Surgery Center

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • California Society of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Dental Society
  • California Dental Association
  • Orange County Dental Society
  • American Academy of Pediatrics

 

Sam Wu, DDS

Dr. Sam Wu is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and is active in his local church and community giving oral health presentations to various South Orange County elementary schools and parent groups. He also volunteers at the UCLA School of Dentistry as an Assistant Clinical Professor in Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Wu also has a passion for medical missions, and leads an annual medical/dental mission trip to countries across the globe including Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. He and his wife, Helen are Southern Californian natives, and they both enjoy surfing, snowboarding, golf, traveling, and spending time with their family.

Pediatric Dentistry Residencies:

Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Boston Children's Hospital

Dental School:

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Undergraduate:

University of California, Berkeley

Hospital Affiliation:

Mobisurg an Accredited Surgery Center

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • California Society of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Dental Society
  • California Dental Association
  • Orange County Dental Society
  • American Academy of Pediatrics

 

Chris Carillo, DDS

Dr. Chris Carillo is a Southern California native and was born and raised in Long Beach. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a business degree. After completing his undergraduate studies, he decided to pursue dentistry. He attended the University of the Pacific and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery, graduating with honors. He completed his Pediatric Dentistry Specialty Training from USC, Miller Children’s Hospital of Long Beach, and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Dr. Carillo has a passion to serve and has been a part of a mission’s trip to Jamaica. In addition, he enjoys running by the beach, golf and spending time with his family.

Pediatric Dentistry Residency:

University of Southern California

Dental School:

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Undergraduate:

University of Arizona

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • California Society of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • Orange County Dental Society

 

Lonnie Lovingier, DDS (Retired)

Dr. Lonnie Lovingier is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and at a great stage of life. With his children grown and launched, Dr. Lovingier gets to spend a lot of time with his wife, Jan, who was his high school sweetheart. They enjoy dating each other, hiking, playing golf and snow skiing. Dr. Lonnie and Jan have three grown children, Kevin, Alicia and Lynn, and seven grandchildren.  They are very active in their local church and community. In his spare time, Dr. Lovingier volunteers his time providing dental care to orphanages in Mexico multiple times a year.

Pediatric Dentistry Residency:

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Dental School:

Loyola University, Chicago

Undergraduate:

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Hospital Affiliation:

Mobisurg an Accredited Surgery Center

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • California Society of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Dental Society
  • California Dental Association
  • Orange County Dental Society
  • American Academy of Pediatrics

 

Chris Carter, DMD, MS

Dr. Carter practiced general dentistry for five years before specializing in orthodontics, giving him a very unique perspective, allowing him to analyze not only your smile but your entire mouth.  An orthodontist can do more than simply give you a great smile; they can affect the shape of the lower face. Only by focusing on all these factors can you create the best possible smile, profile and esthetics. Dr. Carter is proud to be able to create attractive facial proportions along with beautiful smiles. This is the most rewarding part of his job, and he lectures other dentists and physicians on this topic. In his spare time, Dr. Carter loves mountain biking, golf and spending time with his family.

Orthodontic Residency:

Oregon Health and Science University

Dental School:

Oregon Health and Science University

Undergraduate:

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Hospital Affiliations:

University of California – Irvine, Plastic Surgery Department

Professional Affiliations:

  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society
  • Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Orange County Dental Society
  • California Dental Association
  • American Dental Association

 

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