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About Us

Our Team

Dr. Robert C. Kim, DDS

Dr. Timothy L. Carpenter, DMD

Dr. Jamie Ferguson, DDS

Veronica, RDA

Mariah, Clinical Care Coordinator

Adrienne, RDH

Arlene, RDH

A Friendly Staff That Truly Cares

At Smiles by the Sea, we understand that one of the most important things that you’re looking for in your Del Mar dentist is someone that you can feel comfortable with and that you actually look forward to seeing.

In addition to being highly experienced in the field of oral health, our entire staff will do everything that we can to make you feel right at home. A trip to the dentist shouldn’t have to be stressful, which is why we’ve created an environment that is both relaxing and upbeat at the same time.

Del Mar family dentistry strives to make your visit, whether it be for a simple routine cleaning or a root canal, as stress-free as possible. Regular trips to the dentist should be a lifelong habit, not something you try to avoid. We also believe that you should never be in the dark about your oral health, which is why our staff takes the time to explain each diagnosis and treatment option so that you’re better equipped to make your own decisions about your oral health.

Dr. Robert C. Kim, DDS

If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist in Del Mar, CA who can also provide you and your family with advanced restorative and general dentistry, then you have discovered one of the most accomplished and talented in Dr. Robert C. Kim. However, his credentials and professional experience tell only part of the story.

While Dr. Kim’s history of producing consistently exceptional results for his patients has distinguished him as a dentist of superior skills, it is his warm demeanor, attention to detail, and gentle touch that have caused his reputation to spread among patients. It is rare to find a dentist who is able to serve such a diverse variety of dental needs at such a high level of quality, yet remain so eager to listen and respond to the individual questions, concerns, and goals of each patient.

A native Californian who was raised in Sacramento, Dr. Kim has proudly practiced dentistry in Del Mar for the past 15 years. He would welcome the opportunity to meet with you for a confidential, one-on-one consultation at Smiles by the Sea Del Mar.

Education and Training

After completing his undergraduate degree in biology, Dr. Kim went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree from the University of the Pacific, San Francisco, at the age of 23. Rather than immediately entering into practice, he chose to participate in an additional year of post-doctoral training, focusing on advanced surgical procedures and cosmetic dentistry.

Even now that he has established his own dental practice, Dr. Kim participates in hours of continuing education coursework and advanced training each year, with an emphasis on laser dentistry and his long-time passion, cosmetic dentistry. He is constantly striving to integrate new techniques and technologies that he feels will benefit his patients into the practice.

Teaching, Lecturing, and Publications

In addition to practicing at Smiles by the Sea Del Mar, Dr. Kim has served as a faculty member of the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, as well as a voluntary assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. He has presented many lectures on advanced dentistry and cosmetic dental treatments, with his audiences comprising both dental students and practicing dentists. He has been extensively published, and he has presented his published research findings at dental conventions throughout the nation.

Professional Affiliations

Dr. Kim is an active member of several prestigious professional organizations, including:

  • The Academy of Laser Dentistry
  • The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • The International Association of Comprehensive Aesthetics
  • The American Dental Association
  • The California Dental Association
  • The San Diego County Dental Society

Personal Life

When he isn’t providing outstanding dental care to patients or advancing his knowledge or the knowledge of others, Dr. Kim can probably be found enjoying the company of his wife and four children. He loves to relax by taking leisurely walks with his family and his golden retriever. Occasionally, he’ll hit the golf course or take advantage of his proximity to the beautiful Pacific Ocean by learning to surf. He also enjoys playing tennis, spending time with friends, and listening to music.

If you are in need of care from an experienced general, restorative, and cosmetic dentist in Del Mar, one who has unfaltering standards of excellence and a track record that proves it, then you owe it to yourself to schedule a consultation with Dr. Robert Kim today. Please contact Smiles by the Sea Del Mar, and we will happily assist you in scheduling your appointment.

Dr. Timothy L. Carpenter, DMD

Dr. Tim Carpenter graduated with Honors from the prestigious Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry. After dental school he continued his education by completing an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program from Idaho State University before moving to California. After practicing in Sacramento for several years, Dr. Carpenter relocated with his wife and daughter to San Diego to be closer to family and enjoy all the outdoor opportunities the area has to offer.

Dr. Carpenter is known for his passion for dentistry, care for his patients, and attention to detail. He takes great pride in his work and strives to make every patient feel comfortable during their visit. When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Carpenter loves spending time with his family, hiking, and photography.

Dr. Jamie M. Ferguson, DDS

Dr. Ferguson’s path to become a dentist was non-traditional to say the least. Before attending dental school, he spent nearly 10 yrs serving in the United States Navy Submarine Service as a Sonar Technician. During this time completed multiple deployments onboard nuclear powered fast-attack submarines and is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Storm. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Dr. Ferguson completed his undergraduate degree at San Diego State University, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with a Minor in Psychology.

Dr. Ferguson received his dental training at one of the top dental schools in the country, the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California. Shortly after graduating with the class of 2003, he purchased an intimate office in beautiful Del Mar, which became Smiles by the Sea.

Living in Coastal N. County with his wife of over 22 yrs, Dr. Ferguson enjoys the beach and other activities such as attending one of his son’s sporting events in his free time.

Veronica - RDA & Office Manager

Meet Veronica, who brings energy, compassion, and exceptional skill as a Registered Dental Assistant and Office Manager. Veronica started her dental career in 2005 when she graduated from the United Education Institute of San Diego. She received her RDA license from the Dental Board of California in 2007. Since then she participates in hours of advanced training and continuing education coursework each year to keep up with the latest technology. She has excelled in her dental career by learning all aspects of dentistry. Veronica enjoys educating our patients about their dental treatment as well as give them knowledge about their dental insurance.

In her spare time Veronica loves spending time with her husband Peter and 5 year-old son Jadyn. They have two adorable and full of energy Siberian huskies named Koda and Skye. Her favorite activities include having fun at the beach, cooking, photography, watching movies and spending time with her extended family.

You will always find Veronica with her signature smile and fun personality that is sure to brighten your day.

Mariah - Clinical Care Coordinator

Was born and raised in Chicago, IL and has worked in the dental field since 2013.She has gained experience in all aspects of general dentistry and has received additional training in both oral surgery and orthodontics. Outside of work Mariah loves spending time with her son Jayden, doing all things outdoorsy, and dinning out with friends.

Adrienne - Registered Dental Hygienist

Registered Dental Hygienist, a native of Napa, California. Her father was a dentist and during summer vacations in high school and college she would work at his dental office filing charts, sterilizing instruments and developing x-rays. In 1998, she moved to San Diego and began her dental career as a Registered Dental Assistant. She worked as an RDA for a year before being accepted to dental hygiene school at Cerritos College in Los Angeles. She was in L.A. for two years and after receiving her degree in dental hygiene, Adrienne could not wait to move back down to San Diego and has been here ever since.

When not at work, Adrienne enjoys spending time with her husband, their two kids and labradoodle Chewie. As a family they love to go fishing and watch baseball games. In her spare time she enjoys reading, crafting and collecting beach glass.

Arlene - Registered Dental Hygienist

Earned her A.A.S in Dental Hygiene and B.S. in education from West Chester University in Pennsylvania. A Registered Dental Hygienist originally from New Jersey, she moved to San Diego 20 years ago from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. As a technical sales representative with a dental materials company, she taught continuing education courses to dentist on cosmetic dentistry. Over her 20+ years of practicing, she has worked in several specialty dental practices but calls LJCAD her home for 10 years.

Arlene works with her patients offering a holistic approach to oral hygiene. Her vast experience in dental health allows her to help patients obtain optimum oral health with kindness and care that caters to individual needs and lifestyles. She enjoys working with patients of all ages from young children to senior citizens.

For fun, Arlene enjoys cooking, working out, reading, gardening, painting, and designing jewelry. She recently earned her degree in interior design.

We look forward to your visit and serving your dental needs!

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