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Specialized Dental Care For All Ages


A tranquil setting next to Webb Park, an outdoor garden patio, a game room for adults and kids, Wi-Fi, and accessible parking. Pair that with warm and expert care in a state-of-the-art facility, and you have just entered the office and joined the family at Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists.

Since 1979, Dr. Gordon Dixon has served his young clients and special needs patients. Originally in Mira Mesa, the practice relocated to Rancho Bernardo in 1994. All the partners share Dr. Dixon’s passion for excellence and dedication to prevention and education.


The adage “there is no substitute for experience” applies to the group. The youngest partner has been practicing for 15 years and the eldest, going on 39. Many of the dental auxiliaries have been on staff for more than a decade and a few for more than 20 years.

The advantages of a specialty group practice are many. Pediatric specialist Dr. Amodeo noted, “Getting a second opinion or reviewing possible orthodontics concerns is just a step or two away. And since we have multiple doctors available when we’re open, emergencies can usually be seen within minutes.”


Dedication to their patients is not the practice’s only mission. The dentists provide free oral health screenings for children under the age of three. They actively support the community through donations to local schools and sponsorship of athletic teams and theater arts programs. They are committed to serving the community by providing oral health care kits and presentations to schools, daycares, and special needs groups throughout San Diego in an effort to educate children, parents, and teachers about the advantages of prevention.

“All the doctors strive to provide the most thorough and comfortable treatment options for our patients.”

Orthodontics is a natural addition to a modern pediatric practice, and Drs. Martin Thurston and Christopher Eitzen are the experts in creating healthy, functional, attractive smiles. Dr. Thurston shared, “In addition to creating beautiful smiles, patient education is of the utmost importance throughout treatment.” Dr. Eitzen added, “The ability to combine orthodontic visits with dental care and hygienist appointments reinforces the preventive focus of our practice.”

cs_pediatricdentistry5Although prevention is important, the doctors realize that satisfying diverse age groups requires varied environments. “Psychological and physical needs vary, and age-appropriate care and individualized treatment are essential to assure a comfortable and positive experience,” Dr. Lam noted. “But since no one minds a distraction during dental treatment, we have equipped all our chairs with overhead entertainment systems.”

But what about the adult with complex dental needs? The answer: Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontic Specialists has expanded their scope of care and is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Michael Singer, an adult prosthodontic specialist, to the team. Dr. Dixon said, “We now have the combined expertise and the capacity to offer specialty care to all age groups regardless of how complicated their case may be.”



Name of Business: Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontic Specialists
Owners: Drs. Gordon Dixon, Martin Thurston, Christy Lam, Christopher Eitzen, Michael Amodeo, and Lori Good
Years in Position: 38 years, 32 years, 16 years, 15 years, 15, and 31 years respectively
Year of Establishment: 1979
Address: 11616 Iberia Pl., San Diego, CA 92128
Phone: Pediatric Dentistry – 858-676-5000; Orthodontics – 858-676-5010
Description of Business: Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontic Specialists offers compassionate, comprehensive, state-of-the-art dentistry and orthodontics to patients of all ages and individual needs.cs_pediatricdentistry6