Dr. Matthew Yuen, DDS
Dr. Matthew Yuen grew up in Alameda, CA. He has an older sister and two younger brothers and loves his niece and nephew. He played almost every sport and growing up wanted to become a professional baseball player.
Pro sports weren’t in the cards for Dr. Yuen, so he went to UC Davis and majored in Exercise Biology and minored in Technology Management through the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. He gained experience working in dental offices for a couple years before attending the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. Upon earning his D.D.S. degree, Dr. Yuen also completed a General Practice Residency at the McClellan VA serving veterans. Dr. Yuen has a passion for learning and education and has tutored microbiology, physiology, pre-clinical dental technique, and most of all helped teach the anatomy course at UC Davis and in dental school at the graduate level. In order to continue staying up to date on the best techniques and materials to providing the best possible patient care, he takes hundreds of hours of Continuing Education courses each year. He has been on several overseas dental missions trips and volunteers whenever he can in community service events. Dr. Yuen strives to provide gentle, comprehensive care for patients to make them comfortable in the dental office and to treat them like family.
Outside of work, Dr. Yuen can be found refining his barbecuing skills or spending time with his wife-they don’t have any children (yet) but are hoping to move in that direction. He loves all things Disney, is an avid reader, plays any sport when he has the chance (mainly tennis, grew up playing over at Palomares Hills!), and enjoys exploring the outdoors.
Favorite things to watch: Jurassic Park, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, It’s a Wonderful Life, Back to the Future, Any Disney/Pixar, The Office
Favorite authors/books: Timothy Keller, Malcolm Gladwell, Atul Gawande, Ender’s Game, Harry Potter series, Wayside School series, any children’s book
Favorite places to be: Disneyland, UC Davis, Zion National Park, Monterey Bay Aquarium, in Seattle with extended family, on a couch at home with a book
Favorite things to eat: In-n-Out, Costco food court, any type of curry, Reese’s candies
DR. Ava Chen, DDS
Kind and well-respected, Dr. Ava Chen graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. She went on to earn her dental degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry.
Dr. Chen has been practicing dentistry since 1999. She lives and works in the Castro Valley and actively volunteers for local schools and communities.
When she’s not taking care of patients, Dr. Chen enjoys traveling with her husband and three children. She also likes to read and spend time gardening.