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A Dental Home

Dr. Ellen Im Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Provides Family-Friendly Trust

Dr. Ellen Im Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, in operation since 2014 when it took over the Poway Kids Dental Care location, is focused on family-friendliness. As a mother of three children herself, owner Dr. Ellen Im emphasized, “The inspiration behind my practice came from the perspective of being a mother. I wanted a practice where parents would feel comfortable bringing their children.”

Providing that comfort level involved developing a sense of security with her young clients and their parents. Dr. Im elaborated, “Families trust me as an ethical, caring doctor. They know they’ll be treated well by the dental team and given all their options on care, appointments, and finances. We’ll ultimately establish for them a dental home where the child can grow and mature as an individual.”

One way that Dr. Im’s office allows the child to grow and mature is by offering “comfort menus.” These menus allow patients to select their own choice for: protective eyewear, a movie to watch, and an anxiety-reducing item (stress balls, warm blankets, stuffed animals, etc.). Even though her office has these homey touches, Dr. Im doesn’t compromise when it comes to modern technology options such as tooth-colored fillings, digital x-rays, laser dentistry, and even nitrous oxide or sedation dentistry if necessary. There is also a board certified orthodontist on site, Dr. Torin Chenard, who treats both children and adults with options such as interceptive orthodontics, Invisalign, and traditional braces.

“Dr. Ellen Im displays an obvious passion and dedication to her patients and practice. She is thorough and takes the time to bring comfort to each child and family.” – Jennifer

Dr. Im spent many years providing dental care to the disadvantaged population while working in the greater Washington D.C./Baltimore area after graduating from the University of Maryland Dental School. Now she specializes in oral health treatment for children ranging from infants to young adults, including those with special needs. As a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD), Dr. Im’s credentials verify her as a dentist who has successfully completed voluntary examinations, and who demonstrates specialized knowledge and skills.

Immersing her business into neighborhood outreach activities, Dr. Im and her dental team give fun and interactive oral hygiene presentations at local schools and offer free dental screenings and complimentary hygiene kits to the students. In addition, the office sponsors multiple elementary schools and sports teams in Poway and the surrounding areas. It’s no wonder that Dr. Ellen Im Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics has as its office motto, “Building a healthy community one smile at a time.”


Name of Business: Dr. Ellen Im Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
Owner: Dr. Ellen Im
Years in Position: 16
Year of Establishment: 2014 (25+ years with previous owner)
Address: 13422 Pomerado Rd. #201, Poway, CA 92064
Phone: 858-679-6660
Description of Business: Dr. Ellen Im Pediatric Dentistry is a family-friendly practice that partners with parents to offer customized oral health care for children of all ages.