Meet the Doctors

Dean (Daiju) Tanaka, DDS

After receiving his dental degree from the University of California, Los Angeles Dental School, Dr. Dean Tanaka completed a two-year general dentistry hospital residency at Sepulveda Hospital VA in Los Angeles, where he received extensive training in oral surgery, endodontics, periodontics, removable prosthodontics, and cosmetic dentistry.

Dr. Tanaka has taken many hours of continuing education courses at the prestigious Seattle Institute and the Pankey Institute. He seeks to provide quality service and support to each patient.

Dr. Tanaka is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and the Orange County Dental Society.

Dr. Tanaka loves the awesome team and the patients he helps at La Paz Dentistry.

Outside the office, Dr. Tanaka loves to play with his kids and golf. The USA Ryder Cup is his favorite sports event.

 

 

Andrew Yang, DMD

Dr. Andrew Yang received his dental doctorate from Temple University School of Dentistry, within the top ten percent of his class. He then completed a post-graduate general practice residency at Sepulveda Hospital VA in Los Angeles, while there was the Chief resident for two years supervising UCLA dental students in various concentrations of dentistry.

Dr. Yang has additional training and expertise in full-mouth reconstructive and restorative surgery, Invisalign®, and dental implants. He is a member of American Dental Association, American Academy for Oral Systemic Health, California Dental Association, Western Los Angeles Dental Society, and holds a General Practice Residency Certification.

Personal Philosophy

“It is my mission to provide patients with dental excellence and compassionate care. My core philosophy is simple: a healthy body starts with a healthy mouth. It is my duty as a healthcare provider to educate patients on the link between oral health and overall health, and how a disease-free mouth can dramatically improve one’s quality of life. I am dedicated to creating a personal connection with all of my patients so that I can understand their individual needs and concerns and be their partner in helping them achieve their best oral health. This will be done with the utmost respect and care in a warm comfortable environment with the most friendly, courteous team all while using the most advanced techniques and materials.” – Dr. Yang

Dr. Yang loves the amazing people he works with and treats every day at La Paz Dentistry.

Outside the office, Dr. Yang loves to spend time with his family, mountain bike, run, and play golf. Notre Dame is his favorite sports team.

 

Richard Wodiske, DDS

Dr. Richard W. Wodiske received his dental doctorate from Georgetown University Dental School, graduating in the top ten percent of his class. He then completed a post-graduate general practice residency at Sepulveda Hospital VA in Los Angeles, concentrating in the specialty areas of full mouth reconstruction, removable prosthetics (dentures), oral surgery, and hospital dentistry.

Dr. Wodiske is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the Los Angeles Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Orange County Dental Society, and the California Institute for Continuing Education.

He has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education, focusing heavily on implants, cosmetic dentistry, TMJ, crowns, and bridges.