Each dentist at TLC Dentistry believes all of our patients are family. That’s why they strive to provide the latest methods dentistry has to offer. From high-quality care to same-day dentistry, our TLC dentists will take great care of you. Some of the services our dentists offer include:
Founder of TLC Dentistry
Dr. Lips graduated from Saint Mary’s College, Moraga, in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Southern California in 1962 and opened his first practice of General Dentistry in Salinas. A member of the American Dental Association since his student years at University of Southern California, he taught in the dental hygiene program at Cabrillo College.
Since childhood, Dr. Lips has loved trains and has become both a history buff, regarding railroads, and a master builder of model trains. He enjoys spending time with his family, especially his two young grandsons “Nick” and “Christopher” with whom he shares his interest in trains. He has also appeared locally as a character actor with the Western Stage. He is fond of music and enjoys being a choral singer. A lover of birds he has a bath and feeders visible from his dental operatory.
Your general and restorative smile genius
Dr. Cardenas was raised on the Monterey Peninsula. He received his Bachelor degree in Combined Science with a minor in Chemistry from Santa Clara University in 2001. He continued his education at Creighton University and earned his Masters degree in Clinical Anatomy in 2004. In 2009, he received his D.D.S. degree and graduated with honors from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.
His interest in learning led him to complete a General Practice Residency at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs hospital where he received further experience in hospital dentistry, oral surgery, dentures and periodontics (gum surgery). His interests include traveling, weight training, golfing, tennis, jogging. Dr. Cardenas is fluent in Spanish
Pursuing the best in dentistry
Dr. Huyen Nguyen graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry Oklahoma City in June 1984 . She served as a Clinical Professor at the Oklahoma College of Dentistry in addition to maintaining her private dental practice until she relocated to California in 2006. During her tenure at the College of Dentistry she received extensive experience in Oral Surgery as well as treatment for the medically compromised patients. Since moving to California Dr. Nguyen has provided dental care at the Presidio of Monterey, local community dental clinics and currently serves in the California National Guard. She is a native of Vietnam and enjoys traveling, hiking, biking, swimming and walking her dogs. Dr. Nguyen is fluent in French and Vietnamese.
“TLC is exactly that! Best dental services delivered by an awesome team of attentive, trust worthy and caring professionals. I’ve been a TLC patient for 30+ years. My children have been patients through baby teeth and braces, never fearful of the “dreaded” dental visits. We can’t imagine going anywhere else.” – Mari B., Actual TLC Dentistry Patient
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