Dental health is important, and it’s important to us that your child feels comfortable receiving the necessary attention to ensure the health of their smile. We understand the dentist’s office can be scary, which is why we take special care to help your little ones feel comfortable on their first trip in.
We do our best to explain to your child what to expect so there are no surprises. During their visit, it is our goal to examine the development of their mouth, including: crowding, appearance of calcium deposits, abnormalities in number of teeth, baby bottle tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ, and signs of prolonged problems such as thumb-sucking and teething. We also like to educate them on proper brushing methods and dental care, and letting them be a part of the process concerning their dental health so that they can develop life-long habits.
Dr. Ruben Espinoza is a pediatric dentist who strives to offer the highest quality of care for children in a warm and caring atmosphere, and fully attentive to the patient's needs. He’s a strong believer in early preventative measures and education to facilitate positive attitudes towards establishing and maintaining a good oral health.
Dr. Espinoza is a native of the Bay Area, growing up in the city of San Mateo. He attended the University of California, Berkeley where he received his bachelor's degree in molecular and cell biology - Go Bears! His dental degree was then obtained from the University of California, San Francisco.
He realized that his passion was working with children and then completed his specialty training in pediatric dentistry in the combined program at the University of Southern California and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors, sports, cooking and traveling.
Dr. Espinoza currently holds active membership with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Hispanic Dental Association, and Contra Costa Dental Society.
A native of the Bay area, Dr. Michael Simontacchi-Gbologah was raised in Alameda.
He attended Howard University in Washington D.C., where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, earning his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry, while serving as captain of Howard’s Division 1 soccer team.
In 2008, he earned his Doctorate of Medical Dentistry at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine. He continued on at the University of Pennsylvania, serving as Chief Resident during his post-doctoral Orthodontic residency and received his Orthodontic specialty certificate in 2010.
In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, mountain biking, hiking, and being active. He is dedicated to his profession and passionate about working with his patients. His goal as a clinician is not only to create beautiful, functional and healthy smiles, but also to build mentorships with his patients and serve as a positive and uplifting voice in their lives.
Thank you for choosing Muir Station Smiles. We are looking forward to treating you. For convenience sake and to make your appointment easier, we would like to capture information for your chart and our staff prior to you seeing our dental providers. We have two easy ways for you to give us your information:
1. Our on-line form: Click here New Patient Registration to access it.
2. If you aren't interested in filling out your information on-line, we have PDF forms you can print, fill out and bring with you to your appointment.
No Insurance, no problem! At Redwood Smiles Children's Dentistry & Orthodontics, we strive to make dental care accessible for all children and will do our utmost to work with our patients to create affordable payment plans.
*Make sure to ask us about discounts for advanced payment.
We are preferred providers for numerous plans including most PPOs and our fees are often equivalent or similar to those allowable under other preferred provider arrangements. Ask for assistance from our front office staff if you have any questions about your specific plan.
- Aetna PPO
- Anthem BC-EPO
- Anthem Blue Cross PPO
- Anthem Dental
- Bay Area Del Drivers
- Blue Cross/BS Fed Employee
- Blue Cross/Blue Shield of MI & IL
- Blue Shield Individual & Family Plan
- Blue SHIELD OF CA
- Blue Cross/ Blue Shield PPO
- Careington Dental (GEHA)
- Cypress Dental
- DBP DHMO
- Delta Dental PPO/ Premier
- Delta Dental Tricare PPO
- Delta Care USA
- Golden West
- Guardian PPO
- Health Net PPO
- Health Net DMO
- Humana PPO
- Humana Federal Advantage
- Liberty/Health Net GMC
- Lincoln Financial
- Premera Blue Cross
- Premier Access PPO
- PUD DHMO
- Premier Access UFCW
- United Health Care DHMO
- United Concordia Tricare/PPO
- DBP PPO
- Reliance Standard
- The Standard