Meet Dr. Chan
“Since 1976 dentistry has been my passion. The many evolving advances in dentistry constantly maintain my interest. I continue to be an avid student because the profession provides both artistic and technical challenges that are mutually fulfilling to patients and to me!”
Dr. Chan’s practice is a harmonious blend of finely honed skills, ability, attitude, and motivation to provide the utmost in patient care. He and his staff’s attention to detail, ethical standard, and philosophy of care have earned the practice a solid reputation among both patients and peers. Throughout the years his patient base has included those from Corona, Mariposa, San Francisco, Tracy, Palo Alto, Half Moon Bay, Turlock, Southern California, Hawaii, Germany, and Australia. Patients and other medical/dental professionals have paid him the ultimate compliment by referrals to their friends and family.
Gar Chan is a product of Los Angeles, graduated as a biology major in 1976 from the University of California, Irvine, earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of California, San Francisco in 1980, and began private practice in 1981.
Dr. Chan has extensive advanced training and experience in all areas of family dentistry including: cosmetic dentistry, endodontics (root canals) , prosthodontics (replacement of lost natural teeth with fixed or removable teeth), oral surgery (extractions, bone grafts, implants, biopsies, removal of oral cysts, tumors), children’s dentistry, orthodontics (braces), and implant crown restorations. Routinely he takes over twice the number of continuing education units required for license renewal and actively participates in several study clubs.
Several years ago Dr. Chan participated in OsteoReady’s Residency Program with Dr. Brady Frank, DDS, Ashland, Oregon. He has continued to refine his skills and experience to provide practical implant solutions for missing, failing and/or fractured teeth. Patients are invited to find out how using simplified and efficient implant placements can provide long lasting dental solutions at significant savings.
Dr. Chan works with his wife, Rhona Lee. Following a return to school, Rhona joined the practice as the dental hygienist in 1984. Together Dr. Chan and Rhona coordinate the short and long term dental treatment plans for patients. Their goal is to optimize and maintain each individual’s oral health throughout his/her life. Both are very thankful to have a caring, conscientious, loyal staff, who constantly strive to improve themselves professionally and personally.
Together they raised and nurtured two children, Allan and Erin. After graduating from U.C. San Diego in mechanical engineering, Allan is in his fourth year of medical school at Richmond, Virginia and is preparing for his United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Step 2 (Clinical Exams). After graduating from U.C. Davis in two majors, studio art and design, with a minor in horticulture, Erin is taking supplemental classes at Gavilan College. This fall she will be taking organic chemistry.
In his spare time Dr. Chan is an avid runner, participates in marathons and is a member of the South Valley Runner’s Club. His weekends are spent in training and working on his home ecology projects.
Dr. Chan is/has been a member of the following:
- Straight Wire Orthodontics Group
- Gilroy Study Club
- South Valley Study Club (inclusive of the Seattle Study Club)
- Mini Implant Residency Group
- Santa Clara County Advanced Dental Study Club
- Gilroy Chamber of Commerce – member since 1981
He has studied under two of the foremost experts in dentistry, Peter Dawson and Frank Spears (Occlusal, musculature. and TMJ harmony and equilibrium) and he has taken courses in Clear Correct and Invisalign Orthodontics.