Meet the Dentists
Ballan D. Tuck, DDS
Dr. Ballan Tuck was born in San Francisco. He was adopted at six months old and raised by the Tuck family in Santa Cruz. He took an early interest in dentistry. By the age of 10, he was already working and volunteering in a local dental office. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Biology, he attended UC San Francisco School of Dentistry where he received his Doctorate and BS in Dental Materials in addition to many awards and scholarships for his determination and scholastic achievement.
Dr. Tuck returned to Santa Cruz where he purchased his mentor, Dr. John Stenovich's, office and enjoyed 12 successful years of treating the Santa Cruz community. Single and without children, he made the decision to spread his wings and start his next chapter in life and return to the Bay Area. Three days after relocating, he met the woman who would become his wife, Kelly. He also reconnected with his biological mother, Dorla.
Dr. Tuck loves dentistry and the opportunity it gives him to connect with people from all walks of life. He cherishes the time to learn about people’s amazing backgrounds and stories, and at the same time, sharing his own personal journey with them.
Providing exceptional dentistry in a welcoming, safe and inclusive environment is Dr. Tuck's mission for the entire office. He is focused on ensuring every visit to the office is satisfactory; making all necessary changes to ensure expectations are met. Dr. Tuck performs a wide spectrum of dental services including laser therapy, non-metal fillings, single visit crowns, bridges, extractions, implant restoration, partial and full dentures, full mouth rehabilitation and Invisalign. In addition to these services, he is also very dedicated to patient education and prevention. Discussing diet, exercise and stress reduction is essential when striving toward optimum dental health.
Outside of the office, Dr. Tuck is an avid golfer, enjoys biking, surfing, skiing, basketball, softball, live concerts, especially the San Francisco Symphony, and traveling the globe with his lovely wife, Kelly. He is also a strong advocate for community service. He donates his time and financial assistance to many local organizations.
Dr. Tuck looks forward to welcoming you into our dental family.
- Board Member - Santa Cruz Boys and Girls Club
- Member - Bay Area Aesthetic Masters Study Club
- Board Member - ROP Dental Assisting Program
- Board Member - Dientes Community Dental Clinic
- Board Member - Santa Cruz Youth Golf Program
- Advisor - UC Santa Cruz Pre Dental Club
- Mentor - UC San Francisco Pre Dental High School Program
- Volunteer - California Grey Bears
- Volunteer - Special Olympics
- Member - Spear Study Club
- American Dental Association
- California Dental Association
- Board Member - Alameda County Dental Society
- Ethics Chair - 2019-2020 - Alameda County Dental Society
- President - 2020-2021 - Alameda County Dental Society
- Board Member - UC San Francisco Dental Alumni Association
Dr. Benjamin Halpern - Periodontist
Dr. Benjamin Halpern is a Periodontist specializing in the treatment of periodontal disease and dental implants.
Dr. Halpern grew up in Martinez CA. He attended University of California San Diego where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. He was involved in many extracurricular activities and volunteered in the pre dental society serving as a dental assistant in community clinics. He was also a member of the rowing team as well as captain of the water ski team.
Dr. Halpern then attended the University of California San Francisco where he earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery. He continued his education at UCSF and completed his residency in Periodontics as well as his Masters of Science in Oral & Craniofacial Sciences. He is also Board Certified in Periodontology and Dental Implant Surgery.
Dr. Halpern is currently an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology as well as the International Team for Implantology.
In addition to dentistry, he enjoys reading, hiking, skiing and is always ready to play a board or card game