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Piedmont, CA 94610

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.

Past Affiliations

Current Affiliations

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

Dr. Sandy Chen

Dr. Sandy Chen is a General Dentist that believes in gentle, compassionate patient-centered care that is personalized to each individual. Dr. Chen understands that an experience at the dental office can critically influence how people maintain their oral health, which is why she is a champion for preventative care and patient education.

Dr. Chen is a Bay Area native, born and raised in San Mateo. She grew up in her immigrant parents’ small Chinese restaurant. Dr. Chen began pursuing her career in dentistry at University of the Pacific’s accelerated program in Stockton, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology. She attended dental school at Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco and partook in community events such as CDA Cares, Give Kids a Smile, and Chinatown Community Health Fair. After graduation, Dr. Chen continued her training with an AEGD residency at NYU Lagone Hospitals in Spokane, Washington. There, she worked in a community clinic, serving the needs of low income residents and refugees.

In her free time, Dr. Chen enjoys discovering new restaurants, going on jogs around Lake Merrit, following Bay Area sports teams, seeing live music, and spending time with her husband and grey cat Mia.

Dr. Yvette Tran

Dr. Yvette Tran is a General Dentist focused on providing high quality, compassionate patient-centered care in a comfortable and relaxing environment. Having experienced firsthand countless dental procedures, Dr. Tran understands how daunting dental treatment can be and seeks to make each dental visit as personable and pleasant as it can be. Dr. Tran also believes in educating patients so that each patient has an understanding about their own mouth so that they can make an informed decision that would best benefit their own oral health. She gladly welcomes any and all questions and will always take the time to discuss your dental concerns.

Dr. Tran was born and raised in Southern California but moved to the Bay Area for the educational opportunities. She attended the University of California, Berkeley as a UC Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholar and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Molecular Cellular Biology. During this time, she also served as an AmeriCorps member, volunteering her time with a women’s domestic violence shelter, where she had the privilege of meeting individuals across differing backgrounds and cultures and of providing for her local community. Dr. Tran then continued her education, attending the University of California, San Francisco, where she earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery as an Oscher’s Scholar. Some of Dr. Tran’s fondest memories at UCSF include volunteering with the Community Dental Clinic, a free clinic dedicated to providing for the uninsured and underserved population, and participating in Give Kids a Smile Day.

When not in the office, Dr. Tran enjoys spending time with loved ones, cooking and trying new foods, hiking and biking, playing board games, watching sports, and traveling the world. She also enjoys dedicating her free time mentoring high school, college, pre-dental and dental students and volunteering in the community.

1375 Grand Ave., Suite 101, Piedmont, CA 94610 USA
Dr. Ballan Tuck Dr. Sarah Baldwin offers cosmetic, preventive, and restorative dentistry to the Oakland area. (510) 251-1962 info@dentaloaklandca.com