Dr. Kris Hamamoto graduated from the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry in 1991. She entered the United States Navy in 1993 and toured San Diego and Sasebo, Japan. When her service in the Navy ended in 1996, she began practicing dentistry full time and is now the owner of her Palo Alto practice. Dr. Hamamoto is dedicated to continuing her education so she can provide the most up to date dental procedures. In 2001, she graduated from PAC-live (Pacific Aesthetic Continuum), the nation’s premier, hands-on, live patient continuing education program. Dr. Hamamoto has been a member of the California Dental Association (CDA) and the American Dental Association (ADA) since graduation. She is married and has one child. Dr. Hamamoto enjoys the outdoors and ran the Honolulu Marathon in 1979 and 2000.
Dr. Kris Hamamoto has dedicated her entire life to dentistry since the age of 15 working at the same office she practices in now. This is a passion that has never left her.
Dr. Allison Kumata graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston and completed her residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. While in residency, she received extensive training in the newest techniques involving dental implant placement and restoration. She also particularly enjoys cosmetic dentistry and strives to ensure all of her patients leave with beautiful, healthy smiles. Besides dentistry, Dr. Kumata loves cooking, art, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Tran earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from San Francisco State University in 1985, and her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Medical College of Georgia in 1990. She joined the Navy Reserve while in dental school. She practiced as a general dentist for 7 years before returning to graduate school. She completed residency training in Periodontics in 2000 at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School (NPDS) in Bethesda, Maryland, and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology in 2000. She completed an additional two year training program in Orofacial Pain in 2006 at NPDS and received her board certification in 2007. In 2010, she was selected for acupuncture training with the Helms Medical Institute and received a certificate in Medical Acupuncture.
After completing Officers’ Indoctrination training at Newport, Rhode Island, in August 1990, Dr. Tran reported to Oaknoll Naval Hospital in Oakland as a General Practice Resident. She went on to serve 12 months in Diego Garcia, a British island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Then she returned stateside to work at the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in Parris Island, South Carolina. From 1994-96, she served as the Dental Department Head on the USS Comstock (LSD-45) homeported in San Diego. In 1997 she started residency training in Periodontics and was subsequently assigned to 13 Dental Company, Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar in 2000. In 2004, she returned to Bethesda to complete training in Orofacial Pain. In 2006, she accepted orders to 1st Dental Battalion/Naval Dental Center in Camp Pendleton, where she is the department head for Periodontics and Orofacial Pain and mentor for the AEGD and GPR residents.
Dr. Tran retired from the US Navy in September 2013 after completing 23 years of active service. She has relocated to the Bay Area and loves the challenges of getting re-established as a periodontist in private practice.
Dr. Alex is a Bay Area native who graduated from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry.
Two mantras define the way Dr. Alex practices dentistry. The first is “practicing perfect,” which means taking no short-cuts and only attempting to achieve the best results under given circumstances. Patients can always expect the best possible outcome when it comes to their dental work knowing that each step and every precaution was taken. The second mantra is “ethical dentistry,” which means that the right treatment will be chosen for you. You won’t be sold on the most expensive treatment and you won’t be forced into accepting treatment that you don’t feel comfortable with. Knowing this, you can expect the highest level of work that you are also comfortable with when seeing Dr. Alex.
Outside of dentistry, Dr. Alex enjoys Warriors basketball, Cardinal football and mixed martial arts. He is also studying for his Certified Personal Trainer license and is a competitive bodybuilder.
Dr. Hamamoto and her personable team of Palo Alto dentists pride themselves on their patient-centered practice. Together, they provide the highest quality dentistry for people of all ages. Through an equal commitment to cosmetic, general and family and restorative dentistry techniques and with the latest technology, they create healthy smiles for every patient they treat.
Our team has earned the loyalty of our patients through our commitment to providing beautiful, natural smiles. Dr. Hamamoto herself has worked in the office since she was 15. The long retention of staff results in a warm and friendly atmosphere and helps us to establish long-term relationships with each of our patients.
We are committed to upholding the highest infection control standards and environmental safety. We utilize amalgam trap systems and employ a waste company to eliminate hazardous materials.
If you would like to learn more about our Palo Alto practice, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hamamoto, please contact us today.