Derek Wong, DDS
Dr. Derek Wong is proud to be a dentist but is even prouder to be a native San Mateo resident serving his community! Born and raised in San Francisco, Dr. Wong moved to San Carlos/San Mateo and attended elementary school through high school where he graduated from Junipero Serra High, Home of the Padres!
After high school, Dr. Wong attended the University of California at San Diego where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in General Biology. Knowing full well that he wanted to be a dentist (even in high school), Dr. Wong then attended New York Univerisity where he graduated with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (D.D.S) in 2010. He then participated in a dental residency program at the Albert Einstein/Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, New York. There, Dr. Wong was able to provide treatment to the under served communities of the Bronx while honing his dental skills and treating unique and difficult cases.
After his tenure in New York, Dr. Wong returned to his home state of California. There, he practiced for 6 years working under the tutelage of other mentor doctors in Oakland and San Rafael before settling in his hometown of San Mateo and opening his own practice.
When he's not taking care of patients, Dr. Wong loves to enjoy his music. From his vintage record collection to taking in a concert or 10, Dr. Wong listens to all genres of music. From blues, to jazz, to classic rock, to classical, opera, you name it, he's heard it. Dr. Wong also loves his local sports. He was raised a Giants, Niners, and Warriors fan but also roots for all the Bay Area teams (Raiders, A's, Sharks). An avid “foodie,” Dr. Wong loves to try out interesting new cuisines ranging from fine dining to the newest hole in the wall. If you've got recommendations, let him know!
But most of all, Dr. Wong prides himself on being a normal person, not necessarily a Doctor. His ultimate goal is take care of his patients' dental needs but he loves to interact with his people and share life stories. Part of why Dr. Wong got into dentistry is because he enjoys the relationships and bonds that can be formed within the dental setting. If you are seeing Dr. Wong every six months (as you should!), it makes it very easy to keep in touch and catch up on life. And if he is seeing your husband, your wife, your children, your friends, co-workers, the communal fabric built into the dental office is one that he loves to maintain.
So if you've got questions about dentistry or the office, don't hesitate to ask! Dr. Wong tries to be as accessible to his patients as possible! He loves his work!
Annie Sin - Treatment Coordinator
Annie is our warm, welcoming, and most helpful, Treatment Coordinator! Annie is also a native San Franciscan and has been in the dental field for over 15 years! Annie carefully handles all of our scheduling, billing, insurance coordination, and financing. When she's not busy being a mom, she roots for our beloved Giants, 49ers, and her favorite, the Golden State Warriors!
Chiaki Asahara - Lead Dental Assistant
Chiaki comes to us by way of Tokyo, Thailand, Monterey, San Diego (UCSD Alum like Dr. Wong!), and has finally settled into the Bay Area! But not for long, hopefully! Chiaki is an aspiring dentist who is currently in his application cycle for school and aiming to enter the upcoming year. In the meantime, he is helping Dr. Wong with all the auxiliary functions of a Lead Dental Assistant and honing his dental expertise even before school starts! When Chiaki isn't busy working, you'll find him watching hours of Soccer, dancing to House Music, or playing his jazz trumpet! Say "Hi!" to this young future dentist when you see him!