Dr. Maria Kim, DDS
We treat you the way we want to be treated.
Dr. Maria Kim, DMD
We treat you the way we want to be treated.

Meet the Team at Maria Kim DMD

Our team has the unique ability to help patients of all ages feel comfortable, respected, and valued. Because we believe in providing gentle care while we offer great dentistry, our patients have an experience in our office like no other. We welcome you to read about our team and want you to know that we look forward to welcoming you to our office.

Dr. Maria Kim

Dr. Maria Kim, DMD, is a California board-certified dentist who grew up locally in Pasadena and shares the belief that dental care should be comprehensive and courteous. Coming from a family of dentists, Dr. Kim is experienced in creating personalized treatment designed to meet different individual needs. 

Dr. Kim realizes that many people are afraid of visiting the dentist. She enjoys changing that perception with her gentle and kind nature so that patients feel comfortable seeking the treatment they need to stay healthy.

A certified yoga instructor, Dr. Kim can also be found teaching yoga in Sierra Madre or spending time with her poodle, cat and motorcycles!

Press, Professional Societies and More:

Education:

  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry
  • Misch International Implant Institute 

Professional Societies:

  • San Gabriel Valley Dental Society
  • California Dental Association
  • American Dental Association
  • Tri County Dental Society
  • International Congress of Implant Dentistry

Press:

Pasadena Magazine's Top Dentist: 2014, 2015

Irma Alvarez

Registered Dental Assistant

Irma loves animals!

Irma graduated from UEI, with honors. She is often complimented for her cheerfulness and gentle hands while assisting Dr. Kim with dental procedures.

Irma's creativity and attention to details inspires her as a jewelry designer--visit at www.ivcreations55.etsy.com. Her inspiration is through travel and experiencing the world's many multicultural aspects. She hopes to go to Japan with her son in the near future.

Benjamin Delgado

Dental Assistant

Benjamin is a gentleman and a gentle dental assistant. He is respectful with seniors and at the same time can relate to kids.

In his spare time, you can find him on his skateboard riding the half pipes. 

Benjamin trusts our office with his dental work. He has had soft tissue grafting, Invisalign, Zoom and veneer treatment. Check out the before and after pictures in our Smile Gallery!

Esther Gonzalez

Insurance Coordinator

Originally from Duarte, Esther attended Bryman College and has been in the dental field for fifteen years. Her experience brings a high level of expertise to our dental practice and her role as the insurance and treatment plan coordinator. Her smile is likely the first you will see when you come to our office. She truly enjoys developing relationships with our patients. 

When she is away from the office, you can find Esther enjoying movies – especially comedies!

Watch the video below to learn more about how Esther can help you understand your dental insurance:

Katie Tsuchiyama

Front & Back Office Assistant

Katie joined our office in 2016 as an intern during her gap year before dental school. Currently a dental student at UCLA, she continues to work remotely for the office by helping Esther with paperwork, managing the office's online presence and helping Dr. Kim with other tasks as they arise.

When she's not in Westwood studying, Katie likes to put her college degree to good use by tutoring middle and high school aged students in almost all levels of math and science. She's also a big fan of running, tea and anything with a well written story. 

Allie Leon

Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)

Allie graduated from Loma Linda University's Dental Hygiene Program and joined our office in 2018. When Allie isn't in the office, she loves cooking any and all kinds of foods, playing with her dogs and hanging out with her fiancé!

A Healthy smile is just a click away.
"...I travel 12 miles to get here. Wouldn't have it any other way."

"Doctor Maria and staff are wonderful. Having gone to Dr. Sue, Dr. Maria's mother, for 20 years I was scared to make a change when she retired. I have been a patient here for a year now and I feel home again. She helps me with her gentle, calming way feel relaxed. I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. The staffs is wonderful . Starting with Esther in the front always welcoming to us patients to Benjie the assistant to Dr. Maria. He treats me with great respect and makes sure I'm comfortable. Having had a life-long fear of dentists I have been so fortunate to be here with Dr. Maria and staff since Dr. Sue retired. I travel 12 miles to get here. Wouldn't have it any other way." -- Steve H. (Yelp)