Dr. Carlynn Chappell is an American Board of Pediatric Dentistry certified pediatric dentist. She graduated with Honors in Neurobiology from the University of California UC Davis. She went on to earn her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The University of California Los Angeles where she was awarded the prestigious Dean’s Scholarship and Dr. Lowe Pediatric Dentistry Achievement Scholarship for her dedication to community service and academic excellence.
Upon graduation, Dr. Chappell was bestowed the top honors of The UCLA School of Dentistry Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology and Pediatric Dentistry Awards. Dr. Chappell completed a pediatric residency program at UCLA, and dedicated her time to treating underserved populations in organizations such as Give Kids A Smile where she served as the UCLA President. She is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Southern California Society of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Chappell enjoys working with children and inspiring them to maintain healthy smiles! She hopes to create a comfortable dental home and safe haven for families to learn how to care for their oral health. Her main goal is to keep children healthy and happy as they grow, while fostering life-long relationships with her little patients and their families. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, playing tennis, watching movies, and exploring everything Southern California has to offer!
Dr. Carly Chappell
Dr. Avi Willis is a board-certified pediatric dental specialist. He received his DMD from Case Western Reserve University, where he was awarded the top honors in pediatric dentistry and endodontics. Dr. Avi completed a General Practice Residency at Jacobi Medical Center, a trauma-one hospital located in the Bronx, NY. While there, he received comprehensive training in oral and maxillofacial surgery, trauma, and treating children with special needs at the famous Rose F. Kennedy Center. He went on to complete his pediatric dental residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. Prior to moving to Southern California, Dr. Avi was on staff at Jersey Shore Medical Center and served as an adjunct clinical instructor of Pediatric Dentistry at Temple University's Kornberg School of Dentistry.
Dr. Avi spent five years studying physics in the UK before attending dental school. He earned a first-class degree at the University of St Andrews and then a Master's degree at the University of Cambridge.
Dr. Avi is passionate about giving back to the community. He has volunteered his time at the Greater Cleveland Medical Clinic, as well as in Ohio elementary schools through the Healthy Smiles Sealant Program. In San Diego, he volunteers in local schools each year in honor of Children's Dental Health Month. In addition to local efforts, he has participated in an international dental mission in Israel, where he treated the children of Jerusalem.
As a second-generation pediatric dentist, Dr. Avi witnessed the need for better oral care and the importance of prevention through his mother. He firmly believes that every child is unique and that pediatric dentists can make a significant impact on a child's life.
During his free time, Dr. Avi can be found spending time with his wife, Yonit, and their young children Ronen and baby Sefira. He also enjoys skiing, cycling, playing the bagpipes, and exploring Southern California's beautiful parks and beaches.
Dr. Avi Willis
Dr. Mark Macaoay was born in San Diego and has spent most of his life here. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Mammalian Physiology and Neuroscience from the University of California at San Diego. He earned his Doctor of Dental Science Degree from the University of the Pacific’s Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California. Dr. Macaoay also received a Navy Health Professions Scholarship in dental school and participated in pediatric outreach and organized dentistry during his time there. He graduated with honors and then completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego.
After completing his Navy commitment, Dr. Macaoay returned to University of the Pacific School of Dentistry as a clinical professor and co-director in the International Dental Studies program. While teaching at the dental university, he practiced in a pediatric dental office where he discovered his passion for children’s dental health. He completed his Pediatric Dental Residency training at St. Barnabas Hospital, a Level I trauma center in New York City. Dr. Macaoay has been featured in publications of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association and local newspapers. He is a volunteer for UCSD’s Predental Society Student Run Dental Clinic and has participated in international humanitarian dental missions in Fiji, Jamaica and Jerusalem.
When Dr. Macaoay is not helping children achieve healthy smiles, you can find him reading, traveling, hiking, training for triathlons and spending quality time with his family.
Dr. Mark Macaoay