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About 4S Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

Our practice aims to deliver the best dental care for children possible.

We have the latest state-of-the-art equipment to make sure your child has access to everything he or she needs at their dental visits. We constantly evaluate our materials and keep current with new technologies to make sure you have the best options available.We pride ourselves in practicing ethically and honestly, always taking the time to explain our findings. We always consider all appropriate treatment options and try to present the most conservative plans, when possible.

It is important for us to be helpful to our patients and answer any questions you might have regarding dental care. Starting early with prevention and good habits will help build a life-long smile and relationship with your pediatric dentist. Thank you for trusting us with one of the most joyful gifts a child has to offer, their smile!

Dental Practice Philosophy

Our practice philosophy is about treating every child as if they were our own and developing a lasting relationship not only with the patient, but also the parent. Whether we’re talking silly with a two-year-old or reviewing the proper techniques for brushing and flossing with an eighteen-year old before they head off to college, we focus our chairside manner on your child and getting to know them better at each visit.

Our goal is to deliver quality care to each patient while fostering habits beginning at age one and continuing into early adulthood.

With our focus centered on prevention at each visit, we teach patients our favorite secret tooth rules to keep a healthy and lasting smile—what foods, drinks, and habits are integral to maintaining optimum oral health and overall health. With sealants, fluoride, and special toothpaste options, our first goal is to always prevent dental disease before it occurs.

However, if more extensive work is required, such as fillings, crowns, root canals, and extractions, we strive to provide the highest quality dental care possible. To help maintain healthy, esthetic smiles, we try to utilize tooth-colored restorations whenever possible.

We are also able to offer a variety of behavior management techniques to put your child at ease and have an enjoyable dental experience. Additionally, we screen patients of all ages for orthodontic care at each six month examination.Not only do we focus our attention on your child, but we also work hard to address parental concerns by explaining each child’s unique dental situation—why and what type of treatment has been planned, and what to expect moving forward. In all aspects, we hope that every patient and parent has a positive experience in our office. We believe that when the child, parent, and dentist actively participate in prevention, a child can stay cavity-free. We appreciate the trust you have placed in us and look forward to growing this relationship. We will do what is best for your child while planting the seeds for their healthy smile!


Our Dental Doctors

Dr. Kim Lugtu
Dr. Olga Alvarado
Dr. Mark Macaoay
Dr. Kim Lugtu
Dentist

Dr. Kim Lugtu is a native of San Diego where she grew up in Rancho Penasquitos and attended Mt. Carmel High School.

She graduated magna cum laude and received a BS degree in Biology at UC Riverside. In 2006, Dr. Kim received her doctorate of dental surgery at UCLA School of Dentistry. Following dental school, she went on to complete her pediatric dental residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where she served as chief resident of the department her final year. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Kim is currently a member of the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, and American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Kim is dedicated to building long lasting relationships with her patients and creating a lifetime of healthy smiles. She has enjoyed mission trips to Nicaragua and the Philippines. On her free time, she and her husband, Brian, love traveling, spending time with family and friends, and playing with their Dog, Mochi.

Dr. Olga Alvarado
Dentist

Dr. Olga Alvarado is a Board Certified Pediatric dentist who provides the highest level of care to kids of all ages in a gentle and compassionate manner. She earned her Bachelors Degree from New York University, and continued on to the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. She then completed her pediatric dental residency at Jacobi Medical Center, where she scored in the top 3% of all graduating residents in the nation. Dr. Olga grew up in New York, and then headed west for the beautiful weather and outdoor activities year round. Her favorite activities are going paddle boarding with her labradoodle, Micah, and riding beach cruisers around Mission Bay. Dr. Olga is fluent in English and Russian, and conversant in Spanish. She attends multiple courses a year to stay current with the most modern advances in pediatric dentistry. Her excellence as a practitioner is what draws families, but her approachability and charisma is what makes children and adolescents eager to return.

Dr. Mark Macaoay
Dentist

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. Sameen Zarrabi
Dr. Spencer Mauseth
Dr. Richard Grant
Dr. Sameen Zarrabi
Dentist

Dr. Sameen Zarrabi, otherwise known as “Dr. Z”, has been practicing dentistry in San Diego since 2013. Originally from Las Vegas, she attended college in her hometown, completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as a scholarship recipient and earning a position on the Dean’s List for academics. Dr. Z continued her education at UNLV School of Dental Medicine, graduating cum laude with a Doctor of Dental Medicine in 2011. She was awarded both the 2011 Eleanor J. Bushee Student Award for Academic Excellence and Outstanding Leadership as well as the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry Student Award of Merit. She took on active leadership roles, distinguishing herself as Founder and President of the Diversity Dental Club, President of the local chapter of the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and Vice President of the American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD). Dr. Z completed her pediatric dental residency at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry with a Master’s Degree of Oral Biology and a Certificate of Specialty in Pediatric Dentistry in 2013. She is a board certified fellow in Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Z remains committed to being an active leader and community volunteer. She founded the San Diego Pediatric Dental Club in 2014, where Dr. Pham and Dr. Mauseth are members, and has participated in the TeamSmile Charity for Children Event in partnership with the former San Diego Chargers to provide free dental care to the children of San Diego. Dr. Z joined the 4s Pediatric Dentistry practice in April 2018. Her warm and composed chair-side manner, outstanding credentials, and acute attention to detail make her the perfection addition to our team! Dr. Z and her husband Brigham are proud parents to their daughter Zara and son Cyrus. Outside of the office, Dr. Z enjoys going on daily walks with her family, watching movies, and trying new restaurants.

Dr. Spencer Mauseth
Dentist

When you meet Dr. Spencer Mauseth, you will find that he loves people! He especially loves serving and working with children. He has been in private practice for a number of years and has found working with children to be very rewarding. He enjoys teaching patients and parents alike about the science and art of cavity prevention. He knows a doctor can better serve patients with increased knowledge and information. He can always be found in the pursuit of new learning. Dr. Spencer is an ABPD board certified, pediatric dentist, where he maintains a Diplomate status. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Spencer completed his pediatric dental studies and residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where he served as Chief Resident. There, he learned the specialty of caring for the infant, toddler, child, and adolescents’ oral health needs. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from Creighton University School of Dentistry and graduated Cum Laude. He was awarded numerous top honors and awards for ethics, patient care, clinical abilities, and academia. Among these was the school’s top honor, the Dr. and Mrs. Philip J. Maschka award. Upon his graduation from dental school, he became a member of the prestigious dental honor society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon. During his undergraduate schooling, he unknowingly made a good impression on faculty members, and was awarded a scholarship that was explained to him as a “nice guy” scholarship. When Dr. Spencer is finished caring for your child, you will find him with his own children. He and his wife Melodee, along with their five children, love spending family time running, reading, skiing, riding bikes, and enjoying life together.

Dr. Richard Grant
Orthodontist

Dr. Richard Grant is a specialist in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics who is educated in the latest techniques in diagnosing and correcting problems associated with the misalignment of the teeth and jaws. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Detroit Mercy where he graduated with high honors. While in dental school, he received the Dental Merit Scholarship and an induction into a prestigious national dental scholastic honor society. In his 3rd year of dental school, Dr. Grant completed a residency program in Cleft Palate and craniofacial abnormalities at Loyola University in Chicago where he expanded his knowledge and abilities in the different specialties of dentistry. With this, Dr. Grant is able to fully integrate all aspects of your treatment and discuss it thoroughly with you. He subsequently earned a Masters specialty degree in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics from Saint Louis University. He has also been past President of a local dental society. Dr. Grant stays up to date with the latest advancements in orthodontics with memberships in the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, California Dental Association and the San Diego County Dental Society. Dr. Grant and his wife, Carolyn, have two children, Crystal, and James. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, skiing, riding motorcycles and biking.