Wayne L. Wong, D.D.S.
15651 East Imperial Hwy
La Mirada, CA90638
All our professionals at Wayne L. Wong, D.D.S. maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.
Wayne Wong, D.D.S.
Dr. Wayne Wong was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the last of nine children. After moving to California, he obtained his Bachelor's degree in Zoology and a minor in Chemistry at the California State University, Los Angeles. He received his dental degree at the University of Southern California in 1980, where he was the recipient of the award for the Number One Clinical Operator in his class of 120 students.
Dr. Wong was a Clinical Assistant Professor at the U.S.C. School of Dentistry until 1989. His subjects included operative dentistry (crowns and fillings), emergency dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and for five years, he was an instructor for the California State Dental Board.
In 1998, Dr. Wong was one of fourteen California dentists who were awarded a Fellowship in the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Additionally, he was one of 105 dentists from the United States to be awarded a Fellowship in the Academy of Dentistry International. Both appointments were honors of recognition by his peers.
Dr. Wong is a member of the following:
- American Dental Association
- California Dental Association
- Harbor Dental Association
- Pierre Fauchard Academy
- Academy of Dentistry International
- Whittier Dental Society
- Applied Dental Studies
- Whittier Esthetic Continuum
- La Mirada Rotary Club (Past President)
- La Mirada Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Wong is married to Stacey and together they have two children. His son, Donnie, is 18 years old and an Eagle Scout. He will be attending the University of Irvine California and majoring in Biological Sciences. His daughter, Kristi, is 17 years old. She is entering her Junior year at Sonora High School and is a member of their Dance/Drill Team where she will be a 4 year starter.
Maria Ascencio, R.D.H.
Maria has been in the dental field since 1983. Starting out as a dental assistant, she quickly realized how much she enjoyed dentistry and decided to further her education. She went back to school and earned her degree in dental hygiene from Cerritos College in 1992. She has been a member of Dr. Wong's dental hygiene team since January of 1993. Maria is a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association and the California Dental Hygiene Association, and also earned her certification to use the CO2 laser. Maria is married and has two beautiful daughters.
Kristin Romo, R.D.H.
Kristin started with Dr. Wong in 1985, as a Registered Dental Assistant. She graduated in 1990 from Dr. Wong's favorite dental school, U.S.C., with a bachelor's degree in Dental Hygiene. She has been married to her husband Dan for 15 years, and has three daughters, Rachel (13), Olivia (12), and Tori (11). They enjoy going on a yearly dental clinic to Ensenada, Mexico. Kristin is awaiting membership in the California Dental Hygiene Association.
Yvonne Kimoto, B.S., R.D.H.
Yvonne graduated from U.S.C., with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene in 1962. After many years in dentistry she joined Dr. Wong's staff in 2004. Being with people and treating young patients are what she loves about dentistry. She also has training in myofunctional therapy, which is therapy for facial balance such as tongue thrust and mouth breathing. Traveling, gardening, and being with her three married children, their spouses and 6 grandchildren, age's 1 month to 9 years, are her favorite things.
Christina Balzano, R.D.H.
Christina started in the dental field in 2003 as a dental assistant. She worked part time for a local oral surgeon while completing her prerequisites for the dental hygiene program. In January of 2009, Christina graduated from San Joaquin Valley College with an Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene. Christina is currently a member of the American Dental Hygienist's Association. Christina loves being married to her husband Nick and enjoys taking her Lab puppy on long walks
Paulla Searight - Office Manager
Paulla Searight is a California native, born in Los Angeles. Paulla grew up in the Northeast area of Los Angeles. Paulla has been a part of Dr. Wong's staff for five years before joining the team as a full time member. Paulla and her husband Bill reside in La Mirada with their three daughters. Paulla's eldest daughter Hayley (19) completed her freshman year at the Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. Hayley has been accepted into the Nursing program and will be spending her sophomore year studying abroad in Austria. Daughter Jennifer (16) is a junior at St. Joseph High School and is ranked No.3 in her class. Lindsey (13) will begin her freshman year at St. Joseph High School and is looking forward to an exciting academic year. Paulla enjoys assisting our current patients and always looks forward to meeting our new patients.
Margie Gildart, R.D.A.
Margie is a Registered Dental Assistant and has been in the dental field for 21 years. She began her career in Richmond, Virginia. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Russell Gildart, and they will be celebrating their 35th anniversary in December. Together they have three beautiful daughters, Vanessa, Erica, and Jessica. Margie is also a very proud grandmother of Lauren (14) and Matthew (3).
Alicia Medina, R.D.A.
Alicia attended the Cerritos College Dental Assisting program and graduated in 1995. She received her R.D.A. shortly thereafter. Alicia is happily married and they have two children. Alicia joined Dr. Wong's team in July 2001 and has been an integral member of the office.
Chris Davis, Office Manager
Chris recently joined our team in January of 2009. She was born and raised in California. She began her dental career in 1983 working both the front and back office where she was the only employee. That experience helped her to develop good work ethics. She formally was a dental office manager for a practice in Long Beach and Los Alamitos. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and is very active in her church.