Meet Dr. Andrew A. Dela Rama

 

A Love for Dentistry

I am extremely blessed to be a dentist. It’s gratifying to see patients’ face light up when I take off their braces, or cement veneers and unveil their new smile. I’m almost overwhelmed when a patient thanks me after I’ve taken away the pain, or fixed a tooth that has been bothering them: I know I have truly made a difference in their life.

I love everything about dentistry. I love the science, from the materials and technology, to how a tooth forms from a minuscule cell into the teeth we chew with. I am amazed by how we, as dentists, can take any situation a patient may present and engineer a solution that works for their unique needs.

At the same time, I love the humanistic aspect of dentistry and connecting with my patients. I love how dentistry is not just tooth-related, but has implications for the entire body. I’m not just working on a person’s oral health: I am working to restore them to their optimum health.

Education and Continuing Education

I’m passionate about continuous learning. It’s only by constantly expanding my knowledge and strengthening my skills that I’m able to meet the needs and expectations of my patients. Through various continuing education opportunities I’m able to ensure my patients receive the best care.

I’ve studied at the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies and through the Academy of General Dentistry. I’ve also studied a range of orthodontics and have certifications in clear aligners such as Invisalign®, as well as full bracket ortho from Progressive Orthodontic Seminars®.

Professional Memberships

Personal Life

I grew up in South San Francisco and after I graduated from dental school, returned to my hometown to establish my career. My home life is shared with my wife Marjorie (another dentist in our practice), and our two daughters, Madison and Averie.

Spending time with my family, when I’m not caring for my patients, is my favorite past time. I’m also obsessive about exercise: I've run full marathons, completed Olympic distance triathlons (including Escape from Alcatraz twice), and finished the Spartan Race Trifecta and Tough Mudder in the same year. Currently, I've renewed my passion for martial arts: boxing, muay thai, and have a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. For me, exercise is cathartic; it helps me clear my mind and refresh myself mentally.

Of course, being a Bay Area native, I’ve been a diehard fan of the Giants, 49ers, and Warriors since birth! 

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