About Our Practice

Friendly, Caring, Knowledgeable Dentistry!

Meet the doctors

Meet the staff

Dr. Spalenka and his friendly, dedicated staff are excited to welcome you to their practice.

Dr. Spalenka and his friendly, dedicated staff are excited to welcome you to their practice.

Office Manager greeting patient

Dr. Spalenka has been practicing in the San Diego area for over 28 years. He delivers comprehensive dentistry including dental implants and one-visit crowns, using state-of-the-art technology. He delivers quality treatment which is right for the patient. He has made sure to keep up with the latest technology and routinely completes well above the required continuing education.

He is particularly known for his care and interest in his patients, including post-treatment follow-up and taking care to listen to your needs and explain procedures thoroughly,

Comfort and health amenities at our office include digital x-rays, daylight lighting for a relaxed atmosphere, sterilized water system, air filters against bacteria, dust and smells and other amenities to make your visit pleasant and comfortable. Read more about our high-tech





Meet James Spalenka, D.D.S.

Dr. Spalenka

Dr. Spalenka received his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree (D.D.S.) from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in May 1982. He did advanced studies at the Misch Institute for Implant Training in both prosthetic and implant training.

Dr. Spalenka is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the San Diego County Dental Society, California Dental Association, the American Dental Association and Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Spalenka earned his fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry in July of 1990 and is Past President of the State of California's Academy of General Dentistry. He is also a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantology and earned his fellowship in Implantology in February of 2006. In addition, Dr. Spalenka is a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, an International Dental Honor Society.

Dr. Spalenka has been practicing dentistry in San Diego since 1983.

Community Involvement and Personal Interests

Dr. Spalenka is married and has lived and practiced in the San Diego area since 1983. He has also lived in Washington D.C., Hawaii and Thailand. He has traveled around the world exploring beautiful, exotic places and is an avid surfer and loves to scuba dive.

He has volunteered at the free dental clinic sponsored by the University of San Diego.

Continuing Education, Advanced Training and Innovations

Dr. Spalenka and his staff regularly attend continuing education courses.
He and his staff are always striving to make your visits easier and more convenient with new equipment and procedures. Consequently, trips to the dentist are becoming less and less fearful and much more comfortable thanks to new innovations in dentistry.

When having dental treatment of any kind it is important to feel confident in the skill and training of your dentist. When you choose Dr. Spalenka and his professional, kind and caring staff for your dental needs you can be assured you will be in good hands.


Meet Dr. Eric Deverill

Dr. Deverill

Dr. Eric Deverill was born and raised in San Diego, and received his Bachelor of Science in 1977 at the University of California San Diego. He then went on to earn his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1981 at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

Dr. Deverill has been specializing in dental implants for over 30 years, and has successfully placed over 15,000 dental implants for thousands of people around the world. He has devoted thousands of hours to advanced training in dental implantology and he has achieved some of the highest awards in the field.

Dr. Deverill is an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and a Diplomate of both the International Congress of Implantology and the American Board of Oral Implantology – a certification attained by less than 400 dentists in the U.S.

In further pursuit of his passion for excellence and knowledge, Dr. Deverill has mentored under leading experts in the field of implant dentistry, such as Dr. Carl Misch of the Misch Implant Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. He is now a highly respected professional in the field and gives regular seminars on implant dentistry to other dentists.


Meet Dennis M. Ferrara, D.D.S.

Dr. Ferrara

Dr. Ferrara is a native San Diegan, who grew up in the beach area of La Jolla. He has a varied background, which started not in dentistry, but at the San Diego Zoo. During his twenty years with the Zoo, he worked as a Bus Driver Guide, Productivity Analyst, Communications Manager, and Transportation Supervisor. Dr. Ferrara then decided to go for his life-long dream of being a dentist. Attending the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, he received his Dental degree in 1995.

Over the years since graduation, Dr. Ferrara has owned his own practice, practiced for several dental offices around San Diego, and worked as a Civilian Contract Dentist for the US Navy. To quote Captain Mark Roback, US Navy Dentist: “I have directly witnessed his professionalism and unmatched work ethic ...He is one of the finest clinical dentist I have had the pleasure to associate with…His positive attitude coupled with his eagerness to provide exceptional Dental services and patient care in our daily dental practice has been inspirational”.

Dr. Ferrara’s father was an Electrical Engineer. He was the inspiration for Dr. Ferrara’s interest in Electronics and Mechanics. He enjoys tinkering in the garage and can fix almost anything. He is an Amateur Radio Operator, enjoys Videography, Photography, and keeps fit with Pilates, Biking and walking/hiking.


Meet the Staff

Lisa-Dental Hygienist

Lisa, Dental Hygienist

Lisa graduated from Dental Hygiene school in 1990 at the University of Alberta, Canada. She has worked with Dr. Spalenka for over six years and loves being able to help patients as the Dental Hygienist. When not working for Dr. Spalenka, Lisa stays busy raising her two beautiful children, Matthew and Madison.






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Patient Testimonial

Patient Testimonial

"I have been a patient of Dr. Spalenka for over a year. Dr. Spalenka is the most professional and caring dentist I have ever experienced! A dentist's office and staff is a direct refection on the quality of the dentist and the service that you receive. Dr. Spalenka's staff is experienced, knowledgeable and caring!

"It starts with Mona, who as the doctor's assistant is friendly and efficient! She does a great job of handling appointment, insurance and other business issues. Lisa is the "best dental hygienist" who has ever cleaned my teeth! Her technique is outstanding and she tells the patient what she is doing as she completes her job. Everyone on Dr. Spalenka's staff is caring and service oriented.

"I highly recommend Dr. Spalenka and his highly trained staff! They have the most experienced, and caring staff to make your dental visit a positive and rewarding experience! Give them a try- you will not be disappointed."

- Peter Kofoed