About Our Practice
Friendly, Caring, Knowledgeable Dentistry!
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 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 Dennis M. Ferrara, D.D.S.
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 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.
"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