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12009 Garfield Ave

South Gate , CA 90280


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Opening Hours

Mon, Tue, Fri:  10am-6pm
Thur:  1pm-7pm
Sat:  8am-2pm

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Embrace Dentistry

Dr. Christina S Lee DDS

“I am an advocate for conservative dentistry, painless procedures, and clear discussions with my patients about their dental goals.  The dental office can be an intimidating place for a patient and I want to break down those barriers to help as many people as possible.”

Dedicated to offer personalized care to every patient, Dr. Christina Lee provides ample time to discuss treatment goals and options with each of her patients.  This is because she believes patient education and preventative care is the foundation for a lifetime of optimal oral health.  She is always mindful of the patient’s experience and known for her gentle hands, friendly demeanor, and caring approach.

Dr. Christina Lee obtained her Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Michigan and her Doctorate from the University of Southern California.  She stays active and current in dentistry through her professional membership in the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Los Angeles Dental Society, as well as taking many continuing education courses every year.  Dr. Lee’s dental interests lie within restorative and cosmetic dentistry.  Outside of dentistry Dr. Lee and her husband, who is also a dentist, enjoy living a healthy active lifestyle full of yoga and cycling.

Dr. Steve Kim DDS

Dr. Steve Kim received his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from the Johns Hopkins University, where he was awarded with Michael Bloomberg Scholarship for his academic excellence.  Then, he entered UCLA School of Dentistry with the Dean’s Scholarship and graduated with a degree in Doctor of Dental Surgery.  Dr. Kim is currently an active member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Kim is dedicated to providing a comfortable and relaxing experience while delivering excellent dental care.  He achieves that by placing an emphasis on gentle and minimally invasive dentistry.  Dr. Kim also makes sure to spend adequate time communicating with his patients.  He believes that patient communication is a crucial component in educating patients about oral health and various treatment options for their individual needs.  Aside from the clinical aspect of dentistry, Dr. Kim also spends time expanding his dental knowledge and techniques by attending various continuing education seminars.

Outside of dentistry, Dr. Kim enjoys spending time with his family and friends.  He also enjoys playing tennis and watching a variety of sports including soccer and basketball.

Embrace Orthodontics

Dr. Peter B Lee DDS MS

Q: What do you like about being an orthodontist?
A:  Being an orthodontist is truly a rewarding profession because of the emotional impact I can have on patients.  I feel very fortunate and privileged to be able to give a person a new smile and the positive outcome that goes along with smile transformations.

Q: Did you always want to be an orthodontist?
A:  I always had the dream of following my father’s footsteps of becoming a dentist.  It wasn’t until training at USC, where I fell in love with orthodontics.

Q: Why did you want to start your own orthodontic practice?
A:  Only with my own office I would be able to set the standard in patient care.  I wanted to give my patients choices from the latest advancements in orthodontics.  Braces do not mean metal brackets and wires anymore.  There are esthetic alternatives such as ceramic braces, invisible braces, and lingual braces.  We even use temporary anchorage devices (TADs) now for complex tooth movement.  Also, I love the relationships I develop with my patients and wanted to be at a location where I would be there long-term for their siblings, family and the next generation.

Q: What is your favorite part of being an orthodontist?
A:  When I get to see my patients smile the day we remove their braces.  It’s a great day.  The patient is excited and I just can’t wait for them to see the final result.  It’s a good day for the whole office!

Embrace Implants

Dr. Jeesoo Choe DDS

Dr. Jeesoo Choe is board certified and earned the status of a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.  Dr. Choe is a graduate of UCLA School of Dentistry where he earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree as well as his advanced specialty training in Periodontics and Dental Implant Surgery.  His extensive training in complex esthetics, smile enhancement, complicated full-mouth rehabilitation, and exceptional diagnostic skills can provide patients with treatments that are personalized.

Dr. Choe has developed various surgical approaches which can help you with all phases of modern periodontal therapy including hard and soft tissue grafting, implantology, PRF (Platelet Rich Fibrinogen) for tissue regeneration, and sinus surgeries.  Dr. Choe’s utmost priority is to communicate clearly with each and every patient to make sure the patients are part of their individualized treatment.  He emphasizes consulting with each patient the different phases of treatment step by step and explains those options using the most up to date diagnostic tools available, providing the best customized treatment for each patient’s particular need.

Outside of dentistry, Dr. Choe enjoys playing soccer and basketball.  Dr. Choe also enjoys playing the piano, and participates in annual dental mission trips to Central American countries, including Guatemala and Honduras.

Embrace Oral Surgery

Dr. Andrew Kiss DDS MD

Dr. Kiss grew up in sunny Southern California.  He graduated at the top of his class from the USC School of Dentistry with induction into the OKU Honor Society.  He was accepted to a six-year residency program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at UCSF, where he earned his Medical Degree.  During residency, he completed one year of General Surgery training which exposed him to the most medically complex patients.  His current focus is dentoalveolar surgery, wisdom teeth, bone grafting, dental implants, benign pathology, corrective jaw surgery, maxillofacial trauma and reconstruction.  Dr. Kiss strives to provide quality care through state of the art treatments.  In his free time, he enjoys time with family and friends, exploring nature, and sports.

Embrace Staff

Front Manager / Specialty Coordinator

Tanya is the true definition of excellence!  With over nine years of experience at Embrace Dental and Orthodontics, she has honed her operations savvy and expertise.  Tanya started off as a dental assistant then learned the skills to manage daily operations.  Due to her clinical background she is extremely knowledgeable in treatment coordinating and is the best person to talk to regarding your insurance benefits.  She truly is our go-to girl for all our needs! Her warm, approachable style makes her one of the favorites for patients to talk to.  She genuinely cares about all our patients and strives for excellent service with a beautiful smile.  Tanya loves music and going to movies.  She is a Disney fanatic and her favorite is “Beauty and the Beast.”

Lead Dental Assistant

Elvira is our longest tenured team member.  She has been taking care of patients at Embrace Dental and Orthodontics since 2009!  Her friendly personality and commitment for excellence have drawn immense praise from patients, whom she considers many to be her secondary family and friends.  Elvira is extremely knowledgeable in clinical dentistry and her friendly chair-side manner along with witty sense of humor helps patients feel relaxed and comfortable.  She takes pride in going an extra mile to make sure every patient leaves with a smile on their face.  In her free time, Elvira loves spending time with her two boys and cat, Zoe.

Dental Assistant

Beautiful inside and out, Nancy is extremely passionate in creating a memorable patient experience.  She is especially patient and nurturing to pediatric patients and parents love when she takes care of their children.  We can always count on her to give 100%, she is the ultimate team member that every practice wishes to have and we are beyond grateful to have Nancy on our team!  Outside of the office, Nancy loves experiencing new things and her goal is to travel the world!

Hours of Operation

10:00am – 6:00pm

10:00am – 6:00pm

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12009 Garfield Avenue South Gate , CA 90280