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Pediatric Dentistry, Personalized.

Our Mission

At Kidz Place Dentistry, nothing is one-size-fits-all. Our patients feel like one in a million–because they are! That’s why our mission is to give your child high-quality, customized smile care grounded in friendship, compassion, and trust. From the music we play to our flavor selections, everything we do is thoughtfully curated to your child’s unique needs, personality, and stage of life. As a board-certified pediatric dentist and HealthyStart provider, we’re wholeheartedly dedicated to your kiddo’s health and happiness as they grow!

Treating Tiny Grins with Integrity

Get to Know Dr. Hammer

Dr. Hammer earned her Bachelor of Science in biology and Master of Arts in philosophy with a focus in healthcare ethics at Loyola University Chicago. She then went on to achieve her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. During that time, she met her husband, a Navy oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and the two traveled around the country for nearly a decade! With her deep love for working with kids, she spent one year providing hospital-based and special needs dentistry in Philadelphia, and completed her pediatric residency at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.

Born and raised in Chicago, Dr. Chrissy Hammer’s passion for patient care was sparked by her wonderful childhood orthodontist and pediatric dentist. During her time in college, she knew she wanted to pursue a meaningful career in caring for smiles after working as a dental assistant in her hometown.

Today, Dr. Hammer is thrilled to plant roots in San Diego and provide local families with second-to-none care here at Kidz Place Dentistry! Known for her outstanding bedside manner, she takes pride in treating every child with the kindness and respect they deserve. Endlessly honing her skills to set a flourishing foundation for San Diego’s young patients, Dr. Hammer is proud to be a board-certified pediatric dentist and HealthyStart provider.

Outside the office, Dr. Hammer is happiest when she’s spending quality time with her amazing husband and two girls. As an all-around cardio enthusiast, you can also catch her running or cycling while listening to a good podcast!

Nurturing the Next Generation

Get to Know Dr. Evelyne

Dr. Evelyne Vu-Tien is a board-certified pediatric dentist with 19+ years of experience in caring for San Diego’s little smiles.. She achieved her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of California, San Francisco. As a specialty graduate of Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, Dr. Evelyne’s rich expertise and gentle hand allow her to provide the most knowledgeable, comfortable care for young patients and kids with special needs.

No matter where your child is at on their dental journey, Dr. Evelyne will meet them right there with her sweet, bubbly demeanor and individualized approach. She loves getting to forge lasting bonds with the parents and kids who walk through her doors, making every appointment feel meaningful, informative, and fun for the entire family. She will always place her patients at the forefront of her practice.

When she’s not taking care of growing grins, Dr. Evelyne loves making memories with her husband, a Navy general dentist, and her two beautiful daughters. Dr. Evelyne also enjoys sharing her knowledge and volunteering at dental events all over the globe, from San Diego to Mexico and Vietnam!

Your Family’s First Visit

What to Expect

When you and your child step into Kidz Place, you can always look forward to warm, intentional care from the friendliest team around. If it’s your child’s first time with us, our top focus will be getting to know all about you and your little one! We’ll also treat your kiddo’s smile to a gentle preventive cleaning and comprehensive exam. Parents are welcome to accompany their kids during treatment, and we always encourage you to ask any questions you may be wondering throughout your time with us!

After we polish and protect those little pearls, one of our dentists will take the time to share their findings with transparent, judgment-free guidance. Giving you the freedom to choose which option works best for your child and parenting philosophy means everything to our crew, so we’ll never rush appointments or pressure you into a treatment plan. At the end of the day, our goal is to leave you and your kiddo feeling confident about making the most informed decision for their smile!

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Modern Amenities. Calming Comforts.

Come make yourself at home in our sunny, peaceful space tucked in Torrey Hills. Designed with you and your child’s comfort in mind, our office has everything your family needs to enjoy a relaxing appointment from start to finish.

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Your Child Deserves the Best

Our Top-Notch Technology

Our commitment to high-quality dentistry touches every detail of our care. This includes investing in state-of-the-art technology that elevates your little one’s comfort and delivers unparalleled results.

At our office, your child will never have to fear numbing their smile with shots or the sound of noisy dental drills. We’ve equipped our treatment rooms with the Solea Laser, the first CO2 hard and soft tissue laser approved by the FDA. From simple fillings to complex oral surgeries, this silent laser allows us to provide maximum precision, pain-free treatment, and improved post-op healing for all-tissue dental procedures.

We’re also proud to have privileges at Rady Children’s Hospital, giving our doctors access to some of the best dental technology in San Diego.

If your little one is feeling extra nervous about their appointment, we’re here for them! We offer safe, soothing in-office sedation options to support the smoothest dental experience possible.

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