Neal T. Vavra, DDS
Dr. Neal Vavra was born and raised in the Inland Empire, so it is no wonder that as the son of a Riverside dentist, he went on to follow in the footsteps of his father. After attending RCC, he graduated from CSU San Bernardino with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Dr. Vavra then graduated with honors from the University of the Pacific in San Francisco in 1987. He was chosen to participate in a General Practice Residency for dentistry at the Jerry L Pettis VA hospital in Loma Linda. He would later take a dental implant maxicourse at Loma Linda University. Dr. Vavra continues his education regularly and even completed over 400 hours in dental courses last year.
Dr. Neal Vavra has been practicing in Fontana since 1988. One of his main beliefs is to “treat people the way you want to be treated”. Gentleness and patience has helped children and adults find a relaxing and comfortable experience at the office. Dr. Vavra makes it his goal to treat patients with kindness, compassion, and honesty so they can have healthy mouths, confident smiles, and comfort in their dental visits. With the use of Invisalign®, dental implants, metal-free crowns, whitening, and other cosmetic procedures, you can have the smile and confidence you have always wanted and deserved.
Dr. Vavra is a member of the American, California, and Tri-County dental societies. Our dentist also holds membership with the America Academy of Implant Dentists, American Academy of Facial Esthetics, and the TKO Dental Honor Society. He is certified to place and restore dental implants and to straighten teeth with Invisalign®. Staying in touch with the latest technology through continuing education and surrounding himself with the best team and laboratories has allowed Dr. Vavra to choose the best for his patients. In his spare time, our dentist enjoys gardening, wood working, fishing, and making stained glass. He is a husband, a father of four, and a grandfather of seven.
Yu-Chi Ricky Chung, DDS
It is our great pleasure to introduce Dr. Ricky Chung to the Palm Court Dental family. He has been a wonderful addition to our staff and has proven to be a valuable asset to the team. When Dr. Vavra was looking for a partner he knew that they were going to need to be professional, reputable, friendly, honest, gentle, and kind. He strove to find the person who had the same professional standards and Dr. Vavra handpicked Dr. Chung who has the same love for dentistry and their patients.
Dr. Chung received his education at the New York College of Dentistry. He then became licensed to practice in both Nevada and California. The beginning of his career took him to a general dentistry office in Las Vegas Nevada, where he honed his clinical and patient management skills for the last ten years. Both he and his wife are happy to be in California, where they welcomed their first child and Dr. Chung’s wife is a podiatrist for Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Vavra has taken Dr. Chung under his wing and is thrilled to be sharing his extensive experience.
Dr. Chung and his wife enjoy to travel, hike and spend time with their baby girl. Dr. Chung is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association and Tricounty Dental Association.
Meet Our Team
Angie has been with our office for over 24 years. She works her hardest to help her patients reach the goals they have for themselves. Angie loves seeing people’s lives change from the work our dentist provides. She has four children and seven grandchildren. In her spare time, Angie enjoys gardening and traveling.
Nicholas—Registered Dental Hygienist
Nicholas is one of the newest members of our team and already loves being part of our family unit because he has the opportunity to create healthy smiles and make people laugh. When not at our dental office in Fontana, California, Nicholas likes to go fishing with his dad.
Nicole—Registered Dental Hygienist
Nicole has been with Palm Court Dental for over 13 years. She graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Washington University with her bachelor degree in dental hygiene. What Nicole loves most about our office is the atmosphere. We are a family and we are all passionate about dental health and giving the best care to our patients. Nicole is married to the love of her life and they have two beautiful kids. She enjoys spending time with her family and animals when she isn’t working.
Tawnia—Registered Dental Assistant
Tawnia graduated from Chaffey College before joining our dental family. She is a great asset to Palm Court Dental with her extensive knowledge of front and back office work. Tawnia has three children.
Hillary- Assistant Office Manager
Hillary attended George Fox University where she studied business management and marketing. After she graduated, she worked at OHSU School Of Dentistry where she ran the continued education department. She has extensive dental knowledge and loves when she can help people love their smile.