"Since 1976 dentistry has been my passion. The many evolving advances in dentistry constantly maintain my interest. I continue to be an avid student because the profession provides both artistic and technical challenges that are mutually fulfilling to patients and to me!" Dr. Chan's practice is a harmonious blend of finely honed skills, ability, attitude, and motivation to provide the utmost in patient care. He and his staff's attention to detail, ethical standard, and philosophy of care have earned the practice a solid reputation among both patients and peers. Throughout the years his patient base has included those from Corona, Mariposa, San Francisco, Tracy, Palo Alto, Half Moon Bay, Turlock, Southern California, Hawaii, Germany, and Australia. Patients and other medical/dental professionals have paid him the ultimate compliment by referrals to their friends and family. Gar Chan is a product of Los Angeles, graduated as a biology major in 1976 from the University of California, Irvine, earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of California, San Francisco in 1980, and began private practice in 1981. Dr. Chan has extensive advanced training and experience in all areas of family dentistry including: cosmetic dentistry, endodontics (root canals) , prosthodontics (replacement of lost natural teeth with fixed or removable teeth), oral surgery (extractions, bone grafts, implants, biopsies, removal of oral cysts, tumors), children's dentistry, orthodontics (braces), and implant crown restorations. Routinely he takes over twice the number of continuing education units required for license renewal and actively participates in several study clubs. Recently Dr. Chan participated in OsteoReady's Residency Program with Dr. Brady Frank, DDS, Ashland, Oregon providing practical implant solutions for missing, failing and/or fractured teeth. Patients are invited to find out how using simplified and efficient implant placements can provide long lasting dental solutions at significant savings. Dr. Chan works with his wife, Rhona Lee. Following a return to school, Rhona joined the practice as the dental hygienist in 1984. Together Dr. Chan and Rhona coordinate the short and long term dental treatment plans for patients. Their goal is to optimize and maintain each individual's oral health throughout his/her life. Both are very thankful to have a caring, conscientious, loyal staff, who constantly strive to improve themselves professionally and personally. Together they raised and nurtured two children, Allan and Erin. After graduating from U.C. San Diego in mechanical engineering, Allan is in his first year of medical school at Richmond, Virginia. After graduating from U.C. Davis in two majors, studio art and design, with a minor in horticulture, Erin has been taking supplemental classes at Gavilan College. In his spare time Dr. Chan is an avid runner, participates in marathons and is a member of the South Valley Runner's Club. His weekends are spent in training and working on his home ecology projects. Dr. Chan is/has been a member of the following: Straight Wire Orthodontics Group Gilroy Study Club South Valley Study Club (inclusive of the Seattle Study Club) Mini Implant Residency Group Santa Clara County Advanced Dental Study Club Gilroy Chamber of Commerce – member since 1981 He has studied under two of the foremost experts in dentistry, Peter Dawson and Frank Spears (Occlusal, musculature. and TMJ harmony and equilibrium) and he has taken courses in Clear Correct and Invisalign Orthodontics.
We provide our patients with superior results, while also giving them a comfortable and educational experience in the process. When it comes to technology and treatment, we are always learning and embracing new innovations and techniques. Our dentist, Dr. Chan has a treatment philosophy to treat each patient as he would a family member, which our patients both enjoy and appreciate.
Each day, our goal is to let our patients know that we care. We care deeply about our patients, and feel that our superb treatment shows how concerned we are for their well-being. Patients and parents love working with Dr. Chan and his staff because they are friendly, hardworking, and accommodating.
Our practice is focused on achieving high quality results utilizing some of the latest technologies and materials available. Over the years we have had the privilege of treating many dental and medical professionals and their families. Our reputation in the community is that our office is a both a professional and comfortable place to be, while also giving our patients great results. Our patients even worry about our welfare!
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
University Of California Irvine
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1976
University of California At San Francisco
Medical School | Graduated
Other Education | Completed 1985
Other Education | Completed 2001
Other Education | Completed 2012
Other Education | Completed 1996
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Dr. Chan has no awards or honors listed.
Media & Publications
Dr. Chan has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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