Dr. Bjarne Kvarnstrom
Dr. Kvarnstrom's goal is to provide gentle, compassionate, and professional dental care of the highest technical and material quality.
Born in Finland and raised in Sweden, Dr. K began his education in mechanical and electronic engineering at Chalmers University of Technology. He went on to earn his D.D.S. degree from the University of Gothenburg, one of the top-ranked dental schools in the world, where he studied under the renowned Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark, the inventor of the modern dental implant.
Dr. K spent eight years in private practice before being selected to join a team of six dentists who would be responsible for introducing Dr. Brånemark's revolutionary dental implant technology to the United States in 1986. He enjoyed a 15-year career in the corporate sector of dentistry, which culminated in his promotion to Vice President of Product Development at Nobel Biocare USA Inc, a position he held for six years. During this time, Dr. K became the holder of eight international patents in the areas of dental implants and orthodontics.
In 2002, Dr. K and his wife, Karin, decided to make Orange County their permanent home, said farewell to the corporate world, and returned to private practice in Fountain Valley, where he enjoys working one-on-one with his patients and contributing to their oral and overall health as well as solving functional and aesthetic concerns.
Outside the office, Dr. K can be found enjoying the beautiful weather and Southern California lifestyle in his adopted hometown of Huntington Beach. His hobbies include exploring other parts of the world, collecting and servicing mechanical watches and clocks, and taking apart and repairing cars, things, toys, and machines that should work but do not.
Dr. K and Karin have two daughters - Helena, who lives in Toronto, and Susanna, who lives in Las Vegas. Additionally, there are three grand-dogs, two grand-cats, and one grand-horse in the family. Diverse indeed.
Mirtha, one of our wonderful hygienists, has been a fixture at our office for years and keeps our patients coming back with her thorough cleanings and vibrant personality. A dental hygienist with over 20 years of experience, Mirtha graduated from Cypress College, where she was Class Vice president from 1991 to 1992. She has extensive expertise in soft tissue management and handles all our Zoom teeth whitening procedures. Mirtha enjoys working with patients and making a difference in their oral hygiene and overall health of teeth, gums, and soft tissue. When not at the office, her hobbies include yoga, shopping with friends, bike riding, and traveling.
Kara joined our practice as a hygienist in 2007 and is dedicated to maintaining and improving our patients' oral and general health through clinical excellence. She graduated from Oxnard College with honors and the highest GPA in her class. Prior to working with Dr. Kvarnstrom, she worked for a periodontist, a specialist in oral bone and gum disease, where she honed her skills in periodontal care. She is committed to helping patients improve not only their oral health, but their overall sense of wellness. Out of the office, Kara stays busy spending time with her twins, running, watching sports, and gardening.
Karin is our fantastic office manager. Born and raised in Sweden, she holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Gothenburg. As the heart of the office and master of efficiency, Karin ensures the day-to-day operations run smoothly. She is always available to assist patients and answer any questions regarding scheduling, insurance, and billing. In her free time, Karin stays active by cycling and running, and she enjoys travelling, sipping cappuccinos at Starbucks, and visiting her furry grand-dogs, Louise, Princess, and Minnie Mouse. She is also active in the Orange County chapter of the Swedish Women's Educational Association (SWEA).
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