Maternity Leave and Dr. Gary Tong

Dear patients,

It has been such a pleasure to get to know you over the last six months. As part of the transition between Dr. Eckhard and myself, the practice has recently begun using electronic dental records and digital radiographs (x-rays). I cannot thank my team enough for their enthusiasm, open-mindedness and dedication to this process. Thank you in advance for bearing with us as we navigate this hybrid paper-electronic system upgrade!

Many of you already know that I had my second daughter in August and am taking maternity leave through the end of the year. In my absence, Dr. Gary Tong will be seeing patients in our practice. Dr. Tong and I share a similar practice philosophy, which is of the utmost importance to me. It was vital that Dr. Eckhard and I shared a vision of the kind of care we provide as he turned the practice over to me, and I feel confident that Dr. Tong will also treat you with the quality of dentistry that you have become accustomed to in our practice.

Born and raised in New York, Dr. Tong graduated from Haverford College in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He then went to work in the research field on HIV Salivary diagnostics. After research he went on to complete a Masters of Science in Recombinant DNA technology at New York University, followed by his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from New York University College of Dentistry.

After completing his DDS degree, Dr. Tong moved to Redding, California for a residency year of Advanced Education in General Dentistry. His experience in Redding and working in private offices in New York has given Dr. Tong an enjoyment for caring for and treating patients of all ages. He is focused on providing patients with the best experience possible and treating everyone with respect and integrity.

He is Invisalign certified and an active member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and New York State Dental Association. In his off time, he enjoys running, movies, museums and hiking. He is happy to be back in California and treating patients in our welcoming Berkeley community.

It has been a big year of transition both professionally and personally, to say the least. Thank you for your continued support of our dental practice!

As always, if you have any questions or feedback, you can email me directly at [email protected]

Best wishes,
Lauren Yasuda Rainey, DDS