Dr. Mark Macaoay was born in San Diego and has spent most of his life here. He received a Navy Health Professions Scholarship in dental school and participated in pediatric outreach and organized dentistry during his time there. He graduated with honors and then completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego.After completing his Navy commitment, Dr. Macaoay returned to his Alma mater as a clinical professor. While teaching at the dental university, he practiced in a pediatric dental office where he discovered his passion for children’s dental healthWhen Dr. Macaoay is not helping children achieve healthy smiles, you can find him reading, traveling, hiking, training for triathlons and spending quality time with his family.MORE ABOUT US
Dr. Olga Alvarado is a Board Certified Pediatric dentist who provides the highest level of care to kids of all ages in a gentle and compassionate manner. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from New York University before pursuing dentistry.She attends multiple courses a year to stay current with the most modern advances in pediatric dentistry. Her excellence as a practitioner is what draws families, but her approachability and charisma is what makes children and adolescents eager to return.Dr. Olga grew up in New York, and then headed west for the beautiful weather and outdoor activities year round. She is fluent in English and Russian, and conversant in Spanish. Her favorite activities are going paddle boarding with her Labradoodle, Micah, and riding beach cruisers around Mission Bay.MORE ABOUT US
As a teenager, Dr. Hackim went through his own orthodontic treatment and knew right away that he wanted to pursue a career in dentistry. This San Diego native attended dental school at the University of the Pacific and obtained his orthodontic degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He comes with over 30 years of orthodontic experience. Dr. Hackim comes from a large family consisting of 10 siblings. His wife is a nurse who has four siblings of her own. The Hackims have one daughter and enjoy spending their free time with their extended family. They like to travel but love living in San Diego.MORE ABOUT US
Dr. Bernard Boback, or Dr. Bernie as he is called by patients, is a UCLA and Harvard educated orthodontist who is proud to transform the smiles – and the lives – of his patients. “The best part of my job is seeing the confidence that comes from a transformed smile. Every day, I have the opportunity to see my patients, who previously were hesitant to smile, beaming across the room. Not many people can say that about their profession,” said Dr. Bernie.MORE ABOUT US
Dr. Samuel Russom, DDS, known to his patients as Dr. Sam, believes strongly that communication is the cornerstone to being a great pediatric dentist. “During procedures, I like to tell patients and parents what I am doing, as well as why I’m doing it. I find this helps patients and their parents to accept treatment and be an active participant in their oral healthcare,” said Dr. Sam. He also brings a light-hearted attitude to the office and enjoys making patients and parents laugh during visits.
Putting children at ease and alleviating their fear of going to the dentist is one of Dr. Sam’s top priorities, as he recognizes the importance of establishing good oral healthcare habits early on in life. “Recently, I had a patient with severe dental anxiety come to me in pain. She had to get through multiple visits and at the end of her treatment, she told me, ‘You’re the best dentist ever because I never feel anything.’ That’s what makes it all worth it,” said Dr. Sam.
Collaboration with colleagues is also an important part of Dr. Sam’s treatment philosophy. He is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the California Dental Association (CDA) and the San Diego Dental Society. Dr. Sam is also proud to have been inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society and to have provided care to an underserved community at the Southern Indian Health Center in Alpine.
Dr. Sam earned a B.A. in biology from San Diego State University and went on to the UCSF School of Dentistry, where he received his DDS degree. From there, he returned to Southern California and completed his pediatric residency at the University of Southern California. “I was a resident at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where I treated medically compromised and developmentally delayed children,” explained Dr. Sam, who takes great pride in his experience treating children with special needs.
A native San Diegan, Dr. Sam was born and raised in Southeast San Diego. His parents came to the U.S. as refugees, and he is the first of his family to graduate from college. He has an older sister and a younger brother, and is very close to his two nieces. In fact, much of his free time is spent babysitting! A selfdescribed nerd, Dr. Sam loves going to coffee shops to read science fiction and fantasy novels, as well as comics. He also enjoys basketball, volleyball and hiking.
Dr. Sam is so excited to see you for your next visit! Here is a picture below of when Dr. Sam (in the back) came to visit with our team!MORE ABOUT US