Meet Your Dentists in La Mesa, CA
Richard B. Evans, DDS
Dr. Evans received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology (with honors) from the University of California, Riverside. He then went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Georgetown University School of Dentistry. During his time at Georgetown, he received a Summer Research Fellowship for work in microbiology, was active on the dental school’s Curriculum Committee, and received an Oral Cancer Society’s Fellowship to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Dr. Evans treated patients in his Fallbrook office from 1984 to 2004 and in Murrieta until 2005. In 2005 he was asked to join a group practice with two excellent dentists, Dr. Peter Shaw and Dr. Mark Jankowski. He worked with them until he purchased Summit Dental of La Mesa in 2011. He was appointed to the UCLA School of Dentistry faculty in 1998 as a part-time faculty member.
Dr. Evans has a strong interest in treating sleep and TMJ disorders, and has opened San Diego Therapy for Sleep and TMJ Disorders. When his kids were younger he enjoyed coaching baseball, basketball and football. Despite their past record, Dr. Evans has been an avid fan of the San Diego Padres and Chargers. He is married to Patricia DeLong, a registered dental hygienist. They have a blended family of three daughters, two sons, one daughter-in-law, two sons-in-law and two grandsons.
Organization Memberships and Certifications:
- American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (AACP)
- American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM)
- American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)
- Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines (ACSDD)
- International Association for Orthodontics
- American Dental Association
- California Dental Association
- San Diego County Dental Society
- Invisalign Certified (I II)
- Oral Conscious Sedation Certificate
Dr. Christine Allen
Dr. Christine Allen grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. She received her Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Johns Hopkins University and her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Maryland Dental School. In dental school, she was a member of the Gamma Pi Delta Prosthodontic Honor Society and the Gorgas Odontological Honorary Society. She also participated in a dental externship at the Osaka University Graduate School of Dentistry in Japan. She then moved to San Diego to obtain advanced training through a general practice residency at the VA Hospital in La Jolla. She continues to stay up to date with the latest in dental technologies and developments by attending numerous continuing education courses so that she can provide the highest quality dental care for her patients.
Dr. Allen enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children. In her spare time, she likes to exercise, cook and enjoy the outdoors. She is fluent in Japanese.
Dr. Bethany Englund
Dr. Bethany Englund grew up in Seattle, WA. She attended the University of Washington where she received her degrees in Molecular Biology and English literature. She later made her way to California where she received her Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of Southern California. While in school, she was a member of Psi Omega Dental Fraternity and went on several dental missions with the organization.
Since graduating, she has practiced dentistry in both California and on Oahu, Hawai’i. She continues to stay up to date on current dental procedures and technologies through continuing education courses and focuses a large portion of her post degree education on patient anxiety and fear management. Doctor Englund firmly believes that dentistry should be a pleasant, stress free experience.
Dr. Englund spends her free time kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking and sailing with her dog, Rufio.