Meet Your Dentists in La Mesa, CA

Richard B. Evans, DDS

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.

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Christine Allen, DDS

Christine Allen, DDS

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 is an active member of the California Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Association of Women Dentists.

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.

Erin Ransom, DMD

Erin Ransom, D.M.D.

Dr. Erin Ransom recently relocated to San Diego from the Washington DC area. She is originally from East Lyme, CT where she attended high school. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame and was a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honors society.

She then worked for four years as a teacher in New York City with Teach For America before returning home to attend the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine.

While at UConn, she received the Eleanor J. Bushnee Award for Women in Dentistry. After graduation, she furthered her education by completing an Advanced Education in General Dentistry at UConn.

Dr. Ransom has worked in private practice in Southeastern CT and Arlington, Virginia before her family relocated to San Diego. She is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Academy of Clear Aligners. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the San Diego area with her husband and two young children.

Stephanie Peacock, DDS

Dr. Stephanie Peacock of Summit Dental of La Mesa

Dr. Peacock, originally an LA native, received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at UCLA. Dentistry had been a long-time dream career she had wanted to pursue since she was a 2nd grader digging through her dentist’s toy chest.

During graduate school, she was heavily involved in the Hispanic Dental Association. She was awarded the Colgate Dental Student scholarship for her efforts in serving the oral health of the Hispanic community and has received several certificates for excellence in restorative dentistry. After graduating from UCLA, Dr. Peacock became curious about living in the snow and moved to Denver, Colorado, to pursue an elective residency in general dentistry at the Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs
Medical Center. There, she learned to provide advanced procedures such as implants, surgeries, and root canals to the veterans.

After finishing residency, Dr. Peacock moved back to Southern California to live with her significant other, who she met in dental school at UCLA. She likes to spend time with her parrot, bake, do art, and try new foods in her spare time.