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Dr. Stella Kim is a graduate of the UCSF School of Dentistry and has practiced in the Bay Area since the start of her professional dental career. Prior to entering dentistry, Dr. Kim spent over a decade as a biomedical researcher in Los Angeles and San Diego, where she worked primarily on drug discovery and translational medicine. Eventually, however, she felt the desire to help people directly through her work on a daily basis, and she decided to make the switch to dentistry.
Dr. Kim is a member of the California Dental Association (CDA), the American Dental Association (ADA), the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), the San Francisco Dental Society (SFDS), the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI).
She is an Invisalign preferred provider and has implantology certification from Hiossen’s Advanced Dental Implant Research and Education Institute (AIC). In addition, she was one of the first dentists in San Francisco to be certified in the Chao Pinhole® surgical technical, an alternative to traditional gum grafting that can reverse receding gums much faster and with significantly less discomfort.
Outside of work, Dr. Kim loves hosting dinner parties with her husband serving organic food made from scratch. She also sings and plays musical instruments, and enjoys attending live concerts.
Verified Patient Reviews
Dr Kim is efficient, effective, professional and friendly. She takes a lot of time with her patients, tailors treatment to her patients' particular needs, answers questions and solves problems. I am very happy to be her patient.
Dr. Kim goes above and beyond with all of her patients. She's wonderful!
Dr Kim and her staff are really friendly and made me feel at ease right away and throughout my appointment. All the staff were extremely helpful and informative. I need allot of treatment and was anxious about choosing the right Dentist but those anxieties have been erased by the personable and professional approach by Dr Kim and her staff.
Dr. Kim was very thorough in reading my x-rays, and detailed and patient while explaining to me how my teeth have been doing. Her bedside manner is great. She remains focused on the task at hand, but still is able to hold a pleasant conversation. Dr. Kim genuinely cares about her patients' well being--I'd recommend to her everyone! Side note: her office music selection is great!
Dr. Kim is extremely detailed oriented and offers the latest in materials and techniques. I have been a patient through the number of transitions and believe Dr. Kim has carried on the high level of dental work I have enjoyed in the past at this location.
Always a warm and friendly greeting here. Dr. Kim talked about what she would be doing, and I sat back and relaxed. I have absolute trust in Dr. Kim's work.
Pleasant and professional as always!
After 25 years of dental misery, it was so wonderful to find Dr. Kim. She is kind, calm, professional and highly competent, and I did not go in for trivial things - I am talking about a tooth extraction! It was painless and my recovery is proving to be swift and free of complications. Dr. Kim was also able to refer me to an excellent endodontist to perform a root canal, which shows she does research to ensure her patients are well-cared for. Her staff is also great. I highly recommend her as a top dentist/dental surgeon in SF.
Dr Kim was excellent. Very kind and more educational during my visit than my last dentist has been. She and her staff made sure to check with me during points they expected to have slight twinges of pain as well. Much appreciated!
I'm not one to write reviews but feel that I should in regards to Stella and her practice. I've been with the "practice" since the age of 2 (1978) when it was originally Dr. Heffelfinger's and located on Noriega Street. Dr. Heffelfinger eventually sold it to an intermediary dentist for a short period of time who eventually sold it to Stella Kim. I lived on the Peninsula for the last 25 years and have been asked numerous times by friends and family as to why I continue to make the trip to SF for my dentist? That being said, there was no better time to finally make the switch than when Dr. Kim took over SF Dental. I figured I would do my final cleaning with her and then make the transition. However, she told me a bit about her story, switching careers, buying a practice, etc. I saw her a bit overwhelmed, a bit unsure of how it was all going to work out. As a young professional myself, the more we talked the more I understood her concerns. At the same time, Dr. Kim really seemed to listen to my reservations for staying with her and my expectations regarding the service I was accustomed to receiving under Dr. Heffelfinger. After our initial appointment, I saw that her practice was more than just a turn and burn shop that you see popping on every corner or a dentist that is constantly trying to up-charge you for additional services. I respected her commitment to client satisfaction and wanted to support and recommend her as she's gone above and beyond when it comes to my dental needs. Whether it is a lost bleaching tray that she remolded for me or a chipped tooth that she fixed twice (second time for no charge, I completely trust her as a professional to do what’s best for me and I'm pleased that I made the decision to stay with Dr. Kim.
I had not been to the dentist in several years, so I was nervous, but they made it painless & stress free
The staff and Dr. Kim are very nice and welcoming. I loved the friendly environment. The doctor explained all my options and even entertained my chatter. Once my procedure was over, she was thoughtful enough to call me personally the same night to make sure I was feeling okay. Great costumer service!
Quick service, clean office. Laurie and the lady at the front desk (forgot her name) were very nice as was Dr. Kim. They explained everything very much in detail and answered all my questions.
Dr. Kim is kind, personable, thorough and skilled. She listens carefully and tries hard to satisfy. I recommend her highly. I am always satisfied with my appointments.
Stella is a wonderful dentist. Professional, friendly, very clean office. She has been my dentist for two years and I am extremely happy with her.
Dr. Kim was friendly, kind, gentle, and accommodating. She listened to me, asked good questions, and made me feel completely at ease. The cleaning and examination was gentle, but thorough and I learned a lot about my own mouth in the process. I definitely recommend her to anyone who's looking for a new dentist in San Francisco.
Dr. Kim is prompt, professional, and a pleasure to have as my dentist! Highly recommended!
Don't be fooled by her 5 star yelp reviews. I went to see her without insurance and she was pricey. For that price, she did not give me a thorough exam like most good dentist would for each tooth. Her main focus was for me to replace a crown. In addition, her office manager Marilyn did not tell me how much my procedure would cost upfront and then she did not have anything ready for me as promised. When I called to ask to have my X-rays sent to another office, she's taking her sweet time and gave me an attitude saying I have to wait 5 days and it's been 5 days but the other office still have not received my X-rays yet.
I love Dr. Kim! She is the best, most thorough, most knowledgeable dentist I know. She makes time for her patients and always explains everything in detail. I feel well cared for after each of my visits.
Great visit as usual!
Dr. Kim is wonderful! I really appreciate that she takes preventative measures instead of just diving in with dental work. She is engaging and up to date with all of her patients. Always a pleasure going to the dentist!
Stella is a true professional and cares about each of her patients. She does the first part of every cleaning so she can have a good look at your teeth every time you come in, and she's diligent on checking on notes and photos she took from the previous visit to make sure all issues and monitored and only addressed if needed.
It was long, but necessary!! Two teeth had to have fillings redone, and an additional cavity was discovered in one of the teeth. She took the time to make sure my bite is on target. Throughout the process she made sure I was comfortable. I have absolute confidence in Dr. Kim, and I have a great smile to show for it.
Dr. Kim is a very lucky find! Having recently moved to SF, I was dreading the search for a dentist. I had an attentive and caring childhood dentist and knew how difficult it would be to find someone similar. Dr. Kim was referred to me by a co-worker and is more than what I was hoping for. My initial exam consisted of digital x-rays, a cleaning, and image documentation of my teeth. Dr. Kim then immediately used the data she had captured to show me a potential trouble area and inform her next steps. Impressively, her recommendation was not to push for expensive work, however to simply continue and monitor. I feel that Dr. Kim is a true expert on what is important for the health of my teeth and gums. Additionally, Dr. Kim's staff is attentive and well informed. Unprompted, I was asked on my second visit (part one of a deep clean) if I wanted to review again the scheduled work and breakdown of what portion would and would not be covered via insurance. It is clear both Dr. Kim and the staffing want me to be well informed. This is something that is hard to find in healthcare and I truly appreciate the transparency. Finally, my teeth now look and feel great! Dr. Kim made a strong case for having a "deep" cleaning of my teeth, and, after the fact, it is very clear she was right and did a fantastic job. She is highly skilled at her craft! I will continue to visit SF Dental am lucky to have found my new family dentist!
Warm, compassionate,capable, thorough, gentle dentist. She is the best!
I went in for a cleaning and x-rays on this visit. Dr. Kim went over the xrays with me and explained what the course of action should be. I feel perfectly confident with Dr. Kim, and she makes me feel relaxed in the chair. I highly recommend her!
Dr. Kim is very thorough and and genuinely cares for the well being of her patients. She went above and beyond today to repair a chipped tooth of mine that she believes was the cause of discomfort that I was experiencing. I was only scheduled for a cleaning but she wanted to do everything to try and fix the issue. She took her time and walked me through the process and explained in detail why my teeth were causing me problems. I view her as a professional w/ a high level and integrity who I trust completely when it comes to the well being of my teeth.
Stella and her team are amazing. Going to Stella's is honestly the first time in my life where I actually enjoy going to the dentist. Her team is extremely thorough and precise, while at the same time are very delicate and caring. I recommend Stella to all my friends in the Bay Area.
Nicest visit to the dentist that I've ever had. Thanks!
Great visit as usual.
Dr Stella is the magician - seeing her is like going to a dental spa :) the most amazing dentist of my life! You and your kids will love Dr Stella.
I felt like she spoke to me like a human and her staff made sure to tell me what was happening. A lot of dentists feel like used car salesmen in the way they treat the patients - Dr. Kim did not make me feelthis way at all.
Due to my negligence in the time prior to this visit, the visit took 3 hours instead of the scheduled 1 hour. Dr. Kim was gracious as always and, of course, did a grat job.
Excellent,as usual. She and her staff are very thoughtful,patient and have a sense of humor.
I look forward to my dental visits thanks to Stella Kim and her very friendly team! I also like that she offers cutting edge services.
You are in good hands when you are with Dr. Kim! She is incredibly nice and will make sure you are comfortable while getting the work on your teeth done. She is gentle yet thorough with her work, and her assistant Audrey is also great!
She not only did what was scheduled, she fixed other issues as she saw them unfold. A pretty amazing session.
Dr Kim is the best! She is extremely thorough and utilizes the latest and best technology in her practice. Her office is inviting and peaceful, which is a definite plus as visits to past dentists used to be rather stressful. I really like Audrey, too! They both keep me up to date on what's going on with the health of my teeth.
Dr. Kim did an excellent job placing my new implant in a very tricky spot. She took the time to get it just right! She often checked to make sure I was comfortable. Both Dr. Kim and Audrey explained what they were doing and answered any questions I had. And I always enjoy my visits; yes to the dentist!
Very talented dentist. And a charming personality She makes you feel like she really cares
Always an enjoyable visit! Dr. Kim is a professional, in every sense of the word, and has a warm and friendly demeanor. She makes a visit to the dentist an enjoyable experience! Her staff is also to be applauded for their professionalism, and their inviting manner.
Stella Kim and her staff are both very pleasant and very professional. My long-time dentist is retiring and he uses Stella Kim as his dentist. I figured that's the best type of referral possible.
Dr. Kim is a fantastic dentist. I received both regular and deep cleaning from her and both were far less painful than the ones I've received from previous dentists. She runs a very professional clinic, with top-notch equipment, and a wonderful staff. I couldn't recommend her more highly.
Dr Kim and her staff are great, they always make you feel welcomed and very well taken care of. I have gone from being apprehensive about my dental appointment to feeling very comfortable, their customer service is the best I've experienced. They really care about their patients!
I chipped my tooth, and I called looking for an appointment to tend to it. They gave me an appointment for the next morning after making sure that I wasn't too uncomfortable to wait. Audrey and Dr. Kim quickly and painlessly fixed me up, making sure the small filling felt smooth and natural to me. Great service, and I'm so thankful to have a team I can trust with both routine dental care and more unexpected issues.
Dr. Kim is not only very skilled, but also very gentle, kind . She explains all procedures, and keeps you informed about everything before it happens. I feel very confident in trusting her treatment plan and respect her ability to modify or adjust it as needed.
Great staff, including Dr. Kim. Can't wait to go back!
Excellent and fun.
This was the abutment stage of my implant process. The 4th round of oral surgery. I was not even nervous this time, dr Kim performed the procedure painlessly with the able help of Audrey. They make a good team. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Stella Kim.
I love Dr. Kim! She explains everything to me and I feel in control of what happens, even though we both know I'm not. It's all in her capable hands and I feel bizarrely excited about oral health care for the first time in my life.
Very pleased that Dr. Kim uses her professional skills and new technology to ensure her patients receive excellent care.
Very personable and polite. Is very concerned that you are comfortable and is very professional in her dentistry.
Dr.Stella Kim is an amazing dentist!! She made a trip in today to check on a possible tooth emergency I had. It turns out it can wait and it not an emergency. She explained everything to me in detail and I am amazed by her dedication to what she does. I cannot explain how grateful I am to have found a great dentist in SF.
Dr. Kim was wonderful. She explained everything in detail, took the time to make sure I wasnt ever in any discomfort and provided honest feedback on what I can do to make my teeth, etc healthier. Im looking forward to continuing with her as a patient.
She is great! Dr. Kim makes you feel very comfortable. She is very nice and very good at what she does.
Very professional yet very friendly Dentist. She puts you at ease and comfortable.
I love that Dr. Kim will take some time to listen to your concerns about your care and feedbacks for your dental care and health issues. Very personable and cares about her patients.
In short, Dr. Kim was very accommodating and considerate during what was a delicate procedure. Both her and her staff were all friendly and professional. I felt very well cared for and am looking forward to future visits.
I first met Dr. Kim when my dentist left his practice and I found out when I came in with a serious dental problem. Because I didn't know anything about her competence I was very cautious about proceeding and even thought of finding another dentist. Boy am I glad I didn't. I have never been treated with more care and my confidence in her is unbounded. If this sounds a bit over the top I apologize but it's sincere.
Staff was very helpful with insurance coverage questions and follow-up. Able to quickly find appointment times that worked for my schedule. Dr. Kim was very pleasant and efficient, providing excellent patient counseling as needed. Never felt like a sales pitch for any additional dental work. Overall enjoyable. I would recommend Dr. Kim to others.
Honestly the best experience I've ever had with a dental office. Amazingly welcoming office (also always playing feel-good music), very sweet and caring dental assistants, and Dr. Stella herself is one of the most thorough, yet comforting dentists I've ever had.