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Meet the Doctors
Dr. Brian J. Hockel
Dr. Brian J. Hockel is a graduate of UCSF School of Dentistry ('89). After graduating, he practiced with his father for eleven years, and has continued the family traditions. He learned gnathology, the study of the jaw movements and how they relate to the teeth, as a senior in high school. He was a dental technician for several years before attending dental school, at which time his brother Steve took over the laboratory.
The recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Brian has focused on cosmetic, restorative and orthodontic care - and is active in the American Academy of Gnathologic Orthopedics, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the North American Association of Facial Orthotropics and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He combines his cosmetic, orthodontic, airway treatment and gnathology skills to bring about great changes in people's smiles and health. Check out some of his orthodontic results- often done invisibly with Crozats or other inconspicuous appliances. See also a sample of his cosmetic / restorative results. Dr. Hockel is one of the only northern California dentists who practices and teaches orthotropics, a method of facial growth guidance for young kids that can result in amazing changes.
Dr. Hockel and his wife Beth have eleven children, ages from 7 to 24 - six boys and five girls.
Dr. Nancy Hsu
Dr. Nancy Hsu graduated from UOP ('10) and completed a General Practice Residency at the VA Medical Center in Long Beach, CA. She grew up in Walnut Creek attending Northgate High and later UC Davis, and has been practicing in the local area for the last several years. Dr. Hsu is known for her caring and gentle nature, with strong attention to details. She is part of the Contra Costa Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, ADA and CDA. She enjoys playing tennis, singing, and spending time with her husband, Roger.
Dr. Jack L. Hockel
Dr. Jack L. Hockel, now retired, limited his practice to orthodontic treatment for many years, especially non-extraction Crozat orthopedics. He also led our on-site orthodontic study club for many years, and is currently the editor for a national orthodontic journal. A graduate of UCSF ('59), he practiced as a general dentist in the area over 40 years. He has published and lectured extensively (including a book published in 2008) about this unique approach to orthodontics, especially through the American Academy of Gnathologic Orthopedics. He published Crozat Arch Development in 2008, a definitive explanation of Crozat mechanics. Dr. Jack's hobbies include saxophone, gardening, cooking, and computers. He and Judie have six children and twenty-six grandchildren.