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2651 Oak Grove Rd., Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Brian J. Hockel DDS

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Brian J. HockelDr. Brian J. Hockel
Dr. Brian J. Hockel is a graduate of the 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 11 to 27 – six boys and five girls.

 
Dr. Mariangela VeranoDr. Mariangela Verano
Dr. Mariangela Verano is a 1991 graduate of UCLA and then received her Dental degree from UCSF School of Dentistry in 1995, where she received an award acknowledging her Excellence in Dental Practice Administration, then continued her education at UCSF by completing an Advanced Education in General Dentistry program in 1996.

Dr. Verano has been practicing for over 22 years and has gained extensive dental knowledge and experience during her career. She truly cares about each patient and strives to provide quality care with a gentle touch. Her passion for dentistry is seen every day in her attention to detail and steadfast work ethic.

Dr. Verano is an active member of the California Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and both the Implant Partnership Study Club and the Diablo Implant Study Club.

Dr. Verano and her husband Derek reside in Walnut Creek with their three children, Christian, Catherine, and Conner. She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys running, cooking, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

 
AdairDr. Kevin S. Adair
Dr. Kevin S. Adair graduated from UCSF School of Dentistry in 1998. After practicing as a general dentist for 9 years he realized that orthodontics was his passion. He sold his practice and attended the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry for his Certificate in Orthodontics.

Dr. Adair has taught orthodontics with the IAO and at UOP and has conducted research at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Like Dr. Hockel, Dr. Adair follows an airway-friendly philosophy, and is skilled at Orthotropics®. His approach evaluates the airway and facial balance of each person, while producing dazzling smiles.

Dr. Adair is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the North American Association of Facial Orthotropics, the International Association of Orthodontics, the International Association for Facial Growth Guidance, the California Dental Association and many others. Staying active in the local dental societies and charitable organizations are an important outlet for Dr. Adair to give back to the community.

Dr. Adair and his wife have a spunky 2 year old that keeps them busy.

 
Dr. Jack L. HockelDr. 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, twenty-six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

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