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About Us

How Dr. Coleman Came to Dentistry

A Fortunate Accident

I was a happy and outgoing sixteen-year-old who envisioned going into engineering. I had always enjoyed working with my hands, and my father was a mechanical engineer for Howard Hughes Aircraft. It seemed like the natural career. One fateful summer day, however, that changed.

While waterskiing I took a bad fall, and the ski (one of the old, heavy wooden kind) came up and hit me square in the mouth. All of my front teeth were broken. It would take four years and four dental specialists to rebuild my smile (now it would only take six months). At the time, I thought I would never look the same. How could I smile with my mouth destroyed like that? How could I be in front of others? For those four years, I felt like I couldn't be me—if I couldn't smile back at the people who made me laugh or cared about me, well then what?

During my treatment I found myself giving suggestions to the oral surgeon, the orthodontist, and the two reconstructive dentists on the shape and balance of the smile they were restoring to me. They had the technical skills to give me a strong, healthy mouth, but there's a difference between a set of new teeth and a fresh, brilliant smile and I knew that even then. That's when I decided to study dentistry. It was a perfect fit, allowing me to bring together my love of science and working with my hands with a sense of artistry and helping others.

After those four years of constant dental work, I was amazed with how my life changed. Meeting new people became fun and exciting. I was easily approachable again. I hadn't realized how much my lack of smiling had made me seem stand-offish. I was always a happy person, but when I wouldn't allow myself to smile, nobody else knew it. I'm still immensely grateful to those four dentists for giving back to me the ability to enjoy every day—with a smile, of course.

Personal Life

Dr. Coleman grew up in Huntington Beach, California, as the second oldest of seven brothers and sisters. As a young man he competed in many sports and still does to this day. With his wife, Dee, he has four children and has enjoyed coaching their soccer and Little League teams over the past twenty five years. His three sons are all graduates of Vista High School, and his daughter Erin will be soon.

Their oldest, John Coleman III, recently completed nine years of dental training, culminating at the New York University School of Dentistry, and has joined Dr. Coleman at the Center for Smile Enhancement.

Dr. and Mrs. Coleman have a passion for the two charities they're involved with. One is the Smiles for Life program, through which Dr. Coleman donates all the proceeds from teeth whitening from March through June to St. Jude's Children's Research. The second charity is the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Mrs. Coleman's mother became involved with the MDA over forty years ago, and now Mrs. Coleman and Dr. "C" are continuing her legacy.

Training and Experience

In the community and among his peers, Dr. Coleman has a sterling reputation as one of the most extensively trained and experienced dentists practicing in San Diego. Beyond receiving his bachelor's degree from University of California – Irvine in 1978 and his D.D.S. degree from Georgetown University in 1982, Dr. Coleman has made continual education and innovation in the field a top priority. He received advanced orthodontic training in 1984, studied advanced techniques in implant and reconstructive dentistry at UCLA in 1985, and was one of the first dentists to use the "instant orthodontics" technique that has gaining prominence today. As a sustaining member of the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, he has had his work evaluated and approved by a national board—placing him in the top 1% of practicing dentists in the country. He is the current president of the Southwest Chapter of the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

In addition, Dr. Coleman is deeply proud of his ten years of experience as a volunteer at the St. Vincent de Paul dental clinic for the homeless.

Our Promise to You

Our philosophy here is simple: be gentle, be thorough, and use the most long lasting techniques available.

Be gentle, be thorough:

Before choosing a treatment plan, we'll explain all the options you have and in what ways we can make sure you feel comfortable before, during, and after your appointments. We know that dentistry can be a scary thing for many people, but we also understand that with planning and communication, it doesn't need to be. By thoroughly and gently taking you through each stage of your new smile, we hope that after your experience you'll be less afraid of sitting in that chair in the future—although we promise that our work and your preventative care can keep you out of the chair as much as possible!

Use the most long lasting techniques available:

Secondly, we want you to use your new smile, to be able to eat your favorite foods without fear or hesitation. This is why we guarantee all of our porcelain work of any kind for five years against staining or breakage. By staying at the forefront of dental technology, we hope to give you a smile that lasts longer and looks better that you'd imagined possible.

We are dedicated to creating and preserving beautiful smiles in a safe and secure environment.

Dr. Coleman is a member of many professional organizations:


About Dr John

Why Dentistry?

I've always had a love for math and science, particularly biology. I also played a lot of baseball growing up, almost 20 seasons. As a baseball player I was primarily a pitcher. I've always enjoyed pitching because the game is in your hands. The play doesn't start until you pitch the ball and then you count on 8 other players on your team to help you be successful. As a dentist, I feel like I'm still on the mound and count on an amazing team to help me be successful. As a young dentist I've already learned that the most important person on the team is the patient and I always make sure the patient knows that. My father's successful dental practice encouraged me to join him in providing high quality dental care in a secure and comfortable environment. I was compelled to fulfill my passion for art, science, and health care. I knew that following this legacy would develop new and exciting relationships with the community that I had grown up in. Allowing me to provide the highest quality care to the very people I had been neighbors with since I was a child.

Personal Life

Dr. John has lived in Oceanside, California since 1989 and graduated from Vista High School where he played 4 years of baseball. He still enjoys sports and the outdoors; playing tennis, riding motorcycles and going to the beach with his family. He married his wife, Katie, in 2004 and they have four children, Brett, Seth, Holly and Dean. Dr. John joined his father, Dr. Coleman, in dentistry in 2007, at the Center for Smile Enhancement.

Training in Education

After graduation from Vista High School, began his college career playing baseball at Orange Coast College followed by completing his bachelor's degree in Physiology and Neuroscience at the University of California at San Diego. Dr. John attended dental school at New York University. While attending NYU he trained among dentist at the Rosenthal Center for Aesthetic Dentistry, completed a year of temporal mandibular joint disease training, and one year of special patient care training. His specialized areas of study at NYU make him an integral part of the Center for Smile Enhancement family. Dr. John is also state certified in Oral Conscious Sedation and ACLS trained.

Dr. John is a member of the following organizations; the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, San Diego County Dental Association, and Academy of General Dentistry. Respectively, Dr. John is also dedicated to continuing education and is currently working toward his fellowship in the AGD.

Dr. John is committed to the same principals that his father, Dr. Coleman, promises to his patients. Be gentle, be thorough, and use the most long lasting techniques available. He stands by the philosophies that his father has for over 25 years, knowing that staying on the cutting edge of dental technologies while providing unparalleled care is part of preserving and creating beautiful smiles for generations to come.

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