ABOUT US 2017-07-25T18:34:26+00:00


Pediatric Dentistry is the specialty of dentistry that focuses on the oral health and unique needs of young people. The very young, pre-teens and teenagers all need different approaches in dealing with their behavior, guiding their dental growth and development and helping them avoid future dental problems. The pediatric dentist, who completes two to three additional years of rigorous training in addition to a four-year dental school curriculum, is best qualified to meet these needs.

Like pediatricians, our pediatric dentists specialize and limit their practice to children. Because of this, we are able to keep current on the latest diagnostic and treatment procedures for young people. We are experienced at communication, behavior modification and other techniques used to promote a positive attitude toward proper oral health. Pleasant visits to the dental office promote the establishment of trust and confidence that will last a lifetime. Just as the pediatrician monitors development from infancy, our pediatric dentists will evaluate your child’s dental condition regularly to provide the highest level of prevention and treatment.

Children have completely different emotional and physical needs. Our pediatric dental practice and personnel can cater specifically to the emotional and physical state your child is in. Every single aspect of our pediatric dental office, from our special office design, dental chairs and instruments to our communication style, has been carefully implemented to ensure a pleasant experience for your child and your family.

Establishing a pediatric dentist as their primary oral health care provider can also provide an opportunity to implement preventive dental health habits that keep a child free from dental or oral disease. The ideal time to gain knowledge and to have your questions answered is before your child has a dental problem.

At Ladera Ranch Pediatric Dentistry, we are concerned about your child’s total health care. Good oral health is an important part of total health. We focus on prevention, early detection and treatment of dental disease and keep current on the latest advances in dentistry for children. As soon as you walk in the front office of our practice, our team is committed to ensure your child’s visit to the dentist is a positive and pleasant experience. We will do our best to make sure your child feels good about visiting the dentist and teach them how to care for their teeth. In fact, we treat our patients as if they were our own.

Our doctors believe in good, old-fashioned long lasting relationships with our families. They also simply enjoy meeting you and your child to build a comfortable, trusting relationship at a young age to help your child off to a healthy start towards a beautiful smile. Our main concern is what is best for your child. We are all about kids!

Meet the Team

Dr. Richard Lee

Richard S. Lee is a Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Pediatric Dentist. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Lee has the distinction being voted by his dental colleagues as a Top Dentist in Orange County featured in Coast Magazine. General dentists and dental specialists in this survey were selected by their peers based upon years of experience, continuing education, manner with patients and physical results.


Dr. Kevin Hszieh

Dr. Kevin Hszieh was born in Southern California and raised in Northern California. He completed his undergraduate studies at Pacific Union College, where he received his B.S. degree in Biochemistry. He then attended Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, where he graduated with his DDS in 1998. After practicing general dentistry for two years, he returned to Loma Linda University, where he furthered his education by completing a Pediatric Dental Residency in 2002.

In addition to private practice, Dr. Kevin served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at Loma Linda University from 2002-2005. He served as the Dental Director of Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County, a non profit organization serving underprivileged children, as well as Co-Director of the USC Pediatric Dental Residency Program at CHOC from 2005 to 2014. He currently serves as the Dental Director at Serve the People, a non profit community health organization in Santa Ana.


Front office (6 years in the industry)

Enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and 3 boys.

Maria RDA
Front office (15 years in the industry)

Enjoys spending time with her family including 3 boys and 1 girl as well
as outdoor activities and reading.

Kelin RDA
Back Office (10 years in the industry)

Loved spending time with her husband and 2 kids and loves baseball and ice cream on the weekends!

Kris RDA
Back office (33 years in the industry)

A long time resident of Mission Viejo, she enjoys the outdoors and loves to hike, ski and spend time at the beach, mountains or desert with friends and family.

Lorena RDA
Back Office (15 years in the industry)

Enjoys spending time with her family including her two pets as well as cooking, hiking and working on her garden.

Shirley RDA
Back office (37 years in the industry)

She currently resides in Mission Viejo with her husband Joel. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and gardening. Shirley has one son and one grandson who live in the Philippines where she used to be a dentist!