Vista Oral Surgeon Dr. David Smith is a Montana native who grew up in Lewistown. He completed his undergraduate education at University of Montana and is a graduate of the State University of New York- Stony Brook, where he earned his D.D.S. degree. Dr. Smith then completed a year of general practice residency in general dentistry before specializing in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He completed a 6 year dual degree program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, earning an M.D. at Weill Cornell Medical College as well as a year in general surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital- Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Dr. Smith has received several awards, including New York State Dean’s Award, UM Presidential Scholar, and is a Horatio Alger National Scholar.
Dr. Smith began his dental training volunteering as a dental assistant in a federally funded dental clinic for the underserved. He was drawn to the profession and service of others thanks to the dedication and compassion to patients demonstrated by his mentor, Dr. Ryan Huckeby. Dr. Smith works to emulate his role model in all aspects of his career; he has volunteered his services in a cleft lip and palate mission with Smile Bangladesh, in addition to a dental/medical outreach trip to remote areas of northern Madagascar with the Madagascar Ankisy Fund.
Outside of his professional pursuits, David Smith is a die-hard Mets fan, Springsteen enthusiast, and is working on finding a hobby related to the ocean.
Dr. Samuel Tchon
Vista Oral Surgeon Dr. Samuel Tchon is a graduate of UCLA Dental School and completed his surgery residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College. His professional training includes an M.D. from Cornell University and an internship year in general surgery. A dedicated oral surgeon in Vista, Dr. Tchon’s expertise combines the disciplines of dentistry, medicine and surgery. He brings a depth of experience and is competitively qualified to perform the most complex surgeries and resolve complications when needed.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Dr. Tchon also spent six years training and working in New York City before returning to his roots in the best coast. He is a lifelong Bruin, starting with his bachelor’s degree in microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics from UCLA to his D.D.S. degree.
Dr. Tchon opened his practice in Vista with the vision of bringing North County residents the best in dental implant technology and oral and maxillofacial surgery. He seeks to enhance patient comfort across the full spectrum of surgical procedures of the mouth, face and jaws.
With a special interest in improving oral disease prevention and treatment, Dr. Tchon has conducted extensive research in tissue engineering, working closely with internationally renowned dental implant experts.
When Dr. Tchon is not working in the office, he volunteers his services to the community and church; he has been on a number of dental mission trips internationally. He enjoys traveling, watching ESPN and spending time with his family.
Our Vista Staff
At Vistamed Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we select only the best of the best to serve our patients and their families. All of our staff members are friendly, knowledgeable, and highly proficient in their office duties. Should you have any questions or concerns before, during or after a visit to our Vista oral surgeon, do not hesitate to visit with one of our staff members. They are readily standing by to address your needs.