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Dr. Gina Gonzalez

Dr. Gina Gonzalez’s love for dentistry began at an early age. As a fifteen year old, Dr. Gina was a dental assistant to a dentist who was ultimately responsible for inspiring her career in dentistry. She earned her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from the University of Southern California, School of Dentistry in 1982. Four years later, in 1986, she earned a master’s degree in Higher and Post Secondary Education and later in 1991 was awarded her Doctorate in Dental Surgery (D.D.S) degree, also from USC. As an assistant clinical professor at the University of Southern California for over five years, Dr. Gina was able to give back to the profession and school that has had such a profound impact on her life. She is currently teaching in the dental hygiene department at USC.

Dr. Gina has 20 years of experience in implant restoration and minor tooth movement. The unique combination of her education, experience, and artistic skill have made her an expert in creating A-List smiles with cosmetic veneers. She is also extensively trained in achieving a perfect smile with the use of Invisalign technology.

Today, Dr. Gina Gonzalez enjoys her own state-of-the-art private practice, Heart Centered Dentistry, located in the beautiful beach city of Santa Monica, CA.

I believe that achieving a healthy and beautiful smile requires the ability to see the full person. I founded Heart Centered Dentistry based on this concept and the common link between gum disease and heart disease.  I believe that proactive oral hygiene is not only essential for good oral health, but can actually save lives!  Heart Centered Dentistry revolves around these principles, as well as my personal commitment to offering heartfelt care to all my patients.

Dr. Gina offers the following services to patients of all ages:

Outside of her practice, Dr. Gina Gonzalez stays abreast of dental research and technology by continuing her commitment to knowledge and education.  She continues to present lectures to dental students on a regular basis, covering a variety of topics from implant dentistry to dental anatomy and morphology. As a vested dental professional with 25 years of experience, Dr. Gonzalez is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and The USC School of Dentistry Board of Directors.

Dr. Gina Gonzalez is an annual volunteer at the HELPS International —serving to teach and provide compassionate healthcare and dentistry to underprivileged patients in Guatemala. Her goal is to help make a difference in improving oral health in underserved parts of Latin America by developing training programs for dental hygienists to practice prevention and clinical hygiene. Dr. Gina invites you to watch the video below to learn more about her involvement in HELPs.

HELPs International (English)

HELPs International (Español)

Dr. Gonzalez personally believes that every person has a beautiful smile and deserves to have it look its very best!

During her personal time, Dr. Gonzalez enjoys living an active lifestyle. She takes dancing lessons, plays tennis with her two daughters, and loves to hike.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gina Gonzalez, please contact Heart Centered Dentistry at

(310) 264-5557.
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