Meet The Doctors

Dr. Fabiola Lara

Dr. Fabiola Lara has been practicing treating patients for over 20 years. Her career began as a dental assistant during her undergraduate years. 

Dr. Lara graduated from UCSF School of Dentistry as a Fleming Scholar, a prestigious award for outstanding academic performance and community involvement. Dr. Lara continued to serve the dental community, by practicing as a public health doctor at the Native American Health center of San Francisco and Oakland. Dr. Lara was a clinical researcher for UCSF, and helped establish the protocol for (CAMBRA) Caries Risk Assessment. This is a form that a dental practice can use to help manage and treat patients that are at high risk for decay. 

Dr Lara community outreach is highlighted by her being featured in the "First 5 California" educational video series featuring her daughter.  The series goal was to teach parents how to take care of their childrens' dental health during the first five years. She also was instrumental in establishing a pediatric department in an under represented community where the need was greatest.  Her international outreach includes participation in a cleft lip and palate surgery team of dentists and doctors in Wenzhou, China and Ghana, Africa. 

"We wanted to give patients a private practice experience, which we accomplished by educating the parents and focusing on prevention over intervention. I told the parents that my success was knowing that their kids never had to experience having a cavity". - Dr. Lara.

Dr. Lara is proud of the excellent team she has developed over the years and the quality care they help her provide daily. 

Dr. Frank Grimaldi

San Francisco sedation dentist Frank Grimaldi received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from San Jose State University in 1976, graduating Tau Delta Phi scholastic honor society and dean’s list commendations from the School of Science. He received his D.D.S. degree from the University of California, San Francisco, graduating with a class rank of 1st in class and receiving a regent’s scholarship
Dr. Grimaldi received the Omicron Kappa Epsilon dental honor society award as well as the Alpha Omega award for scholastic excellence. He completed residency training in hospital dentistry at the University of California, San Francisco in 1982 with a specific focus on painless dentistry for medically compromised developmentally disabled or phobic patients. Dr. Grimaldi joined the University of California, San Francisco faculty in 1983 as the Director of the General Practice Residency in hospital dentistry, serving in that capacity until 2009. From 1987 to 2009 he served as the Director of Hospital Dentistry, offering painless dental treatment in an operating room setting. Dr. Grimaldi is currently a Clinical Professor in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Grimaldi is a member of the Omicron Kappa Epsilon National Honorary Dental Society, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Association of Hospital Dentists, the California Society of Medicine and Surgery and the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities. Dr. Grimaldi is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, holds state of California conscious sedation permit #2 and is qualified medical evaluator #9577 for the state of California. He has been recently inducted into the American College of Dentists.


  • 1972-1976: San Jose State University-  B.A. (Biology)
  • 1977-1981: University of California, SF- B.S., DDS (Dentistry Class Rank: #1 or 89)
  • 1981-1982: University of California, SF- Certificate (Hospital Dentistry)
  • 1998: American College of Dentists- Fellow

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