Juan Alberto Chavez, DDS Dental Director

Dr. Chavez graduated from dental school at the National University of Mexico. He took the dental boards at Loma Linda University, California in 1996. Prior to relocating to Grass Valley in 2014, he practiced general dentistry in the Los Angeles area for 17 years.

Dr. Chavez grew up in Texas and Mexico City, and speaks fluent Spanish.

Being very health conscious, Dr. Chavez likes to help patients in their quest to keep good oral habits in order to maintain healthy gums and teeth. He has participated in various medical/dental events throughout the country as a volunteer dentist and continues to do so.

Dr. Chavez, is the dental director for Western Sierra Medical Clinic, overseeing the (13)-member dental team, which includes four dentists and six dental assistants.

“If you don’t have a healthy oral environment, it really affects your life,” says Dr. Chavez, who often talks about the importance of dental care to community groups, especially at high schools in the region.

Western Sierra offers dental services at the Grass Valley, Downieville, Kings Beach (Tahoe) and Penn Valley health centers. Patients must have a primary-care provider at Western Sierra to become a dental patient.

Dental services include preventative and restorative treatments such as: check-ups, teeth cleanings, fillings, root canals, extractions, and deep cleanings to prevent gum disease. Children’s dentistry, including oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide, is available in Grass Valley.

The dental team works closely with other medical providers at Western Sierra. “We are here to serve the community. Healthy teeth are a critical part of a healthy life.” states Dr. Chavez.

In his spare time, Dr. Chavez likes reading, working on home projects, and spending time with his family and dogs in the great outdoors.