Our Dentist

mEET Dr. Emily Letran, DDS

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I graduated Magna Cum Laude in 3 years with a B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Riverside, and then earned simultaneously a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and a Master of Science degree in Oral Biology from UCLA four years later.

I attained a degree in clinical dentistry as well as in the area of research to utilize a comprehensive approach with all my patients.  I also completed additional training through the general practice residency to further enhance and improve my experiences in treating a wide variety of patients.

Education Credentials:

  • Doctor of Dental Surgery, UCLA, 1993
  • Master of Science, Oral Biology, UCLA, 1993
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, UC Riverside, 1989
  • General Practice Residency, Loma Linda VA Medical Center, Loma Linda, 1994
  • General Practice Residency, Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center, Downey, 1994

UCLA Honors:

  • Dean’s scholarship
    Exceptional Performance Reports

UCR Honors:

  • Magna Cum Laude graduate
  • Phi Beta Kapa
  • Dean’s List

Following my graduation from dental school, I completed a General Practice Residency at the VA Medical Center in Loma Linda, CA, where I received additional training in all phases of dentistry. I also volunteered at the Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center in Downey, CA, to learn additional skills in treating medically compromised patients.

I am a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and San Gabriel Valley Dental Society. My passion is to constantly learning new skills through continuing education courses so my dental team can always improve our service in the community.

My professional experiences up to this point have allowed me to work with different kinds of patients.  The most important thing I learned is that no two patients are alike, and I respect everyone in his or her own unique way!


  • Dental Resident, General Practice Residency (1993-1994)
    Loma Linda VA Medical Center and Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center
  • Associate Dentist (1994-1995 )
    American Dental Clinic, Baldwin Park , El Monte,and Lynwood Central Dental , San Bernardino
  • Associate Dentist and Office Manager (1995-1996)
    La Habra Dental Center, La Habra
  • Associate Dentist (1996-1997)
    Glosman Dental Associates, Huntington Park and Montebello
    West Coast Dental Group, Southgate, LA, Paramount
  • Associate Dentist (1997-1999 )
    Central Dental Group, El Monte
    Atlantic Dental Center, Lynwood
  • Dentist/Owner (1997-present)
    Foothill Dental Center, Monrovia
  • Dentist/Owner (1999-2004)
    Downey Community  Dental, Downey
  • Dentist/Owner (2004-present)
    Mountain View Dental Group, El Monte
  • Dentist/Owner (2005-2013)
    Universal Dental Practice, El Monte

I am a native of Viet Nam and I came to the U.S. in 1981!

In addition to being a caring, friendly dental professional, I am also a mother of three, and enjoy being involved in ALL phases of the my busy kids’ lives, including swimming, tennis, tae-kwan-do, fund-raising activities, etc. I believe the great challenge of a female professional is to balance the tasks of work life and family social life, and so far I have successfully approached these tasks with the great support from my family, my dental team, and the communities that we serve.

For me, it is an honor and privilege to be part of my patients’ lives, watching kids growing up, grandparents getting old, the passing of spouses and the courage of the people left behind, individuals going through tough times such as job loss or marital separation, etc., all of which remind me that the most important things in life are the relationships that we build with other human beings, and I am proud to be a small part of this great relationship we share with our patients.

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