City of San Diego

Your local dentists want to share why we love San Diego, CA!


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A Quick Guide to San Diego!

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When people think of California, sandy beaches, surfing, and a laid-back attitude are often the first things that come to mind. There is a reason San Diego has a worldwide reputation for being one of the best places for tourists to visit all year round.

However, there is more to do than just sit on the beach (though we wouldn't blame you for spending as much of your time there as possible). San Diego is also home to Balboa Park. The park is home to 15 museums, gardens, international culture associations, and the San Diego Zoo!

Whether you've lived in the area your whole life or are just here for a weekend visit, the staff of PDO Specialists are always happy to give our personal recommendations on where you and your family can have a great time in our beautiful city.

  • Farmers' Almanac rated San Diego as having one of the top 10 best climates, and The Weather Channel scored it as having one of the two best summer climates in America.
  • The Padres aren't the only sports team in town. It's also home to the San Diego Gulls (Ice Hockey) and the San Diego Seals (Box Lacrosse).
  • The San Diego Public Library has 36 branches throughout the city!
  • The Port of San Diego was recognized as a Gold Tier recipient of an iCommute Diamond Award for Excellence in Commute Programs for Fiscal Year 2017 by SANDAG.
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‘‘We make it our aim to educate and equip parents with the tools they need to care for their children’s oral and overall health.’’

- Dr. Martin Thurston, orthodontist in San Diego, CA.

Support All Around You

View our recommendations for family-fun activities around town.

Great Food

Wahoo's Website

Fish tacos, San Diego style! A fabulous fusion of Brazilian, Asian, and Mexican fare.

Broken Yoke Website

Some of the biggest and best breakfast treats in San Diego. Casual and comfortable atmosphere.

The Barrel Room Website

Great wine, great food, and a cool vibe. This vintage wine bar and bistro is the perfect spot to hang out and chill.

Fun Stuff to Do

Black Mountain Reserve Website

Great hiking spot in 2,352 acres of chaparral and sage-covered hills. It also has a beautiful view of the entire city.

Bernardo Winery Website

A classic local spot that has great activities during all of the holidays in addition to fabulous food and wine.

Webb Lake Website

Our practice is located near this lake so, of course, it’s one of our favorite spots. It’s a beautiful area for strolling around with the kids.

Family Fun

Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids Website

Every Saturday, you can bring your kids to Lakeshore to learn how to make fun crafts - at no charge at all! Where? 7510 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, CA 11am – 3pm

Balboa Park Website

This beautiful complex houses the legendary San Diego Zoo, 14 museums, and gorgeous gardens to explore. (Don’t miss the animatronic dinosaurs at the San Diego Natural History Museum!)

Get Air Website

Have fun and get some great exercise at this indoor park with wall-to-wall trampolines.

News and Events

KUSI News Website

San Diego’s news channel. Keep up on local news, weather, and sports.

San Diego Union-Tribune Website

This online newspaper will keep you up-to-date on news, sports, business, and entertainment in the San Diego area.

San Diego Farmer's Markets Website

No matter what time of year or what day of the week, head to one of our areas' local Farmers' Markets to enjoy some of the amazing fruitage of San Diego’s agricultural produce.

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Our Village's Adventures

Look at all of the fun we’ve had participating at past local events!

"After a full root canal and bi-annual treatments, the boys still love their checkups and ask to go again (no kidding) immediately after." - Evan H., Actual Patient
Summer 2014

4S Ranch Library Summer Reading Program

Kid Tested, Parent Approved!
October 2015

We were the major sponsors for the Westwood Elementary Spellathon

May 2014

Stone Ranch Elementary Fun Run

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Teachers, orthodontists, and pediatricians unite to make a positive difference in our children's lives.

Thank-you card from Mrs. Mihalik’s class

We donated all of the medals and awards. Students who achieved 100% on their spelling test had their awards personalized with their names. We also distributed dental kits to every student.

"They are all very attentive and caring. So much so that the kids aren't scared about going to the dentist." - Shannon B., Actual Patient
March 2014

Painted Rock Elementary School Family Fun Night

June 2014

RB Alive Community Festival

All Ages, All Cultures

A full day of entertainment and enjoyment with over 300 booths!

Do You Have Questions About Our Dental Services?

Our expert staff can answer any questions you might have about our family dental practice and our top-notch services.

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