Ellen Im, DDS
A Dentist That Parents Trust and Kids Love
Dr. Ellen has always had a special way with children. She grew up in Orange County, CA, and, as a teenager, spent her spare time tutoring younger kids. So it’s no surprise that, when she decided to pursue a career in dentistry, she was drawn to serving younger patients.
After completing her DDS, Dr. Ellen founded Northern Virginia Pediatric Dentistry, and word spread quickly about the exemplary care that she provided—earning her the #1 ranking on Dr. Oogle reviews for pediatric dentistry in her area. She attributes the success, in part, to her ability to build rapport with kids.
“During my undergrad, I majored in biology and minored in studio art at the
University of California at Irvine. It was the perfect mix for me, because
I love art—making things beautiful—but I wanted to work in healthcare, where
I could make a positive difference on people’s lives. Now I can do both.”
She found the perfect balance in dental care, where she helps kids maintain good oral health and improve the look of their smiles.
Today, Dr. Ellen is proud to bring exceptional pediatric dentistry to the community of Poway, CA. At her practice, Dr. Ellen Im Pediatric Dentistry, she and her “dream team” serve children, ranging from infants to adolescents, with a range of preventative and restorative dental care.
And of course, true to her roots, she enjoys tutoring—or educating—children and parents on good oral health!
When she’s not in the office, Dr. Ellen enjoys spending time with her husband, Jim, and their three children in their friendly neighborhood of San Diego.
The family enjoys attending the kids’ sporting events (soccer and softball), getting involved with their church, arts and crafts, and helping out with their daughter’s Girl Scout troop. In addition, Dr. Ellen teaches Sunday school, is an active leader in the Women’s Ministry, and enjoys practicing yoga.
Credentials and Accreditations
Dr. Ellen earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, University of Maryland and completed her pediatric dentistry residency in Washington, DC.
After completing her DDS, Dr. Ellen treated the underserved population of greater Washington, DC, and within a few years established her own practice: Northern Virginia Pediatric Dentistry. Now she owns Dr. Ellen Im Pediatric Dentistry in Poway, CA.
Additional Qualifications and Affiliations.
- Board-certified pediatric dentist
- Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
- Fellow, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Member, American Association of Women Dentists
- Honoree, 2018 Incisal Edge 40 Under 40
Congratulations to Dr. Ellen for being selected to the Forbes Next 1000 class of 2021!
The Forbes Next 1000 spotlights bold and inspiring entrepreneurs on their way to great success. The first-of-its-kind initiative celebrates the ambitious sole proprietors, self-funded shops and pre-revenue startups who are redefining what it means to build and run a business today, especially in the “new normal.” They are proof-positive that American entrepreneurship remains resilient, vibrant, and ever-changing.
Check out Dr. Ellen’s profile:
"Dr. Im and her staff are excellent. They are all so friendly and really know how to make my children and me comfortable throughout the entire visit!"
"The office staff is super nice and willing to work with you on appt scheduling, payments, anything! I had a ton of questions and they were all answered promptly and politely."
"They take extra care with the kids and are very patient with them. Not a tear shed during the experience. I highly recommend them!"
"My daughter was anxious about going to the dentist for the first time, but Dr. Im made her feel very comfortable by making her smile and laugh."
"Still absolutely love this dentist. Each chair has a TV screen or an iPad with Netflix and my daughter never wants to leave! We were expected to have a 4-6 month orthodontia treatment and 5 months later she's done!"
"Dr. Im and her staff are awesome. My children feel very comfortable here. My daughters always look forward to retrieving their prize at the end of their check up. I wouldn't take my kids anywhere else."
"Dr. Ellen is excellent! Definitely, hands down the best pediatric office! My Son had to get some treatment done and without a doubt Dr. Ellen was extremely caring and fun!"
"Dr. Ellen Im is a dentist that is extremely careful and caring to her patients. I highly suggest you go here because it is a great dentistry and the prices are pretty cheap considering this dentistry is amazing."
"Dr. Ellen Im is the most caring dentist I have ever met. My daughter loves coming to see her and we would never think to go anywhere else. She is amazing with the kids and takes her time. Her staff is wonderful and friendly."
"Dr. Ellen is amazing! My boys all loved her and felt comfortable around her. Which is a very big deal. I recommend anybody who wants to take their children to a dentist who will actually care about your child, to see them."