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Dr. Ellen Im Pediatric Dentistry offers personalized service and state-of-the-art dental care to the children of Poway, Scripps Ranch and Rancho Bernardo. We’re conveniently located at 13422 Pomerado Road, #201, Poway, CA 92064, near Pomerado Elementary School.

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.”
~Dr. Ellen

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!

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Family Life

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.

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Dr. Ellen Im, Incisal Edge 2018 40 Under 40

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.

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