About Torrey Pines Pediatric Dentistry

Our practice aims to deliver the best dental care for children possible.

We have the latest state-of-the-art equipment to make sure your child has access to everything he or she needs at their dental visits. We constantly evaluate our materials and keep current with new technologies to make sure you have the best options available.We pride ourselves in practicing ethically and honestly, always taking the time to explain our findings. We always consider all appropriate treatment options and try to present the most conservative plans, when possible.

It is important for us to be helpful to our patients and answer any questions you might have regarding dental care. Starting early with prevention and good habits will help build a life-long smile and relationship with your pediatric dentist. Thank you for trusting us with one of the most joyful gifts a child has to offer, their smile!

Dental Practice Philosophy

Our practice philosophy is about treating every child as if they were our own and developing a lasting relationship not only with the patient, but also the parent. Whether we’re talking silly with a two-year-old or reviewing the proper techniques for brushing and flossing with an eighteen-year old before they head off to college, we focus our chairside manner on your child and getting to know them better at each visit.

Our goal is to deliver quality care to each patient while fostering habits beginning at age one and continuing into early adulthood.

With our focus centered on prevention at each visit, we teach patients our favorite secret tooth rules to keep a healthy and lasting smile—what foods, drinks, and habits are integral to maintaining optimum oral health and overall health. With sealants, fluoride, and special toothpaste options, our first goal is to always prevent dental disease before it occurs.

However, if more extensive work is required, such as fillings, crowns, root canals, and extractions, we strive to provide the highest quality dental care possible. To help maintain healthy, esthetic smiles, we try to utilize tooth-colored restorations whenever possible.

We are also able to offer a variety of behavior management techniques to put your child at ease and have an enjoyable dental experience. Additionally, we screen patients of all ages for orthodontic care at each six month examination.Not only do we focus our attention on your child, but we also work hard to address parental concerns by explaining each child’s unique dental situation—why and what type of treatment has been planned, and what to expect moving forward. In all aspects, we hope that every patient and parent has a positive experience in our office. We believe that when the child, parent, and dentist actively participate in prevention, a child can stay cavity-free. We appreciate the trust you have placed in us and look forward to growing this relationship. We will do what is best for your child while planting the seeds for their healthy smile!

Our Dental Doctors

Dr. Angela
Dr. Jaye
Dr. Kristen
Dr. Angela
Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Angela Lee is a UCLA graduate, where she was awarded her Bachelor of Science degree. She graduated with honors from Boston University School
of Dental Medicine where she was awarded her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD).  After achieving her doctorate in dentistry, she then pursued training in pediatrics.  She attended a prestigious pediatric dentistry program at New York University College of Dentistry.

Dr. Angela is an active member of the San Diego Dental Society, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.  She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Angela is happy to be home in Southern California where she enjoys running, yoga, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

Dr. Jaye
Pediatric Dentist

Her approach to your child’s treatment starts with patiently listening to you. Then, after a complete and thorough examination of your child’s dentition,  she reviews and discusses the diagnosis and treatment options with you.

“I am proud to provide my patients with the best in dental technology, treatment options and patient comfort. It is my pleasure to address all your questions and concerns.”

She has an “open door” policy in practicing and parents are welcome
to be present with their child during all appointments. Her spacious
office provides comfortable seating for parents while they observe and
learn more about their child’s dental health. Dr. Venuti strongly believes in involving parent’s in the dental appointment so that healthy behaviors become your child’s habits.

Dr. Kristen
Family Dentist

Dr. Kristen Whetsell is a Southern California native who graduated summa cum laude from UC San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in human biology. She went on to dental school at the University of Maryland, Baltimore where she was class president and graduated magna cum laude in 2012. She completed a General Practice Residency at the VA Medical Center La Jolla in 2013 providing dental care for veterans.

Dr. Whetsell is very involved in the dental profession and is on the Board of Directors for the San Diego County Dental Society. She is also the New Dentist Committee chair. She has always had a passion for humanitarian work and has volunteered with UC San Diego Free Dental Clinic Project. She also participated in the USNS Mercy humanitarian mission in Southeast Asia in 2006.

Dr. Whetsell values cultivating life long relationships with her patients. She believes that each patient should have personalized attention and that there is no one size fits all approach to dental health.

She lives in North Park with her husband, Ian. She enjoys the active lifestyle living in San Diego offers and loves hiking, stand up paddle boarding, yoga, skiing, and traveling.