We take care of dental needs for the whole family! Our general dentist treats patients from the teenage years on. We work together with our patients to customize your dental care and make sure you feel at home in our office. From regular cleanings and exams to fillings, crowns and Invisalign, we can take care of all of your dental needs. Our fun and friendly environment will keep your whole family smiling.
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 lifelong 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.
“I had my first visit with Torrey Pines Pediatric Dentistry (I am an adult) and had a great experience. Dr. Kristen Whetsell was wonderful – very detailed in her work and absolutely patient in explaining everything in detail. The office staff was wonderful and accommodating and the hygienist was great! Overall – a wonderful experience – I will continue to use their services and would definitely recommend them.”
“Dr. Kristen is an exceptional Dentist and Im very happy to share my wonderful experiences my wife and I have had with her as our Dentist over the last couple years.Great combo of personality, likability & super teethy skills 😉 She’s great at helping you feel comfortable and casual, not the sometimes cold and antiseptic vibe dentists can slip into.She listens very well and never makes me feel rushed.”
“A visit to the dentist can be nerve wrecking especially when one is having a wisdom tooth pulled. However Dr. Whetsell and her team provided me with excellent customer service and made the process run along smoothly. The facility is clean, organized, and the equipment and technology used is phenomenal. How many people can say they watched F*R*I*E*N*D*S while having their wisdom tooth removed ? Lol Thank you team for being so attentive and informative during my visit. I definitely will be returning for any of my dental needs and highly recommend this location to everyone of all ages.
“Dr. Kristen is amazing! I’m so glad I found her!!! I was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia by another dentist, and endured through two years of unnecessary orthodontics to try to move the tooth away from the nerve. It didn’t work (my teeth were straight to begin with! ) On my very first visit to Dr. Kristen, she mentioned that my years of facial pain and tenderness might be related to a gum recession she noticed and suggested a very small filling to patch the gap. The pain is COMPLETELY gone. Great job, Dr. Kristen! I wish I’d found you sooner!!!!!”