About Smile by Design Dental Group
Smile by Design Dental Group is a Irvine based family dentist practice that treats patients of all ages. We are committed to delivering the highest quality dental care and do so using advanced dental equipment. We are a cosmetic dentist that offers services like checkups, teeth cleaning, crowns, veneers and more.
We also perform emergency dentist services that include bonding, crowns, and bridges. As a local dentist, we create lifelong relationships with our patients and their families and work to ensure that they receive treatments in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Dr. Choi and our staff invite you to schedule an appointment by calling 949-336-3404 and experience why our patients think Smile by Design Dental Group is the best dentist in Irvine.
Meet The Doctor
Dr. Michael Choi
Dr. Michael Choi is a general dentist, cosmetic dentist, prosthodontist and implant specialist serving patients in Irvine, CA and the surrounding communities. He has trained with some of the world’s most prominent implant dentists, and he has completed more than 12,000 dental implant surgeries and restorations.
Dr. Choi earned his doctoral degree in Seoul, South Korea in 1986. He served as a military doctor and then entered the advanced implant preceptorship program at UCLA. He researched dental implant interfaces and mechanics, and his findings were published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants (JOMI).
In 1994, Dr. Choi began the advanced prosthodontic program at Loma Linda University, where he earned a certificate in prosthodontics. He then entered the advanced implant dentistry program and graduated with a certificate in implant dentistry in 1996. Dr. Choi was an assistant professor at Loma Linda for a year, after which he was an implant specialist at the Arizona Implant Institute, focusing on full-mouth reconstruction and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Choi continues to give many lectures and teach numerous courses about dental implants and cosmetic dentistry, as he maintains his private practice.
Dr. Choi and his wife, Leslie, have been married for 25 years. They have two children: John, 25, lives and works as a product manager in Atlanta, Georgia after graduating from Emory University in 2014. His daughter, Shaelyn, 20, is a student-Athlete at Princeton University. When out of the office, Dr. Choi enjoys golf and hot yoga. He is also a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Meet The Team
AngelaRegistered Dental Assistant
As Dr. Choi’s dental assistant, I look forward to working with patients and caring for their needs. I not only act as Dr. Choi’s “third and fourth hands” I also handle all the back office duties. I enjoy working with him and love his perfectionist attitude, his honesty, and his skill. I also love the fantastic teamwork in the office and I really like seeing patients walk away with healthy smiles.
When not at work, I love spending time with my husband. I have traveled extensively in the Unites States and Part of Asia, and wish to explore the rest of the world. I love coffee, and chatting with friends – preferably while drinking coffee.
AnyaRegistered Dental Hygienist
I joined Smile by Design in 2011 as a dental assistant who has a background in dental laboratory technology and now, as a registered dental Hygienist, I became our very own. I love spending one-on-one time with patients and educating every about oral health & hygiene. Dentistry has a special place in my heart and I have a passion for helping patients achieve a healthy smile.
I live with my husband in Huntington Beach, but can be found all over Southern California doing anything from hiking, paddle boarding, snowboarding, playing volleyball, and riding beach cruisers.
CinthyaRegistered Dental Assistant
I have been in the dental field since the age of 18, I got my first job as a back office assistant and enjoyed every minute of it. I am very dedicated and love to assist Dr. Choi in providing patients with their most beautiful smile as well as their best dental experience. I admire Dr. Choi’s work skill and knowledge. I always have a smile on my face and love to see patients walkout with one too.
I love to play the guitar on my free time and enjoy doing obstacle course racing as well as working out on a daily.
I am passionate about teeth and understand the importance of great dental hygiene. What makes my job enjoyable is seeing a great smile on the faces of every patient that walks out of this office. I admire Dr. Choi’s years of experience in the implant industry and his dedication to his patients. I love how meticulous he is with his work and the outcome of every patient that he treats.
Outside of work, I enjoy trying out new restaurants, cooking, indoor cycling, and discovering new coffee shops. I also love traveling too.
Veronica MontoyaOffice Manager
My name is Veronica Montoya, I am over 25 years in dentistry. As Dr. Michael Choi office manager at Smile By Design. I enjoy helping patients from start to finish of their treatment. Whether it’s a financial question or it is treatment plan. Dr. Michael Choi has great experience in dentistry. He cares a lot about his patients smile and health with the latest technology of treatment. We also have a friendly and helpful staff who go the distance for our patients the moment you walk into the office. A great atmospher here!!
What I like to do outside of the office is Spending time with my family and closest friends as well cooking, decorating and love music.
EmilarRegistered Dental Hygienist
I am the new asset to Smile by Design. My name is Emilar Rasmuzzen Halliday, but you can called me Emi. I am here to educated, treat and guide you to reach healthy beautiful smiles. I have always love dentistry. I started as a dental assistant and practice for 8 years, and being a Hygienist for 10 years. I am excited to meet you all soon. Besides hygiene, I love to dance, exercise. I am a fitness instructor also. I teach Aqua fit, Zumba and kickbox.