Meet Our Specialist Partners

At Fountaingrove Dentistry, we pride ourselves at providing a broad range of dental services within the practice. We also partner with outstanding specialists in our area when it is in your best interest to be treated by a Specialist outside our practice. We work in concert with many experienced dental specialists with the latest techniques and equipment. Click on the specialty areas below to see where we regularly refer our valued patients:

Endodontics Root Canals that allow us to save important teeth

Dr. Emine C. Loxley, DMD

Dr. Emine C. Loxley Dr. Emine C. Loxley, DMD
Practice limited to Endodontics

Dr. Loxley attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Dentistry, graduating in 1994. Serving two tours abroad in the U.S. Army’s Dental Corps. from 1994-2004 completing her service as a Major. Selected for the military’s intensive Endodontic Specialty training program in 1998, Dr. Loxley earned her specialty certificate in Endodontics at the Army’s Tingay Dental Clinic and the Medical College of Georgia. She completed her residency program in 2000. Dr. Loxley started her Endodontic practice in Bend, Oregon in 2004 and recently sold her practice due to her autistic son’s needs, relocating here in Sonoma County. She loves spending time with her four children, scuba diving, reading, and traveling. She is a member of the California Dental Association, American Dental Association, American Association of Endodontics and the Redwood Empire Dental Society.

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Dr. Jared Fortman

Dr. Jared FortmanJared R. Fortman, DDS

Dr. Fortman grew up in suburban Kansas City, Missouri where he attended The University of Missouri-Columbia for his undergraduate studies and The University of Missouri-Kansas City-School of Dentistry for his pre-doctoral training. He started his general practice in 1996 and after 5 years was chosen to join a 3 year post-graduate residency by Louisiana State Universitys Endodontic Department in New Orleans. Upon completion in 2004 Dr. Fortman, his wife and their 2 sons moved to Santa Rosa to begin their lives in California and start his private endodontic practice. He took the reins from the first endodontists in Santa Rosa and never looked back. “This is a great city in which to live and work. I feel fortunate that the people in this community have accepted me so graciously.”

Dr. Fortman continues to stay at the forefront of his profession with his main passions being retreatment of failed root canals and pain control. He is often heard saying, “A root canal should be boring. If you are bored then it didnt hurt and everything went as planned!” Dr. Fortman is a member of The Redwood Empire Dental Society, The California Dental Association, The American Dental Association, The California State Association of Endodontists and The American Association of Endodontists.

Dr. Fortman spends much of his personal time mountain biking with his sons, coaching their baseball teams, supporting school functions and relaxing with his wife Kelly.

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Pedodontics Treatment of children and their special oral health needs

Dr. Rob Oliver

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Periodontics Treatment of the gums and supporting structures around the teeth to help them last a lifetime; Dental Implants; Cosmetic surgery of the gums to make teeth look their best

Dr James Simonds

partner-simondsDr. James Simonds is a practicing periodontist in Santa Rosa, California. After acquiring a BA in philosophy from Boston University and a D.M.D. from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, he served at the National Naval Dental Center in Washington, D.C.. Dr. Simonds did his post-doctoral periodontal residency at Louisiana State University in New Orleans and then took a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontics at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco. During his 4 years as a full-time faculty member, he also consulted for the Veterans Administration Hospital in Livermore and the Northern California Dental Hygiene Association. Dr. Simonds was also on the faculty of the Western Society of Periodontology Study Clubs.

Dr. Simonds is the author of several publications including the Practical Periodontics text, a periodontal patient manual Saving Your Smile, and he wrote a series of articles for the Journal of Practical Hygiene. He has given over 100 presentations nationwide. Dr. Simonds is the founder of Continental Education that specializes in continuing dental education and consulting for dentists.

In addition to his practice, he works to develop novel techniques in the area of periodontal plastic surgery and has conducted research focused in this area.

Dr. Simonds is a Past-President and current Editor for the Western Society of Periodontology and a Past-President and current Editor for the Redwood Empire Dental Society. He lives with his wife Dana, a Sonoma County Superior Court Judge, and has two children Daniel and Michelle.


Dr. Jay Uemura

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Dr. Paul Steigerwald

Steigerwald Dr. Steigerwald received his dental degree from Ohio State University in 1984; and his certificate in periodontics in 1986 from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Dr. Steigerwald began placing dental implants in 1988 and to date has placed over 4000 implants.

Because of his many years of experience and affiliation with professors and academic institutions, Dr. Steigerwald has been involved in many of the techniques and innovations that are commonly used for successful implant dentistry today.

Dr. Steigerwald is a continuing education provider for the California Dental Association and the director of a local study club for dentists that focuses on diagnosis and treatment planning of complex restorative cases.

Dr. Steigerwalds practice, Wine Country Periodontics and Implantology, has offices in Santa Rosa and Ukiah.
To learn more about Dr. Steigerwalds practice, visit his website

Prosthodontics Reconstruction or replacement of teeth using crowns, bridges, implants or dentures

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Oral Surgery Removal of impacted or badly damaged teeth; Dental Implants; treatment of lesions of the head and neck, reconstruction of jaws

Sonoma County Oral Surgery

Dr. ChavezDr. Chavezs Oral Surgery interests include treating dental phobic patients, implant surgery, bone grafting, trauma, TMJ, and facial reconstruction. Outside of Oral Surgery he enjoys spending time with his family, running, sports and exercising. He completed his undergraduate degree at Sonoma State and his dental degree from University of California, San Francisco. He then went on to complete his Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery residency at University of Pacific/Highland Hospital.


Dr. MogannamDr. Mogannam is very excited to be able to practice in his home town of Santa Rosa where his family roots are deep. He is married to Cindy, a Dietitian, and together they have two children, Gabrielle and Peter. Dr. Mogannams Oral Surgery interests include treatment of children and young adults, implant surgery, bone grafting, and facial reconstruction. Outside of Oral Surgery his hobbies include playing with his children, running and working out.


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Fountaingrove Oral Surgery

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Orthodontics Aligning of teeth and management of growth to help give patients the most beautiful and functional smiles

Bernstein Orthodontics – Rael Bernstein, DDS, MS

Dr. Rael Bernstein Dr. Bernstein was born and raised in South Africa where he attended the prestigious Wits Dental School finishing top of his class. He then went to complete his orthodontic specialty residency at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1998. Following his residency, Dr. Bernstein accepted a fellowship position at the University where he became a clinical assistant professor at the orthodontic department. Having a yearning for a more similar climate to South Africa, and tired of shoveling snow, he relocated to Southern California where he met his wife Debbie, also a dental specialist (prosthodontist). Dr. Bernstein relocated to Santa Rosa in 2002 to get away from the hustle and bustle of Southern California.

As a former orthodontic patient, he not only understands his patients needs and concerns but also the wonderful benefits of a healthy bite and broad smile.

Dr. Bernstein is committed to excellence in orthodontics. He is also the only invited guest orthodontist to teach at the Hygiene and Dental Assisting School at the Santa Rosa Junior College. He has lectured nationally on self-ligation and early interceptive treatment to orthodontists and dentists.

He recently served as president of our local (Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake Counties) Redwood Empire Dental Society for 2009, and is also an active member of the California Dental Association, the American Dental Association, the California Association of Orthodontics, the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontics, and the American Association of Orthodontics.

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Bales Orthodontics

Bales OrthodonticsDr Tom and Dr Katie Bales are the perfect combination for your orthodontic needs. They bring together over 35 years of experience with cutting edge techniques, plus state of the art facilities. Dr Tom and Dr Katie Bales are the top premiere providers for Invisalign in Marin and Sonoma counties. Bales Orthodontics has delivered outstanding orthodontic treatment to over 15,000 people.

Dr. Thomas R. Bales has been in the exclusive practice of orthodontics since 1976. He received his dental degree from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco and completed his specialty training in orthodontics at the University of California in Los Angeles. An active member in both, the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists and the American Association of Orthodontists, Dr. Bales is also Past President of the Marin County Dental Society, a component of the California and American Dental Associations. He is a board-certified orthodontist and a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, a distinction held by only roughly 25% of practicing orthodontists.

Dr. Tom was honored in March 2004 when the new UCLA Orthodontic Clinic was dedicated the DR. THOMAS R. BALES ORTHODONTIC CLINIC at UCLA, for his leadership, dedication and philanthropy to the Orthodontic Residency Program there.

Dr. Kathleen M. Bales was born in Novato, California. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder for her undergraduate education, majoring in Biology. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2003 from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California, where today she enjoys teaching Invisalign part time to the dental students.

Dr. Katie completed her orthodontic residency in 2006 at the University of California at Los Angeles, where she was chief resident and simultaneously earned a Master of Science degree. Her research was focused on the orthodontic treatment of cleft palate patients.

Dr. Katie is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, California Dental Association and the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontics as well as the local dental societies of Marin and Sonoma County. Like her father, she has the distinction of being a board-certified orthodontist and a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.

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Dr. Don Guest

Dr. GuestDr. Don R. Guest is an accredited orthodontist with over 25 years of experience. He has had great success treating both children and adults from Fountaingrove Dentistry. Dr. Guest graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in genetics. He then attended the University of California in San Francisco. He went on to receive his two-year post-doctoral degree in orthodontics from the same renowned institution. He graduatednumberONEin his class.

Dr. Guest is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association and the Redwood Empire Dental Association. He is constantly attending continuing education courses to be sure he is using the latest and safest methods in orthodontics for his patients. In addition to being a top notch orthodontist, Dr. Guest is a world-class athlete, representing the United States in Rugby and playing football at the University of California, Berkeley. He still holds the NCAA record for the longest field goal return of 108 yards.

He is married to Jacqueline and has three children. When he is not creating beautiful smiles he likes to snow ski, bike and play tennis. We know you will love getting to know Dr. Guest and his wonderful team.

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Dr. Charles (Chuck) Wear

Charles Wear The most experienced orthodontist in Sonoma County, Dr. Chuck Wear has been contributing to the health and quality of life of children and adults since he established his practice in Santa Rosa over 30 years ago. As passionate about orthodontics today as he was when he first started, Dr. Wear continues to pursue all the latest in technology and innovation in his treatment options. His experience and knowledge combined with his pursuit of excellence in producing beautiful, personalized and healthy smiles is what sets him apart in Sonoma County.

His professional background includes serving on the faculty at the UCSF School of Dentistry, on a council for the American Association of Orthodontists, on the board of the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, as the president of the California Association of Orthodontists, and as component president of the prestigious Edward H. Angle Society to name a few. His highly respected reputation is known nationwide.

A community leader in Sonoma County, Dr. Wear has led and supported numerous educational and charitable organizations. As he says, “I live here and I want to give back to my community”. When he’s not busy creating amazing smiles, he also enjoys cycling, motorcycles, working out, skiing, golfing and is a private pilot. He and his wife Ellen live in Santa Rosa where they have raised 2 kids, both grown and married. He also enjoys spending time with his 4 grandchildren. Smiles created by Dr. Wear are enjoyed by a couple of generations in our county which is why he has the reputation of being an “orthodontist you can trust”.

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