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Capital Dental’s dentists understand that skill and compassion go hand in hand when providing exceptional patient care from your dentist and their staff. As your dental professionals, we stay up to date on the latest advancements in dentistry in order to provide the most current treatment options to our patients. As your doctors, we recognize that our patients are unique individuals who have placed a great deal of trust in us and our team. That is just one reason why we value each and every patient relationship. Our dentists strive to provide Bakersfield with optimal dental care.
“I am a Bakersfield native. I attended Harding, Compton Jr., and Highland High Schools. My first job was working in the potato sheds on Edison Highway. My father, William F. Casteen, M.D. and sister Carol Casteen, M.D. have been Ophthalmologist here for many years. If I’m not working, I am probably buying an actor friend a meal somewhere in Los Angeles or trying to slow down in Santa Ynez Valley. I have had a very diverse life and became interested in dentistry through a discussion with my Art teacher when studying to become a potter. In the 1990’s I developed a residential care facility for the elderly called Home Again. I developed a theater company in Los Angeles called Tom Cats which produced original plays and the classics. I have a love for animals and feed more stray cats and dogs in Bakersfield than you can imagine. I love flying airplanes and I am proud to be an Eagle Scout.”
“I grew up in southern California, the son of a busy orthodontist. I have been surrounded with a deep respect for the responsibility involved in patient care on a day to day level. Prior to coming to Bakersfield I was a dentist in San Diego. My wife Amy and I chose Bakersfield as the right place to raise our two boys and develop a family dental practice. We have found the people of Bakersfield to be some of the nicest people we’ve ever met.”
“I grew up right here in Bakersfield, attending Col. Nichols Elementary School, Chipman J.H.S. and Highland High School. I was active in sports and music in school and earned the Eagle Scout award in Boy Scouts. Since then I have traveled extensively and have lived in Alaska and in Hawaii before returning back home to Bakersfield. Quality of life and friendships are what matters most to me.”
Dr. Hyun-do Joo is the newest Associate Dentist here at our practice. Dr. Joo was raised in Freemont, California and completed his undergraduate education at University of California, Berkley graduating with a degree in Molecular Cellular Biology. He practiced as a research biologist in the University of San Francisco hospital lab with a focus on hospital studies before attending dental school at the University of Southern California. He has geared his education and experience toward pediatric dentistry with a broader education to offer service to entire families. He is licensed to perform pediatric oral sedation and is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the California Dental Association, and the American Dental Academy.
With his free time Dr. Joo plays the guitar and enjoys watching and playing basketball. He is fluent in English and Korean.
Dr. Pratik Patel is a Southern California native. Since graduating from dental school at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco, he has further refined his skills through an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency in Santa Barbara and numerous continuing education courses. His training has focused on family and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Patel is an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry, Kern County Dental Society and California Dental Association, an organization he regularly volunteers for to provide dental care to the under-served. Outside of dentistry, Dr. Patel enjoys spending time with his family, hiking and surfing as well as paddle boarding when back in his hometown of Ventura.