Meet David Baltazar Hernandez, DDS
Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) 2019 | Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry – University of Southern California (USC)
Biology Bachelor of Science 2013 | University of California, Santa Cruz
Volunteering was one of the reasons why I chose to be a dentist. I was volunteering in San Jose in 2012 for CDA Cares. I saw for the first time what a positive impact dentist can have on a community. I knew that when I started dental school that I wanted to volunteer and help make smiles. I have kept this promise, and have volunteered in local clinics around Los Angeles through the AYUDA organization. I have volunteered on Skid Row in Los Angeles giving free dental service at John Wesley Community Health Center. I spent weekends going to cities and urban areas as a USC Mobile Clinic core member treating pediatric patients who have parents who cannot afford dental care for their children. I have even traveled abroad for the externships to Cambodia, Nicaragua, and Panama (Dental Humanitarian Outreach Program), to provide care to those less fortunate. After graduating from USC, I completed a 1 year AEGD with YVFWC to gain more dental experience as well as help the underserved community in Yakima.
I like to snowboard and ski, travel to see different parts of the country and the world, wine tasting, hiking, fishing, and river floating.
I aspire to…
Always be authentic, have a vision, never give up, to remove self doubt and to believe in myself because I know these attributes will help make me a successful doctor.
I have experience and thorough knowledge in all the procedures offered at CHCW. I consider myself to be professional, dependable, social, adaptable, competent in my skills, and hard working. The patients that CHCW care for in our clinics deserve to have quality dental care. With my strong community dental experience, I know I can give them the quality care and compassion they expect from their health care provider.