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Dr. Rael Bernstein


Dr. Bernstein was born and raised in South Africa and attended the prestigious Wits Dental School finishing top of his class. He then completed his orthodontic specialty residency at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Following his residency, he accepted a fellowship position at the University where he became a clinical assistant professor in the orthodontic department.

He yearned for a climate similar to South Africa so he decided to relocate to Southern California, where he met his wife Debbie, also a dental specialist. He opened his first orthodontic practice shortly after.

Dr. Bernstein is committed to excellence in orthodontics. He has lectured nationally on self-ligation and early interceptive treatment to other orthodontists and dentists. He strives to provide the latest and greatest to all of his patients in a friendly, upbeat atmosphere.

In his spare time, Dr. Bernstein enjoys racing go-karts, working out, snowboarding in winter and devoting himself to his wife and two daughters by going to birthday parties, ballet recitals, gymnastics classes and more.

“I totally understand that I will not be cool forever, so I am to take full advantage while I am still cool in their eyes!”

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Meet Dr. Thomas Iverson


Dr. Iverson completed his undergraduate degree from University of California, San Diego. He attended dental school at Baylor College of Dentistry and then went on to complete his orthodontic residency at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Dr. Iverson is a seasoned orthodontic expert with over 35 years of experience in the industry. He was inspired to practice orthodontics because of the combination of art and science behind a beautiful smile, which drives his passion to keep up with the latest technology. His dental philosophy for patients is simple: bringing patients joy, with a positive and fun experience! He wants every patient to live their life with passion and purpose. With Dr. Iverson as your orthodontist, he promises to make the treatment process as fun as possible with an easy-going approach and genuine care.

Dr. Iverson is a Sonoma County native, graduating from high school in Healdsburg. He resides in Sacramento with his wife and dog Daisy and has two adult daughters. He still has strong ties to the area since his dad and brother live locally and is very excited for the opportunity to spend more time back in Santa Rosa! He enjoys sports such as cycling, skiing and basketball. He also has a passion for traveling, stamp collecting, and loves good barbecue and Mexican food.

Why Choose an Orthodontic Specialist?

Every dentist has completed a minimum of seven years of college education and is fully licensed to perform dental procedures.

Many dentists are now performing orthodontic treatment on patients, sometimes at a lower price.

But, what you may not realize is an orthodontist has two to three additional years of education and more than 3,000 additional hours of training focused specifically on orthodontics.

When you think about what’s involved with orthodontic treatment, it makes sense to trust a specialist.

Orthodontics involves not just straightening teeth, but treating underlying conditions of the jaw and facial irregularities. Orthodontics is sort of an art form!

Just as you would see a cardiologist for a heart condition, you should leave your orthodontic treatment to a specialist.

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