San Elijo Hills Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

Family Dental Care,
One Healthy Smile At A Time


Meet the dental doctors

Our staff is a strong team of compassionate and highly trained individuals who are committed to helping your family develop healthy habits to last a lifetime.

General Dentistry

Dr. Christine Phan


Dr. Phan is a graduate of the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. To expand her dental and medical knowledge, she completed two post-graduate hospital residencies at the VA in Milwaukee and the Lincoln Medical & Mental Health Center in New York. Outside of dentistry, she spends time with her family of young twins and husband Richard. She enjoys interacting with both kids and adults and looks forward to providing gentle, friendly, and thorough care for your family!


Dr. Lindsay Pfeffer


Coming from a family of dentists back on the east coast, Dr. Pfeffer decided on dental school after working in Cancer Research. She missed the personal interaction that she saw in her family’s dental offices. This prompted her to obtain her Doctorate in Dental Medicine from an Ivy League institution while also obtaining a Masters in Biomedical Ethics from University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine. Here she served numerous leadership roles while winning 1st in the Nation for her scientific research and was one of 5 nationally to Intern at the American Dental Association. She carried out an Internship at two Dental Hospitals in London before being selected by her 1st choice, the University of Southern California for Hospital Residency. Here she worked with veterans, trauma victims, medically compromised, cancer patients and in the operating room for those patients with special needs. After which she continued on as the Top 1% to be accepted into Orthodontic Residency. From there Dr. Pfeffer pursued not only professional success but also has been recognized for her wide-spread philanthropy in the community. Winning numerous awards, serving on multiple boards and her continuous recognition in magazines and news sources, she has been a leading force in Dentistry for California as well as those less fortunate. When she’s not in the office she Volunteers as Faculty for UCSD’s Free Clinic and provides free screening and free treatment to those in need. Giving back to over 150 organizations both with her time and resources; she has spent her life becoming a role model for philanthropy in her community. Apart from dentistry much of her free time is spent outside of her profession, helping improve the lives of foster youth and the homeless.

Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Jessie


Dr. Jessica DeFazio completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin Madison receiving a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She then went on to receive an Advanced Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from New York College of Dentistry and continued onto dental school at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Dr. Jessie is energetic and fun-loving, treats her patients as if they were her children. She has spent the last 3 years in Naples, Italy working in the U.S Naval Hospital as an American Red Cross Volunteer Pediatric Dentist, along with completing many outreach trips to places such as Nicaragua, Jamaica and Mexico. When Dr. Jessie is not in the office you can find her running or playing with her two dogs Mucca and Bob who she adopted while in Italy.

Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Chris


Dr. Christopher Pham thrives on challenges and making patients feel comfortable while in his care. He grew up in California and attended UC Davis. After running two private practices in Northern California, Dr. Pham moved to Guam in 2012. He’s happy to be back in Southern California and to call San Diego home. Dr. Pham is committed to bringing his patients the latest in dental technology and techniques.

In his free time, you can find Dr. Pham, his wife Jenny, and young son Daniel in the water or on the beach. Dr. Pham enjoys mountain biking, snorkeling, and paddle boarding in his spare time.

We don’t just care for smiles, we create them


Pediatric Dentistry

Check-ups, Cleanings, Orthodontics, Oral Surgery, X-Rays, Crowns, Fillings



You’re Insured

With a PPO plan from most major insurance companies, we accept as many silly smiles as possible



Brace Yourself

Orthodontics for even the most challenging cases. Clear, metal, Invisalign – we got it covered!


What sets us apart

Dentistry Specialists

With years of education, hands-on training, and experience, our doctors and staff are uniquely able to meet all specific dental needs

Exceptional Service

It’s our goal to provide your kids with compassionate dentistry that keeps them at ease and promotes healthy habits

Cutting-Edge Technology

Our office is outfitted with the latest technology, including all-digital, low radiation x-rays, for safe and accurate results

Multitude of Options

Providing a wide range of preventive and restorative dental care treatments to take care of your children from their first tooth until they head off to college

Special Needs Welcome

All kids are special and our caring team is exceptional with every personality. You will always be welcomed with compassionate service

Sedation & General Anesthesia

When extra help is needed for fear and anxiety, sedation and general anesthesia is available