Dr. Lei Luo: Dental Migration
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
SAN BRUNO — When Dr. Lei Luo came to the United States to learn about new techniques in dentistry, he hadn’t planned on becoming a permanent resident, but that’s exactly what happened. “I began my dentistry career in China in the early 1980s,” he recounts. “I originally got into dentistry on the advice of my father, who was a doctor. He thought it would be a good profession for me to pursue, especially since dentists were in high demand. In 1996, after practicing for more than a decade, I wanted to increase my skills and knowledge, so I came to the U.S. to learn about oral surgery and dental implants. I really liked the state of the dental industry here, and eventually I decided to stay. I officially began practicing dentistry in the Bay Area in 2003 and have been here ever since.”
Today, Dr. Luo says his favorite part of his job is bringing relief to patients with tooth pain. “It’s amazing what a quick difference you can make for a patient who’s experiencing discomfort. One minute, they’re doubled over in pain; the next, they’re smiling with relief. It’s very satisfying to provide that for a patient.”
A resident of the San Francisco Peninsula, Dr. Luo spends his time outside of work on a variety of pastimes. “I enjoy spending time with my kids, Nina and Willie,” he says. “I also like watching sports, going to concerts at the San Francisco Opera House and fellowshipping with friends at church.”
In regard to his professional career, Dr. Luo says it’s all about his patients. “First and foremost, I’m dedicated to improving my patients’ quality of life. It’s very rewarding to have a positive impact on the lives of others. There’s nothing better than seeing a smile come to a patient’s face after their problem has been resolved.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Dr. Luo says he’d book a trip. “I plan to do a lot of traveling in retirement. The first stop would be Paris to visit all the museums there. I’ve actually been there a couple of times already, but I haven’t had a chance to do that. I’d also like to visit some other areas of Europe, as well as travel through some regions of China I’ve never seen before.”
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