Dr. Ramona Yousefipour: An Early Ambition
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
OAKLEY — Most people don’t settle on a professional career until after high school, but for Ramona Yousefipour, the choice was clear at a young age. “Even as a child, I knew I wanted to be a dentist,” she affirms. “I had a very positive experience with my dentist growing up. The first time I met him, I had a really bad toothache. He was so gentle, I don’t even remember getting a shot—just the pain suddenly being gone. From then on, I was fascinated by dentistry and looked forward to every visit to his office. As I got older, I developed an interest in helping people, and dentistry seemed like a perfect avenue for me to do that.”
Following high school, Ramona made a beeline toward her professional objective, leaving an impressive academic track record in her wake. “I attended UC Irvine, where I did a double major in biological sciences and physical sciences,” she recounts. “After graduating, I worked for four years as a microbiology technologist while simultaneously earning my master’s degree in microbiology. Following that, I was accepted into the dental program at UC San Francisco, where I finished with honors before starting my practice.”
Today, as owner of Delta Family Dentistry, Dr. Yousefipour says one of her favorite parts of her job is working with children. “As a mother of a child who suffers from sleep apnea, I have a special interest in helping other children who experience this condition and the related symptoms. In many cases, children diagnosed with ADD and ADHD are actually suffering from lack of sleep due to sleep apnea, which gets misinterpreted as a learning disability. That’s why a big focus of mine is helping children and educating their parents about this pervasive problem.”
A resident of Oakley (where she lives with her husband, Parham, and their three children), Dr. Yousefipour expresses her appreciation for the vibrant character of Bay Area life. “The people, the weather, the culture…I love it all. I’m originally from southern California, but after moving north to attend UCSF, I liked the environment so much better that I decided to stay.”
Outside of work, Ramona spends the bulk of her time with family. “The moment I get off work, it’s all about my kids,” she says. “I pick them up from school, cook them dinner and help them with their homework, so there isn’t a lot of downtime.” When she’s not busy being Super Mom, Ramona likes to read and exercise. “Reading is the one thing that really relaxes me—plus, I love to learn. I also exercise daily and enjoy going swimming or skiing whenever I get the chance.”
In regard to her professional career, Dr. Yousefipour espouses the importance of taking a holistic approach. “When a patient walks in, I don’t just look at them as teeth—I look at them as a whole person,” she explains. “In addition to addressing their oral health, I sometimes have to address their fear and anxiety, and potentially even look at what’s going on in their life. Everything is tied together, so it’s important to look at the whole and not just a single aspect.”
When asked how her life might change if she were to retire tomorrow, Dr. Yousefipour says she’d switch her focus from professional practice to education. “First of all, I don’t see myself retiring. However, if there was a point where I wasn’t able to do dentistry anymore, I would teach at a university. I still have connections at UCSF, so maybe I’d teach there.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
A: Go to the gym and exercise. That always helps improve my mood on rainy days.
Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Farallon in San Francisco.
Q: Coffee or tea?
A: I enjoy both at different times of the day.
Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: Potato chips—they’re my weakness.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
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A: Egypt. I’ve been there once before and it was one of the most amazing places I’ve ever visited.