Dr. Brian J. Hockel
Dr. Brian J. Hockel is a graduate of the UCSF School of Dentistry (’89). After graduating, he practiced with his father for eleven years, and has continued the family traditions. He learned gnathology, the study of the jaw movements and how they relate to the teeth, as a senior in high school. He was a dental technician for several years before attending dental school, at which time his brother Steve took over the laboratory.
The recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Brian has focused on cosmetic, restorative, and orthodontic care, and is active in the Academy of Airway and Gnathologic Orthopedics, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the North American Association of Facial Orthotropics and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He combines his cosmetic, orthodontic, airway treatment and gnathology skills to bring about great changes in people’s smiles and health. Check out some of his orthodontic results – often done invisibly with Crozats or other inconspicuous appliances. See also a sample of his cosmetic / restorative results. Dr. Hockel is one of the only northern California dentists who practices and teaches orthotropics, a method of facial growth guidance for young kids that can result in amazing changes.
Dr. Hockel and his wife Beth have eleven children, ages from 14 to 31 – six boys and five girls.
Dr. Michaela Ching
Dr. Michaela Ching is a 2013 graduate of UCLA. She pursued her dream of becoming a dentist by excelling in dental school, also at UCLA, where she received her Dental degree with an award acknowledging her Excellence in Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Ching then continued her education in Fresno by completing a General Practice Residency.
Dr. Ching is a meticulous, detail-oriented practitioner who truly cares about each patient and strives to provide quality care with a gentle touch. Her passion for dentistry is seen every day in her attention to detail and steadfast work ethic.
Dr. Ching is an active member of the American Dental Association and the California Dental Association. She enjoys giving back to the community and has participated in medical/dental missions to Honduras, Guatemala, and China.
Dr. Ching grew up in the East Bay area and has two younger sisters, who are also pursuing careers in health care. She is fluent in Cantonese and enjoys hiking, traveling, cooking, reading, and arts and crafts.
Dr. Sadaf Assadi
Dr. Sadaf Assadi graduated from Oregon Health and Science, School of Dentistry in 2017. She loves dentistry and is continuously learning more about the field.
Dr. Assadi has a passion for biomimetic, minimally invasive, adhesive dentistry and has completed the Biomimetic Mastership with The Alleman Center. She is gentle and caring, treating patients as she would want her own family to be treated.
Always interested in giving back, Dr. Assadi participated in a dental humanitarian trip to the Dominican Republic in 2016 and also organized the first Ramadan Tent project in the US in 2016. Dr. Assadi enjoys reading, being outdoors, and playing sports, especially the sport of squash.
Originally from Italy, Dr. Assadi speaks fluent Italian, Farsi, and some Spanish.
Dr. Jack L. Hockel
Dr. Jack L. Hockel, now retired, limited his practice to orthodontic treatment for many years, especially non-extraction Crozat orthopedics. He also led our on-site orthodontic study club for many years, and is currently the editor for a national orthodontic journal. A graduate of UCSF (’59), he practiced as a general dentist in the area over 40 years. He has published and lectured extensively (including a book published in 2008) about this unique approach to orthodontics, especially through the American Academy of Gnathologic Orthopedics (now the Academy of Airway and Gnathologic Orthopedics). He published Crozat Arch Development in 2008, a definitive explanation of Crozat mechanics. Dr. Jack’s hobbies include saxophone, gardening, cooking, and computers. He and Judie have six children, twenty-six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.