Meet the Doctors behind your smile
Meet Dr. Rael Bernstein
Dr. Bernstein was born and raised in South Africa and attended the prestigious Wits Dental School, where he finished at the top of his class. He then completed his orthodontic specialty residency at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
After his residency, he accepted a university fellowship position, where he became a clinical assistant professor in the orthodontic department.
He yearned for a climate similar to South Africa and 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.
Meet Dr. Cindy Ding
Dr. Ding obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. She attended dental school at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and then went on to complete her orthodontic residency at the University of Colorado School of Dentistry. She has also completed the Aligner Intensive Fellowship Program to become more well versed with Invisalign treatment.
Dr. Ding considers herself a “big-kid at heart”, and loves the orthodontic field because it allows her to interact with kids every day! She envisions orthodontic treatment as a unique and beautiful puzzle and genuinely loves solving every aspect of it. Dr. Ding is passionate about creating gorgeous smiles as she strongly believes this simple little boost, can truly transform a person’s confidence! She never gets tired of finishing a case beautifully and witnessing a patient’s reaction when the braces come off. She’s always just as excited as the patient!
Dr. Ding wants every patient to be less critical of themselves. She believes we are all perfectly imperfect and believes that when patients come in for braces it is very courageous, as they are taking the first steps towards getting the proper care they deserve and need.
Dr. Ding is a Maryland native but is excited to relocate to Sunny California, after a stop in Denver, to join the Monterey community with her fiancé. She is an avid foodie and enjoys all types of food and exploring new recipes. When Dr. Ding is not working, you can catch her traveling the world (she’s been to Paris, London, Thailand, and Hawaii, and has Italy on her list next!). She loves to explore nature and enjoys hiking new trails and biking.
Meet Dr. Janette Yhip
The most rewarding part of being an orthodontist for Dr. Yhip is seeing the joy and confidence patients' have when they see their beautiful smiles for the first time without their braces. Dr. Yhip is very excited to be a part of the WOW! Smiles team to better serve the dental needs of our Salinas Valley community.
Originally born and raised in the mellow "island lifestyle" of the Bahamas, Dr. Janette Yhip moved to California with her family in 1978 to pursue a college education.
Dr. Yhip earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with honors at Loma Linda University, La Sierra College in 1983. She graduated at the top of her dental class at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 1987. She continued to complete the General Practice Residency in Hospital Dentistry at LLU in 1988.
After practicing general dentistry for one year, Dr. Yhip attended the Combined Orthodontic and Pediatric Dentistry Residency at UCLA School of Dentistry and graduated in 1992.
Dr. Yhip brings her genuinely warm and caring spirit to her style of practicing orthodontics. She is committed to achieving the ideal results for each patient by utilizing the latest technological advances.
In her free time, Dr. Yhip enjoys being Lauren and Alex's mom, outdoor activities, music, and being in places with white sandy beaches and clear blue waters.
Meet Dr. Ron Chung
Dr. Chung completed his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Irvine. He attended dental school at Ostrow School of Dentistry, University of Southern California, and then completed his residency at the University of the Pacific.
Dr. Chung believes every patient should be seen, and their needs should be heard. He wants everyone to know that they’re fearfully and wonderfully made!
With Dr. Chung as your orthodontist, your treatment process will be as fun as possible with an easy-going approach and genuine care. His dental philosophy for patients is simple- come to your appointments, brush your teeth, and wear your rubber bands!
Dr. Chung resides in the East Bay and, in his spare time, loves eating good Italian food, camping, traveling, sous vide, and catching up on the latest Netflix shows.
Meet Dr. Vincent Chiappone
Dr. Vincent Chiappone (“Dr. C”) joins our team with nearly 30 years of patient care experience under his belt. He was an Emergency Medical Technician during and after college at UC Santa Barbara. It was there he experienced a life changing swimming mishap, he smashed his front teeth in half! However, through the power of cosmetic dentistry and traditional braces, his smile was rebuilt newer, and even better than before. This life changing moment was the catalyst that would propel him into a career in dentistry. Dr. C decided if he could make people feel as good as he did by having his smile changed, then he was confident that dentistry and orthodontics would be a fantastic career to make his lifelong passion.
Dr. C subsequently completed his dental training at Columbia University in New York City, and his orthodontic residency at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. He has also served 12 years in the US Air Force reserves as a dental officer. In his reserve duties he completed humanitarian missions in Africa, Central America and Northernmost Alaska. Additionally, Dr. C studied under Dr. Pitts at UOP and has remained a lifelong student of his, and therefore is very well versed in our Pitts systems and Protocols at WOW! Smiles.
When Dr. C isn’t guiding your smile development, he can be found at home, either marching around the water's edge, cooking up a feast, or filling the neighborhood with the sounds of his piano playing.
Dr. C cherishes the trust you place in him as a member of your smile team, and he hopes you bring the same enthusiasm to your treatment as he does! Follow his big 4 rules for a quick and efficient treatment journey: “Keep your appointments”, “Keep ‘em clean", ”Keep ‘em unbroken”, “Keep wearing your elastics”