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. Darryl Caesar
Dr. Darryl Caesar is a Canadian native and attended undergraduate at University of Ottawa. Dr. Caesar attended the first dental school in the world, the University of Maryland College of Dentistry. He completed two years of general practice residency (GPR) in NYC and then went on to complete his Orthodontics training at Howard University College of Dentistry.
Orthodontic treatment for Dr. Caesar as a young child seemed like a “rite of passage”, mandated by his parents at that time. However, later in life he realized how important his orthodontic journey and treatment was in establishing his self-esteem and enhancing his confidence. He believes his smile is one of his best assets and allows his personality to shine through.
One of Dr. Caesar’s strengths as an orthodontist is being able to effectively communicate and explain his expertise and knowledge in a digestible manner that makes it easy for all patients to understand. His main goal as your Orthodontist is to create a fun and non-threatening environment where patients will look forward to their appointments, be comfortable, and assured that they’re in good hands throughout the orthodontic treatment journey.
When Dr. Caesar is not at work, he enjoys traveling the world, going to art exhibits and concerts, trying new vegan restaurants and searching for the best boba tea. He does not have any animal pets, but he is a “plant Dad” to 6 plants and enjoys naturing them. Dr Caesar recently relocated from the Central Valley to Oakland and is excited to discover the Bay Area.
Meet Dr. Edmond H. Henken
Dr. Edmond H. Henken has been creating winning smiles in South Orange County for 23 years. He received his Doctorate Degree in Dentistry from the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. After practicing general dentistry for two years, he returned to Loma Linda University School of Dentistry to obtain a Master's Degree, which allowed him to specialize in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. The training that Dr. Henken received at Loma Linda University School of Orthodontics, under the philosophy of Robert Ricketts, provided him with unique skills that focus on growth and development, allowing him not only to align the teeth, but also to develop balanced facial features and a winning smile.
Dr. Henken is passionate about being an orthodontist because of the opportunity he has to truly change and impact people’s lives every day. He wants every patient to follow their dreams and to feel confident in their new smile.
Dr. Henken and his wife, Dr. Tamra Taylor, DDS, will be relocating to Cloverdale with their children, Hans, 29, and twins, Sterling and Paris,25, and fox terrier dog, Diesel. He also has two adult daughters Heather and Heidi. He enjoys reading and watching his children sail and surf around the world. One of the highlights of his life was attending the Rio Olympics to watch his daughter Paris, compete in a sailing event that presented her the title of being 10th best sailor in the world.