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Mission Statement

The mission of the Dental Wellness Center is to teach its patients about the unique nature of their oral status through a co-learning process between doctor and patient that empowers them to make informed choices regarding its future. Health is not a commodity that can be dispensed – it is the result of a dual commitment between the doctor and patient based on transparency and trust developed along a diagnostic path of co-discovery, resulting in patient confidence through the knowledge acquired therein.

About Dr. McBride

Holistic Dentistry Expert for over 35 Years

Dr. McBrideDr. Robert McBride, D.D.S., has been practicing dentistry in Long Beach, California for over 35 years and has achieved a level of expertise that few dentists in the U.S. can claim. He is a health-centered dentist who is dedicated to building trustful relationships with each patient. His holistic practice maintains personalized attention and individual diagnostic time that allow patients to understand their dental problems and become participants in their own health care.

Dr. McBride received his Bachelor of Science from UCLA and his Doctorate in Dental Surgery from The College of Physicians and Surgeons of The University of The Pacific. He is a member of an elite group of dentists who have achieved Fellowship and Master status with the Academy of General Dentistry, which reflects his ongoing commitment to provide quality care through continuing education. He is one of just over 300 dentists worldwide who have been accredited in all four training levels in Orognathic Bioesthetics. While these recognitions illustrate Dr. McBride’s dedication to providing the best that dentistry has to offer, he also has achieved numerous other merits in the field of dentistry.

“If you truly want a dentist who will take the time to get to know you, to listen to your needs and help you to make informed choices about your dental future, and who has a dedicated staff that provides excellent personal service, then our practice is the place for you.”

~Robert P. McBride, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.


Valeria Moran

Jean Zirkle

It is a privilege to introduce myself as Dr. McBride's Dental Hygienist, Valeria Moran. Like Dr. McBride, I am very passionate about dentistry and educating my patients to follow a path towards optimal oral and overall health.

Being a part of his Dental Wellness Center has exposed me to treatment regimens that are innovative, thorough, and health centered. We both recognize the importance of the oral-systemic connection - how bacteria in the mouth can influence one's general health - and my aim is to further developing this approach through comprehensive patient assessment followed by appropriate preventive and treatment regimens.

After 11 years of practicing as a registered dental assistant, I decided to further my career by attending West Coast University's Dental Hygiene program, to attain a Bachelor degree in Science. I graduated in August 2011 with honors, and the experience as a whole was stimulating, strenuous, and fulfilling.

My husband Ati and I are originally from San Diego and we love spending time with our dog, Chuy. Collecting vinyl records and enjoying live music is one of my great pleasures, as well as riding my bicycle, traveling, and crafting.

I look forward to growing with this practice, and I feel fortunate to work with such a lovely staff.

Jean Zirkle

Jean Zirkle

I am Dr. McBride’s bookkeeper, and besides keeping our creditors happy, I provide Dr. McBride with information that allows him to manage the business of the practice.

My husband Dave and I have two children, Kyle and Nicole. I enjoy reading and many family activities. I am very hands-on in the remodeling of our beautiful home. Would you believe knocking down walls and tiling bathrooms and kitchen tops?

Leanne Sabo

Leanne Sabo

I am enjoying my position as the Education and Marketing Director. My job is to introduce the Dental Wellness Center to the community. It is easy to  promote my father, Robert McBride, because I believe that he is the most talented, professional, and caring holistic dentist you will find anywhere. He is extremely dedicated to his clients and believes that education is the key to offering  total wellness. He has mastered dentistry and loves what he does. One of his favorite sayings is: “When your purpose becomes defined, your work becomes a recreational activity.”

I graduated from Cal State University of Long Beach with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. I have worked with Dr. McBride throughout the past 20 years and truly appreciate just how special this office is.

My husband Rudy and I have two sons, Sean and Derek. I love spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy running and the outdoors.  My passion for fashion lead me to a business as a Comfort Specialist with JOCKEY person to person in which I do home parties.  Health, Family, Friends and Fashion! 

Gina Widmer

Gina Widmer

Hello, my name is Gina Widmer, a Registered Dental Assistant. I'm Dr. McBride's chair side assistant and back office coordinator here at the Dental Wellness Center. I've had experience in dentistry for 12 years and now that I've found Dr. McBride I feel I'll be practicing for many more years to come. I was born in Seattle, WA. and raised in Utah. I recently moved back to Orange County from Seattle and I have background in teaching, clinical hypnotherapy, art therapy and counseling. I feel so blessed to have found a dentist to work with that has the same set of beliefs in providing excellent patient education and care with a holistic approach.

I journeyed into dentistry through my own dental experiences as a child into adulthood. Having many bad experiences at the dentist, I decided I wanted to make sure patients had a positive experience and the best care in the dental office. I made the decision to change careers and I went to dental school, graduating in summer of 2001. I feel fortunate to have relocated to an exceptional office and part of a great team that provides excellent patient care.

During my time away from the office I enjoy tennis, camping- hiking, golf, skiing, roller blading and bike rides at the beach.  I also design clothing, enjoy traveling and spending time with family in Utah and Oregon.

I look forward to meeting you and providing you with the best care and experience in our office.


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