meet Dr. Keiko
As a young girl, Dr. Watanabe saw her grandfather remove what she thought were his permanent, natural teeth. Witnessing the shocked expression on his granddaughter’s face, he tried to comfort her. However, his toothless grin only frightened her more. Once young Dr. Watanabe was mollified, her grandfather proceeded to explain that his father (Dr. Watanabe’s great-grandfather) owned a factory which produced sweets. As a mischievous youngster, her grandfather sunk countless pieces of candy that eventually caused tooth decay. At that time, dentures were the necessary remedy. Dr. Watanabe found this whole situation ironic. Her grandfather, after all, was a dentist- a dentist who needed false teeth due to eating excessive amounts of sweets from his father’s business. Given she was only 5 years old at the time, her grandfather may have exaggerated this story in an attempt to convince Dr. Watanabe to care for her own teeth. However, he was not exaggerating when he told her that it was his lifelong dental problems that inspired him to become a dentist.
Dr. Watanabe’s grandfather must have had an impact on her father too, as her father became a prominent oral surgeon. Although Dr. Watanabe had various career aspirations, one of which was to be an English teacher, she was easily persuaded to enter the dental profession as she witnessed the relief and joy her family brought to their patients. After 3 generations of dentists, it is safe to say that dentistry runs in the Watanabe genes.
Dr.Watanabe graduated from, one-of-the-top dental schools in the United States, University of the Pacific in San Francisco. Currently, she holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the field of Dentistry. Her dental school is the same dental school that produced Dr. Watanabe's colleague, the famous Beverly Hills Dentist, Dr. Bill Dorfman, from the hit ABC show, Extreme Makeover and The Doctors on NBC.
Dr. Watanabe was fortunate to be inducted into University of the Pacific’s honor society, Tau Kappa Omega. In addition, she became a member of the National Dental Honor Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) and was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Upon graduation, University of the Pacific bestowed to Dr. Watanabe their highest honor, Dean’s Valedictorian Award. Dr. Watanabe has also published several articles in professional, respected dental journals. Dr. Watanabe is regularly voted as one-of-the Top Dentist's in the US by an independent research council. The selection process is based on a system that awards points for education, years in practice, affiliations with professional associations and board certifications. No fees, sponsorship, donations or advertising are acceptable from dentists, dental treatment facilities or dental referral organizations to insure unbiased selection. Dr. Watanabe has been regularly voted into Honolulu Magazine Best Dentist issue by her peers. Also, she has appeared as a Best Cosmetic Dentist in the Honolulu Star Advertiser. Although Dr. Watanabe was encouraged to become a specialist, and a professor, practicing dentistry is where Dr. Watanabe`s passion lies. Dr. Watanabe enjoys general dentistry because she can perform a variety of procedures and develop long lasting relationships with her patients.
In her spare time, she is a consultant and editor for eHuman, of Brown and Herbranson Imaging, who are the leading 3-D interactive dental technology company located at Stanford University. This company, featured in December 2007 on the NBC nightly news, provides their advanced digital educational material to more-than-half of the dental schools in the US and now the company has gone global. She has also guest speaker and translator for major companies both in the United States and abroad. Annually, she lectures in Japan for ASO International, the most respected dental laboratory in Asia, and other study groups and universities. Finally, she is a founding partner for Clear Ortho Consulting, a firm that specialized in reviewing clinchecks and instructing doctors on achieving better outcomes with Invisalign.
Always refining her skills, Dr. Watanabe participates regularly in continuing education courses. Currently, Dr. Watanabe has received advanced training in the application of Invisalign and has been certified as a Preferred Provider. This relatively new technology straightens teeth using a series of clear aligners and is a successful alternative to traditional metal braces. Since January 2010, Dr. Watanabe is one-of-the-few Preferred Providers of Invisalign on the island. Dr. Watanabe is also highly skilled using dental implant systems. As of October 2009, Dr. Watanabe completed the Synergy Training Program, a comprehensive multi-discipline team approach to restorative therapy for osseointergrated dental implants. In addition, she was inducted in the prestigious American Society of Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry (ASRID) where members must demonstrate extensive training and experience with dental implant cases. Finally, her office provides the latest laser treatment for gum disease. Dr. Watanabe is also a respected member of the American Dental Association, the Hawaii Dental Association and the Honolulu Dental Society.
Ala Moana Dentistry
1440 Kapiolani Boulevard, Ste. 1239