the Doctors and Team
Kai Cheung, DDS
born in Hong Kong. Feel free to call him “Dr.
Eric.” If you insist, the “e”
in Cheung is silent. His family immigrated to the
US in 1995. He went to 8th grade and high school
in San Diego. In 2003, he finished his undergraduate
degree with honors from University of California
San Diego in Bioengineering and a minor in Psychology.
2008, Dr. Eric received his Doctoral degree from
University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He
was working in Bakersfield and Delano for five years
and a year in Los Angeles before choosing Atwater
to have his practice. During his career, he received
the Fellowship from Academy of General Dentistry.
American Dental Association
California Dental Association
Yosemite Dental Society
Academy of General Dentistry
Atwater Chamber of Commerce
UCLA Alumni Assocation
UCSD Alumni Assocation
The Apollonian Society with UCLA School of Dentistry
to the profession and community are two of Dr. Eric's
Dr. Eric has been a peer reviewer for the Journal of Academy
of General Dentistry for the last couple years. The journal
published scientific articles from scientists/dentists
all over the world. Topics range from different techniques,
dental materials, large scale population studies, case
studies among different divisions in dentistry such as
implant, root canal, oral health and as well as the overall
body health and much more. Before a scientific paper is
published, Dr. Eric reviews the article and gives his
opinions and critiques on that dental topic. Once he approves
the article, the journal publishes the article for other
dentists to read.
Dr. Eric also participates in clinical research. Recently,
the research group provided Dr Eric a cavity detection
aid called Spectra to compare with just the mirror and
explorer. Spectra has been out in the market since 2012.
The explorer can tells how deep the cavity is, but Spectra
shines a fluorescent light similar to Doppler Radar to
detect how much bacteria is growing. An orange, yellow
or red reading indicates high bacteria activities. The
idea is to detect cavity early, so we educate our patients
and keep the cavity small, so we do not have to open the
tooth. We will update after the research study is complete.
Being a Fellow means life long learning. You may ask,
has the doctor learn enough? There will always be newer,
longer lasting and more natural looking products and simpler
and more predictable ways to do things less invasively
to save time and lower fee. We always have to balance
technology and traditional method which with a good tracking
record. Dr. Eric attends different continued education
courses year round for you.
Family Dental is a proud member of the Atwater
Chamber of Commerce. I am glad to work with many
good businesses in the central valley. Weekly
emails keep me up to date different local events
. It is not uncommon to see some of you there.
Please join the Chamber and support Atwater. Dr.
Eric also sponsors several local youth activities
including sports teams, music department, high
school ROP event, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals,
and other volunteer events such as CDA Cares.
With an emphasis on higher education, Dr. Eric
wants to inspire young people to choose the right
career path and contribute back to the community.
Besides a healthy mouth, I want your family to
grow and be successful.
Even though Atwater is in our name, we provide
service to people including Merced, Livingston,
Los Banos, Turlock, Chowchilla, Madera, Fresno,
Modesto, Lodi, Stockton, Gustine, Hilmar, and
even as far as the Bay Area.
Dr. Eric was married to his wife in 2009. They have a
daughter who is three years old. They live in Atwater
and are looking into buying a house in Atwater in early
2016. Dr. Eric enjoys nature and loves to travel. The
landscape in Yosemite National Park is one of his favorite
places. He also enjoys the glacier and wildlife in Alaska
and the clear water and warm sands in Hawaii.
Choose Dr. Eric, for all your dental needs. Schedule
your next dental appointment now.
Give us a call today, you deserve it, 209.358.0800.
(Best time to reach us: 9am to 1pm, 2pm-4:30pm Monday
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note from Dr. Eric:
I am very fortunate to work with a group of well knowledgable
team members. Thank you for all the hard work you put
into Atwater Family Dental.
has been part of the Atwater Family Dental Team
for over seven years, with over 10 years in the
dental field. Starting as a sterilization tech,
she decided to attend school for dental assisting
and quickly became familiar with the billing and
scheduling. Lucy has worked both front and back
office giving her an advantage in allowing her to
customize treatment plans which meet every patient's
needs. When Lucy is not managing the office; she
is a soccer mom, rushing her two children to and
from games and practices. She is very family oriented
and enjoys spending as much time as possible with
her family and friends.
is the Dental Hygienist at Atwater Family Dental.
She has been licenced since 2001 and absolutely
loves the dental field and teaching everyone how
to improve their oral and overall health. She joined
this practice in June 2014, but prior to her move
to Merced She practiced for 5 years in Fresno, and
over 7 years in Reno Nevada. She has two girls,
one in college to be an RN and one a senior in high
school at El Capitain in Merced. She loves to boat
on Lake Millerton and Watch her daughter play in
water polo matches.
Registered Dental Assistant
is an RDA at Atwater Family Dental. She has been
a licensed RDA for 5 years since graduating from
the MJC Dental Assisting Program in 2011. She enjoys
meeting and interacting with her patients and seeing
them smile. She is an avid sports fan, loves to
read and enjoys spending time with her family especially
her little nephew.
office appointment/insurance coordinator
is our front office appointment/insurance coordinator.
She has been in the dental field since 2002 and
joined Atwater Family Dental in January 2015. She
lives in Atwater with her husband and their 4 kids.
Their ages are 17, 13, 6 and 4. When Hilda is not
working, her kids keep very busy with football,
band, and soccer practice.
has been with Atwater Family Dental for 5 years.
She takes pride in her work and enjoys working with
people. Her biggest excitements are to see the transformation
in a person's smile and confidence. When she is
not in the office, she enjoys spending time with
her family, attending sporting events and enjoys
has been with Atwater Family Dental for about two
years now. Diana loves to make her patients smile;
she enjoys working and meeting new people. She loves
to live a health lifestyle; she loves to workout
on her spare time. She's very family oriented, loves
to spend time with her friends and family.
Eric K. Cheung D.D.S.
Atwater, CA 95301