Kai Cheung, DDS was
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
In 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.
Atwater 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.
Lucy 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
Leann 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.
office appointment/insurance coordinator: Hilda
Hilda 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.
Office Assistant: Bernice
Bernice 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 college football.
Office Assistant: Diana
Diana 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.