I believe in the true and lifelong art of dentistry and am most passionate about helping and empowering others to be healthy and understand their dental needs. It has always been my goal to see my patients healthy and disease-free. I accomplish this by sharing my knowledge one-on-one and delivering high-quality dentistry.
To me, dentistry is and always has been exciting and challenging because every person and clinical situation is different. I see this as an opportunity to build a personal relationship with every patient and provide them with the best possible care.
New technology and clinical innovations in dentistry are progressing at an amazing rate. I believe it is imperative to stay current through continuing education in all aspects of dentistry. I have consistently completed hundreds of hours of continuing education over the past decade and was honored to be the recipient of the USC School of Dentistry’s Outstanding Commitment to Lifelong Learning Award. In 2010, I also became an associate fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and hope to soon become a diplomate in the coming year.
In the 30-plus years I have been practicing dentistry, I have had the opportunity to expand my knowledge in several different areas. I have conducted clinical research in my practice using lasers and CAD/CAM technology, published in the California Journal of Dentistry, and lectured on porcelain veneers, laser dentistry and computer-guided implant dentistry throughout the world.
Education & Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry — Cal State College at Long Beach
- Doctor of Dental Surgery — University of Southern California
- General Practice Residency — USC/Los Angeles General Hospital
- Residency in Implantology — Loma Linda University
- American Dental Association®
- California Dental Association
- Western Dental Society
- American Academy of Periodontology
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Academy of Laser Dentistry
- Doctors for Oral Conscious Sedation
- Academy of Osseointegration
- International Congress of Oral Implantologists
- American Academy of Implant Dentistry
- Solea Users Group
- California Dental Society of Anesthesiology
Our Office Philosophy
At Redondo Beach Dental Group, we believe in providing the “fine art of dentistry” through technology and experience. We are a dedicated group of friendly and patient-oriented doctors, hygienists, assistants and support staff who believe in doing our work right the first time and treating our patients like family members. Many members of my team have been with me for nearly 15 years and have been recognized professionally by their peers over these years. I count myself lucky to work with every one of them.
Outside the Office
Born and raised in Los Angeles, I currently live in Rolling Hills Estates with my wife, Laurey, who is also my new patient concierge. We have three grown children, all of whom are married, and have four grandchildren with another one on the way.
I enjoy traveling, golf, backgammon, learning foreign languages (I am fluent in German), outdoor water sports, swimming, boating and cars, both antique and exotic. I am involved in various community fundraisers as well as volunteering one day a week providing dental care to the needy through the nonprofit Children’s Dental Center of Greater Los Angeles.
I fell in love with dentistry from an early age. I had great experiences going to see my dentist as a child even despite having a strong sweet tooth back then. I later discovered how much dentistry was my calling during college while working side-by-side with different dentists in various dental offices. Today, dentistry gives me the satisfaction of being able to care for my patients by focusing on curing conditions in the teeth and gums while working toward achieving a healthy mouth and great smile. I find it gratifying to be able to change patients’ lives by giving them back their confidence and positive outlook on life through that smile and ability to chew with strong teeth and gums.
One of my overall goals in my work is to give my best every day to ensure that my patients are happy when they leave the office and to also remove the fear that keeps so many individuals from going to the dentist. I do this by showing compassion and working in a calm and gentle manner to instill confidence in my patients, especially the nervous ones. Dentistry is truly an art and science, and I feel fortunate to enjoy the key aspects of this wonderful profession.
Outside the Office
I was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. Growing up in the South gave me a wonderful childhood with great friends and a good education. My parents moved to the United States in 1969 from South America. Most of my summer breaks as a child and young adult were spent with my extended family in Colombia, where I was able to take in my family’s culture and language.
I have found it a blessing to be raised bilingual with English and Spanish, and my wife and I are raising our two daughters in a similar fashion. Outside of the home and office, my passion is surfing, traveling and food. I learned how to surf early on during my trips to South and Central America. Whenever I have free time and the waves are good, you will find me out there in the South Bay and SoCal Beaches.
Education and Continuing Education
Dr. Pino earned a Bachelor of Science in biology in 2000 and a master’s degree in oral biology in 2005, both at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He earned his DDS degree from the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in 2009.
In 2010, Dr. Pino completed his residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine. This program trains residents in comprehensive dental care for patients in the AEGD Dental Clinic, Dental Implant Center and Center for Patients with Special Needs. The AEGD program also trains residents to provide care to medically compromised and physically and developmentally compromised patients.
- In 2015, Dr. Pino completed an intensive 10-month long mini residency in implant dentistry at the Loma Linda University, School of Dental Medicine, which gave him the training and confidence to manage most surgical cases involving dental implants.
- Pino has practiced general dentistry in Southern California since 2010.
- Pino is fluent in English and Spanish.
I love dentistry for the hands-on, personalized aspect of it. Being able to create trust with a patient through thorough exams, taking the time to explain why treatment is needed and performing high-quality dentistry in as comfortable of an environment as possible brings me true joy.
Another reason why I love dentistry is the creative and artistic aspects. There is nothing better than being able to give the gift of a smile to a patient who may have stopped showing their teeth due to discomfort or embarrassment. Not only that, I love being able to give back to my community through dentistry by volunteering my time.
When I was 12 years old, I developed cavities in most of my back teeth. My family dentist was so kind to me, taking a picture of each tooth and explaining to me in detail what was going on and how it could be prevented in the future. He made my experience comfortable and stress-free, and I was never anxious about dental treatment. This is the experience that I aspire to provide for my patients.
I am thrilled to be a part of the amazing team at Redondo Beach Dental Group and will always be looking forward to practicing caring, gentle and compassionate dentistry for patients of all ages. I am passionate about patient education that can lead to prevention of dental issues.
Outside the Office
I have also had many opportunities to participate in various dental outreach programs providing free dental care to underserved populations both here and internationally, including El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and CareNow in Los Angeles. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling and eating delicious food with my husband, Matthew, running half marathons with my father and taking pictures of my cat, Indie.
- Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language — Pacific Union College
- Doctor of Dental Surgery — Loma Linda School of Dentistry
- Clinical Faculty — UC San Francisco School of Dentistry
- Assistant Professor/Clinical Supervising Dentist — West Coast University School of Dental Hygiene