About Our Doctors
After attending Centennial High School in Bakersfield, Dr. Divelbiss went on to graduate from Brigham Young University and from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in 2008. He graduated at the top of his class, earning the Fixed Prosthodontics Award for advanced achievement in veneer, crown and bridge. He is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association and Kern County Dental Society. He and his wife, Alyssa, have two children. Dr. Divelbiss is also bilingual in Spanish and English.
Dr. Mortensen is a Bakersfield Native. He graduated from West High School and then pursued his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology from Cal State University, Bakersfield and his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. As planned, he returned to Bakersfield to establish his practice among family and friends. He is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association and Kern County Dental Society.
Dr. Mortensen is happily married with three children. His hobbies are playing and watching most sports, especially football, and he enjoys playing the drums. He is also bilingual in English and Spanish.
Dr. Beemer has specialized in treating children since 1992. A graduate of the USC School of Dentistry in 1983, he completed a pediatric dentistry specialty residency at the Oregon Health Sciences University, School of Dentistry in Portland, Oregon in 1992. He served as President of the Kern County Dental Society in 2004 and maintains memberships in Kern County, California and American Dental Associations, as well as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Beemer and his wife have three children and enjoy cycling, traveling and quality time with their family.
After graduating from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1995, Dr. James Slaughter returned to Bakersfield to serve the dental needs in the community he loves. Prior to attending dental school, Dr. Slaughter met and married his sweetheart, Lisa, while both were studying at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. They have four children. Dr. Slaughter is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association and Kern County Dental Society. In order to keep himself current with the ever-changing advances in dentistry, Dr. Slaughter participates in numerous educational courses, including a mini-residency in dental implant treatment and extensive studies in bioesthetic dentistry. Dr. Slaughter, an Eagle Scout himself, is an active leader in the Boy Scouts. He enjoys cycling, kayaking, small-boat sailing, camping and time with his family. Dr. Slaughter is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Matthew Wetzel, D.D.S.
Dr. Wetzel received his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry and completed his residency in periodontics at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Los Angeles. Committed to furthering his education, he is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology, California Society of Periodontist, and the Academy of Osseointegration.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dr. Samuel Young is a graduate of Bakersfield High School, Occidental College and Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He received his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery certificate of training from the Naval Hospital Oakland California in 1989. Dr. Young has completed 33 years of distinguished service in the United States Navy Dental Corps. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and a Diplomate of the National Dental Board of Anesthesia. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and the California Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. Young and his wife Karla have 4 children. He enjoys teaching, traveling and playing Scrabble.
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