Dentist – Pleasant Hill, CA

Get to Know
Sebastian Lavino, DDS

Dr. Lavino has been practicing for almost 30 years, nearly 20 of which have been spent right here in Pleasant Hill. He loves helping his patients achieve smiles they can be proud of while also safeguarding and improving their overall health. He looks forward to getting to know you, and before your first visit, you can learn more about his background below.

Why Did You Want to
Become a Dentist?

“As the youngest of 6 kids, my brothers and sisters feared going to the dentist. I liked my pediatric dentist and enjoyed going to appointments. Growing up, I didn’t have many dental issues, while my siblings were always having problems because they avoided dentistry. I wanted to become a pediatric dentist so I could be a patient’s first good experience, hopefully creating a patient who was free of dental fears. While in dental school, I discovered that I enjoyed all aspects of dentistry, excluding ones that were performed only on adults. That is when I decided to pursue family dentistry, which allowed me to be a child’s first good experience while also being a grandparent’s first good experience.”

Where Did You Study

Dr. Lavino earned a bachelor’s in biology and children’s developmental psychology at Saint Mary’s College of California, and he went on to obtain his dental degree at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. Since then, he has fervently pursued continuing education, during which he has completed the HeadStart Program, the dental implant program through Nobel Biocare, and interned under a prosthodontist (dental specialist) for 12 years. He is also a certified Invisalign Provider and has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Pacific. Dr. Lavino has been an active member of the following professional organizations:

Outside of the Dental Office,
What Do You Like to Do?

Dr. Lavino is married with a daughter and son, and when he isn’t spending time with his family, he enjoys a wide range of hobbies. These include cooking, winemaking, woodworking, fishing, shooting, and practicing martial arts. One fun fact about Dr. Lavino is that he was the Golden State Warriors’ team dentist at home games for a short time!