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Our Mission

Establishing a Trusted Dental Home

At The Spot for Smiles, we are not only focused on providing the best pediatric care for children and getting them excited about their oral health, but also building trusting relationships with them that encourage a positive association with dentist visits. We are committed to providing the best overall experience for both our little patients and their parents, from your initial phone call to the moment you leave our offices. We can’t wait to meet you and your kiddos!

Caring for Growing Smiles

Get To Know Dr. Ian

Dr. Ian Marion has long been dedicated to his advocacy and craft of creating a positive dental experience for children while also instilling healthy habits that they can take into adulthood.

Dr. Ian received his undergraduate degree at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, followed by his DDS at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. He then went on to complete a general practice residency at St. Barnabas hospital in New York City, and a Pediatric Dentistry residency at the University of Washington in Seattle. Additionally, Dr. Ian received a Master of Science in Dentistry while at the University of Washington.  

After completing his residency, Dr. Ian accepted a position as a faculty member at the University of Illinois Chicago where he helped teach the next generation of dentists how to expertly care for children, while also working with local communities to perform dental outreach providing free screenings and treatment to at-risk communities. Despite having traveled across the US, Dr. Ian was born and raised in California and is excited to be back home taking care of the children in his community.

Dr. Ian is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and recipient of their Master Clinician Scholarship. He has advanced training in pediatric dentistry including laser treatments, esthetic crowns, and minimally invasive dentistry.

In his free time, Dr. Ian enjoys hiking, watching Marvel movies, visiting zoos and aquariums, and watching California sports teams.

Caring for Growing Smiles

Get To Know Dr. Lilly

Dr. Lilly was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences at University of California, Davis. She went on to attend University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Following dental school, Dr. Lilly served as an active-duty general dentist and Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy for several years. She traveled throughout the country—starting her military training in Newport, Rhode Island and then was stationed in both Chicago, Illinois and Washington state. She provided dental care to recruits, sailors, and veteran families. She also had the unique opportunity to work in a pediatric-centered office and mobile dental clinic in Seattle, where she ultimately discovered her passion for pediatric dentistry!

Dr. Lilly is excited to come full circle to California and join The Spot for Smiles to provide the highest quality care to the children in her community and treat them as if they were her own family. The Navy has taught her that teamwork and building a sense of camaraderie can leave a tremendous positive impact early on. She strongly believes in creating a positive environment and utilizing a team approach to dental health by educating her patients on oral conditions and integrating early prevention techniques.  Outside of the practice, Dr. Lilly enjoys running, hiking, and exploring all things outdoors. She recently added a new member to her family, a mini Australian Shepherd named Coconut!

Caring for Growing Smiles

Get To Know
Dr. Estella Kim

Dr. Estella Kim is providing dental services at Sacramento Valley Dental Specialists in Sacramento, CA. With an outstanding record in academics, she is also a member of American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Sacramento District Dental Society, California Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists, American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, and International Anesthesia Research Society.

Dr. Estella Kim is a graduate of Loma Linda University. Dental Anesthesiology program, a two-year post-doctorate residency. Her anesthesiology training included rotations through cardiology, internal medicine, and hospital-based medical anesthesiology at Riverside County Regional Medical Center and Loma Linda University Medical Center. The remainder of her training consisted of providing anesthesia for pediatric and special needs patients at the Special Care Dentistry Clinic at the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry.

Our Team

Meet the Friendly Faces of The Spot for Smiles

Each member of our team combines compassion and exceptional care for children with professionalism and excellent qualifications that result in our ultimate dream team. Get to know the welcoming faces of The Spot for Smiles family — they can’t wait to meet you and your little ones!

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Your Child’s First Visit

What to Expect at The Spot For Smiles

Dr. Ian and our team are excited to get to know you and your kiddo! Based on your child’s age, we will gently assess their smile and oral development, conduct a thorough cleaning, provide helpful tips for a healthy smile, and answer any questions you may have regarding your child’s dental care. For our new patients, we offer an $89 special which includes a gentle cleaning, an exam, and digital x-rays.

Our Kid-Friendly and Parent-Approved Space

When you step into either location at The Spot for Smiles, you’ll be greeted with the cheery brightness of our office space and the friendly faces of our knowledgeable and compassionate team. Both parents and kiddos can relax or have some fun before their appointment begins!

TVs in the Ceiling

Kidzspace Video Game Rooms




Bright and Welcoming Ambiance

Action Sports Artwork

All Smiles are Welcome

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