All professionals at Dr. Suzuki, Dr. Fukumoto, Dr. Tran maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training.
Aloha and welcome to our dental practice! I am Laura A. Suzuki, DDS, the Dentist and Owner of our newly renovated office in the Kuakini Medical Plaza. For more than 35 years, I have enjoyed being able to help my patients achieve optimal form and function with their dental needs and concerns. Growing up, I was influenced by my father, who was an MD in Internal Medicine, into pursuing the health profession. Science was my favorite subject and I also love art and being creative with my hands, so Dentistry was the logical choice for me. From the time I attended Roosevelt High School, I knew that I wanted to become a dentist. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and then obtained my dental degree from the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Throughout the years of practicing dentistry, I have been blessed with wonderful patients and an awesome dental team, some of whom have been with me for 30 years! As far as my favorite pastimes, I love to travel and explore different destinations and cuisines. I also enjoy doing fun things with family and friends, playing with my cats, reading, and trying to live a healthy lifestyle.
Laura A. Suzuki, DDS
Hi my name Carla C. Fukumoto, DDS and I am a general dentist with over 30 years of experience. I joined Dr. Suzuki in the 90’s and have enjoyed the partnership with this office. Dentistry encompasses my love of helping people, my interest in the sciences, and my love for creating things by hand. I graduated from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, earning the distinction of being named a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society. Continuing education includes learning from the R.V. Tucker gold study clubs, and studying with ASIRD Implant study group. I keep busy with family, and my interests include making haku lei and holiday wreaths, gardening, and being in nature, be it the ocean or the mountains. I volunteer my time serving on the Executive Council and the Board of Trustees of the Hawaii Dental Association, Co-Chairing the Membership Engagement Program, and being a member of the Dental Education Program.
Carla C. Fukumoto, DDS
Hi my name is Nina Tran, DMD and I am a general dentist that joined Dr. Suzuki and Dr. Fukumoto's practice August 2021. I could not be more excited to join this wonderful team and take care of all the patients. I graduated from Oregon Health & Sciences University School of Dentistry and have been working in Hawaii since 2018. My favorite part about dentistry is seeing the patient’s reaction and gain of confidence after their smile is restored to better health, esthetics, and function. The best feeling is when patients are happy, because that means I was able to impact them in a positive way. I am also an active member of the Hawaii Dental Association, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and Delta Sigma Delta (dental fraternity). When I'm not working, I enjoy hiking, playing tennis, playing with my Pomeranian Chubbs, and snowboarding. But above all the rest, I am now a mother to a beautiful baby boy. I am also fluent in Vietnamese and enjoy learning how to cook traditional Vietnamese dishes!
My name is Cathy Yuen and I am a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Dental Hygiene. I have been working as a Registered Dental Hygienist with Dr. Laura Suzuki and Dr. Carla Fukumoto since 1990.
What I love most about my job is that I get to meet people from all walks of life and have developed lifelong friendships beyond the dental chair.
Around the office, I am known as the Pastry Chef as I will bake a dessert of choice for each employee’s birthday. I love Jesus, my hubby of 39 years, two grown sons, two lovable dogs and all things K-drama! A couple fun facts about me: I don’t know how to swim and I have never ridden on a Ferris Wheel (because I am afraid of being stuck at the top...lol).
Hi My name is Val Lum DeRego and I am a Registered Dental Hygienist for Dr. Suzuki and Dr. Fukumoto. What I love most about my job would be the special friendships that I've made along the course of my career.
As a hygienist in college, we were taught to educate and promote good health. At Dr. Suzuki and Fukumoto's office, I’ve enjoyed meeting so many people from different walks of life whom I would never have met otherwise. They have taught me so many valuable life lessons that are absolutely priceless. And this is the reason why I love my job. CANDY is why I choose the dental field. As a kid, I ate so much of it that I spent many hours in the dental chair so I thought hey wouldn’t it be better on the opposite side of the chair. So here I am 34 years and counting. By the way, I’m still eating sweets.
I graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a bachelor’s degree in dental Hygiene. I've been in dental field for 34 years and with Dr. Suzuki's practice for 32 years.
I have 4 fur babies that I love to brag about. I have 2 Shihtzu Maltese, 1 crazy pug, and a sweet rescue Labrador named Honey. I love to craft in my spare time. You name it I've probably tried it. I’ve worked with clay, sewing, crocheting, jewelry making, and paper crafting. I love traveling and I hope to continue to travel once I retire.
Aloha! My name is Yeunhee Cho and I have been working as a Registered Dental Hygienist since 2018 upon graduating from the U.H. at Manoa with a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene. Becoming a dental hygienist was a long and winding road for me since I began my study in my 40s – I also graduated from a university in Seoul, Korea, and worked as a math tutor for students.
I decided to become a dental hygienist because I wanted a new challenge in my life, and I always wished to get involved in the healthcare field to help others. My job as a dental hygienist allows me to meet new people and I am fortunate to have made many new friends.
In my free time I enjoy cooking and gardening, and love to walk on trails and enjoy nature. Mahalo for reading my personal profile, and I hope to provide excellent service and make new friends.
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