James A. Uhrik, D.D.S.- Principle owner of Castaic Dental Center, is an accomplished general dentist, serving his patients in Castaic and the surrounding communities of the Santa Clarita Valley for over 30 years in the dental profession. Dr. Uhrik established Castaic Dental Center 24 years ago in 1994 as the first and only dental office in the Castaic area. Providing the most advanced dental care in a comfortable and pleasant atmosphere are top priorities for Dr. Uhrik and Castaic Dental Center. He has always maintained quality dentistry for his patients, caring for both adults and children, and is widely recognized for his thorough, gentle care and expertise.
Since 1988, Dr. Uhrik has been a highly regarded, long-standing and still current Clinical Instructor & Lecturer in the Porcelain Veneer & Restorative Clinics at the UCLA School of Dentistry. He is also the school’s Certified Lumineer Dentist and specializes in gentle and profound anesthesia administration. Dr. Uhrik is dedicated and diligent in his pursuit to staying current in advanced education of dental procedures; teaching both, dental students and established, practicing dentists continuing education and proven methods to improve their skills. In fact, many of his former students are now successful, practicing dentists here in the Santa Clarita Valley! It follows then that Dr. Uhrik has been known to be a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to his own dentistry. Dr. Uhrik is serious and determined in transferring his years of gained Faculty/Instructor knowledge into his practice at Castaic Dental Center, treating all his patients no different than his own family members.
In 1988 Dr. Uhrik received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the UCLA School of Dentistry, graduating in the top three of his class, earning him the distinguished honor of Cum Laude as well as 4 Years-Dean’s Honor List, The Academy of Operative Dentistry Award, The American Society of Dentistry for Children Award and Lifetime Member, Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. Dr. Uhrik was then immediately offered a Dental Faculty position at UCLA, in addition to pursuing his own private practice endeavors. In Dr. Uhrik’s own words: “...I always had an interest in both Dentistry and movies as an amateur film-buff. Because of that, I ended up graduating from both UCLA and Loyola Marymount Universities with concurrent degrees in both Pre-Dental and Motion Picture/TV Production. Subsequently, I spent eight years shooting films and television commercials in the industry before ‘getting the bug out of my system’ and moving back to Dentistry. So, I then enrolled at the UCLA School of Dentistry with a renewed and committed focus, and have been there teaching and in my Castaic practice ever since!...”
Dr. Uhrik is presently and has always been a respected member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association and the local San Fernando Valley Dental Society.
He is married to his wonderful wife, Linda, and has resided in the Santa Clarita Valley since 1988. He enjoys baseball, going to the movies, playing guitar, and long walks with his dog, Buddy.
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