Meet The Palo Alto Dentists Dr. Hansen and Dr. Jurash

Mentor Kois Center

Dr. Hansen, and Dr. Jurash, train under Dr. John Kois. Dr. Hansen and Dr. Jurash both mentor students at the Kois Center in Seattle, WA. The Kois Center is the only Dental Continuing Education Program in the country reviewing, conducting and publishing independent research. This allows our doctors to stay current on all the relevant research in the field.

Dr. Christine Hansen

Dr. Christine Hansen received her DDS from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She has built a reputation for delivering the highest level of patient care using advanced clinical practices in Palo Alto since 1990. This commitment is reflected in Dr. Hansen being named Best Dentist in Palo Alto on numerous occasions.

Dr. Hansen’s dedication to excellence is demonstrated by her commitment to ongoing dental education and teaching. She is heavily involved with the internationally recognized Kois Center for Dental Education in Seattle, Washington, where she is a graduate, a Mentor and chairs the Certification Exam Committee. Dr. Hansen is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and works closely with nationally recognized sleep physicians, including those at Stanford University and Palo Alto Medical Foundation.

Dr. Hansen believes in adopting new tools and practices into her practice to provide patients with additional scientifically proven treatment options. This includes Dr. Hansen being an early adopter of Invisalign tooth straightening, Cerec in office restorations and digital design tools for dental implant placement and improved restorations.

Dr. Hansen is committed to giving back to the community and has been recognized for her efforts to aid the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital craniofacial program through the Smiles for Life Program. She received a Special Care Award for serving medically compromised and geriatric patients. When Dr. Hansen is not in her Palo Alto dental office, she likes to hike in the mountains, camp with her family, and go to the beach.

Dr. Roberta Jurash
grew up on the east coast where she earned her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy. Looking for warmer weather, she relocated to Palo Alto and worked at Stanford University Hospital. Even though she enjoyed working as a Physical Therapist, she realized her true calling was dentistry. She attended dental school at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. J remained at UCSF for several years as a clinical instructor, lecturing and supervising dental students.

Dr. Jurash truly believes that, “continuing education is the key to staying current.” She is always working to stay up to date and enjoys traveling around the country to attend continuing education courses. One of her career highlights was graduating as a Mentor from the prestigious Kois Center in Seattle – An Evidence Based Postdoctoral Teaching Center for dentists. At the Kois Center, Dr. J helps mentor and support dentists as they go through the rigorous curriculum.

Dr. Jurash has thoroughly enjoyed practicing general and cosmetic dentistry for the last 20 years. She is also interested in Sleep medicine and she has earned her Diplomate status with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. She is certified in Invisalign, Cerec – Cad-Cam Crown in a day and Dental Sedation. Currently Dr. J is also in graduate school at USC working towards her Master’s Degree in Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine. She is thrilled to be able to combine her physical therapy background with her dental knowledge to help treat patients with TMJ issues. Dr. J also volunteers at Samaritan House in San Mateo, providing free dental care to the residents.

In her leisure time, Dr. Jurash loves to read, travel, and spend time with her husband and their daughters.

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