Meet The Doctors

Meet The Doctors


Get to Know our San Francisco Dentists and Specialists at
Pacific Dental Associates

The Pacific Dental Associates doctors

At Pacific Dental Associates our mission is to provide unsurpassed quality care for you and your family in San Francisco, CA. Please visit the profiles of our dentists who make it all possible!

Please contact us at our dental office in Pacific Heights if you had any questions or needed to schedule an appointment!

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Dr. Stafford Duhn

General Dentist, DDS, FICD, FPFA

Dr. Stafford Duhn provides comprehensive family dentistry in a caring and personalized way, including: restorations, veneers, crowns, bridges, and implants, with an emphasis on Cosmetics. He has a special interest in removable partial and full dentures (within PDA), as well as a team approach to both simple and complicated implant and restorative case management. Mirroring his interest, he is Assistant Professor in Removable Prosthodontics at the University of the Pacific, Dugoni School of Dentistry, from where he also graduated in 1984. He is a native San Franciscan.

Please contact me at my dental office in San Francisco in Pacific Heights with any questions I can help answer for you!

Dr. Anisha Kahai

General Dentist, DDS

Dr. Anisha Kahai provides comprehensive restorative care focusing on aesthetics, and is dedicated to the highest quality of patient care via an interdisciplinary team approach for advanced, complex treatment, including implants, crowns, bridges, veneers, dentures and implant retained dentures. Dr. Kahai was invited to join Pacific Dental Associates because of her strong communication skills, characteristic warmth, and commitment to excellence. She speaks French, Hindi, and Punjabi, has traveled extensively around the world, and lives with her husband and dachshund in San Francisco. She looks forward to welcoming you to her practice and being a part of your long-term dental health.

Dr. Kahai is a member of the prestigious Academy of Osseointegration, in addition to being member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association and the San Francisco Dental Society. She stays current with the latest advancement in dentistry through her involvement in the nation's leading study club - the Spear Study Club, and the local and highly regarded Bay Area Aesthetic Masters. She graduated from the University of Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry, where she also served on the faculty.

As a member of AO (Academy of Osseointegration), Dr. Kahai offers advanced specialized knowledge about the science and clinical applications of implant dentistry.

Contact me at my Pacific Heights dental office in San Francisco with any questions I can help answer for you!

Dr. Irene Chen

General Dentist DMD

Dr. Irene Chen, received her DMD degree from Boston University Goldman School of Dentistry. She then served as Chief Resident in the postgraduate Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco. Dr. Chen is dedicated to providing comprehensive care in a sensitive and compassionate manner, tailored to her patients’ individual needs. Her participation in dental relief missions underscores her devotion to serving the underprivileged. Dr. Chen also enjoys outdoors activities including biking, hiking, and sailing.

Please contact me at my Pacific Heights dental office in San Francisco with any questions I can help answer for you!

Dr. Christopher Duhn

Board Certified Prosthodontist - DDS, FACP

Dr. Christopher Duhn is a San Francisco native with family roots in the city spanning three generations. He attended Saint Ignatius for high school, then UCLA for college, where he graduated Cum Laude with a BS in Psychobiology . He graduated with his D.D.S. degree in 2015 from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, graduating with high honors and as a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honors Society.

After graduation, Dr. Duhn spent a year in a General Practice Residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia as well as a year in private practice in Petaluma, before settling on his desired specialty. He moved to Chicago in 2017 to attend the post-graduate Prosthodontics specialty program at the University of Illinois, Chicago. During his three years there, Dr. Duhn acquired the skills to treat patients with the most advanced dental needs.

He served as a Chief Resident in his third year and was board certified by the American Board of Prosthodontics soon after graduation.

Dr. Duhn now enjoys treating the full range of patients, from everyday preventative and restorative care to complete mouth rehabilitations. He enjoys employing a combination of classic and contemporary techniques, keeping esthetics and a natural look always in mind.

He currently teaches part-time as a Clinical Associate Professor at his alma mater, the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry.

In his free time, Dr. Duhn enjoys cooking and baking at home, mountain biking, golfing, shooting archery, and camping outdoors. He is excited to join his father, Dr. Stafford Duhn, as an Associate Dentist at Pacific Dental Associates and looks forward to providing the highest level of care for his patients!

Scope of Practice: General preventative and restorative dentistry (crowns, fillings, etc), Veneers / Cosmetic Dentistry, Extractions and Implants, Digital Dentistry, Full Mouth Rehabilitations, Dentures/Partial Dentures, Fixed complete (All-on-4) prostheses.

Dental Societies: American College of Prosthodontics, American Board of Prosthodontics Certified Diplomate, American Dental Association, California Dental Association, San Francisco Dental Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Honors Society, Tau Kappa Omega (TKO) Honors Society,

Awards: Nichols Dental Occlusion Scholarship 2018, International College of Dentists Humanitarian Award 2015, Operative Dentistry Excellence award 2013

Publication: Duhn C, Thalji G, Al-Tarwaneh S, Cooper LF. A digital approach to robust and esthetic implant overdenture construction. J Esthet Restor Dent. 2021 Jan;33(1):118-126. doi: 10.1111/jerd.12711. Epub 2021 Jan 23. PMID: 33484047.

Dr. Debra Westervelt

Board Certified Periodontist - DDS, MS

Dr. Debra Westervelt is originally from Hemet, a small town in Southern California. In her early years of college, she found a passion in healthcare where she felt she could best impact her community and graduated with a degree in biology from La Sierra University at the top of her class. She then earned a Doctorate Degree at the acclaimed University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Westervelt loves every aspect of dentistry and worked as a General Dentist in the Napa area for several years. She enjoyed working closely with many specialists and collaborating in changing people’s lives. She was heavily involved in study clubs and advanced continuing education and became inspired by the specialists she had the opportunity to work with.

Fascinated with the connection between oral and systemic health and determined to further her education, Dr. Westervelt obtained her specialty certificate in Periodontics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Westervelt is passionate about helping her community by improving each patient’s overall health through ideal periodontal health. She understands the importance of comprehensive dental care and working closely with other experts in both dentistry and medicine. Her unique point of view as both a General Dentist and a Periodontist allows a broad understanding of her patient’s wants and needs. Patient care is Dr. Westervelt’s top priority, and this sentiment is felt by each patient she treats.

In her free time, Dr. Westervelt enjoys hiking, camping, and bike rides with her dog Jake. She enjoys gardening and cooking with her husband, Reed. She loves the Bay Area and enjoys exploring the surrounding ocean, mountains, and towns whenever she has the opportunity.