by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Tyler McElhaney

Connecting With Patients to Give Them the Personalized Attention They Deserve

Dr. David S. Gilmore’s path to becoming an orthodontist has been a unique one. After graduating from Annapolis and serving as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy for 14 years, he decided to change careers and pursue his passion of dentistry. Dr. Gilmore then attended the University of the Pacific, where he completed his Doctorate of Dental Surgery – graduating with high honors. Later he returned to the school to earn a second Master of Science degree in Dentistry. He worked his remaining years in the U.S. Navy as a dentist and orthodontist.

gilmore2Upon retirement from the Navy in 2011, Dr. Gilmore (who is Board-Certified by the American Board of Orthodontics) opened the doors to his Scripps Ranch orthodontic practice. “Although designing and building a startup wasn’t the only option or the easiest path, having my office and serving patients in the community where I have lived was a primary requirement,” stated Dr. Gilmore, who with his wife Teryn raised their two children in the community. “There was really nowhere else I wanted to practice. It’s been an incredible location for us that has been a big factor in our growth and success.”

“The bottom line is to treat patients with compassion and respect.”

The office, which was recognized for excellence in the 2012 Dental Office Design Competition, was designed to be a state-of-the-art, high-tech facility. “It’s an open bay design providing for a modern, comfortable environment,” described Dr. Gilmore. “The office is appealing to adults and children alike, incorporating features suited to all ages, with the latest in technology.” Amenities include Apple computers, high definition large flat-screen televisions, a game area, and WiFi lounge.

While offering a comfortable setting is important, Dr. Gilmore places a large emphasis on providing quality care and building lasting relationships with his patients. “Dr. Gilmore is extremely driven and has many goals, but being the ‘biggest’ will never be one of them,” stated Cecilia Keane, Treatment Coordinator for the practice. “He specifically doesn’t want to become a ‘big box’ dental office where he would lose the ability to connect with patients and parents to give them the personalized attention they deserve.” Indeed, Dr. Gilmore likes to take a more personal approach, spending a great deal of time in each new patient exam and greeting patients at the door by name. “The bottom line is to treat patients with compassion and respect,” added Keane. “He connects with all of his patients and insists that all patients are treated by the entire staff as though they are part of our family.”


Name of Business: Gilmore Orthodontics
Owner: Dr. David S. Gilmore
Manager: Cecilia Keane
Orthodontist: Dr. David S. Gilmore
Years in Orthodontic Field: 14 years
Year of Establishment: 3 ½ years
Address: 9870 Hibert St. Suite D9, San Diego, CA 92131
Email Contact:
Phone: 858-433-7377
Description of Business: Gilmore Orthodontics office is a practice limited to the specialty of orthodontics for patients of all ages. They offer the most advanced orthodontic technologies including Damon Braces (both traditional and clear) as well as Invisalign.