by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Jessica Breaux

Far-Away Family Connections

family_trinhvutien6Hien Trinh and Evelyne Vu-Tien met in San Diego through mutual friends, but their family connections stretch many years back and many miles away. “After we went on a volunteer mission trip in Vietnam, providing dental care to orphanages, we visited where our families grew up and discovered that our parents were neighbors in Hanoi, Vietnam with mutual friends,” Evelyne explained.

Fast forward, and today Hien and Evelyne are married and raising their two daughters in Scripps Ranch. Residents since 2011, the family appreciates the friendliness of the community. They also appreciate the larger yards in the Rancho Encantada neighborhood for the children to play outside. Because Evelyne’s parents live with the family when Hien is deployed with the U.S. Navy, “We needed a place that would be a great fit for a young family and homes that would comfortably fit our household,” she said.


Parents: Hien Trinh and Evelyne Vu-Tien
Children: Reagan Mai Trinh (7; turning 8 in January) and Josephine Trinh (4; turning 5 in January)
Community: Stonebridge since 2011
Parents’ Hometowns: Evelyne – born in Paris, France and raised in Bay Area; Hien – born in Saigon, Vietnam and raised in East Lansing, Michigan
Parents’ Occupations: Hien is a general dentist serving in the US Navy and Evelyne is a pediatric dentist
Pets: Roxy is an 11-year-old Chihuahua-terrier mix rescue, Dandelion is a 5-month-old dwarf hamster, and we have two freshwater fish tanks
Favorite Places to Visit in 92131: Hiking trails behind house and surrounding areas and Scripps Ranch Farmers Market

family_trinhvutien3Hien is a general dentist on board the USS Carl Vinson and has served in the Navy for 16 years. Evelyne is a pediatric dentist; she opened her boutique-style practice, Kidz Place Dentistry, in 2008 in San Diego.

family_trinhvutien4Hien and Evelyne are committed to serving those who do not have access to dental care. “Before the children were born, we enjoyed volunteering in Vietnam, Mexico, and local sites providing dental care to the underserved,” Evelyne shared. Now settled in Scripps Ranch, Evelyne gives back closer to home. She speaks at local schools on behalf of the American Dental Association and participates in the Chargers’ TeamSmile.

family_trinhvutien5Around the community, the family loves hiking, trampoline parks, indoor rock climbing, and going to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, SeaWorld, and Legoland. “My husband loves to cook, and I love being active with the children,” Evelyne said. The two young girls, Reagan, 7, and Josephine, 4, are active in tumbling classes and swimming.

Rancho Encantada has proven to be the comfortable fit and lifestyle the family was seeking. “We are a military family, and though we are both dentists, one of us is on active duty,” Evelyne acknowledged. “We have had tremendous support from our neighbors and community when Hien is gone. We are so privileged to live in such an incredible neighborhood.”family_trinhvutien2