and Kids Dental Place

The founder of Kids Dental Place, Dr. Jack Bayramyan, kindly known as “Dr. Jack”, wears many hats. To his family, he is a spiritual, devoted and fun-loving husband and father to his wife and two children, and at the office, he is known as a kind, thoughtful, generous and inspiring leader. He leads his life and his practice with the kind of dedication that stands out to patients and practitioners alike, with a bedside manner and charisma that is comforting and genuine. Dr. Jack Bayramyan truly cares about his patients and staff, and it is his generosity and willingness to go above and beyond for his team that have allowed him to create a legacy practice dedicated to giving back to the communities they serve. His road to success exemplifies that no matter where we come from, anyone can create the life they want. With enough passion and determination to succeed, Dr. Jack’s story shows us the honest possibility for one to attain the American Dream.

In 1987, Dr. Jack Bayramyan immigrated to the United States from Armenia. After arriving in the U.S., Dr. Jack was twelve years old when he had his first trip to the dentist. Fluent in Armenian and Russian, English became Dr. Jack’s third language. He grew up with his parents and sister in the city of Glendale, which would later become home to the location of his first practice. During his teenage years, Dr. Jack’s dentist who ultimately had a huge impact on his decision to go to dental school fascinated him. He admired the way in which he worked with his hands, and worked with people to make a difference. Although they didn’t have much money, Dr. Jack’s parents instilled in him the values of a solid work ethic, service, and gratitude encouraging him to take advantage of all the wonderful new opportunities this country had to offer.

In order to fulfill his wish of making his parents proud and ultimately make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children, Dr. Jack attended dental school at the University of Southern California and graduated with honors in 2003 with his wife and newborn daughter in his arms. Throughout dental school, Jack was very involved with working with children. He volunteered with the Ayuda Organization in which they would go out once a month and work in different communities in Los Angeles with children who had no access to dental care. Over spring breaks, he joined mission trips overseas educating and providing dental care to children in underserved communities in Mexico, Belize, and Armenia. The experience he gained through his volunteer work helping children as a dental student strengthened his passion to work with children and help communities in need. He discovered his passion for working with children was his life’s purpose and saw pediatric dentistry as a means for him to work in medicine and work with people to make a difference.

After graduating dental school, within three months, Dr. Jack got to work with children again at a practice in Glendale, but ultimately he wished to have a practice of his own. Three months later, he saw the opportunity to make this dream into a reality. It was very difficult at first for Dr. Jack to gain access to the necessary loans he needed to purchase the practice. Many banks rejected his request because at the time, the minimum requirement to be qualified for a loan was a person had to be at least two years out of dental school. Finally, with enough patience and persistence, Dr. Jack was able to convince Wells Fargo to extend him the loan and is a proud customer of the bank to this day. In the run-down, dirty and shackled practice, Dr. Jack saw hope and had a strong vision for change and a place for transformation and renovation. In 2004, after investing in the property and transforming it into the safe, clean, and comfortable office space it is today, Kids Dental Place was born. Dr. Jack made it his mission to reach out to the community and provide superior dental care to the children in need. The community quickly felt their presence, and the practice grew extraordinarily.

Two years later, in 2006, Dr. Jack saw the opportunity to expand the practice and decided it was time to take Kids Dental Place to other communities in need. The second location of Kids Dental Place opened in Los Angeles and it was the first location Dr. Jack was able to build from scratch. Down the street from his alma mater, he was familiar with the area because he had passed the street of the location many times while he was studying at USC and recalls thinking how unique it felt in a way that made him feel he was outside of L.A. He scooped the area for two weeks and was unable to find a space that would be large enough. Dr. Jack prayed that something would come up in this area that had a community he deeply desired to serve.
Coincidentally, his prayers were answered when a space opened up from where a small church was relocating. This ironically former holy space transformed into the second location of Kids Dental Place.

After the unprecedented success of these first two locations, Dr. Jack persisted in his quest to continue to expand Kids Dental Place to other communities in need. His passion and determination persisted and one by one Kids Dental Place continued to grow. In 2007, the third location opened in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2009, the fourth and fifth locations opened in Van Nuys, CA, and Glendale, AZ, and in 2010, the sixth location opened in Mesa, AZ. Finally, in 2011, the seventh location opened in Huntington Park, CA. Dr. Jack has recently announced plans to open a brand new location in East Los Angeles that will be the biggest and most innovative Kids Dental Place office yet.

Dr. Jack is very much involved in giving back to the community and committed to sharing the success and growth of Kids Dental Place with his team and the communities they serve. In 2014, Kids Dental Place partnered with the Colgate Foundation and participated in Dentistry From the Heart, a community event where Dr. Jack and his staff provided free comprehensive dental care to 82 children. Another way in which Kids Dental Place has been able to give back is through launching their Oral Hygiene Campaign in local schools where the team provides free screenings, oral hygiene instructions, and works with parents to designate oral hygiene ambassadors to promote the benefits of preventive dentistry to the PTA and community.

Preventive dentistry is the cornerstone of Dr. Jack’s practice philosophy.

“I have a vision, I tell this to my team, I tell this to my staff. I want to captivate the kids. As long as they know we’re here, they need to come to our practice and understand what they need to do to take care of their teeth. If we do our job right, by the time these kids have permanent teeth, they should never ever get a cavity in their life… That’s a vision that I hold dearly–prevention, preventive dentistry. Education is a big part of what we practice. I believe it is the only way to make a difference, and we are making a difference because we can track it, and it’s amazing.” –Dr. Jack Bayramyan

Dr. Jack’s passion and mission in life has always been and still remains his ability to help serve the children in need. “The children we’re serving—they didn’t have a choice, they were born into these communities. What difference does it make? A child is a child, and they are born without a choice. And if I have anything to do about it, I’m going to make sure I can provide the best access to the kids that do not have a choice. I was that same child: my parents didn’t know about preventive dentistry, they didn’t have access to it. Growing up in Los Angeles, I was fortunate to have access with the government program through Medicaid. If access is there, we
must preserve it, protect it from being abused, and we can make it better.” –Dr. Jack Bayramyan

Coming from an immigrant family, Dr. Jack understands and can relate to many of his patients who remind him of himself as a child. Many of the patients he serves come from similar backgrounds and families who struggle with the English language and adapting to American culture. His empathy is a result of his personal experiences and his heart is deeply connected to everything he does in his work. Through love, dedication, communication, and passion, Dr. Jack plans to continue expanding the message of his practice, the soul of Kids Dental Place, and ultimately within the next ten years will dedicate his mission to providing access to quality dental care to 100,000 high-risk underprivileged patients, provide employment opportunities to
400 new employees, distribute $1,000,000 of bonuses back to his team, and ultimately give back $1,000,000 of free dentistry to the communities Kids Dental Place serves.

Dr. Jack’s main focus presently is developing, organizing, and preserving the culture of Kids Dental Place. “One of my personal goals in the future is to only practice dentistry on a volunteer basis by creating and growing the foundation of Kids Dental Place with the mission to save smiles.”

By continuing to give back to the communities, Dr. Jack leads a revolution in preventive dentistry as he aggressively continues to save smiles every day.

“Giving back to our communities is not simply  something to say, it is something I live by because it always comes back. It is never work. I wake up every day and I’m excited to get my day started, and when I sleep, I know tomorrow is going to be an even better day.” — Dr. Jack Bayramyan

After coming to America many years ago, Dr. Jack never would have believed that someday he would achieve the renowned success of where he is today or that he would help as many children as he has who are in the same place in their lives as Dr. Jack was when he was a little boy with fear and dreams of the future. Dr. Jack’s role as an educator in preventive dentistry will surely have a long-lasting impact on his staff and his patients now and for years to come.