About Us

Why we love making our patients smile

Beauty is in the details

For decades, we’ve proudly called Pasadena our home. We are committed to providing quality compassionate dentistry to our community.

As with teeth and people, we believe that character is paramount. We appreciate and value the individual details that make your smile yours. All great things start with a smile and we want to keep you smiling today and tomorrow.

science of smiles team

Smiling triggers your brain to release chemicals such as dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin to improve mood, strengthen your immune system, reduce stress, and increase feelings of well-being — that’s the science of smiles!

Stephanie P. Lee, DDS - Dentist

Dr. Stephanie P. Lee

Dr. Stephanie P. Lee is a proud native of the San Gabriel Valley and grew up in South Pasadena. She attended Arroyo Vista Elementary, South Pasadena Middle School, and South Pasadena High School — Go Tigers!

She holds a B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University and went on to earn her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of California Los Angeles. After graduation, she pursued her passion for dentistry by completing an intensive one-year residency program in Advanced Education in General Dentistry at the South Texas Veterans’ Health Care System.

During her time at the VA San Antonio, she received advanced training in a wide range of dental procedures, including surgery, implants, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics (Invisalign), conscious/moderate sedation, and full mouth rehabilitation.

As a firm believer in providing exceptional dental care, Dr. Lee dedicates herself to lifelong learning and staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in dentistry through continuous education. Her ultimate goal is to empower her patients by educating them about their dental health and working together to develop healthy habits. She’s grateful that dentistry provides her the opportunity to serve the community that made her the person she is today.

Dr. H. Robert Stender Science of Smiles

Dr. H. Robert Stender

Dr. H. Robert Stender has been providing comprehensive, family-centered dental services in Pasadena for over 50 years, since 1970. His diverse range of treatments covers pedodontics, orthodontics, periodontics, endodontics, prosthodontics, oral surgery, cosmetic dentistry, restorative and reconstructive dentistry, as well as TMJ disorders and pain management.

Dr. Stender received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Southern California in 1970 and has completed numerous hours of continuing education to stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in his field. He describes himself as a “continuing education junkie.” He enjoys leading the local Spear Study Club and being an active member of the Spear Faculty Club.

Meet The Family

Front Office

Pearl - Office Manager Science of Smiles

Pearl, RDA

Office Manager

Maricela - Front Desk Coordinator Science of Smiles

Maricela, RDA

Front Office Coordinator

Hygiene Team

Angel - Registered Dental Hygienist Science of Smiles

Angel, RDA, RDH, RDHAP

Registered Dental Hygienist

Jackie - Registered Dental Hygienist Science of Smiles

Jackie, RDH

Registered Dental Hygienist

Clinical Team

Alma - Lead Registered Dental Assistant

Alma, RDA

Lead Registered Dental Assistant

Albert - Dental Assistant Science of Smiles

Albert

Dental Assistant

Caitlin - Dental Assistant Science of Smiles

Caitlin, RDA

Registered Dental Assistant

Meet The Family

Front Office

Pearl - Office Manager Science of Smiles

Pearl, RDA

Office Manager

Maricela - Front Desk Coordinator Science of Smiles

Maricela, RDA

Front Office Coordinator

Hygiene Team

Angel - Registered Dental Hygienist Science of Smiles

Angel, RDA, RDH, RDHAP

Registered Dental Hygienist

Jackie - Registered Dental Hygienist Science of Smiles

Jackie, RDH

Registered Dental Hygienist

Clinical Team

Alma - Lead Registered Dental Assistant

Alma, RDA

Lead Registered Dental Assistant

Albert - Dental Assistant Science of Smiles

Albert

Dental Assistant

Caitlin - Dental Assistant Science of Smiles

Caitlin

Dental Assistant

A fresh approach to dental care

As your partners in dental care, we empower you to help you take the best care of your mouth.

  • NWe take the time to understand your needs and educate you so you can make informed decisions.
  • NOur philosophy is to prevent problems rather than correct them — the best dentistry is no dentistry.
  • NWe do it right, we do it for life.

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