258_meet-dr-mccullaRobert A. McCulla, DDS

I truly love helping the people of our community and am blessed to do what I love for over half my lifetime. I have seen many lives changed for the better through dentistry, and I continue to enjoy coming to work every day. My greatest joy in dentistry is helping others get what they want, whether that is overcoming a dental fear or improving a smile with orthodontics, Invisalign®, or cosmetic dentistry. My patients appreciate what I do for them, and I am grateful to be part of their lives.

Education and Continuing Education

Before becoming a dentist, I attained my Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California, and my DDS Degree from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. Although my formal education is complete, I know that my dental studies will last a lifetime. I am passionate about staying current with the most advanced and effective treatments in order to ensure my patients the highest-quality care.

My team and I regularly attend courses on restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, orthodontics, Invisalign, and periodontal therapy. We also attend many courses that focus on listening and communicating with each other and our patients. I have also had the opportunity to teach other dentists about communication skills and to help them help their patients.

As part of my continuing education, I am a member of the following professional organizations:

  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Stanislaus Dental Society
  • Dental Organization of Conscious Sedation
  • International Association for Orthodontics
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Academy for Sports Dentistry
  • Crown Council

In the Practice

I have been practicing dentistry since 1983, and I am proud to bring smiles to life every day. My goal is to help each patient attain and maintain optimal oral health while also providing a positive experience in every aspect of our interactions. Every patient is treated with respect and listened to in order to give them the care they deserve. We inform patients about everything we see and talk about how to give them exactly what they need in a way that fits their budget.

I receive great satisfaction in providing care to our patients every day, but the greatest gift is when I see lives of my patients changed through my work. The people whose lives are changed the most come in to our office shy or lacking self-confidence due to their teeth. After treatment with us, they not only love their smile and feel great about how they look, but they are often relieved at how easy and wonderful it can be to see their dentist!

My team and I work together in every aspect of patient care, and I am lucky to have such an amazing team with many years of experience in dentistry. Part of what make our team special and successful is their willingness to learn and change what they do in order to stay abreast with the most comfortable and efficient dental methods. Our team members are here because they love their profession, they love working together, and they care about our patients. They are all good listeners, care-givers and problem-solvers, and our patients love them!

meet-dr-mcculla-familyFamily and Community

I am originally from South Gate in Los Angeles County, and have lived in Turlock since 1983 — shortly after my wife, Karen, and I were married. Turlock has been a great place to raise a family and be involved in church and community. My wife and I work with the college group in our church. Karen and I have two daughters, Kathryn and Emma. We also have a yellow lab named Aslan and a black-and-white cat named Christmas.

As a member of our community, my practice has been involved in the Smiles for Life program since it began in 1998. Smiles for Life has raised over $30 million, benefiting hundreds of children’s charities. Locally, we have donated whitening services to raise funds for lighting the Play Park. Our practice also sponsors local public and private school fundraisers as well as little league, soccer, and adult softball teams.