Meet The Doctor

Joan Otomo-Corgel, DDS, MPH, FACD, APDC

doctorDr. Joan Otomo-Corgel is a graduate of California State University, Fresno 1972 (BA, Zoology), UCLA School of Dentistry 1976 (DDS), UCLA School of Public Health 1980 (MPH Behavioral Sciences and Health Education), West Los Angeles VAMC General Practice Residency 1977 and Postdoctoral Periodontics Residency 1979.She is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in the UCLA School of Dentistry, Department of Periodontics (1980- ), faculty (1979- ) and chair of research at the Greater Los Angeles VA Health Care Center Dental Service (1990- ) and past faculty at the WLA City College of Dental Hygiene Department (1990-2010).

She has been in private practice limited to Periodontics, oral medicine, and implantology in Los Angeles, California since 1981 with Dr. William Matoska.

Dr. Otomo-Corgel is the past president of the California Society of Periodontists, Western Society of Periodontology, National VA Periodontists, and the UCLA Chapter of OKU. Joan is currently the immediate past president of the American Academy of Periodontology, on the CDA Inderdisciplinary Council, UCLA School of Dentistry Board of Counselors, UCLA Periodontal Alumni Advisory Council, and is a consultant to the ADA Council on Dental Practice. She is on the AAP Foundation Board member. Her current memberships include the American Academy of Periodontology, Academy of Osseointegration, LA Dental Society, Western Society of Periodontology, California Society of Periodontists, CDA, Southern California Academy of Oral Pathology, Japanese American Dental Society, ADA, IADR, AADR and ADEA. She is a conscious sedation examiner for CALAOMS and is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. She lectures extensively on periodontal medicine, medical emergencies, over-the-counter dental products, and clinical periodontal topics.She has contributed to over 60+ journals and texts.

Dr. Otomo-Corgel has served on the Fresno State University Alumni Board of Directors, and Governor’s appointee to the School-to-Career Advisory Council. She is currently a Trustee of Mount St. Mary’s College where she is a member of the Education Committee and chair of the Student Life Committee. She is on the Board of Govenors for the Fresno State University Foundation and a Director for the Advisory Council for the School of Math and Science.

Dr. Otomo-Corgel was the 1997 UCLA School of Dentistry Alumnus of the Year, 1998 OKU Robert Wolcott Recipient (selected by the faculty for distinguished service), 1998 Fellow of the American College of Dentists, 1999 Japanese American Dental Society Honoree of the Year, Fresno State University 2007 Top Dog Alumnus of the Year for the School of Math and Science and 2007 AAP Specialty Citation recipient, and 2016 California Society of Periodontists Educator of the Year.

familyShe and her husband, Rich Corgel have two children, Bucky John, a Cal Poly San Luis Obispo graduate who recently returned from serving our country in the US Navy and Stefanie, a graduate of Cal State Monterey Bay (women’s basketball team), who played professional women’s basketball in Italy. Stefanie is currently a professional sports and fitness model. Her husband, Rich is an Executive Director at Ernst & Young for Fraud and Investigation Services. Joan was the past Vice President of the Robinson Elementary School PTSA where she founded their After School Enrichment Program. She also chaired multiple committees for Manhattan Beach Middle School, Mira Costa High School, and Marlborough School.