Ryan Kay, DMD, MS

Sensitive and Reliable Dental Care from a Team You Can Trust.

Meet the Team at Ryan Kay, DMD, MS

Our team works together to create a positive, professional, and enjoyable experience for our patients. Each team member brings the highest level of skill and genuine compassion in order to give our patients the exceptional dental care they deserve. Please feel free to look though our bios to learn a little more about us and know that we look forward to seeing you in our Encinitas dental office!

Dr. Ryan Kay, DMD, MS


Growing up around dentistry, I knew at an early age that I wanted to be a dentist. After graduating from the University of San Diego, I went on to study at Western University of Health Sciences where I earned both my Masters in Medical Science and Doctorate of Dental Medicine. I think you’ll find me not only to be a kind and compassionate person, you’ll always find me to have a friendly smile and gentle touch. 

I am a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, California Dental Association, San Diego County Dental Society, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, as well as Spear and sdCAD/CAM Dentists Study Clubs where I continue to learn and fuel my passion for dentistry and technology.  I am always taking continuing education to further the care I can provide for you.  I’m trained and certified in Oral Conscious Sedation and Invisalign.  I am proud to be a clinical product reviewer for the Clinician’s Report that is read by thousands of dentists across the country each month.

I live here in Encinitas with my wife Katie and our dog Indie. When not in the office you can find me at the beach or snowboarding in the mountains, I also really enjoy golf, tennis, and baseball.  I look forward to taking care of you the way I would members of my own family for decades to come!


Office Manager

I have had the pleasure of working in the dental field for 22 years with my start in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics the first 10 years and 12 awesome years in general dentistry working in our office with our wonderful team of caring experts.  I absolutely love and enjoy interacting with our exceptional patients. They are our “family” away from ours and know that our office is their “dental home” where they are cared for and loved!  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Tim, 3 grown children and a basset hound who are my focus away from the office. My other loves are cooking, gardening, cinema, walks/hikes with our dog and going to great music concerts!


Patient Care and Financial Coordinator

I have been a front office team member for several years here and enjoy welcoming patients to our practice, confident that they also enjoy being part of our dental family!  I especially enjoy the fact that many of our patients are now third generation patients and we have been able to watch them grow.  In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband, dog, and our sons when they are home from college.


Registered Dental Hygienist

I am a USC graduate and received my license in 1988. I've been in San Diego since 1997 and have been doing dental hygiene for 30 years. I have worked in this office for over 16 years and enjoy working with this great group of professionals. I have enjoyed getting to know so many wonderful patients and helping them with their oral health. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and our puppy Ned. I love walking at the beach, reading, and rooting on the Padres.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Starting as a dental assistant years ago, I have been in the dental field longer than not!  I received my degree in Dental Hygiene in Seattle, WA and am also licensed in Nevada and California.  I have worked in this office for over 16 years and enjoy working with such a progressive team.  I fell blessed to have so many special patients that help me learn and grow every day!  My spare time is filled with family and fun.  I am a very proud mom of three sons and love many activities from motorcycling and boating to dining and dancing!


Registered Dental Hygienist

I graduated from the USC dental hygiene program over 20 years ago.  I feel very fortunate to have joined this office and the experienced team here in the beginning of 2009.  I truly enjoy working in an office with the latest technology and being able to take care of our lovely patients.  When I’m not in my dental scrubs, I love spending time with my family and friends.  I enjoy gardening, roller blading, lazy summer days and a good book!


Registered Dental Assistant

I have been in the dental field for over 20 years and am proud to work with Dr. Kay and this amazing team.  I value each patent that walks through our door and enjoy helping them have an amazing and stress-free visit.  In my free time, I enjoy crafting, going to the movies, and spending time with my family.

A Healthy smile is just a click away.
Kelly M.

I've consistently received great care in this practice for the past 15 years. I just had a crown done by Dr. Kay. All went well! There was no discomfort and I'm very happy with the result.

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