by KELLEY GUSICH | photos provided by Dr. Elona Gaball, D.D.S.

Finding Her Way Home in a Far Away Land

mp_elona_gaball_5At the age of 15, as communism was crumbling in Eastern Europe, Elona Gaball left her birth country of Russia on her own to live with an American host family. She overcame her anxieties as well as language and cultural barriers to graduate high school in the U.S. with honors, retaining fluency in her native language. She attended Michigan State University, where she met her husband of now 20 years and naturalized becoming a very proud American citizen. Elona went on to graduate as a top student from dental school in Michigan at the age of 23. Her husband joined the Navy and their travels allowed her to practice dentistry from Michigan to Maryland, Virginia to Albuquerque, and even Guam, having to become board-certified in each new location and work in all styles of practice from boutique-style offices to 15 doctor practices. Along the way, she had three daughters. But as an immigrant, she always longed for a permanent home and community.

“I personally see all patients – we don’t have a hygienist. I do all dental cleanings and have a much better understanding of a patient’s needs.”

When her husband was stationed at Naval Medical Center SD as a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Elona was finally able to fulfill her dream, becoming very involved in community and church. She purchased an existing practice in Solana Beach to create a better type of experience – one that was honest, accessible, and not anxiety provoking.

mp_elona_gaball_4“My practice is the extension of my desire to serve and to build relationships; I love people, and just happen to show that through dentistry,” she explained. The office focuses on providing a place of high integrity, compassion, understanding, and very personalized, need-based dental care. “We do not push unnecessary treatment,” she said. “We try to make the best possible treatment affordable and accessible to anyone who needs it.”

A unique aspect of the practice is Elona’s personal involvement in every element of care. “I personally see all patients – we don’t have a hygienist. I do all dental cleanings and have a much better understanding of a patient’s needs.” She even gives her personal cell number to patients. With assistant Janine Miller and manager Linda Venegas-Ohl, it is easy to apply descriptors like perseverance, dedication, integrity, service, and love to this Solana Beach dental practice. “Janine and Linda are from this area and know the community very well,” Dr. Gaball confirmed. “With my loving family, my community, and the relationships I build though my work, I feel that I have finally found home.”


At-A-Glance

Name of Business: Elona Gaball, D.D.S. Inc.
Owner: Elona Gaball, D.D.S.
Manager: Linda Venegas-Ohl
Address: 530 Lomas Santa Fe Suite A, Solana Beach, CA, 92075
Website: www.lomasfamilydental.com

Email: drelonagaball@gmail.com
Phone: 858-876-9100

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