Mira Mesa Family Dentist - Jennifer Caruso, DMD - Family Dentistry
Dr. Caruso, known to her patients as "Dr. Jenny or Jenny", grew up in a very small town in Eastern North Carolina. As a young child, Dr. Jenny had several influential dental experiences including root canal treatment and braces that quickly and easily inspired her to pursue dentistry. Also, as a young girl, Dr. Jenny remembers her father telling her that she was 'very meticulous' and that she could use this skill as a dentist. That idea stuck in her head as she studied at Kent School in Connecticut and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2000, Dr. Jenny spent a life-changing year as a volunteer in Tucson, Arizona working as an AmeriCorps leader. In 2006, she graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine with a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree.
Dr. Jenny is first and foremost passionate about helping people. The oral health goals for her patients are comprehensive in nature. She has a strong dedication to continuing education which allows her to better serve her patients. Dr. Jenny has achieved Fellowship status with the Academy of General Dentistry and is involved in the Mastertrack program to earn her Masters with the Academy. Dr. Jenny and her staff's mission is to provide an enjoyable, relaxing, and friendly environment for her patients.
Dr. Jenny and her husband, Tyler, have two young sons, Wyatt and Blake.
SAN DIEGO DENTIST RECEIVES AGD AWARD
San Diego (June 20, 2015)—The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is pleased to announce that Dr. Jennifer Caruso, DMD, FAGD, of San Marcos, CA, received the association’s Fellowship Award during the AGD 2015 annual meeting, which took place June 18 to 21 in San Francisco.
The AGD Fellowship Award is presented to dentists who seek to provide the highest quality dental care by remaining current in their profession. To earn this prestigious honor, Dr. Caruso completed 500 hours of dental continuing education, passed a comprehensive written exam, and fulfilled three years of continuous membership in the AGD.
As a Fellowship Award recipient, Dr. Caruso joins more than 6,600 active AGD Fellows who have gone above and beyond the basic requirements to care for their patients’ oral health.
“We are proud to honor Dr. Caruso for her commitment in reaching this lofty goal,” says AGD Immediate Past President W. Carter Brown, DMD, FAGD. “She has distinguished herself professionally among her peers and is a role model for both her fellow dentists and the San Diego community.”
Christopher McLellan, DMD
Associate General Dentist
Dr. Christopher McLellan is originally from Brick, New Jersey. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from The College of New Jersey in 2007. He holds a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry degree from Rutgers Dental School, graduating in 2012 with Honors.
Dr. McLellan was accepted into the United States Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program, and was commissioned a Dental Corps Officer in 2008. After graduating dental school, he was stationed in Camp Pendleton, CA as a member of 1st Dental Battalion. He completed the Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program in 2013, where he enhanced his dental training in endodontics, oral surgery, implant dentistry, and restorative dentistry. Dr. McLellan then served as the dental officer for the 1st and 4th Marine Regiments.
From there, he was assigned to United States Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan where he served as the dental officer for sailors from the Carrier Strike Group that deploys with the USS Ronald Reagan. After two memorable years living and working in Japan, Dr. McLellan returned to San Diego where he served as the dental officer at Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar. During this tour, Dr. McLellan was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander, and awarded with his third Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
After separating from his duty with the Navy, Dr. McLellan was hired here with Dr. Caruso. We are pleased to add his knowledge, experience, and kind, friendly demeanor to our team!
During his free time, Dr. McLellan enjoys golfing, hiking, surfing, and he’s working on improving his photography skills. His time in military service also made him love to travel abroad and experience different cultures.