Juan Carlos Mendoza always thought he would open his dental practice in a big city like Los Angeles or San Francisco.
But after he completed a five-year work program with a nonprofit health clinic in Delano, Mendoza, 32, decided he wanted to stay in the Valley. Fresno was the place.
Mendoza, a general dentist, will open iTooth Dentistry on Jan. 26 in the medical offices at Herndon and Chestnut avenues.
“Fresno has good things to offer,” Mendoza said. “It’s culturally diverse and doesn’t have problems associated with large metro areas like commuting and crime. I think it’s a great place to be.”
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The office will offer general dental and cosmetic services. Mendoza, who graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Dentistry in 2009, will do all the cleaning until the practice grows with enough patients to hire a dental hygienist, he said.
Mendoza discovered a love of dentistry when he spent a summer working in a San Francisco dental office. He was a student at the University of California at Berkeley who wanted to pursue a career in the medical field.
Mendoza considered pharmacy until the summer job gave him a look at dentistry. He was supposed to be a receptionist, but shadowed the dentist on his first day. The dentist pulled 20 teeth from a man’s mouth to prepare for dentures that day, Mendoza said with a smile.
For information, visit iToothfresno.com or call (559) 298-3200.
A boost for Raw Fresno
A deal that started at last summer’s Fresno Food Expo has boosted business for Raw Fresno.
The Fresno-based business is now selling its vegan food through Abundant Harvest Organic’s community-supported agriculture boxes.
“They said to me right there, ‘we’re going to be adding your vegan food in our boxes,’ ” said Raw Fresno owner Naomi Hendrix.
Subscribers of the Kingsburg-based weekly boxes of organic fruit and vegetables now have the option of adding individual cheesecakes, cheese, a “Heavenly ranch” dressing and dip, or brownies – all of it vegan. The vegan cheese products are made from cashews.
Raw Fresno has also recently started selling products at Fresno’s Tower Health at 1130 N. Fulton St., including kale salads, vegan cheese, stuffed mushrooms, crackers and brownies.
Hendrix continues to sell at the Kaiser Permanente Fresno Farmers Market, Bella Frutta and the Fulton Mall CartHop and is working on her food truck.