James P. Smerdon, D.M.D.
James P. Smerdon grew up in Truckee, California and received his degrees from the University of Nevada and the University of Louisville School of Dentistry where he graduated in 2003. Dr. Smerdon stays current with new technology and evolving dental care through continuing education courses, including a mini residency for implant dentistry and implant retained dentures. Dr. Smerdon believes that through patient education and prevention of dental decay his patients have confident, beautiful smiles.
Dr. Smerdon is an active member of the American Dental Association, Northern Nevada Dental Society, Sierra Nevada Study Club, and serves a Peer Review Mediator for the Northern Nevada Dental Society. Dr. Smerdon is married and the father of two children. He enjoys fishing, skiing, remodeling projects, cooking and bike riding with his family and friends.
Derek L. Johnson, D.M.D.
Derek L. Johnson was born and raised in Fallon. He graduated from Churchill County High School in 2001 as valedictorian of his class. After serving a 2 year mission for his church he graduated with honors from the University of Nevada in 2007 with a degree in Biology. Dr. Johnson received his dental degree from UNLV’s School of Dental Medicine in 2011.
Dr. Johnson loves being a dentist and practicing in the town he grew up in. He believes that through patient education and attention to detail, his patients can expect a healthy beautiful smile. Dr. Johnson is married to Tristin, also a native of Fallon, and they are the proud parents of three children. He loves spending time with his family, whether it be coaching them in youth sports, going on family trips, or going to the movies.
Steven Calderwood, D.D.S.
Steven T. Calderwood was born and raised in Heber City, Utah, a small town near Salt Lake City. After serving a 2 year service mission in northern Japan, Steven graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He then continued his education at the University of Utah School of Dentistry, receiving his DDS in 2019.
Dr. Calderwood strongly believes in the importance of the Doctor/Patient relationship in establishing oral and overall health. Through a cooperative and concentrated effort on preventative care, he works with patients towards the goal of establishing teeth that will last a lifetime. Dr. Calderwood also places a huge priority on his family relationship. He and his wife live happily with their 2 boys and 1 girl in Fernley, where he likes to get outdoors whenever he can. Hiking, camping, biking, and fishing are just a few of the excuses he uses to do so.
Blaine A. Austin, D.D.S.
Blaine A. Austin received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Utah in 1974. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Washington in 1982. In 1985 Dr. Austin completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency from the University of Connecticut Medical School. Dr. Austin’s background in dental surgery has given him a perspective not just on teeth but on overall oral and dental health, including gums, soft tissue, disorders of the mouth (like gingivitis), etc. Dr. Blaine Austin has long been reputed as one of the best oral surgeons in Ogden, UT and the premier TMJ surgeon in the Country. His concern for the creation of products that will combat these and other oral issues is astounding.
Dr. Austin manages a wide variety of problems relating to the Mouth, Teeth, and Facial Regions. He practices the full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery with expertise ranging from Corrective Jaw Surgery to Wisdom Tooth Removal. Dr. Austin also diagnoses and treats Oral Pathology, Facial Trauma, TMJ Disorders, and performs a full range of Dental Implant procedures. Dr. Austin is married and the father of 5 children and spends his time outside the office traveling and enjoying his family.
Daniel K. Walton D.D.S., M.S.
Daniel K. Walton was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, but moved to the States to attend college at Brigham Young University. After graduating with honors from BYU's School of Business, Dr. Walton attended dental school at the University of California, San Francisco where he was awarded the Regent Scholarship, the highest recognition awarded to entering dental students. Dr. Walton completed his orthodontic specialty training with a three-year residency at The Ohio State University, earning a Master of Science in Orthodontics. He has been practicing orthodontics in Northern Nevada for the last ten years.
"Orthodontics is an exciting and rewarding profession and I feel lucky to be a part of it. I became interested in orthodontics at a young age because I loved how science and art were used together to create beautiful smiles and provide a lifelong service to patients. It's great being able to interact with my patients every day. I love seeing the positive changes that take place and the confidence they gain as I help create the smile they've always wanted."
Family is the most important part of Dr. Walton's life and a great source of happiness. Dr. Walton is happily married to Sarah, and is the father of four children. In his spare time, Dr. Walton enjoys photography, videography, playing the piano and guitar, and looks for any opportunity to be outdoors in the mountains or at the lake.
Emily Whipple, D.M.D.
Dr. Emily Whipple is a third generation Nevadan. She loves having the opportunity to improve oral health care for kids and provide a positive experience. She grew up in Boulder City and attended college at the University of Nevada, Reno. After only three years at UNR, she was accepted into dental school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and graduated in 2008. Dr. Whipple practiced in Northern Nevada for five years and realized her love of pediatrics, which prompted her to return to UNLV to complete a two-year residency in Pediatric Dentistry. During residency, she also completed training with Nevada LEND to become a better provider for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities.
Dr. Whipple became a new mom in 2016, to her son Fredrick (Freddie). She loves spending time with her family, traveling, and keeping up with popular kid topics so that she can better relate to her patients. In her free time, she enjoys sewing, swimming and playing with her two dogs.
Nicole Bui-Fong, D.D.S.
Nicole Bui-Fong was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended the University of California, San Diego for undergraduate education. After college, Dr. Bui-Fong interned at the office of her childhood pediatric dentist and fell in love with working with children. Dr. Bui-Fong obtained her DDS degree at UCLA and completed the Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry Program at the University of Southern California (USC) and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA). During training at CHLA, Dr. Bui-Fong worked exclusively treating children with medically and behaviorally complex issues. Because of this, she has a particular passion in treating special needs children.
"The thing I love most about pediatric dentistry is that it is never boring! Because kids are so honest and unpredictable, each day of work is fun, different, and refreshing. Just as each child is unique, every family is unique as well. I take pride in getting to know my patients and their families so that I can deliver a personalized approach to dental care that meets each family’s individual needs."
Dr. Bui-Fong is new to the Reno area, but her husband has lived in Reno for the past 7 years. In her spare time, Dr. Bui-Fong loves to try new restaurants and travel to visit friends and family. California born-and-bred, so Dr. Bui-Fong and her husband like to keep warm during the winter; once the sun is out, their favorite thing to do is to visit Lake Tahoe.
A member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and an Albert Schweitzer Fellow for Life, Dr. Bui-Fong is currently pursuing a board certification in pediatric dentistry.
Fun fact: Bui is pronounced Boo-EE, like a buoy that floats in the water!
James Mungcal, D.D.S.
Dr. Mungcal (aka “Dr. M”) was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He is a proud graduate of the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco where he earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS). Shortly after, Dr. M went on to practice as a general dentist for adults and kids in the Sacramento region, where he found his niche and passion for Orthodontics. To pursue this passion, Dr. Mungcal moved across the country to New York to attend the highly revered Montefiore Medical Center / Albert Einstein College of Medicine for an additional three years of specialized Orthodontic training, serving as Chief Resident for his program. Dr. M is a life-long learner and active member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, and Northern Nevada Dental Society.
The Northern Nevada area is a wonderful place to live and work. I grew up playing in the Palomino Valley desert and swimming in Lake Almanor, so it is no surprise that one of the main reasons I moved back to Reno was to enjoy the outdoors. I enjoy snowboarding, dirt biking, golfing, fishing (although I am allergic to fish!), river floating, and relaxing at any of the Sierra lakes. At home, I love watching stand-up comedy, online gaming with friends, and spending time with family. My all-time favorite activity though is trying new restaurants, eateries, and dessert shops around town, and I am always open to recommendations!
"Orthodontics is the best! Having a great smile has such a far-reaching effect. It promotes good oral health, instills self-confidence and self-esteem, and is many times the first thing people notice when they meet you. There is nothing like the feeling of taking someone’s braces off and showing them their new, beautiful smile. It is truly life changing for many of our patients, and we are so blessed and fortunate to be a part of that experience!"
"My most important goal is to provide you and your children with the best possible orthodontic care, with an emphasis on both function and esthetics. Equal to that, my wonderful team and I seek to offer a positive, transparent, warm, and welcoming office experience while we are on this journey together."
David Faltys, D.M.D.
Dr. David Faltys was born and raised in central Texas. He attended the University of Arkansas for his undergraduate degree. He then moved back to Texas for dental school at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. During his first year of dental school, Dr. Faltys did a week-long rotation at a pediatric facility. He realized his passion for working with kids and making complex procedures feel effortless and fun. After graduation, he moved to New York City, completing a residency in Pediatric Dentistry at Cohen Children’s Medical Center.
Throughout dental school and residency, Dr. Faltys actively participated in advocacy, research, volunteer organizations, and leadership activities. During his final year in New York, he was nominated Chief Resident and awarded the Resident of the Year title.
Outside of his professional endeavors, Dr. Faltys developed a passion for rock climbing during his undergraduate years at the University of Arkansas. He has been an avid climber ever since and began to show interest in the Reno area after visiting the region several times on climbing trips. Dr. Faltys was thrilled when he found Bluetree Dental, a patient-centered dental group he immediately felt at home with that also happened to be in one of his favorite parts of the country.
Dr. Faltys is proud to be a board-certified diplomat of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. His goal is to use his knowledge, skill, and passion to help get children through the intimidating world of dentistry while showing them a fun and positive experience. He believes in listening to every family’s priorities and concerns, working together to develop a treatment plan unique to their child. He strives to use the most current, conservative, and effective methods to treat children’s vast array of dental needs.