ALL ABOUT US

In 1997, when Dr. Kenneth W. Pierson chose Visalia, CA, as the best place for his pediatric sedation dental practice, he started thinking about the best way to blend his services into the community. Instead of competing with local dentists, Hapy Bear became the trusted place where dentists could refer their pediatric patients if sedation would be the best option for the child.

WHY PARENTS CHOOSE HAPY BEAR

While choosing a name and logo for his practice, a friend drew a little teddy bear that Dr. Pierson chose to make his mascot. He decided to name the bear “Hapy” and the office would be called “Hapy Bear Dentistry.” He realized that spelling happy with just one “p” served several purposes; first, it started conversations and questions that made the name hard to forget. Second, the unusual spelling made it possible to get the phone number (559) 732-HAPY and the toll free phone number (888) 310-HAPY.
Finally, when children see the fun Hapy Bear logo and the whimsical name it helps them feel more welcome and comfortable.  The doors opened at Hapy Bear Dentistry in Visalia, CA, in September 1997 and the business grew quickly. In 2009, Dr. Pierson began the planning process for a larger, state-of-the-art facility in Tulare, CA, in order to better serve the community’s needs.

OUR BRAND-NEW FACILITY FOR SEDATION DENTISTRY IN TULARE

On May 4, 2010, we adjusted our name to Hapy Bear Surgery Center and opened the doors to our new facility in Tulare, CA. More than three times the size of the old office, the new building has been purpose-built with kids in mind.

 

We’ve provided a Play Zone in the waiting area for the kids, along with stroller parking to simplify life for Mom’s with babies. The next step in patient safety was becoming a certified surgery center. We’re pleased to announce that we have been certified by The Joint Commission with their Gold Seal of National Quality Approval and by the State of California’s Department of Health and Human Services.

 

Hapy Bear Surgery Center is also the only Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) in Tulare. “We are excited to provide greater access to dental care for kids in the Central Valley,” said Dr. Pierson. “Our goal is to prove to kids that going to the dentist is something they don’t need to be afraid of.

 

And we’ll take good care of the parents while they’re here too.” If you haven’t had a chance to visit our office, we invite you to stop by! View a map, get directions, or call us to make an appointment at (559) 732-4279.

MEET OUR DENTAL CARE TEAM

Hapy Bear Surgery Center, a full-service pediatric sedation dentist in Tulare, is proud of our friendly, caring and knowledgable staff that will immediately put your child at ease. We’ll help them feel welcome and comfortable as we strive to provide the highest standard of personalized dental care in the most gentle and efficient way possible. We want your child to enjoy a happy, beautiful smile their entire life.

 

And we’d like to see that smile while they’re still in our office. Located just a few miles South of Visalia in Tulare, Hapy Bear Surgery Center is the Central Valley’s first choice when it comes to sedation dentistry for children.

Kenneth W. Pierson, DDS, MPH Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Medical Director
Dr.Pierson@HapyBear.com

Dr. Pierson was born in Minnesota and raised in the Mid West.He moved to California to attend Pacific Union College in Angwin and then continued on to dental school in Southern CA. He graduated from the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 1971. After 2 years serving in the US Air Force he chose to move his young family to serve as a medical missionary to Blantyre, Malawi, in Africa.
Ten years later they moved to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. While doing all types of dentistry in the mission field, Dr. Pierson realized his true passion was pediatric dentistry. In 1990, after 17 years in Africa, and with his 2 sons looking at college in the US, the Pierson family moved to Southern California and Dr. Pierson joined the faculty at his Alma Mater.
While doing all types of dentistry in the mission field, Dr. Pierson realized his true passion was pediatric dentistry. In 1990, after 17 years in Africa, and with his 2 sons looking at college in the US, the Pierson family moved to Southern California and Dr. Pierson joined the faculty at his Alma Mater.

 

While teaching he was offered the opportunity to enter a residency program in Dental Anesthesiology. He realized that this was the perfect way to provide pediatric dental care to kids without having to put them through the stress and trauma so many kids experience. When he graduated from the 2 year residency program, Dr. Pierson moved to the Central Valley and opened Hapy Bear Dentistry in Visalia.

 

As the practice grew and demand increased for dental services under sedation it became clear that Hapy Bear would need to grow to adequately serve the kids in the surrounding area. In May, 2010, Dr. Pierson and his son Jeremy opened Hapy Bear Surgery Center in Tulare, CA. The new office not only is much larger than the old office, it is also designed specifically for kids, even incorporating an active Kids Play Zone in the waiting room. “I look forward to kids coming to Hapy Bear and leaving with a positive memory of going to the dentist,” says Dr. Pierson.

 

“If we can make the experience fun and positive for both the child and the parent, while still taking care of any dental work that needs to be done, then we’ve done what we set out to do.” Dr. Pierson is married to Gloria Pierson, who serves as a Lactation Consultant at Hapy Bear. Their son, Ken Jr., and his wife are both missionary dentists serving on the island of Saipan in the South Pacific. Their other son, Jeremy, is Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Hapy Bear.

 

When not working at Hapy Bear, Dr. Pierson enjoys spending time with his grandkids, flying his Cesena 182 private plane, and volunteering on missionary dental projects. He is particularly excited about Hapy Bear’s sister office in Saipan. The Saipan SDA Clinic provides services to the small island community in the Mariana Island chain. Dr. Pierson volunteers his time as an anesthesiologist for at least 4 weeks per year.

Frederick Chun, DMD – Dentist
Dr.Chun@HapyBear.com

Dr. Fred Chun was born in Glendale, CA, and raised in the greater Los Angeles area. He graduated from the University of California Irvine in 2006 with a BS in Biological Science. After marrying his childhood friend, Mina Won, they moved to Philadelphia where he joined the Temple University School of Dentistry. Dr. Chun graduated with his degree in Dental Medicine (DMD) with the class of 2010.
After graduation Dr. Chun started working in general dentistry, but soon found he loved working with children. He has worked exclusively in pediatric dentistry since mid 2010. “I’m excited to be working at Hapy Bear with such a high level of care and professionalism that has been established,” he says. Dr. Chun and his family live in Tulare, CA.

 

When not working, Dr. Chun enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 young daughters, especially helping them build Legos, and visiting relatives in Bakersfield and Los Angeles. His hobbies include pushing the limits of his physical strength and endurance at Tulare Crossfit and working on cars.

Jeremy Pierson – Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Jeremy@HapyBear.com

Jeremy Pierson was born in Blantyre, Malawi, while his parents, Dr. Kenneth and Gloria Pierson, were serving as medical missionaries in Africa. By the time he graduated from High School he had already lived in 4 countries and his love of travel has never subsided. While attending Pacific Union College (PUC) in Angwin, CA, Jeremy took a summer course to learn Spanish in Spain and then continued his Spanish studies for the next school year in Argentina. He graduated from PUC with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations, a Bachelor of Arts in International Communication and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. In 2015 Jeremy took an 18 month sabbatical and moved his family to Milan, Italy, where he completed his Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Leadership and Organizational Design.
Jeremy has a wide range of work experience ranging from marketing and recruiting to sales of medical and office equipment to product launches and customer service management. Jeremy enjoyed several years on the motivational speaking circuit talking to small business owners about health and fitness.

 

Among other responsibilities at Hapy Bear, Jeremy oversees Information Technologies, Marketing, and Public Relations. Jeremy is married to Bibiana and they have three daughters. Jeremy and Bibi met while Jeremy was studying in Argentina during his year of Spanish and Latin American studies. They are passionate about food, healthy living, cultural cuisines, and travel. Jeremy also tries to fit in as much tennis, swimming, and other exercise as possible into his busy life.

Team Hapy Bear – Our Expert Staff

The Hapy Bear Team is comprised of 4 departments. Each department Director oversees their particular area and reports to the Administrators creating a cohesive, efficient working environment.
The Hapy Bear Team is comprised of 4 departments. Each department Director oversees their particular area and reports to the Administrators creating a cohesive, efficient working environment.

 

Greg, MHA – Administrator – Greg@HapyBear.com
Front Office:
Norma – Front Office Director – Norma@hapybear.com
Alex – Treatment Coordinator
Juanita – Treatment Coordinator
Lashell – Treatment Coordinator
Nancy – Treatment Coordinator
Accounts Receivable:
Tina – Director of Accts. Receivable – Tina@HapyBear.com
Janet – Accts. Receivable
Nursing:
Melissa, RN – Clinical Director – Melissa@HapyBear.com
Abigail – Medical Assistant
Amber – RN
Elsa – RN
Robin – RN
Registered Dental Assistants (RDAs):
Lupe, RDA – Director of RDAs – Lupe@HapyBear.com
 Antonia – RDA
Haydee – RDA
Sonia – RDA
Janet – RDA
Molly – DA

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