Dr. Alan Tan was born in Pennsylvania, but raised in the Bay Area, in the city of Sunnyvale. He and his good friend, Arnold, grew up with a keen interest in animals and science. It was always his intention to do something in the health field. During a college sabbatical in Colorado, he spent his time skiing, working, and volunteering at Aspen Valley Hospital while figuring out what he wanted to do with his education. A graduate of UC Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry, he finished his studies there in 1986. Go Bears! That same year, he attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. With a goal in mind and in sight, he excelled and graduated in the top of his class in 1990. All intentions were to return to California right after graduation, but after being accepted to the post-graduate orthodontic residency at Tufts, he stayed on in Boston for an additional two years.
Dr. Tan has been trained in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, which means he not only treats teeth, but also understands facial growth and development. He is a member of the Sacramento District Dental Society, the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, the California Association of Orthodontists, and the American Association of Orthodontists.
For 26 years, Dr. Tan has been practicing solely in Woodland, California and moved to his present location in an award-winning renovated Craftsman-style house in 2002. During this time, he has built a reputation of making great smiles, improving bites, and building self-confidence. Just ask around.