Meet Our Doctors
Andrew W. Yap, DDS, MAGD
Master of the Academy of General Dentistry
Professional development continues to be a high priority for Dr. Yap even after his residency. His post-doctoral training includes modern root canal therapy, placement and restoration of conventional and mini dental implants, Invisalign® , Six Month Smiles Clear Braces and Aligners, and Inman Aligner orthodontic treatment, cosmetic dentistry, and dental sleep medicine.
Dr. Yap completed the Comprehensive Esthetic Residency of the Esthetic Professionals Dental Education Center in May of 2010. Dr. Yap received his Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry in July of 2011. Less than 7% of practicing dentists have this designation, as Dr. Yap has completed over 500 certified continuing education hours and passed a rigorous written exam. After completing an additional 600 certified continuing education hours in all disciplines of dentistry, Dr. Yap earned his Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry in July of 2019. Only less than 2% of dentists have achieved this.
Dr. Yap is a part of many local dental study clubs, including the North Orange County Spear Study Club. Dr. Yap is dedicated to providing residents of Buena Park and the surrounding cities of La Palma, Fullerton, Cypress, Stanton, Anaheim, Garden Grove, Brea, La Mirada, and La Habra with a comprehensive and advanced approach to your oral health.
Dr. Yap is honored to continue the practice’s former 45-year owner Dr. Vander Heide’s commitment to delivering high quality dentistry in a compassionate and caring manner to the residents of Buena Park, CA. He strives for integrity, excellence, honesty, diligence, humility, and kindness in his professional and personal life.
Dr. Yap is a proud member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Orange County Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentistry.
In his free time, Dr. Yap enjoys watching movies and basketball, taking digital photographs around Buena Park, serving in the local church, and traveling to foreign countries to perform free dental services to the underserved. His most recent trip was a one-week trip to the Guatemala with a group of dentists and dental students in March of 2019. Dr. Yap also volunteers locally at free dental clinics to provide care for those that have limited access to care. He volunteered at the CDA Cares Pomona Event in November 2014 and Anaheim in April 2018.
Dr. Yap and his wife, Shirley, have two daughters, Hannah and Abigail, and one son, Anderson.
Esther Chen, DDS
Dr. Chen shares Dr. Yap’s practice philosophy of providing excellent comprehensive dentistry in a friendly and efficient manner. Dr. Chen brings enthusiasm, poise, and a kind nature with her to our practice. She also has a passion for continuing education and is working towards her Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Chen particularly enjoys pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, and endodontics. Dr. Chen is an active member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Orange County Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Chen currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Dental Society.
Self-described as a world traveler and scrap-booking enthusiast, Dr. Chen has been on volunteer dental mission trips to Mexico, China, and Zimbabwe. Dr. Chen’s personality and style complements our friendly and warm dental team.
Dr. Chen is married and enjoys spending time with her daughter when she’s not at the office.
Meet Our Team
Our Dental Family Takes Care of Yours
Welcome to Andrew Yap DDS – Yap Family Dental!
You’ll be greeted by Terryl, Brenda, or our Office Manager Shirley, and they’ll assist in scheduling your appointment and answer any questions you have.
Meet Our Dental Hygienists
Meet Our Dental Assistants
Michelle earned her Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Cerritos College with highest honors in 2018. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and California Dental Hygienists’ Association (CDHA).
Michelle enjoys going on road trips to new places, trying new restaurants, and loves relaxing while binge watching tv shows on her time off.
Jen graduated from the University of California Irvine with a Bachelors Degree in Biological Sciences and decided to pursue Dental Hygiene by receiving her Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from Cypress College. She is a member of the California Dental Hygienists’ Association. Jen grew up in Ventura County but fell in love with the atmosphere and culture of Orange County.
Jen is a Disney fanatic and an animal lover. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering in her community, traveling, playing her ukulele, hiking, and playing basketball. Jen fits well with our Yap Family Dental team because she is personable, caring, genuine, helpful, and always smiling.
Linda attended Bryman College in Anaheim, CA and has been an RDA at this office for over 25 yrs.
A few of Linda’s favorite things are Zumba, going out to dinner with family and friends, listening to live music, and dancing.
Seri attended United Cambodian Vocational School in Long Beach and has been an RDA for over 25 years. She has been an RDA at this office for over 15 years.
When Seri is away from the practice, she loves to hike, cook, and garden.
Meet Our Patient Coordinators
Shirley, Office Manager
Shirley has been keeping our office running smoothly for many years as our Office Manager.
When she’s not in the office, Shirley spends time with her three young children, connecting with and supporting local charitable organizations.
Brenda, Patient Coordinator
Brenda graduated from Tracy High School in Cerritos, then graduated from Everest College with a Medical Assistant Certification. After working in the medical office, she decided that she liked working in the dental office better. She has been working at our office since April 2019.
Brenda speaks Spanish fluently and enjoys going to the beach, hiking, watching movies, baking, and spending time with her family which includes two boys and two girls.
Terryl, Insurance Coordinator
Terryl started her dental career as an RDA over 35 years ago. After raising three kids, she returned to the dental office, caring for patients in the front office. She loves making people smile and has been at our office since 2013.
Terryl loves to travel, and enjoys doing weekend trips going North and South on the California coast or to Catalina Island. She enjoyed visiting friends and family in the United Kingdom recently. In her free time, Terryl enjoys taking care of her granddaughter and going on dinner dates with her husband. They are avid foodies.
What Our Patients Are Saying
“The entire staff is friendly and accommodating (receptionist, hygienists, dentist). Dr. Yap is excellent with children – both of our kids actually enjoy going to the dentist.
Both hygienists my family has seen do quality work without hurting your teeth when you are finished. Dr. Yap takes time to answer any questions you have and explains any additional work that needs to be done.
We highly recommend Yap Family Dental!”
“I have been to a lot of dental offices in my time, and Dr. Yap and the wonderful team he has are by far my favorite and my home. Besides Dr. Yap who is super professional, talented, and warm, the two people who I’ve had the most contact with are Terryl on the administrative staff and Jen one of their dental hygienists, and they really stand out and are the very best (though again the whole team is amazing).
Terryl always remembers what’s going on with me (just as a person) and works so hard to make sure that the insurance coordinates well and that I know what I’m paying for, which as you all may know is a big deal when you have dental needs.
Jen also always checks in with me and makes me feel so welcome, and she is such a talented hygienist who always has a great answer for my many questions. You really cannot go wrong with Dr. Yap and his team. They are amazing.”
Trusted By Patients
Our doctors are members of the ADA, AGD, CDA, OCDS, with Dr. Yap holding an MAGD and Dr. Chen serving on the OCDS board.