Dr. Michael Hunting

Dr. Michael Hunting

Meet Dr. Michael A. Hunting DDS

Riverside California
UCLA Graduate 1984

Extensive postgraduate training in the areas of:

  • Cosmetic dental treatments including lifelike fillings, crowns, and veneers
  • Implant restoration with crowns, bridges,or dentures
  • Comprehensive oral rehabilitation including cosmetic reconstruction

Having been born and raised in Southern California, I am a product of the public education system and of the University of California. Following high school in Mission Viejo, I spent two years at UC Irvine, followed by two more at UCLA. After graduating with honors and a degree in biology, I continued at UCLA School of Dentistry, graduating in 1984. I began my dental career in the city of Orange, as a partner in a small group practice, but in 1988, relying on influence from my new wife Sandy, sold my share of that practice and moved to Riverside. I built my present office in 1991 and, while raising two wonderful sons, have practiced here happily since then.

I realized early on that patient education is as important as the actual treatment. I enjoy partnering with my patients in selecting the best course of care for their specific need. With knowledge comes power, and when a patient is educated with regard to their own dental health and the options available for treatment, they become empowered to make the best possible choices.

Dentistry can be comfortable, and my philosophy of “quality care from a dentist who treats you like family” is not just a saying, it is what I believe. I have intentionally surrounded myself with quality staff right down to the laboratory technicians with whom I work. We are all on the same page, committed to caring for our patients at the highest level.

Away from the office, my life is busy with projects ranging from all manner of home improvement, to gardening, and building my (and my son’s) ’68 Mustang. Family travel favorites have included Costa Rica, motor home touring in Alaska, sailing in the British Virgin Islands, as well as more local camping and skiing vacations. Offshore fishing is something I can’t get enough of, and summers will find me out on the water, enjoying time with friends and looking for tuna. I enjoy trying to capture the beauty of nature in photographs, and have displayed some of my favorite work at the office. Trying to stay fit is one of my constant battles, as I truly enjoy gourmet food and Sandy and I are both excellent cooks.

Sandy

Sandy

Sandy Hunting – Registered Dental Assistant (and Dr.’s #1 Helper)

I started in the dental field during my senior year in high school by taking a course in dental assisting.  I worked as a Registered Dental Assistant while attending college and subsequently started teaching dental assisting through Riverside County Office of Education at the same school I attended.   Wanting to upgrade our curriculum, I applied for a grant to purchase computers for our dental front office class.  To educate myself in this area, I took a continuing education class offered through UCLA, which is where I met my husband, Dr. Hunting.  The class was not as informative as I had hoped, but meeting Mike certainly was a pleasant surprise.  We married in 1988 and I continued to teach as he started building his dental practice in Riverside.

In 1995, I retired from teaching to stay home with our two boys.  Our oldest is living and working in Orange County, having completed his masters degree in mechanical engineering at Stanford.  Our younger son is attending UCR, also working on his degree in engineering.

Our practice truly is a family practice; filled with family & friends.  Helping create a smile that a patient is proud of, relieving pain, or teaching a student the skills needed to obtain a job in the dental field has been very rewarding.   I consider the staff family; many have been with us for years.  Currently, I am the bookkeeper for the office and recently have been spending more time helping out in the front office.  I am enjoying the chance to visit with all of our wonderful patients and watching all of your families grow.   Away from the office, I keep busy with morning walks, hiking, skiing, creating in the kitchen and keeping our labradoodle and cats out of trouble.

Donna

Donna

Registered Dental Assistant

For as long as I remember, a person’s smile was the first thing I noticed about them.  So after high school I decided to become a Registered Dental Assistant.  It’s been so rewarding being part of a team that creates beautiful smiles.

I am so lucky to have recently joined Dr. Hunting and his team.  The entire staff is truly committed to excellence in patient care and customer service.

I have 2 daughters.  My older daughter recently moved to Georgia with her husband and my three grandchildren.  My younger daughter lives with me and will graduate this summer with her masters degree in business.

I look forward to meeting and getting to know all of you.

Liz

Liz

Registered Dental Assistant

I began my dental career in 2001 as an intern at Dr. Hunting’s office, and have been fortunate to continue to be part of such an amazing team after all these years!

What I enjoy most about my position is the opportunity I have to educate our patients about their oral health in a warm, calm, and comfortable environment. We are truly a family practice.

Dr. Hunting values honesty and quality, and provides his patients with both in diagnosis and treatment. I am proud to be part of an office where we never compromise on patient care, and honesty and quality are our top priorities.

I am happily married with three beautiful children. With a flexible schedule, I am able to enjoy time with my family while my children are still young.

Stephanie

Stephanie

Registered Dental Hygienist

I have been in the dental field since graduating high school. While working as a Registered Dental Assistant, I continued my college education and earned my degree in Dental Hygiene in 1992. With more than 20 years of experience in the dental field, I make it my goal to pass on my knowledge by educating my patients in all forms of preventive dental care.

I have been with Dr. Hunting’s practice since 2005 and feel the office environment is very relaxed and comfortable. Patients have told me they appreciate Dr. Hunting’s care, thorough explanation of their dental condition, and recommendations for treatment to maintain and enhance their dental health.

When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, camping, off-roading and boating.

Diane

Diane

Registered Dental Hygienist

I have been a Registered Dental Hygienist since 1985 and have worked with Dr. Hunting since 1998. My ministry is encouraging and serving people, thus I enjoy learning about the person attached to the teeth I’m cleaning. I am very fortunate to work with an established solo practitioner that is an excellent dentist. In addition to his outstanding technical skills, Dr. Hunting is an incredible communicator and takes the time to educate, discuss and answer questions regarding your dental health and treatment. We pride ourselves on being a practice of integrity, quality gentle care and long term relationships.

I admire and appreciate our military personnel since I am married to a retired Navy reservist and my oldest son is an Air Force pilot.  I have a beautiful daughter-in-law that takes excellent care of my son and my German Shepard grand puppy.  My youngest son is currently working on his undergraduate degree in cognitive science at Berkeley, thus my husband and I are adjusting to and enjoying an empty nest.  In my spare time I enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle slogging (slow jogging) or walking my Rhodesian Ridgeback dog, working out at the gym or warm water scuba diving when I can get away.  I feel truly blessed to be an active member of the Grove Community Church since 1996.