by KELLEY GUSICH | photo provided by Carmel Mountain Dental Care 

More Than Treating Teeth

Caring People Caring for People

Located at the Northeast corner of Carmel Mountain and Black Mountain Roads, Carmel Mountain Dental Care (CMDC) was established in the early 1980s. In 2008, H. Jonathan Lee, DMD, acquired the practice upon retirement of the founding doctors. Prior to CMDC, Dr. Lee practiced dentistry in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, shortly after receiving his doctorate at Boston University. His love for San Diego started earlier during his undergraduate studies at UCSD. Dr. Lee had a vision to bring the small-town, relational dentistry he experienced back to San Diego, and Rancho Peñasquitos was the perfect fit.
A feeling of small town hospitality is evident from the moment you walk in the office. New patients are always given a tour, hot and cold beverages are available during the short wait, and all of the treatment rooms are equipped with TVs, blankets, music, and coloring materials for younger visitors – or for any visitors who want to color!

Dr. Lee’s patients seemed to appreciate his approach as CMDC has grown over the years. Patient Linda B. shared, “It’s tough to mix top-notch professionalism with warmth. Dr. Lee and his staff have pulled it off! This office makes going to the dentist a pleasure!”

In 2015, Dr. Marisa Lee joined the growing practice to help maintain the high standard of care and attention patients have come to expect. Dr. Lee and Dr. Marisa both rely on the rest of the CMDC team comprised of four dental assistants, six hygienists, and six office team members. An orthodontist (for braces) and endodontist (for root canals) are also available for patients.

While the back office team is treating and educating patients about their oral health, the front office team is diligently scheduling appointments, and helping patients navigate the complexities of dental insurance and understand the costs of treatment. For those without insurance, CMDC is an exclusive provider of Quality Dental Plan, a dental savings plan which can provide all the necessary routine dental services for less than $300 per year (a family of four is only $880 per year) as well as significant discounts on additional treatment.

Whether it’s taking the time to explain a treatment plan or calling a dental insurance company to verify benefits, Carmel Mountain Dental Care goes the extra mile for their patients and prospective patients. This is why so many in Rancho Peñasquitos, 4S Ranch, and neighboring communities consider Carmel Mountain Dental Care their family dentist. One of Dr. Lee’s goals for CMDC is to give back to the communities which have accepted him so warmly over the years. CMDC sponsors the Rancho Peñasquitos and 4S Ranch Little Leagues, Rancho Family YMCA, and other local organizations. Dr. Lee expressed, “Carmel Mountain Dental Care is not just about treating teeth. We are caring people caring for people.”


Name of Business: Carmel Mountain Dental Care (CMDC)
Owner: H. Jonathan Lee, DMD
Years in Position: 8
Year of Establishment: 2008
Address: 9310 Carmel Mountain Rd.
Suite A, San Diego, CA 92129
Phone: 858-484-4880