Meet Dr. Ken Schweifler, Dentist in Los Altos, CA
As the 3rd generation of Schweifler dentists, I feel I was destined to follow the path of my father and grandfather. I didn’t grow up thinking that. In fact, I think I resisted the thought because I felt I wanted to create my own unique niche. However, as I matured and was considering a future career, dentistry clearly offered the best of 2 passions for me: the ability to interact with people and help transform their wellbeing and doing it by working with my hands.
Being immersed in dentistry as a child and watching my father’s fulfillment of partnering with patients to achieve healthy outcomes only solidified my decision. As a private practicing dentist, he was able to be his own boss, create a balanced lifestyle, and be an active father. These were also selling points for me in my career decision-making.
Dentistry has changed quite a bit since my father was in practice. As has occurred in medicine, dentistry is shifting in the direction of a larger group and corporate dental practices, often offering rushed, remedial care to a large volume of patients.
I have resisted this trend because I don’t believe it’s in the patient’s best interest. From experience, I understand that people want to avoid the need for dentistry and to reduce their dental risks through sound preventive strategies. Offering patients a comprehensive view of their own unique dental condition and offering them preventive strategies to reduce their long-term dental risks is my passion. We have created a unique patient-serving culture that is designed to do just that.
Education and Experience
I have a passion for learning and therefore continually seek to further my knowledge by training with the most premier dental educators in restorative dentistry, implant dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry.
With a Masters in Public Health, I am committed to providing dental health education in several different areas. I am involved in community service, including independently organizing a fundraiser for multiple sclerosis where I bicycled over 2,300 miles from Maine to New Orleans. I enjoy giving dental prevention talks to various organizations in the local Los Altos and surrounding communities, and writing dental health articles in local newspapers.
Memberships & Affiliations
- American Dental Association
- California Dental Association
- Mid-Peninsula Dental Society, President of this organization in 2015 and active Board member for 8+ years
- Peninsula Dental Academy
- Graduate of Schuster Center for Professional Development
- Graduate of KOIS Center
- Academy of Bioesthetic Dentistry (OBI)
- University of the Pacific School of Dentistry – Doctorate in Dental Surgery
- University of California Berkeley – Masters of Public Health
- Cal Poly San Luis Obispo – Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences
My wife and I enjoy spending time with our three children, supporting their growth, and nurturing their love for the outdoors. We love skiing, snowboarding, biking, hiking, and anything that maintains a continually adventurous lifestyle. I also love music, playing drums and guitar, and cooking for family and friends. I feel blessed to be raising my kids in Los Altos, where I grew up.
One of my greatest joys is having the opportunity to volunteer at one of my children’s schools to provide dental education. This event was for kindergartners. The kids are amazing and they have a lot of fun learning and interacting with the stuffed puppet.