Camden Tokunaga, DDS
Dr. Camden Tokunaga graduated from Saint Louis High School and received his undergraduate degree in Public Health from the University of Colorado. He then attended the University of Missouri Kansas City, School of Dentistry to become a Doctor of Dental Surgery.
While he attended dental school, he was an Advanced Restorative Honors student and received the International College of Dentists Leadership Award when he graduated. His current memberships include ADA, HDA, Honolulu County Dental Society, Honolulu Young Dentist Group, Delta Sigma Delta (dental fraternity), and AGD.
Since graduating from dental school, he has taken numerous amounts of courses to enhance his dental skills in various topics such as digital dentistry, restorative dentistry, and implant dentistry.
Dr. Camden Tokunaga’s biggest inspirations in life are his parents, whoa are a huge reason why he decided to become a dentist. Despite being busy practice owners, they still had lots of time to spend with him and his seven siblings. It showed him that you can have a well-balanced lifestyle as a dentist. He was also inspired by the amount of community service they were able to do as dentists and he wanted to be able to do the same with his own career. The thing he enjoys most about his career is being able to participate in so many different volunteer events and provide dental care to those who cannot afford it.
He also thoroughly enjoys seeing/meeting patients that have been with his family practice for many years. “It’s so nice meeting patients that say they saw my parents ever since they were kids, and not only are they still with us, but they even bring their kids to see us as well.” Dr. Camden Tokunaga strives every day to change people’s preconceived notions about dentists and make their visit as pleasant as possible.
Dr. Camden Tokunaga enjoys outrigger canoe paddling and enjoys paddling with others in his 2-man canoe. He has an unlimited movie theater pass with his mom and sister and loves going as much as possible with them. He also has a golden doodle that he trained himself and registered as a therapy dog with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Occasionally he will bring her to the Queen’s Medical Center in West Oahu to brighten up patients and staff member’s day. Sometimes you’ll even see her at the dental office to make your visit an even more enjoyable one!
Modesta “Joji” Gaerlan-Tokunaga, DDS
Dr. Modesta “Joji” Gaerlan-Tokunaga was born in the Philippines and grew up in Carson, California. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California, and became a Doctor of Dental Surgery at Georgetown University.
She is currently a member of the HDA, ADA, and Honolulu Country Dental Society. She also has a long history of memberships and achievements, including:
- President of the Honolulu County Dental Society,
- Board member for the Hawaii Dental Education Center
- Delegate to the HDA House of Delegates
- Served on the Health, Peer Review and Dental Benefits Committees
Dr. Modesta “Joji” Gaerlan-Tokunaga has been practicing since 1987 in Hawaii. She initially opened a private practice in Waipahu, Hawaii with her late husband and relocated to Ewa Beach and Wahiawa. She feels incredibly fortunate to have so many patients from her first office still come back year after year.
Dr. Modesta “Joji” Gaerlan-Tokunaga wanted to be a dentist ever since the second grade. She remembers when a dentist had come to her class to speak about dentistry, and she was so impressed. She knew right then what she wanted to do.
“Dentistry has been a dream come true for me. That’s why I believe in community service and why I volunteer and do things such as going out to classrooms and speak to students about Oral Hygiene. I hope that maybe I can influence some of the kids to go into dentistry myself.”
She loves being an advocate for her patients and enabling them to take charge of their own dental health. She considers herself to be a conservative dentist and strives to give an unbiased opinion so that patients are able to decide what they want to do themselves.
In her free time, she enjoys going to the movies with her kids and spoiling her “Grand-DOGS” with lots of treats. She has two children that are dentists, both of which are practicing alongside her. She’s grateful to have two children practicing with her so that she is able to take much needed time off and travel around the US, visiting her other six children.
Taylor Tokunaga, DMD
Dr. Taylor Tokunaga is ecstatic to be back home and join the family practice. Her journey into dentistry started at a young age while observing the selfless acts of her mom and late dad (Dr. Joji and Dr. Steve). Both were the best examples of stewards to the community and inspired Taylor to follow in their footsteps.
Dr. Taylor is an alum of Sacred Hearts Academy. She received her Bachelor’s and Doctor of Dental Medicine Degrees at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Dr. Taylor served as an Army Dental Corps officer for her first seven years as a dentist and continues to serve in the Army Reserves.
Dr. Taylor’s desire to provide the best care for her patients is a large motivation to continuously improve her craft. She completed an Advanced Education of General Dentistry – 2 year Residency and received a Master of Science in Oral Biology. As a (Board Certified) Diplomate of the American Board of General Dentistry, Dr. Taylor treats comprehensive periodontal, restorative, surgical and prosthodontic needs. She is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) and by attending continuing education throughout the US, Dr. Taylor will receive her Mastership with the AGD in 2023.
Outside of the dental office, Dr. Taylor enjoys traveling to visit her siblings in the mainland and keeping in touch with her Army family all over the world. She is looking forward to participating in dental missions again to provide dental care in areas (locally, out of state and internationally) where access to care is poor.
Above all, she feels privileged to finally work alongside her mom and brother (Dr. Camden). “It brings me great joy to be home to take care of new patients and ones who have been with our family for many years.”