Meet the Staff at Castro Valley Dentistry

When you come in for an appointment at Castro Valley Dentistry, you will feel relaxed and at home. We have friendly staff members to greet you, dentists who actually care about your oral health, and a state-of-the-art facility to provide you with the highest quality of dental care.

Our experienced and dedicated staff will use their knowledge to make your dental treatment as easy and painless as possible. Each member of our staff at Castro Valley Dentistry will go above and beyond to make sure you have a comfortable and pleasant dental experience.


Dr. Rick Van Tran

Dr. Rick V. Tran was originally born in the southern part of Vietnam and was raised in Salinas, California. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from UCLA in 1999 and shortly thereafter completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery from New York University. He has been practicing dentistry since 2004 and joined the Manteca practice as of October 2008.

In addition to routine general and family dentistry, Dr. Tran also provides cosmetic dentistry and full mouth restorations, which includes, but not limited to: implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, orthodontics, and teeth whitening. He is also certified to safely sedate patients who are apprehensive about seeking dental treatment. He is committed to providing the best dental health care possible and especially loves creating beautiful, lasting smiles.

Dr. Rick V. Tran is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the San Joaquin Dental Society, the American Association for Orthodontics, and the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. He is a certified Lumineer® and Invisalign® dentist as well.

Outside of dentistry, Dr. Rick enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching sports (especially his favorite basketball team, the Golden State Warriors) and traveling to different countries. He is fluent in English and Vietnamese, but is constantly striving to perfect Spanish as his third language.

Dr. Ballan Tuck


Dr. Rick Van Tran is proud to welcome Dr. Ballan D Tuck to his dental team. Dr. Tuck received his B.A. in Biology from UC Santa Cruz before graduating from UC San Francisco School of Dentistry with multiple awards for academic achievement and community service. Dr. Tuck has been providing exceptional dental care in Northern California for the past 21 years. His favorite part of being a dentist is gaining the trust and confidence from someone who is really scared of seeing a dentist. He recalls fondly the many times patients have expressed to him; “That was the easiest most painless dental procedure I have ever experienced”. Prevention is of utmost importance to Dr. Tuck. He strives in educating the patient in both their problem and the cause. He wants to patient to truly understand that most dental issues are avoidable, and to help them avoid a lifetime of unnecessary dental care. Dr. Tuck is proficient in many aspects of dentistry including but not limited to cosmetic dentistry,, crown and bridges, Invisalign, laser treatment, root canals, neuromuscular dentistry, oral surgery, partial and full dentures and teeth whitening. Understanding the importance of staying current within the ever changing field of dentistry, Dr. Tuck regularly takes twice the required amount of continuing education classes required to renew his dental license. Dr. Tuck considers himself to be a part of a patients complete medical team. He evaluates a patient’s total health; Having detected a number of undiagnosed medical problems that have saved his patients from developing critical medical emergencies. Dr. Tuck is a proud member of the California Dental Association, American Dental Association and the Alameda County Dental Society. In addition he is a volunteer in many organizations including the Boys and Girls Club and youth golf organizations. Away from the office Dr. Tuck enjoys attending live concerts, golfing, skiing, beach volleyball, fine dining and vacations with his wife Kelly. Dr. Tuck looks forward to meeting you soon and giving his undivided attention to your dental needs.

Hannah Rodrigues

Office Manager
I was drawn to the Bay Area after applying to California State University East Bay. I am a recent graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences Administration and Management. I love getting to know our patients and making their visit at our office easy. My 2 years of dental experience has taught me that the patient is always our priority. In my spare time, I like to hang out with family and friends and play with my pets.

Cynthia Wassom

Registered Dental Hygienist
I graduated from Chabot College with a degree in Dental Hygiene. I also took my extended functions at University of Southern California. I am a Periodontal Therapist. I have worked in Perio for since graduating. I love to assist people to attain and maintain oral health. It is my passion!

Dulce Ortiz

Dental Assistant
I’m 23 years old and a Hayward native. I started my path in the dental field right out of high school and I am currently pursing my degree in Dental Hygiene. When I’m not busy making sure our patients get the top notch care they deserve, I like to spend time with my family and friends.