David D. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)
I am very particular about who I see for medical care and I have been a patient of Dr. Castillo since 2006 and have been though not only regular exams and cleanings, but also fillings, and more complex matters like cracked tooth issues and molding of mouth guards. Local politicians that know the professionals in their area originally recommended Dr. Castillo to me. She is a dentist to go to if you like the old-fashioned personalized dental care as opposed to the impersonal out-of-the-box corner or shopping center dental care. She takes a personal interest in her patients and starts each day with a meeting with her staff to discuss the patients coming in for the day and possible treatments. She is also very particular about the people she hires to work with her. Her staff works as a team and everyone is very pleasant and informative. For me, she even interrupted a long legal holiday weekend and broke away from her family to meet me at her office to relieve a severe tooth pain I encountered on a plane trip. Other Dentists I called while on the trip out of town refused to come to the office and at most would just call in a prescription. On trying to decide what to do with a problem tooth, she took time during her lunch hour and end of the day on multiple occasions to talk with me about the options so that I could make a decision. She never makes you feel rushed and is always willing to give you her best opinion. It is amazing to me that people will drive from Los Angeles to San Diego for a vacation, but when it comes to their teeth, a trip to Manhattan Beach to receive superior dental care is too much effort and they will just go to whoever is closest to home or whoever their insurance recommends. I have moved all over the Los Angeles area from Redondo Beach to Beverly Hills, but I always drive over to Manhattan Beach to see Dr. Castillo. I don’t write many reviews because few deserve and it’s time consuming, but after many visits to see her over 4 years, I can state with confidence that she is one of the better Dentists in the Los Angeles area. While no one likes going to the dentist, the mood, atmosphere, and location of her office almost makes you look forward to your next appointment. Folks always ask me what the professional fees are for their services: An oral exam by the dentist is $38.00 and a Prophylaxis (cleaning by the hygienist) is $110 as of March, 2014 and they take most forms of credit/debit cards.