Vaksman Dental Group
Irena Vaksman, DDS:
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Vaksman Dental Group
Irena Vaksman, DDS
San Francisco, CA













A list of major dental treatments which I offer my patients:

Dental cleaning

White fillings


Inlays & onlays


Clear aligners

Sleep apnea therapy

Porcelain veneers

Teeth whitening

Dentures & partials

Root canal treatment

Tooth extraction

TMJ treatment

Dental implants


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes


Monday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Tuesday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Wednesday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Thursday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Friday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed


Dr. Irena Vaksman, DDS





Check out what some of our happy patients are saying about us:

Lisa A. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


Let me give you the “Cliff Notes” version of my review first …  Dr. Nonna Volfson is a top-notch dentist who restored my dental health!  I have found my dentist, Dr. Nonna Volfson, and my dental office, Dr. Irena Vaksman DDS.   After moving here from the east coast several years ago, I dragged my feet finding a dentist.  Long story short, when I finally came to Dr. Vaksman’s office (I got an awesome Groupon deal), my teeth were in bad shape.  At my initial visit with Dr. Vaksman, who was exceptionally thorough, professional, and pleasant, I learned that my teeth needed extensive work beginning with a root canal.  I was happy to learn that Dr. Vaksman’s associate dentist, Dr. Nonna Volfson, who works out of the same office, could perform the root canal (I did not have to go elsewhere to get the root canal which saved me a considerable amount of money and was also very convenient).  I began seeing Dr. Volfson a couple of months ago and thanks to her incredible medical expertise, I did not lose any of my teeth.  I went in thinking that I would have to get at least one implant (Dr. Vaksman showed me my x-ray and I could see quite clearly that my tooth was seriously compromised due to the crown I had cracked at least two and a half years before and the decay that set in due to my neglect in repairing it). I am so grateful for all of the expert  care I have received from Dr. Nonna Volfson, Dr. Irena Vaksman, and Bernadette, Lead Dental Assistant.  I very enthusiastically give them a rating of 5 stars!

John W. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


I had only my second appointment at Dr. Vaksman’s office yesterday. I had a deep cleaning done. It was – hands down – the most thorough tooth cleaning I’ve ever received. In addition, the experience itself was so pleasant that I nearly feel asleep twice during the procedure! This office not only cares for their patients, but they know HOW to care for their patients. A rare find in the dental profession.

Robert Garvin (Source: Google)


I have had major dental problems for most of my life. Drs Vaksman and Volfson went out of their way to make me feel comfortable, to explain absolutely everything that needed to be done, and to help me out with an immediate dental issue. I am truly thankful to have found this great office. In addition to Drs.Vaksman and Volfson, every single member of the staff were friendly, accommodating, and truly went out of their way to be helpful. By far the best experience I have ever had!

Joseph H. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been seeing Dr. Vaksman since last year, more than 20 visits. The people there are incredibly friendly, especially Dr. Vaksman. She is super skilled and responsive. Last weekend I accidentally lost my invisalign aligners. I emailed her about it on Sunday night and surprisingly got a quick reply back. It was 10pm on Sunday! I was so grateful. Great location and nice office. I sure recommend it.

F. from Sunnyvale, CA (Source: Yelp)


Their office was one of the quietest, most peaceful places I’ve ever visited. I was able to relax very easily.  I loved how gentle and careful they were while they were flossing. They are very attentive. During my visit, Dr. Vaksman was notified of a personal phone call, and waited to take it later. Their full attention was always on me and it made me feel special.  I didn’t experience any unnecessary pain during my visit, and I was amazed at how much better I felt after I left.

Maria Y. from Burlingame, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been a patient of Dr. Vaksman’s for over 5 years and couldn’t be happier with the quality of service and work she performs. Going to the Dentist is never a fun experience, but I have found myself actually being able to sit back and relax when I am in her chair. The Front office is very polite and knowledgable as well. If you are looking for a new dentist, I highly recommend this office- you won’t be disappointed.

Isaac P. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


Now that I’ve been coming to Dr. Vaksman’s office for over a year, it’s clear that these folks are devoted to their profession, their patients and their own high standards.  Everyone is always super nice, and  I never feel rushed or pressured to accept treatment (as I used to with my old dentist). Aside from painless and thorough basic dental work (cleanings and a few fillings), most recently I started Invisalign with Dr. Vaksman and am already seeing results! Thanks and cheers for *caring*

A. K. from New York, NY (Source: Yelp)


Got a quick appointment for my groupon deal checkup and cleaning,  which was great to begin with. It’s on the 23rd floor of the building & you get great views of SF from your patient chair while you wait for examination to begin. I was impressed with their professionalism …and they were playing good music. 🙂 It was nice to be able to discuss health of my teeth with Dr. Vaksman, who is very polite and explains in detail any issues and best treatments while going over clear pictures (with embarrassing details) and x-rays. Actual cleaning was done by dental hygienist My …I was happy with the results. Very clean and efficient modern office space.

Tatiana M. from Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, NY (Source: Yelp)


This dental practice deserves 10 stars!  I started seeing Dr. Vaksman and her team about two years ago.  Despite living in New York, I’m in SF often enough to schedule routine cleanings twice per year.  When one of her associates, Dr. Farwaha confirmed that I needed a crown, I  looked for a dentist in New York (at Dr. Vaksman’s suggestion).  Easier said then done since the first one I went to in NY wanted to charge me a fortune!  I immediately checked in with Dr. Vaksman’s office and scheduled the two necessary appointments for a crown.  Thankfully work flies me to SF routinely however I willingly covered my own flight for the second visit involving the permanent crown application and I would do it all over again!  From Dr. Vaksman and Dr. Farwaha to Bernadette the dental hygienist, I feel blessed to have found a group of professionals who are well versed in the latest technologies, who were able to provide me the relief I needed and who offer fair pricing in addition to a clean and pleasant environment. Thank you Dr. Vaksman…I’ll be back.

Roger V. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been meaning to update my review, as I have been a long time patient of Dr. Vaksman, and she as well as her staff are always just so amazing and professional. The front office staff is easy going, polite and never pushy. My teeth  cant say thanks enough! I have referred many friends and family, and will continue to do so. Thanks to the whole Vaksman Dental team!

Steven M. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


I cannot say enough positive things about my experience with Dr. Vaksman and her staff. Moving to SF, I was nervous to find a new dentist because of all the horror stories that circulate. I randomly found Dr. Vaksman through a Living Social discount for teeth whitening. Her office is everything I would imagine a 2010 dentist office to be, and more! Her staff is very professional and friendly. They spent ample time with me explaining the procedures and I never felt like they were trying to get me in and out. I wasn’t impressed with the teeth whitening results, but overall I still give Dr. Vaksman 5 stars! Did I mention they have an iPod and movie goggles so you can watch a movie or TV show while they are performing the cleaning??? SO AWESOME!!

M. P. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been a patient of Dr. Volfson and Dr. Vaksman for a few years now, they have both done exceptional work on me. They have very good chairside manner and always call me after any treatment and follow up on how I’m feeling. They truly care about their patients. Even when I chipped a tooth on a weekend right before I went away on vacation, they came in on a Sunday just to fix my tooth! That made me feel very confident that if I have any problems, I can always rely on them. I’ve recommended Dr. Vaksman’s office to my family and friends and they’ve always been very happy with them as well.

Suzy S. from Pacifica, CA (Source: Yelp)


I used my groupon back in January for a cleaning with Dr. Vaksman. She did a great job and patiently talked me through my cavities and the need for a night guard (apparently, I’m grinding away my fillings!). Her staff is very friendly and professional and the office and equipment is as clean and sterilized as it can be. I came back just last week for another cleaning. Usually it’s every 6 months but I had been way overdue in January and hadn’t been very good about flossing or taking care of my teeth. My review will be about this most recent experience. As soon as I walked in Dr. Vaksman was there to greet me and take me in. She offered to let me use the movie goggles while she cleaned my teeth. MOVIE GOGGLES? At the dentist? Who ever heard of such a thing! I watched one episode of 24 in complete, blissful oblivion. My teeth have never felt so clean. Dr. Vaksman went over them twice with the drill thing and twice with the pick. Her hygienist also took the time to scrape a few areas before she was told to polish. My mouth has never felt so thoroughly cleaned, I’m very pleased! Dr. Vaksman also took the time to tell me about taking care of my teeth during my pregnancy. That’s a doctor who really cares about her patients. I will be back in 4 months for another cleaning, as suggested. Thanks Dr. Vaksman and team!

C. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Vaksman is truly the best of the best.  I have been going to her for over 7 years and have never had anything but exceptional treatments, service, and kind friendly interactions with her hygienists and staff. I would highly recommend her practice to anyone. She deserves accolades for her great care and thorough explanation of options and treatment plans. There’s not too many dentists out there that really show a deep level of caring about there patients – Dr. Vaksman is one of those rare gems.

Dave C. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


I am so lucky I found Dr Vaksman!! -I have been her patient for about 3 years and I have never been so happy with a dentist. I had several different procedures and all of them have been a fantastic experience, starting with Invisalign. My teeth had shifted and created a gap which made stop smiling. After this treatment, now I can proudly smile! Dr. Vaksman has a gentle and caring bedside manner and I have never felt so comfortable and safe in the hands of a dentist. Moreover, she has always thoroughly discussed procedure estimates and had never put any pressure on me, or recommended unnecessary procedures. I always look forward to my visit to Dr Vaksman’s office. Top professional.

Rita K. from San Mateo, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Vaksman’s team works amazing together. She is extremely knowledgable and she took the time to answer all my questions very patiently. Dr. Vaksman has changed my outlook on what a dental experience should be. I  would definitely recommend this office to anyone looking to find a great dentist.

Pablo E. from Pacifica, CA (Source: Yelp)


Friendly, professional, and knowledgeable. My Invisalign treatments, cleanings, and front teeth repairs have made my smile flawless. I sincerely receive compliments on my teeth and smile all the time. My experience with Dr. Vaksman and the entire staff have exceeded my expectations ever since my first consultation over three years ago. I’m very impressed with level or care I receive every appointment. It is almost impossible to find this level of service in dentistry. Exceptional patient care and service!

Heather W. from Livermore, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve reviewed this before, but it deserves an update. I moved all the way from SF to Cincinnati, OH recently and am still going to see Dr. Vaksman, if you can believe that! My invisalign is going well, and I recently got a cleaning. I landed at SFO and was in Dr. Vaksman chair shortly after. The team has remained great with the kind of customer service I think you need when people are going to stick their hands in your mouth. It’s nice to see that they really do care about their patients that are already there, not just trying to get new people in the door. The new receptionist Theresa is great to work with, she’s easy to get a hold of but my favorite is how responsive she is over email. Eventually I will need to get a new dentist here in Ohio, but if it weren’t 2,000 miles away I would definitely not be switching at any point.

Samir M. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


Great staff, efficient visit and a nice view! – I moved to SF 1.5 years ago and finally decided to get my annual cleaning. A friend recommended this office and I had a very solid experience. The staff was courteous, and explained each step of the cleaning process and what I needed to do to maintain my teeth on my own.  My visit was very efficient – I was seen at my appointment time and was in and out in an hour. As an added bonus – the view of the city from the office is terrific!

Alan Shontz (Source: Google)


I need a LOT of dental work done. I haven’t been to the dentist in a while due to a few bad experiences (and being a bit lazy, I’ll admit). That said, Dr. Vaksman clearly explained all of my options, and was never judgmental or pushy. She and her staff provide a 5 star experience, and I’m scratching my head as to what any other reviewers are even talking about with negative reviews. It’s a medical/dental office people…wait times are not abnormal and billing issues happen – get over it! What matters is that you are properly cared for (which, here, you most certainly are!), and that any issues are competently resolved.

Nick S. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


Simply put, Dr. Vaksman and her staff are AMAZING! I’m a consumer-ist, which means that I am SUPER picky when it comes to any major decisions; like choosing a dentist.  However, a short while ago, I suddenly began to have ridiculous pain in a lower tooth, and wasn’t able to do the usual research that I’d probably want to do in order to find a new dentist.  In this case, luckily, Dr. V was recommended by a co-worker who recently visited her, and couldn’t stop gushing about the place. From my initial contact, my experience was great.  Since I was in a lot of pain, the office manager got me in the same day.  On my arrival, I was immediately impressed with the modern digs, and obvious attention to detail (meaning they’re perfectionists, like me :)). After cordial intros to the whole team, Dr. Vaksman came in (ahead of schedule), and proceeded to educate me about my oral health, more so than I’ve ever been.  Actually, it was a bit of info overload…but, for someone as particular as me, I was happy to get the whole scoop. Ultimately, I had to get a root canal.  Sucks, right?  I always thought so too but, in this case, again, the whole staff was super accommodating.  After prescribing some meds, they scheduled me with their associate who does root canals (Dr. Volfson…also great), and the procedure was relatively quick, easy and painless.  Yep, you heard right: painless…but maybe that was due to my being more freaked out about watching True Blood for the first time. Oh…and as far as some of the not-so-great reviews about scheduling issues and high prices; IMHO, these reviewers have no idea what they’re talking about.  I’ve been to plenty of dentists (both cheap and high-end), and not only is this one of the best teams I’ve ever seen, but nothing was overpriced and everything was handled with the utmost care and diligence. Anyways, I’ve since already been back to Dr. Vaksman for a regular exam, cleaning and xrays, and will continue to happily visit my new dentist!  Well, so long as they keep 30 Rock episodes current.

Betta C. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


Not only is Dr. Vaksman friendly and thorough, the office is calm and there are conveniences like watching Netflix (while wearing headphones) on goggles that allow you to relax! Bernadette is the best hygienist. One time I had a toothache and wanted to be seen immediately, I didn’t know what else to do. She was there on her lunch break but welcomed me in anyways, took x-rays and gave me something to help.

Steve S. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


As dental visits go, this was one of the more pleasant ones I have had. Had cavities and three crowns to get done. Dr. Vaksman was able to accommodate my schedule for the treatments. They had music playing in the background here, I rather enjoyed it. I don’t think I have ever been put on hold here for a long time when calling, and am so impressed with how quickly all of my questions are answered. There’s nothing worse than having to wait on hold for a half an hour just to get someone to talk to you. They’ve never dismissed any of my concerns as unimportant, and take every concern of mine very seriously. They had plenty of magazines for me to look through but never really got to read them – never had to wait when arriving for an appointment.

Elizabeth G. (Source: Zocdoc)


I have a lot of anxiety due to bad past dental experiences, but the doctor was patient and informative. She took the time to explain everything to me and was gentle ans responsive. Also – it may seem like a small thing, but being able to select a program from Netflix to watch with headphones during the procedure helped so much! Will definitely return and recommend.

Jennifer M. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


I can’t say enough good things about Vaksman Dental Group. My xrays, exam, and cleaning was the most in depth I’ve ever had. The dentist took the time to explain everything to me in an articulate fashion, and really listened to me and accepted my alternative & holistic health views, which most dentists do not. I felt that they gave me an honest assessment of my dental health and in no way tried to force any unnecessary treatments or protocols on me, which many have in the past. They also offer a very reasonable in house dental insurance program which I highly recommend. I left there feeling confident about my current dental health and plan, and am looking forward to my next cleaning with them.

Nicole V. from Burlingame, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been a patient of Dr. Vaksman for 6 years now and I’ve never experienced a dentist so thorough and gentle. Her offices are state of the art. She shows before and after photos of all the work she does and explains everything from start to finish. The office is clean, welcoming, and modern. If you’re looking for a dentist who’s thorough, attentive, and gentle, Dr. Vaksman is it.

Deka M. from New York, NY (Source: Yelp)


I saw Dr. Vaksman last week after getting a discount through Groupon. 1) She has the most beautiful medical office I have ever seen. 2) She and her staff were very friendly, patient , and organized! 3) Dr. Vaksman was thorough and explained every step of what she was doing and recommending for me. 4) I dont have insurance and pay for all health care expenses out of pocket. I didnt feel ripped off of like she was trying to get me to have unnecessary procedures. I’ll be back for a 6-month check up.

Naum V. from Burlingame, CA (Source: Yelp)


Best dental service in the city! I had chipped my tooth and was able to be seen immediately and get it fixed. I had no wait at all and as always was greeted by the kindest staff and assistants. The procedure was completely painless, beautifully done and quick! Their fees are reasonable and the service is always Top Notch! I’ve continued to refer numerous friends to their office and will continue to do so!

Donna O. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


I went here for a $67 Groop Swoop deal which included a teeth cleaning, exam, and x ray a few weeks ago not expecting much but I was so impressed with this place that I actually left in a BETTER mood than when I came in and they didn’t even have to drug me with nitrous. The office itself is beautiful, and Jennifer, the office manager, brought me water immediately after greeting me. They’re on the 23rd floor so the office has a fantastic view of the city which is a huge difference between most dental offices I’ve been to which usually more closely resemble dungeons of torture and pain 😉 I have to take my hat off to Jennifer just because the previous week I was a right bitch to her on the phone when I was told that I would have to reschedule because I was running late to my appointment. My crankiness was unwarranted and it was totally my fault but she never got an attitude with me and was nothing but sweet, and that takes a lot of self restraint, professionalism, and patience. So, naturally I felt really bad and kind of stupid afterward and apologized when I came in. The lead dental assistant, Bernadette, is also off the chain cool. She was really welcoming and funny to chat with. She explained everything and answered any questions I had and gave me some advice on dental care. It felt more like I was about to get a facial than a teeth cleaning, that’s how relaxing it was to be there. And finally, last but not least, the gorgeous and kind Dr. Nonna did a great job of cleaning my teeth quickly and giving me more tips on how to prevent having to come back too soon. I couldn’t believe that they had those “goggles” that allow you to watch movies and TV while they’re working on you, I was so stoked to watch Its Always Sunny while gettin my teeth cleaned. I love the staff here, they are such a rare find and a truly fantastic team that makes you feel at home and def. doesn’t rush you. Now for my only qualm. Almost a week after getting my teeth cleaned, I noticed that the permanent “glue” or whatever it is holding my metal brace to the inside of my bottom front teeth was chipped away on one side. It was just enough to notice, but not bad enough to where the metal was coming loose so I didn’t think it was necessary to call them and complain. Well last night the chipped side chipped off even more and now the metal bar is only being held in place by 1 side of glue. This permanent metal bar was inserted almost 10 years ago to keep my teeth from regressing to their old ways, and so I’m positive that she accidentally chipped away at the permanent glue when she was cleaning my teeth, which is pretty understandable considering its almost the same color as my teeth. Update: I scheduled an appointment with them this past Tuesday and Dr Vaksman herself fixed it at no additional cost and gave me information on alternatives to the wire that could be better for my teeth’s hygiene. The best dental office hands down.

Maya E. from San Bruno, CA (Source: Yelp)


I recently moved to SF from NY and needed a new dentist.  My friend recommended Dr. Vaksman.  I was amazed at the experience in her office.  The staff was very friendly and the office is modern with incredible views of the city. You can have snacks and coffee before you start. But what impressed me the most is the actual dentistry.  Doctor Irena was so thorough with her evaluation.  She spent an hour cleaning my teeth.  I never had such and amazing cleaning! When I came back for my fillings I was so comfortable in the dental chair. Dr Irena is so gentle.  She also has these movie glasses you can use while she is working that I forgot that I was getting my teeth filled.  Truly incredible!  I watched a Cher concert and before I knew it I was done!  The quality of the work was amazing.  I would not go anywhere else!

Jessica R. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been a patient of Dr. Vaksman’s for over 10 years and highly recommend her practice. Whether its Dr. Vaksman or one of her hygienists working on me, I always feel like I’m getting thorough, thoughtful, gentle care.  I’m confused by the reviews claiming to be scammed or complaining about the front office.  I’ve never had an unpleasant experience and 100% trust that I am in excellent hands.  I recommend scheduling an appt and making the choice for yourself.

Y. H. from Oakland, CA (Source: Yelp)


Best dentist in the Bay Area! I discovered Dr. Vaksman from her lovely dental assistant Bernadette, whom I followed from another practice. The mere fact I followed her to another dental practice should speak loud enough. Bernadette has aided in the care of my teeth for 10+ years; she is superbly skilled, knowledgeable, gentle and personable.  Her gentle touch and concern has helped me surmount my “dental-phobia” – she’s outstanding! Dr. Vaksman is an exemplary dentist with a fine touch. She knows her business and educates you about your teeth. She has corrected problems that were never addressed by my previous dentist. Her office is modern with a touch of tranquility. Her staff is personable, professional (e.g., Theresa) and accommodating to your schedule.  I highly recommend this office. Just so you know I travel 20 miles to see her on a quarterly basis … and although the parking can be a discourage (since it’s in the heart of downtown-shops) it’s so worth the hassle and travel.

Sheena T. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


I found Vaksman dental two years ago through Groupon. I’ve never felt more comfortable in a dental chair than I have here. I couldn’t give enough praise to Kerri and Bernadette for being very gentle during my visits. The location is super convenient to FiDi and the city view from the chair is a plus too!

James S. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


Not surprised Dr. Vaksman has gotten good ratings or so many likes on fb. Just had a consultation. I loved Dr. Vaksman–from first impression she seemed very down to earth, honest, personable, and was very thorough in her explanations. Left feeling there was nothing hidden, tricky, or weird about the place (a feeling one can often have in doctor’s offices these days, particularly in SF). The office space is small but welcoming and well organized, with great light. In terms of booking, etc, Dr. Vaksman office is really up to date with their tech. Was easy to make an appointment and sign up for text reminders. Parking garage below meant I didn’t have to keep circling the block worrying I’d be late for my appointment. Dr. Vaksman also owns her office with two (?) other dentists. So you can feel good that your fees go to supporting a kind, competent woman in her independent business. Very cool. 5 stars means the visit left nothing wanting.

Yelena M. from Burlingame, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Vaksman’s office is top notch.  Office is clean and geeked out with modern equipment.   It was a great experience. At first glance, the office is not all that busy, but that’s the way they like it. Very good personal care. Probably will be the only person there at any given time. The staff is all very pleasant and are willing to answer any and all of your questions. Also, the equipment is all new looking and most things are computerized. Seeing the x-rays taken as well as pictures taken so that you aren’t only seeing x-rays. Pretty awesome. This place is A+ with me.


After many years of rigorous education and, more importanly, diverse clinical practice, Dr. Irena Vaksman, a San Francisco dentist, truly understands the value of quality patient care – and how to provide it. Adhering to the principles of conservative dentistry, she continually stresses the importance of treating less patients per day, and spending more time with each one. This allows her to effectively educate patients about preventative dental health or, if medically necessary, about treatment options for an existing condition. In addition to graduating New York University School of Dentistry’s prestigious Advanced Education in General Residency program, Dr. Vaksman has many years of extensive expertise in both clinical and cosmetic practices, as well as serving as a restorative dentistry instructor at University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. Dr. Vaksman stays on the forefront of cosmetic and preventative dentistry through advanced continuing dental education, and is also committed to keeping the San Francisco dental office “green-friendly” through such things as: computerized X-rays (to minimize radiation exposure and eliminate film processing chemicals), sanitized and filtered water, and a mercury-free policy. Most importantly, Dr. Vaksman has devoted her career to treating all of her patients with the greatest care, and providing each patient with the best quality treatment. She also believes in giving back to her community by contributing time and resources to several charitable organizations. She is a local board member of Smiles For a Lifetime, a national organization devoted to providing free orthodontic dental care to underprivileged kids; and is also a committee member of the Jewish Family & Children’s Services, where she helps to organize community outreach programs. The office also participates in Operation Gratitude by helping to gather care packages, which are meant to show our appreciation to our troops with the aim of lifting morale. Dr. Vaksman is a true Bay Area local, having attended grade school through university here. She and her husband are the proud parents of three beautiful boys, Charlie, Jack and Ethan.