Meet the Doctors of Wai‘alae Dental Care

The doctors & staff of Wai‘alae Dental Care have dedicated their professional careers to providing you with the very best that dentistry has to offer. They are continually educating themselves & their staff on the latest techniques & advances to provide you with state-of-the-art, comfortable & personalized care. From routine checkups to cosmetic & restorative care, Wai‘alae Dental Care is your neighborhood headquarters for all things dental. Their top priorities are patient comfort & satisfaction. The entire staff of Wai‘alae Dental Care looks forward to your visit & to showing you the many ways in which personalized dental care can improve your life.

Dr. Cedric Lewis

Dr. Cedric LewisDr. Cedric Lewis is a 1996 graduate of the Oregon Health Sciences University, where he received his doctorate in dental medicine. In his continuing education, he has completed courses in esthetics & implants, anesthesia & pain control, cosmetic dentistry & the diagnosis & treatment of TMJ (i.e. jaw pain) disorders. Dr. Lewis is a charter member of the prestigious Hawaii Terry Tanaka Dental Study Group for prosthodontics. Dr. Lewis is also a volunteer dentist for the Special Olympics Hawaii & the Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services, a health center where he started a dental mentorship program for disadvantaged kids. Dr. Lewis is one of 12 dentists in the country, & the only one from Hawaii, chosen by the American Dental Association Institute for Diversity in Leadership. In 2008 through 2015, Dr. Lewis was voted by his peers as one of Hawaii’s Best Dentists in Honolulu Magazine & voted best dentist in Honolulu Magazine from 2003–2021. In his spare time, Dr. Lewis enjoys spending time with his wife, Kristin, his son, Cole, & his two Pomeranians, Pooh Bear & Snoopy.

Dr. Alexander Tarasov

Dr. Alexander TarasovDr. Alexander Tarasov was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. He received his dental degree from Boston University & completed one year of advanced education in general dentistry at the University of the Pacific. After practicing as an associate general dentist in a private office in Cambridge (Mass) Dr. Tarasov was accepted to a three-year specialty program at John D. Dingell VA Medical center. Upon completion of the residency, he moved to Oahu, where he works as a staff prosthodontist at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor, Hickam Hawaii & provides care to patients of Kahala area at Wai‘alae Dental Care & Dental Care of Pearlridge.

Dr. Matthew Hayase

Dr. Matthew HayaseDr. Matthew Hayase was born & raised in Rochester, New York. He met his wife Naoko during college in 2009 & they have been together ever since that fateful day. They continued their education together & married in 2012. They both earned their master’s degrees in biological sciences from Binghamton University in Vestal, New York with the goal of getting an education in the dental field. Dr. Hayase pursued dentistry while his wife set her sights on dental hygiene. They now have two sons, William & Stephen, whom they love & support every day.

Dr. Hayase & his family enjoy their time outdoors exploring nature, listening & dancing to music, traveling & swimming whenever they have the chance.

He is the first person in his family to pursue a doctorate degree, with the hope that he will inspire his own children to pursue higher education in the future. Dr. Hayase attributes his success to the support he receives from his wife on a daily basis & her encouragement to enter the dental field throughout their time together.

Dr. David Chun

Dr. David ChunDr. David Chun received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry & his bachelor’s degree in neurobiology from the prestigious University of California, Berkeley. He continues to stay up to date with the latest in dental procedures, technology & medicines to provide the best care for his patients.

Dr. Chun is an experienced dentist whose practice philosophy focuses on patient comfort. He believes that the dental experience is much better for patients when their anxiety is lower & strives to create a comfortable environment for each visit.

While Dr. Chun is new to Oahu, he has practiced for many years in Oklahoma & Saipan. He has also gone on mission trips to Honduras, Bangladesh & the Dominican Republic, as well as provided dental services locally as a volunteer. Aside from dentistry, he enjoys hanging out with his wife & their small dog, often hiking & traveling locally or far away. He is a huge fan of basketball, football, the Golden State Warriors, the San Francisco 49ers & the California Golden Bears. He’s excited to be a part of the Wai’alae Dental Care family.

Dr. Spencer Schiappa

Dr. Spencer SchiappaDr. Spencer Schiappa hails from Massapequa, New York, a New York City suburb located on the south shore of Long Island. Dr. Schiappa earned his Bachelor of Science from The University of Miami, where he studied Neuroscience & Chemistry & became a diehard fan of the Miami Hurricanes. After his time in South Florida, Dr. Schiappa completed his education at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, where he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Schiappa believes in the importance of service to one’s community. An Eagle Scout & lifetime member of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, Dr. Schiappa takes pride in the places he has lived & the opportunities he has been given to serve them over the years. He is excited to now be able to serve the people of Oahu.

Dr. Schiappa credits his parents, Barbara & David Schiappa, for making him the man he is today. A microbiologist & a mechanical engineer, respectively, they instilled in him from a young age his love of science, the arts & the outdoors, as well as the work ethic which made it possible for him to become a dentist. He strives each day to make them proud.

When he is not in the office, Dr. Schiappa can be found in the water, on the trails or at the gym. He enjoys physical fitness & loves to be out in nature, where he finds solace amongst the many natural wonders Hawaii has to offer. Dr. Schiappa also enjoys photography, practices yoga & mindfulness meditation, & plays the piano.

Kokua in Dental Care
Kokua is the Hawaiian word for the concept of selflessly helping others in the spirit of kindness & love.