"Get it right the first time."

 

About Dr. Stasun
Dr. Kenneth L. Stasun is a specialist in orthodontics. He has practiced in Half Moon Bay since 1980. Half Moon Bay is his exclusive place of practice. He enjoys both the science and art of orthodontics. Dr. Stasun personally does all wire adjustments and appliance placement.

Educational History
Dr. Stasun received his Bachelors of Science at Western Reserve University.  He graduated from the School of Dentistry at Case Western Reserve.  After dental school Dr. Stasun joined the United States Public Health service with the rank of Captain. He had a one-year rotating dental internship, after which he was assigned to the Indian Health Service. For two years he was in charge of three Indian dental clinics, one on the rim, and another at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The third location was at Sherman Indian High School in Riverside, California. Being the only dentist at the three Public Health facilities Dr. Stasun performed all aspects of dentistry from restorations and root canals to oral surgery including third molar extractions and the occasional broken jaw.  The physician at the Peach Springs reservation would often call upon Dr. Stasun to suture facial wounds.  He left the service as a Lt. Commander and attended the University of California in San Francisco for his orthodontic residency. After his residency he specialized exclusively in orthodontics.

Professional Organizations
Dr. Stasun is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the San Mateo County Dental Society, the American Association of Orthodontists, and the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists.

Treatment Modalities
Dr. Stasun uses conventional orthodontic appliances (bands and brackets manufactured with precision tip and torque to his prescription for precise tooth movement) as well as lip bumpers, palatal expanders and various functional appliances that allow the patientís own musculature to direct growth direction and tooth movement. Space age Nickel Titanium arch wires are used to apply a low continuous gentle force if teeth are badly rotated or out of position.

When to Begin Treatment
With the exception of cross bites or large skeletal problems, Dr. Stasun is a firm believer in timing the start of orthodontic care to the pubertal growth spurt. This usually allows for a one phase treatment approach (treating the patient once) in most cases. He emphasizes that the proper time to start is not when all the baby teeth have been lost, rather when the first bicuspids are erupting. This signals a growth spurt and varies between 8 and 12 years of age.

Orthodontic Records (X-rays, models etc.)
When it is time to start treatment the orthodontic records can all be obtained at his Half Moon Bay Office. So his patients can avoid going ďover the hillĒ to a dental x-ray lab for radiographs, Dr. Stasun has equipped his office with the necessary radiographic equipment.  His office can take the special orthodontic radiographs needed prior to treatment and progress x-rays if needed to observe tooth eruption and movement.

Staff and Family
Dr. Stasunís staff is gentle, knowledgeable, well-educated and caring. They include Lani Jones, Inger Ball, and Jill Impink. Lani and Jill each have children attending local schools including; Half Moon Bay High, Cunha Intermediate, and elementary schools on the coast. The office makes every effort to know early dismissal days, P.E. times and teacher in-service days in order to help parents with scheduling appointments. Ken's wife, Kathleen, can be seen helping in his office. Kathleen also enjoys working as a volunteer for Holt International Children's Services facilitating the adoption of foreign babies. Dr Stasunís 21-year-old son, Kevin, is an Eagle Scout and attends college at Santa Clara University. Katelin, Dr. Stasunís daughter, graduated from Sonoma State University and completed paralegal training at Empire College.

Hobbies and other interests
Dr. Stasun enjoys fishing, hiking, biking, and gardening (but does not enjoy pulling weeds according to his wife). He is an instrument-rated pilot and also has his aircraft Airframe and Power Plant mechanics license. He enjoys working on his 1943 Stinson L-5 that saw action in the European Theater during World War Two.

Hours of Operation
Dr. Stasun sees patients Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:10 am to 5:00 p.m. Thursday hours are usually from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. Staff is also available to answer questions and make appointments on Mondays. The office is closed for lunch from 12:00 to 1:30.  

Location
Dr. Stasunís office is located at 423 Johnston Street in Half Moon Bay.  Johnston Street parallels Main Street and is one block east of Main.  The office location is just a few hundred feet north of the intersection of Kelly Street and Johnston Street.

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