About Dr. Stasun
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.
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.
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
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
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.
(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
Hobbies and other
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
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.
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.