United States Department of Veterans Affairs

VA Long Beach Healthcare System


About the Program

Chief : Christine L. LaMarre, D.D.S.
Administrative Officer: Deborah James

Director, Endodontic Residency: Stephen Davis, D.D.S.,
Director, General Practice Residency: Eric Yamaura, D.D.S.,
Phone: (562) 826-5407
Fax: (562) 826-8007



Veterans Affairs Long Beach Healthcare System (VALBHS)
5901 East Seventh Street
Long Beach, CA 90822

VA Long Beach is located approximately thirty miles south of the city of Los Angeles in southern Los Angeles County and one mile from the northern Orange County border. The Medical Center is close to the junctions of the 22, 405, and 605 freeways, and is near Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). The street location is at the corner of 7th Street and Bellflower Boulevard. The main gate is on 7th Street with one alternate gate on Bellflower Boulevard. California State University at Long Beach is located immediately adjacent to the VA grounds.

The immediate vicinity is a residential setting including apartments, condominiums and single family dwellings. A shopping center, which includes a supermarket, restaurants and multiple shops, is across 7th Street from the Medical Center.


This Veterans Affairs Healthcare System is one of the largest in the VHA system with its 232 beds and approximately 1,950 full-time employees forming a complete team of professional, technical, administrative and ancillary personnel. The full and part-time staff are augmented by consultants, many of whom are outstanding specialists in their fields.

The Dental Service sees a high volume of patients on a daily basis. The Dental Service also has a walk-in clinic Monday thru Friday from 8:00am to 11:00am for routine and emergency care. Many of the patients admitted to the hospital and nursing home are given routine examinations or referred for dental-related problems. In addition, outpatient treatment is rendered to a large population including OEF/OIF, Gulf War, Vietnam War, Korean War, and World War II and recently discharged veterans. The Dental Service also treats an increasing number of female veterans. The significant dental needs of this population treated within the hospital setting necessitates that all staff possess a strong working knowledge of medically compromised patient management.

VA Long Beach Healthcare System

The VA Long Beach Healthcare System (VALBHS) is one of the most diversified tertiary health care providers in the VA. Located along the coast in Southern California and within two hours from mountains and the desert, the facility provides a comprehensive array of inpatient, outpatient and extended care programs. The Medical Center employs nearly 1,950 full-time employees and has a hospital average daily census of 189 patients, plus an average daily census of 91 patients in the Nursing Home Care Unit. In fiscal year 2007, 41,995 unique patients utilized the facility, with 5,928 inpatients treated and 435,696 outpatient clinic visits. The Community Living Center has 95 available beds and there are 10 Acute Rehabilitation beds.

In addition to offering acute services, VALBHCS also operates several programs the VA considers special emphasis programs. These include: women veterans care, spinal cord injury/disorder, preservation amputation care and treatment (PACT), geriatrics and long-term care, homeless veterans care, prosthetics, readjustment counseling, substance abuse treatment, and treatment for the seriously mentally ill.

VALBHCS is active in both the research and education aspects of its mission. Many of our physicians are involved in clinical or basic research programs funded by the VA, NIH, and other extramural sources. The Medical Center is also affiliated with over 60 educational institutions nation-wide for training in allied health specialties.

Dental Service

The Dental Service is an integral component of the multidisciplinary healthcare team providing care to veteran patients. The service falls under the scope of the Surgical Healthcare Group, one of twelve product lines at VALBHCS. The Dental Service is composed of twenty-two (22) operatories and a professional laboratory, as well as examination and x-ray rooms. Seven full-time and three part-time dentists staff the clinic. The residency programs include four General Practice Residents, four Endodontic Residents, and one Oral Surgery Extern.

The Dental Service sees patients on an appointment and walk-in basis. In Fiscal Year 2007, the Dental Service treated 2,943 unique patients with 9000 visits. The spectrum of dental care ranges from unscheduled emergency procedures to comprehensive evaluation and treatment of eligible inpatients and outpatients, which encompasses virtually all specialty areas in dentistry. Many of the patients admitted to the hospital and nursing home are given routine examinations or referred for dental related problems. Special emphasis is placed on providing treatment to patients with dental conditions associated with or exacerbating compelling medical problems, such as head and neck cancer, spinal cord injury, diabetes, cardiac valvular dysfunction, vascular grafts, orthopedic prostheses, and implants utilizing synthetic materials.

The Dental Service enjoys support from other services within the Medical Center, such as radiology and laboratory. Additionally, it provides broad consultative services to ENT, Radiation Therapy, Orthopedic surgery, Psychiatry, and Medicine. Emergency or On-call services are provided by oral and maxillofacial surgery for head and neck trauma, cranial fractures, and dental emergencies. Associated functions and activities of the Dental Service include the teaching of residents, performance improvement monitoring, record keeping, and patient education.


A. Graduation from a United States or Canadian dental school which has been approved by the American Dental Association Council on Dental Education.

B. A license to practice in any one state of the United States of America or District of Columbia. (For Endodontic Residents.)

C. Personal Interview upon invitation

D. United States citizens are given first consideration


The authority for policy making and overall supervision of the training program rests with the Medical Center Director, Dean's Committee and Chief of the Dental Service for all Residency Program applicants. The basic program and daily activities of the residents are under the direct supervision of Christine L LaMarre, D.D.S., Chief of the Dental Service, Eric M. Yamaura, D.D.S., Director of the General Practice Residency Program, Stephen B. Davis, D.D.S., Director of the Endodontic Residency Program, and Dr. Nancy Intriere, Chief, Oral Surgery Section. The program directors are responsible for the scope and depth of the training programs, however, consultants and special lecturers also provide instruction in their specific areas of expertise.

All members of the dental staff, which is composed of general dentists, prosthodontist, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, a periodontist, an endodontist, and an oral pathologist, provide direct instruction to residents as it pertains to their areas of expertise. Medical and surgical staff from all services are available for additional consultation involving dental treatment complicated by systemic disease.

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