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Oral Surgeon Dr. Straw in Placerville and El Dorado Hills

Meet Dr. Straw

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Dr. Straw is a board-certified surgeon who knew that helping others through oral surgery was his destiny.

About Dr. Straw

Growing up, Dr. Straw always participated in sports and, as a result, had his share of sports-related injuries. He underwent physical therapy and treatment frequently, which sparked his interest in the human body and how it functions. This inspired him to pursue a career in health care. He originally attended college for physical therapy, but decided to switch paths and attend dental school with his best friend.

While in dental school, Dr. Straw became interested in oral surgery. To Dr. Straw, oral surgery is the perfect combination of art, dentistry, and anatomy and his interest in taking things apart and putting them back together.

Dr. Straw finds it rewarding to alleviate a patient’s fear and restore their confidence. He wants patients to feel comfortable and takes the time needed to make sure they don’t feel afraid or worried about treatment. Dr. Straw loves the art of oral surgery, and his special interests lie within orthognathic surgery and the challenge of complex procedures. As an oral surgeon who has undergone lower jaw surgery himself, he can relate to orthognathic surgery patients. As a patient, you can expect to be educated and feel prepared throughout treatment and rely on open communication from Dr. Straw and his staff.

Education and Residency

Dr. Straw earned a bachelor's degree in exercise physiology from Brigham Young University, where he played football and received the Western Athletic Academic Award for outstanding academic and athletic performance. He attended dental school at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry and graduated magna cum laude.

For his 4-year oral surgery residency, Dr. Straw gained hands-on surgical experience at Loma Linda University Medical Center and affiliated hospitals. During this time, he was trained on how to safely administer anesthesia and sedation. He has participated in Mission of Mercy projects and cleft lip and palate reconstruction at the Craniofacial Specialty Clinic at Loma Linda University in San Bernardino, California.

Dr. Straw greeting a patient

Education and Residency

Dr. Straw earned a bachelor's degree in exercise physiology from Brigham Young University, where he played football and received the Western Athletic Academic Award for outstanding academic and athletic performance. He attended dental school at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry and graduated magna cum laude.

For his 4-year oral surgery residency, Dr. Straw gained hands-on surgical experience at Loma Linda University Medical Center and affiliated hospitals. During this time, he was trained on how to safely administer anesthesia and sedation. He has participated in Mission of Mercy projects and cleft lip and palate reconstruction at the Craniofacial Specialty Clinic at Loma Linda University in San Bernardino, California.

Dr. Straw greeting a patient

Certifications and Affiliations

Dr. Straw maintains certification in Advanced & Basic Cardiac Life Support and a California General Anesthesia license. He is board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS), which holds surgeons to the highest standards of patient care, continuing education, and knowledge in the field. In addition, Dr. Straw is a member of numerous professional organizations:

Oral Surgeon Dr. Straw

Certifications and Affiliations

Dr. Straw maintains certification in Advanced & Basic Cardiac Life Support and a California General Anesthesia license. He is board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS), which holds surgeons to the highest standards of patient care, continuing education, and knowledge in the field. In addition, Dr. Straw is a member of numerous professional organizations:

Oral Surgeon Dr. Straw

Hobbies & Interests

Dr. Straw loves spending time with his wife and eight children. He enjoys DIY and home improvement projects and admires the process of creation—taking something and making it better, both surgically and in other areas of life. Dr. Straw is also fluent in Spanish.

Oral Surgeon Dr. Straw looking at chart with staff

Hobbies & Interests

Dr. Straw loves spending time with his wife and eight children. He enjoys DIY and home improvement projects and admires the process of creation—taking something and making it better, both surgically and in other areas of life. Dr. Straw is also fluent in Spanish.

Oral Surgeon Dr. Straw looking at chart with staff