Meet The Doctors

Alexandra Cristescu, DDS

Dr. Alexandra Cristescu is an oral health crusader! She strongly believes in preserving one’s natural teeth and strives to deliver conservative therapies, all while respecting the values, beliefs, and time of her patients. Making your dental experience as comfortable as possible is one of her highest priorities, as is welcoming your questions and listening to your concerns.

Born and raised in Romania, Dr. Cristescu lived in Canada for some time before finally making her way to the United States. Prior to earning her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Washington, she was a dental hygienist for five years in Bellevue. Her relationship with the University of Washington continued after graduation through her role as an affiliate instructor in their department of restorative dentistry.

  • American Dental Association
  • American General Dentistry
  • Washington State Dental Association
  • King County Dental Society

As a Rotarian, Dr. Cristescu uses the ethical guide of the four-way test in both her personal and professional relationships:

  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Dr. Cristescu is proud to be part of an organization whose motto is “Service above self,” and strives to improve our local community and make the world a better place!

Dr. Cristescu is a strong believer in continuing education and is a member of many professional study clubs.

During her free time, Dr. Cristescu loves going for walks, skiing and water sports with her three beautiful daughters and her husband. Her twins love horseback riding and want to pursue rodeo and barrel racing. She is a huge Seahawks fan, and loves to show her support for the team. She is all about family, both in and out of the office.

  • Did you know that Dr. Alexandra Cristescu is active in Judo? Ask her about it! You may be surprised to know that Dr. Cristescu grew up as a professional athlete, which instilled a love of staying active and exploring the outdoors.
  • Mom of 3: Dr. Cristescu has three daughters! If you spot her outside of the office, it will likely be in the midst of Girl Scouts.
  • She loves animals! Dr. Cristescu has a dog and 3 cats.
  • Dr. Cristescu received a Bachelor of Science in applied science and kinesiology. By her first day of college, she knew she wanted to help others and improve whole body health for her community.
  • Growing up, her favorite outdoor activity was skiing!

Ramen Sandhu, DDS

Welcome to our practice! Our general dentist, Dr. Raman Sandhu, has been practicing dentistry for over 10 years. She graduated from the New York University College of Dentistry where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery. Dr. Sandhu takes a personalized approach to patient care, focusing on each patient’s unique needs and concerns. She is committed to patient education and empowering patients to take an active role in their dental health. She is a Member of the Washington Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, and Spear Study Club where she meets monthly with peers and specialists to discuss and treatment plan complex cases. Outside of her work, she enjoys socializing with friends and spending time with her family.

Dr. Sandhu looks forward to developing trusting relationships with her patients while working alongside our hygienists and the rest of the dental team at Eastside Family Dentistry and invites you to schedule an appointment and experience the exceptional care that our practice has to offer.

  • American Dental Association
  • American General Dentistry
  • Washington State Dental Association
  • King County Dental Society

Ya-Wei Chen, DDS, MS, PhD

Dr. Ya-Wei (yah-way) Chen is a dual-trained surgeon with specialty periodontics training from the University of Pennsylvania and specialty oral maxillofacial surgery from the Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan. Dr. Yawei obtained a dental doctorate from National Yang-Ming University in Taipei at the top of the class. After that, she completed 5 years of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at Taipei Veterans General Hospital, one of the biggest medical centers in Taiwan. After training, she got the Diplomate of the Taiwanese Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and was promoted to attending oral maxillofacial Surgeon and treated patients in the hospital. 

Practicing in Taiwan prior, Dr. Yawei has years of clinical experience in major maxillofacial surgeries such as trauma (jawbone fracture), orthognathic surgery, and benign and malignant tumors of the oral cavity. As a surgical oncologist, Dr. Yawei teamed with many nationally known medical oncologists and has treated hundreds of oral cancer patients. During that time, she also served as an assistant professor at her alma mater, contributed extensively to oral cancer research, and received a Ph.D. degree in Clinical Medicine. 

In 2018, Dr. Yawei moved to the U.S. for some family circumstances. To continue her career in the U.S., she attended the University of Pennsylvania for a 3-year Periodontics and Implant specialty training and learned in-depth knowledge and techniques in gum and dental implant surgeries, as well as digital dentistry. After graduation, she earned a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and moved to the PNW region.

Dr. Yawei is calm, and professional, and always places patient safety and comfort as her top priorities. Her goal is to provide the best results and care for patients who need oral surgeries.

  • Diplomate, the American Board of Periodontology
  • Affiliate assistant professor, Department of Periodontics, University of Washington
  • LANAP-certified clinician
  • VISTA-certified clinician
  • ACLS-certified clinician
  • Member of the American Academy of Periodontology
  • Crown lengthening surgery
  • Pocket reduction surgery
  • Periodontal regeneration surgery
  • Bone regeneration surgery
  • Sinus graft surgery
  • Soft tissue reconstruction (gum graft)
  • Root coverage
  • Dental implant surgery
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