Meet the Doctors
Rainer Bergmann, DMD
Dr. Rainer Bergmann, while a youth in his native Germany, chose dentistry for his profession as a way to combine his passion to help people with his love of both science and the arts. He was dedicated to achieving exceptional levels of skill so he could give his patients healthy and beautiful smiles no matter how complex their case.
Thus, after earning his dental degree magna cum laude at the Free University of Berlin in 1978, he fully trained in two dental specialties at the University of Pennsylvania. These were prosthodontics (the technology of restoring natural teeth and replacing missing teeth) and periodontics (the technology of treating the gum and other structures surrounding the teeth, and placing dental implants). Dr. Bergmann decided to focus his career on prosthodontics and has been practicing in this field for over 30 years.
Dr. Bergmann met Dr. Carolyn Izu at the University of Pennsylvania while she was studying for her dental degree. They were married and eventually settled in Palm Desert, where they have been providing state-of-the-art dentistry since 1985.
Practice and philosophy
Dr. Bergmann provides comprehensive dental care to our patients, with an emphasis on cutting-edge aesthetic dentistry, dental-implant-supported replacement teeth and full-mouth reconstruction. He operates on the philosophy of providing his patients the highest-quality dentistry using the most advanced technology in a caring and friendly environment. His special expertise allows him to effectively treat even the most complex cases.
Friendly, warm and caring service
Patients have regularly commented on Dr. Bergmann’s interest in them as people, his warm and caring manner and how he inspires confidence. He really gets to know his patients and listens closely to their goals and concerns. He guides his patients through the entire process so they relax and realize they are in caring hands.
He is also known for his attention to detail in his examinations and always taking the time to make sure his patients completely understand their diagnosis. He thoroughly explains treatment options and answers all questions so his patients can make informed decisions and feel comfortable with their treatment.
Dr. Bergmann attended the Free University of Berlin School of Dentistry in his native Germany, where he earned his dentist degree (Dr. med. dent.) magna cum laude in 1978. At the University of Pennsylvania, he was accepted to the combined dual specialty program that was offered to only two dentists a year. He subsequently earned his periodontics specialist degree, his prosthodontics specialist degree and his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. He received extensive advanced training in how to treat gum disease to save teeth and deliver fixed, optimally aesthetic and functional restorations with a stable bite. This was the perfect foundation for implant treatment where the design of an optimal bite is key to long-term success. Dr. Bergmann completed an advanced, multiyear residency program in order to receive his two specialist degrees.
Educator, author and lecturer
Dr. Bergmann is also an educator, lecturer and author of dental research.
University educator in dentistry
During his formal education in dentistry and advanced dental specialties, Dr. Bergmann also served as a clinical instructor in the schools of dentistry at both the Free University of Berlin and the University of Pennsylvania. He taught on numerous subjects, including dental anatomy, restorative procedures for broken-down or missing teeth, periodontics and prosthodontics.
Lecturer and research author for the profession
Dr. Bergmann regularly lectures to his colleagues on advanced dental, periodontal and prosthodontic procedures and how to work with a microscope in prosthodontics. He has lectured repeatedly at professional societies, advanced training academies and continuing education classes for over 30 years. He has also written and published numerous technical articles, some of which have appeared in top professional publications such as Inside Dental Technology and the Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry.
Honors and awards
Dr. Bergmann is well-recognized for his outstanding skills and achievements as a prosthodontic specialist and has been chosen by his peers to be included on several rosters of top dentists. He has appeared on the list of the Best Dentists in America and in the annual Best Dentists and Specialists section of Palm Springs Life magazine.
Dr. Bergmann is a member of numerous professional organizations and societies, including some that have very rigorous requirements for acceptance. Prominent among these is the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry.
The AAED is an invitation-only organization that is limited to only 110 fellows, top practitioners from around the world. Members and designated guests are taught the latest advancements in cosmetic procedures at annual conventions. Dr. Bergmann has attended over 25 annual meetings and has served as a lecturer at several of them.
Other organizations of which he is an active member include:
- Academy of Prosthodontics
- Pacific Coast Society for Prosthodontics
- Academy of Osseointegration
- American Academy of Periodontology
- American Dental Association
- California Dental Association
- Tri-County Dental Society
- Newport Harbor Academy of Dentistry
Carolyn Izu, DMD
Education and History
Dr. Carolyn Izu, a native of Indio, decided to enter the health care field while a student at Indio High School. She decided to become a dentist after she saw the results that could be achieved in improving patients’ health, looks and confidence. She also saw dentistry as a way to take her artistic talent and make it a valuable tool in how she helped someone.
It was at the University of Pennsylvania that she met Dr. Rainer Bergmann, who was training in the dental specialist fields of prosthodontics and periodontics. They married and eventually settled in the Coachella Valley.
Dr. Izu and Dr. Bergmann have always shared an intense desire to provide the highest-quality dentistry and achieve superlative results while really caring about the people they serve. They have been practicing in their state-of-the-art Palm Desert dental practice since 1985.
Practice and Philosophy
Dr. Izu provides comprehensive dental care to our patients, including top-quality crowns and bridges, dental implant-supported replacement teeth, and state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry. “Giving my patients the utmost quality in treatment and results is the foundation of everything I do,” she says. “It involves being very thorough and meticulous in my approach, and consulting with my patients thoroughly so I really give them what they want and need.”
Dr. Izu is dedicated to implementing the latest technologies as they are developed in order to stay on the cutting edge of dental techniques and procedures. Thus she maintains an extensive schedule of continuing education, including regular advanced training by some of the top dental educators in the world.
Warm, attentive and caring service
Dr. Izu is well-known for her warmth, her caring attitude and her interest in her patients’ desires and concerns. Patients comment that they feel relaxed after talking to her and they can sense how much she is looking out for them.
“I am taking care of the entire person, not just their dental concerns,” she says.” This gives me a definite sense of responsibility and purpose. Their lives are important and they deserve my best. I am honored to be able to help them with what I have to offer.”
Dr. Izu completed her pre-dental college curriculum and graduated with a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University in 1979. She then went on to the renowned University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where she earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree in 1983.
Dr. Izu has maintained an aggressive schedule of continuing education since she first began practice. In addition to regular continuing education courses in general dentistry, she has accompanied Dr. Bergmann for more than two decades to annual specialty training conventions of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and the Pacific Coast Society for Prosthodontics. She therefore has a special insight and understanding in aesthetic and restorative procedures, as she trains on new developments in prosthodontics (the science and art of designing and making dental restorations). Her special training at these two advanced institutions gives her the ability to offer state-of-the-art care to her patients and provide choices well beyond those offered by most general dentists.
Honors and Awards
Dr. Izu’s exceptional quality of care has been well-recognized. In 1999, she was listed as an honored professional in the Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals. She has also been featured annually as a Top Dentist in Palm Springs Life magazine from 2009 to the present.
Dr. Izu is a member of the following professional organizations:
- American Academy of General Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- California Dental Association
- Tri-County Dental Society
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