About Ian van Zyl



Teaching History:

Assistant Professor University of the Pacific School of Dentistry and Faculty Practice: 1998 - 2004.

Teaching students how to do more complex restorative dentistry as Director of Aesthetics Clinic, UOP 2000 - 2004.

Lectures 1999-2010 at the California Dental Association annual meetings in Anaheim, CA on Aesthetics, Microsculpture/Tooth Preparation and Fast Temporaries


His University of Michigan training was on a Harkness Scholarship and a Fulbright Scholarship.


Dental Practices: 

Oxford, U.K. 1992 - 1993

Saudia Arabia 1993 - 1995

Worked at Mission Prosthodontics with Terry Eggleston

In June, 2001, he bought and built-up Happy Smiles Dental Practice in Middletown, CA (Lake County)

He also practiced with Dr. Harry Albers in Santa Rosa


Publishing History: 

2003, "Critical Decisions in Peridontology" (Walter B. Hall Book Publisher)

1988 - 2002, articles in many professional journals

Simulated Smile Design - electric motor hand pieces


Biggest Influences in His Life:

"My Scottish mother, Margery, who holds a Master of Arts and MD, general and naturopathic and my father, a Rhodes Scholar and retired nuclear physicist." 



When not striving to keep his patients happy and healthy, he enjoys traveling, art, opera, ballet, skiing, cycling, gardening, cooking, hiking, dancing and his doggies.