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Catherine Chiu, DDS

General Dentist

About Dr. Chiu

Dr. Catherine Chiu first became interested in dentistry as a high school student working part-time in a dentist’s office. After college she studied to be a dental hygienist but decided to apply for dental school instead. She loves being a dentist and takes pride in offering the kind of professional, caring dentistry that makes patients recommend her to their own friends and family.

Dr. Chiu was born in Burma (now called Myanmar), but grew up in Daly City and San Francisco. In 1995, she moved to San Mateo because she liked the community and the beautiful weather. She wanted to open her own dental practice where she could provide high quality care and make sure that every patient was treated with kindness and respect.

The team at Dr. Chiu’s office has worked together for many years now, and patients often remark on how friendly and professional everyone is, from the front desk to the dental assistants. The office motto is “treat patients the way you would like to be treated.”

Dr. Chiu’s favorite part of practicing dentistry is when her patients feel so relaxed that they fall asleep in her chair. She also loves working with children. Many of her patients say that they were afraid to go to the dentist before finding her, but that she makes them comfortable by taking her time with each step and paying close attention to their needs.

I give patients my full attention, listen to their needs, and make sure they are comfortable.

Personal Interests

Running her own dental practice keeps her very busy, so Dr. Chiu likes to find ways to relax mentally and physically outside of the office. She loves to spend time outdoors in the beautiful areas near San Mateo. She also races dragon boats and studies Polynesian dance.


Dr. CHiu offers a full suite of comprehensive DENTAL CARE services

Family Dental Care

Kids and adults of all ages are equally welcome at Dr. Chiu’s family-friendly practice.

Restorative Dentistry

Dr. Chiu is highly skilled at addressing cosmetic and functional problems with teeth...


Invisalign® is a clear plastic alternative to braces for adults, kids, and teens.


A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth.

What People Are saying About Dr. Chiu

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    She is caring, attentive and personable. Her technique is great and she makes sure you are never uncomfortable or in pain.

    Min Y.

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    Thorough, professional, and patient - put up with all my questions.

    Charlotte W.

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    I was prepared for the worst but Dr. Chiu's calm professional manner and obvious skill put me at ease.

    Lance M.

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    Very nice and helpful. Cheerful manner and explained everything in an understandable way.

    Kevin K.

Education and Experience

After graduating from the dental hygiene program at University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Chiu attended the top-ranked University of the Pacific, Arthur Dugoni School of Dentistry. After working for several years in a large practice, she opened her own family dentistry practice in San Mateo in 1995. She is a member of the American Dental Association and the California Dental Association.

  • 1988

    University of California, San Francisco Dental School

    Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

  • 1991
    Dental School

    University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

    General Dentistry

Catherine Chiu, DDS

181 Second Avenue Suite 555
San Mateo, CA 94401

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F: 650-343-7464


American Dental Association

California Dental Association

San Mateo County Dental Society