Meet the Doctors

Dr. Donald Trunkey

When Dr. Donald Trunkey first started dental school, he had a mouth full of broken-off teeth and was very embarrassed to smile. The shame he felt about his own dental problems led Dr. Trunkey to develop his first rule when dealing with patients—NO GUILT. So, on your first visit to Trunkey Dental, there will be NO LECTURES. In fact, Dr. Trunkey and his team are going to celebrate that you took the first step to having a “healthy and carefree smile.”

Dr. Trunkey graduated in 1980 from dental school in Loma Linda, CA. He quickly learned that patients would rather be anywhere than in the dental office, so that led to rule two being developed—LESS DENTISTRY IS THE BEST DENTISTRY. This means that Dr. Trunkey and his team show you how to avoid coming to the dentist no more than you have to.

After being in dentistry since 1981, Dr. Trunkey has found that his happiest patients are the ones that stopped the destruction of dental disease and then fixed their teeth as ideally as possible. They can then live mostly a carefree life as it relates to their teeth. It’s a great place to be!

Dr. Diana Vu

Dr. Diana Vu was born in Fountain Valley, CA. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) with a bachelor’s degree. After college, Dr. Vu went to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she earned her doctorate. While in college, she met the love of her life and eventual husband, whom she was initially lab partners with in one of her classes! Once Dr. Vu and her husband finished graduate school, they moved to Bakersfield where they have fallen in love with the friendly people and caring community.

Being a perfectionist by nature, Dr. Vu takes great pride in her work. Her attention to detail is impeccable. She will go above and beyond to make sure her patients have an exceptional dental experience. Moreover, she is great with kids! With her compassionate and understanding demeanor, Dr. Vu will work with you to achieve your optimal oral health!

In her free time, Dr. Vu likes to spend time outdoors, read books and visit her family. She is also a huge Disney fan!

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After earning his bachelor’s degree from LLU, Dr. Trunkey earned his doctorate from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. Dr. Trunkey knew that there was much more to be learned and took many courses outside the scope of general dentistry to expand his knowledge base. He took an 8 year in depth Advanced Dental Education course through the esteemed Pankey Institute in Florida. This course taught him how to effectively address bite issue and jaw problems, such as TMJ. He has since taken many other continuing education courses, including those in implants, orthodontics, digital diagnoses, teeth whitening & cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Trunkey is a member of the Kern County Dental Society, the American Dental Society, the California Dental Association & a Bakersfield-based study club.