Dr. Gregory W. Skeens Jr.


Dr. Skeens majored in Biology at Cal State University San Bernardino, and then attended Loma Linda University dental school and graduated in 2001. He was the first in his class to finish all clinical requirements 6 months early, and became a faculty member at the dental school. Dr. Skeens attended dental school on an academic Navy scholarship and served 4 years as a Navy Dentist and a Naval Officer. After completing an advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency he volunteered to deploy on the USS Peleliu in 2003. While deployed, Dr. Skeens provided dental care for 2500 marines, as well as humanitarian dental care to the Indigenous people of Iraq and Africa. He was then the clinical director at Camp Pendleton which fulfilled his obligation to the Navy in 2005.

Dr. Skeens went on to purchase an existing, long term dental office in Encinitas from a retiring Dentist. Dr. Skeens belongs to the American Dental Association (ADA), California Dental Association (CDA), and San Diego County Dental Society (SDCDS). He also attends Patriot and IADI Study Clubs. He is very active and enjoys surfing, snowboarding, golfing, working out, hiking, running, and camping. His favorite book is “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”.

Our Team

Our exceptional, friendly staff is our greatest asset. Our dental assistants and hygienists are licensed professionals who pride themselves on staying on the cutting edge of dentistry and patient communication. They are excited about what they are doing, have high standards of quality and integrity, and are motivated to achieve the best results for our family of patients.

Our dedicated and motivated staff has one primary goal—your utmost comfort! We feel it’s important that you understand the treatment that you’ll be receiving so that you can relax during the procedure. Our staff is eager to answer any questions regarding your dental care. Please feel free to share with us your needs and concerns.

Sarah Tan

Sarah Tan

Registered Dental Hygienist

Sarah has been in the dental industry for 37 years, in which 10+ years have been with Dr. Greg Skeens. Her passion for dentistry goes beyond the clinical aspect and is more about helping patients achieve better overall health by focusing on their oral health. The social connection that she experiences with the patients is invaluable. For Sarah, it’s a wonderful perk of the job that she can learn about the patient as well as from them. When she’s away from the office, she enjoys the practice of yoga. Her favorite place to be is with her husband Rodelle and their dog Midas. And hanging out with friends and family when she has time! Cool facts – favorite color is the rainbow, but if she must narrow it’s turquoise blue. The mantra she lives by, “Your health is your wealth.”

Leigh Lightfoot

Leigh Lightfoot

Registered Dental Assistant

Leigh is a Registered Dental Assistant and has been active in the dental community for 10 years. She helps people feel comfortable by easing their fears. Assisting Dr. Greg Skeens, and helping patients reach their dental goals is why she does what she does. And for fun, Leigh enjoys spending time with friends and family. Favorite color – GREEN.

Dawn Delgado

Dawn Delgado

Registered Dental Hygienist

Dawn is a Registered Dental Hygienist and has been in dentistry for 35 years. In which, 21 of them have been as a dental hygienist. Her favorite part of dentistry is helping patients set positive health goals. Outside of the dental office, she likes hanging out with her family. For fun, Dawn enjoys bike riding and boogie boarding. Dawn lives by the Golden Rule – “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Her favorite color is yellow.

Dawn loves hanging out with her husband and 2 very active teenage boys. They love mountain biking, surfing and lately golfing.

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Welcome to the Encinitas dental office of Gregory Skeens, JR., DDS. We are your home for caring dental treatment that supports superior oral health and helps you achieve the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Our modern facility is equipped with cutting-edge technology and our team is here to make your visit enjoyable and relaxing.

We take a truly individualized approach to dentistry, which is why our practice is so popular. After every treatment, Encinitas dentist Dr. Skeens personally makes follow- up phone calls to patients to ensure that they are feeling well. Your comfort and well-being are of ultimate importance.

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