Succeeding Howard, Bogdan took over the practice at 718 on January 3rd, 2000, the same day of the soft opening of Leucadia Blvd from El Camino Real. As the Leucadia community continued to thrive, the timing couldn't be better for Bogdan to leave his previous practice in Oceanside to be closer to his young family in Encinitas.
Bogdan, a San Diego native, Carlsbad High School graduate, UCSD and UCLA Dental School alumni, shared Howard's passion for surfing and the ocean. At the age of 13, Bogdan took off on his first wave and he knew it had changed his life forever. This passion for the ocean kept Bogdan in Southern California, and while studying at UCSD, Bogdan lived on San Elijo Ave in Cardiff, just a few houses away from Howard's first practice and home. To this day you can find him paddling out at Turtles, 85’s, Brown House or Swamis.
Bogdan continued with the philosophy that Howard ensued, "Dentistry for the Quality Conscious," through his love for meticulous and aesthetic care. Alongside the passionate participation of the original staff, some of who are still there, Bogdan, a 20-year member of the prestigious American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, further developed the practice as it is today.
For the past 17 years, Bogdan's passion for the patient's happiness and transforming smiles was at the core of the practice's success. He ran the dental practice as he ran his life, with everything having its place, organization being paramount and letting the details determine the process.
Early in Bogdan's career he met the love of his life, Kelly, who is a former US Air flight attendant and the mother of their two adult children, Ali and Alex. Bogdan and Kelly still reside in Encinitas and have been married for 25 years. You can find them checking out the latest restaurants, watching the sunset with their dog Mia, or mixing up one of Bogdan's famous Bog-aritas with friends. An eternal optimist, an executional perfectionist, and a true SoCal surf kid at heart, Bogdan exemplifies what it means to live the California dream.