DR. GREGG S. TAIRA
Dr. Gregg Taira earned his doctorate at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry ('86) and began his practice in Gaithersburg, Maryland as a second-generation dentist. He has been practicing dentistry and making patients smile in the Montgomery County area since 1986. With over 1000 hours of continued education, Dr. Gregg Taira believes in the importance of staying ahead of the curve both in technology and technique. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Maryland State Dental Association, Chinese Dental Study Club, and Mid-Maryland Dental Study Club.
Dr. Gregg Taira is known for his gentle touch and sense of humor. Dr. Gregg Taira grew up watching his dad take care of patients and understands both the art and the science of dentistry in a way that few others can. He learned the importance of chair side manner and the effect that it has on patients. He understands the fear that some patients have when seeing a dentist and has a natural ability to put them at ease.
Dr. Gregg Taira enjoys bowling, golfing, softball, skiing, and woodworking.
DR. JANINE TAIRA
Dr. Janine Taira followed in her father's footsteps and earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry this past May.
For her 4th year, she was in the Diamond Scholar advanced clinical training program, treating patients alongside the residents in the University of Maryland’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry program. Through an ambitious clinical curriculum, Diamond Scholars performed nearly twice as many procedures as typical fourth year students.
Dr. Janine is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Gorgas Odontological Honor Society, the Maryland State Dental Association, and the American Dental Association.
In her free time, Dr. Janine enjoys skiing, tennis, traveling, trying new restaurants, food photography, and generally staying active.
Starting in July, Dr. Janine Taira will practice alongside her father in the same offices that served her grandfather and father's patients for many years.
IN MEMORY OF DR. CALVIN TAIRA
Where Our Story Begins
The late Dr. Calvin Taira earned his doctorate at Howard University College of Dentistry ('63), running practices in Washington, DC and Potomac, Maryland. Dr. Calvin Taira practiced for more than 44 years. He was well-loved by patients and strangers alike.
Dr. Calvin Taira served in the US Air Force as an officer, then served his friends and family as a dentist for the rest of his life.
Dr. Gregg Taira now practices in Dr. Calvin Taira's Potomac office.
TAIRA FAMILY CREST
Agehanocho, the Swallowtail butterfly
Our last name comes from the Taira clan, one of the four main clans ruling Japan in the Heian period. After a period of military rule, our ancestors moved from mainland Japan to Okinawa, and many generations later, Calvin Taira’s parents emigrated from Okinawa to the US.
In honor of our strong family values, our logo is derived from the mon, or family crest of the Taira clan. A stylized version of the original crest is pictured here: a swallowtail butterfly called Agehanocho. The logo is meant to mimic the wings of the butterfly.