Dr. Aura Marcela Torres

Dr. Aura Marcela Torres is proud to have been serving Santa Cruz, Capitola, Scotts Valley, Soquel, and neighboring communities for years.

Call today and see why Dr. Aura Marcela Torres is everyone’s favorite dentist in CA!

Aura Marcela Torres was born in Villavicencio, Colombia and attended San Martin University in Bogotá, graduating with honors in Dental Medicine in 1988. After moving to the U.S. in 1990, she continued her studies in general and restorative dentistry, earning her license to practice dentistry in California in 1994. Dr. Torres worked three years as an associate with a specialist in pediatric dentistry and ran the University of California Santa Cruz Dental Clinic for five years. Professional memberships include ADA (American Dental Association), CDA (California Dental Association) and MBDS (Monterey Bay Dental Society).

“I always wanted to be a dentist, from my early years growing up in Colombia. My grandfather was a dentist, and several other family members were dentists and doctors. It was my dream, my aspiration.”

In my practice, we combine a strong sense of business professionalism with warmth and personal caring. My husband, Guido Diaz, manages the business. Guido and I travel frequently to Mexico to do charity dental work; our business also has a legacy of donating dental equipment to charitable organizations in the U.S. and South America.

We have three beautiful children, Nicole, Natalie and Nohora, who are proud of their parents for helping others, just as I was proud of my own grandfather. Our family is extremely important to us, and so are our patients. This sense of personal connection combined with professionalism is one of the many ways that our practice is unique.

It is so rewarding to be able to help people, whether giving relief from a painful tooth or improving someone’s smile. I’m concerned about my patients as people as well as clients. And I care about each one.

Most of our business, including many seniors, students and families, comes from referrals. We’re delighted with the fact that our patients appreciate us so well that they tell their family and friends. We welcome you to our family of patients!”

Angela Choy, DDS

Dr. Choy was born and raised in Santa Cruz. She attended Branciforte Middle School and Harbor High School. For undergraduate school, she studied biology at UC Santa Cruz, where she was a Regent’s Scholar. In her 3rd year at UCSC, she decided to pursue dentistry and was accepted into UC San Francisco School of Dentistry. She was class president in her 4th year of dental school and was active in multiple dental associations throughout the 4 years.


Upon graduation from UC San Francisco, Dr. Choy entered a general practice residency program in Fresno where she gained 2 extra years of clinical experience at the VA hospital’s dental clinic and at the Community Medical Center Dental Clinic. She served as chief resident during her 2nd year. 

Dr. Choy married during residency, and lived and practiced dentistry in the South Bay for several years following that. Recently, she has moved back to her beloved hometown of Santa Cruz with her wonderful husband and 2 children. In her free time, Dr. Angie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, singing karaoke, arts and crafts, and strolling West Cliff. 

She’s very passionate about providing gentle and comprehensive dental care to her patients. She loves sharing her dental knowledge with patients so that they may understand their oral health and achieve their best smile. Please feel free to contact us and make an appointment to meet Dr. Choy. We are very excited to have her!

Dr. Abbas Doctor – Periodontist

Dr. Abbas Doctor is originally from Huntington, WV. He completed a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science at Marshall University. He was accepted to the WVU School of Dentistry, and obtained his Doctorate in Dental Surgery. After dental school, he completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at the UMKC School of Dentistry. He then moved to Houston, Texas to attend The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Dentistry where he completed his Periodontics residency and obtained his Master of Science in Dentistry. Dr. Abbas is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.