Meet Dr. Doug Barker
The best part of every day is being able to build genuine connections with each of my patients. As your healthcare provider of choice, I am committed to providing quality, comprehensive care for you and your family. Together, we can achieve all of your healthcare goals now and in the years to come.
My goal as a dentist is to always put my patients first, and to establish lifelong relationships.
By taking the time to get to know the men, women and families that choose Newport Center Smile Design, I am able to customize maintenance and treatment plans that suit their individual lifestyles.
The reason I chose to become a dentist was actually born out of my own unique experience with my orthodontist. At the tender age of seven, I became an orthodontic patient. My relationship with my dentist growing up was great; however it was my orthodontist who really left an impression on me. Spending many years in the physician’s chair, I experienced a warm compassion and calming chair side manner that always put me at ease. Today, I strive to exhibit the same compassion for my patients.
I’m originally from the “Sunshine State” of Florida, where I attended the University of Florida for my Bachelor of Science, as well as my Doctorate of Dental Medicine. My undergraduate degree was in Zoology and I participated in research on American Alligators. I am proud to be a Florida Gator!
I moved to Brooklyn, New York after graduating dental school for a two year general practice residency at New York Methodist Hospital. During residency, I took interest in cosmetic and complex prosthetic cases including placing and restoring implants. I then went on to practice in the financial district of Manhattan and in Astoria Queens.
I’m always looking to be on the forefront of my industry, so every year I attend the California Dental Association meeting in Anaheim and the Greater New York Dental Meeting in New York City, where I learn about the latest advances in dentistry. Recently, I have been taking more advanced prosthetic courses, specifically in implants. I am a member of the American Dental Association, the Newport Harbor Academy of Dentistry and the California Dental Association.
Professionally, I’m very passionate about implant dentistry. With my residency training, I have the surgical and prosthetic skill set to practice this amazing discipline of dentistry. Implant dentistry is completely changing the way we look at restoring people’s smiles. It can be a very conservative treatment option for patients and non-invasive as well.
Outside the Office
Relocating to Orange County from New York City, where I completed my residency, I reside here with my wife Heather who is originally from Laguna Niguel. When I’m not with patients, you can find me outdoors cycling, running, or swimming. I recently got a taste of mountain biking here in Southern California and can’t wait to keep it up! I compete in a handful of triathlons every season, such as the Oceanside California Half Ironman, Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, NYC Triathlon, and the NYC Marathon. I’m also trying to get back into surfing since being removed from Florida, and enjoy a little snowboarding and wake boarding on occasion.
Giving back and supporting the community is a significant part of my philosophy. As a team, our staff strives to give back where we can and support the community we proudly serve.
In the past, I have traveled to Honduras and the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean, on mission trips to provide dental services to those in need. I also have ridden my bicycle across the US to raise funds and awareness for individuals with disabilities for an organization called Push America, based out of Charlotte, NC.
What Sets Us Apart
Quality Time Matters: At Newport Center Smile Design, patients are taken care of in a timely manner. Dr. Barker sees only one patient at a time, so each person can get the attention he or she deserves. By allowing proper time with each patient, we are able to offer premium, uncompromised care.
State-of-the-Art Facility: We utilize digital radiography, which reduces the amount of radiation exposure and an intraoral camera, which allows us to improve diagnostics and show patients exactly what is going on in their mouth.
Location. Location. Location: We are conveniently located in the Newport Center Medical Plaza across the street from Fashion Island. Come for your appointment, and then explore all the area has to offer! The ocean views over Corona Del Mar are pretty spectacular as well.
Not One Size Fits All: We pride ourselves on being able to provide our patients with options for their dental treatment. Ultimately, our goal is to assist each patient in choosing what works best for them and their lifestyle.
Thank you…We know that without our wonderful family of patients, we wouldn’t be here today. As a way to say “thanks,” every existing patient who refers a friend will be entered into a raffle drawing every three months. Prizes include iPads, iPods, and other cool gadgets.