Meet the Dentists
Dr Alexandra Cristescu DDS - Owner of Eastside Family Dentistry
As a female dentist for the greater eastside, Dr. Cristescu is passionate about helping others improve their oral and overall health. She strongly believes in preserving one’s natural teeth and strives to deliver conservative therapies, all while respecting the values, beliefs, and time of her patients. Making dental experience as comfortable as possible is one of her highest priorities, as is welcoming your questions and listening to your concerns.
Dr. Cristescu was born and raised in Romania, where she lived before moving to Canada and finally, the U.S. Prior to earning her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Washington, she was a dental hygienist for five years in Bellevue. Her relationship with the University of Washington continues to this day through her role as an affiliate instructor in their department of restorative dentistry.
As a Rotarian, Dr Cristescu uses the ethical guide of the four-way-test in both her personal and professional relationships: 1. Is it the Truth?, 2. Is it Fair to all concerned?, 3. Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?, and 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?? She is proud to be part of an organization who's motto is " Service above Self" and strives to improve our local community and make the world a better place!
Dr. Cristescu grew up as a professional athlete, which instilled a love of staying active and exploring the outdoors. What's more, she has 3 daughters who keep her busy and are a constant reminder of life’s values, the importance of strong family relationships, and lasting friendships.
Meet Whitney Bator, DDS - Associate
Dr. Whitney Bator is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Dentistry. She graduated in the top 10% of her class, earning her a prestigious position in the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. She received numerous additional honors and awards including: Kois Restorative Dentistry Scholarship, Achievement Award in Periodontics, Achievement Award in Orofacial Pain, Pierre Fauchard Academy Annual Scholarship and Leadership Award, Ben and Betty Zukor Scholarship, Stephen M. Talbot Memorial Scholarship, Most Distinguished Award for Pediatric Dentistry, Maurice J. Hickey Scholarship, the Jack Nicholls Award for Clinical Research, and the ADEA/Johnson & Johnson Preventive Dentistry Scholarship. In addition, Dr. Bator was a strong advocate for under-served populations in her dental school career and a key player in co- founding a collaboration between the Washington Oral Health Foundation, the University of Washington School of Dentistry and the Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club dental clinic.
Before dental school Dr. Bator attended Gonzaga University where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology. Go Zags! GU is also where she met her husband, Kellan. They were married in 2011 and enjoy cooking, traveling, the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. In October they welcomed a baby boy, Bennett, and are so excited to be starting their family!
Dr. Bator spent an entire year following dental school in the University of Washington General Practice Residency program where she excelled at treating medically compromised and special needs adults. She also received additional training in the areas of oral surgery, endodontics (root canals), pediatric dentistry, and removable prosthodontics (dentures). She is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and was trained in moderate conscious sedation.
One of Dr. Bator’s passions in dentistry is the opportunity to be an educator in dentistry, specifically on communicating to her patients the link between oral health and overall systemic health. In addition, you can often find Dr. Bator volunteering her time at the University of Washington Dental Urgent Care Clinic teaching and mentoring dental students in emergency dentistry.
Her patient care philosophy is one that puts the patient at the center of every treatment plan. She feels that the dentist - patient relationship is built on a foundation of mutual respect, trust, and the common goal of maintaining excellent oral health. She is excited to be able to cover maternity leave for her dear friend and colleague, Dr. Cristescu, and can’t wait to meet you!
Dr. Bator is a member of the following organizations: