About Us

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Dr. Cedric Lewis, Dr. Matt McCullough, Dr. Alexander Tarasov, Dr. Denis Jakuj, & Dr. Bryson Chang

Meet the Doctors of Wai‘alae Dental Care

The doctors & staff of Wai‘alae Dental Care have dedicated their professional careers to providing you with the very best that dentistry has to offer. They are continually educating themselves & their staff on the latest techniques & advances to provide you with state-of the-art, comfortable & personalized care. From routine checkups to cosmetic & restorative care, Wai‘alae Dental Care is your neighborhood headquarters for all things dental. Their top priorities are patient comfort & satisfaction. The entire staff of Wai‘alae Dental Care looks forward to your visit & to showing you the many ways in which personalized dental care can improve your life.

Dr. Cedric Lewis

Dr. Cedric Lewis is a 1996 graduate of the Oregon Health Sciences University, where he received his doctorate in dental medicine. In his continuing education, he has completed courses in esthetics & implants, anesthesia & pain control, cosmetic dentistry, & the diagnosis & treatment of TMJ (i.e. jaw pain) disorders. Dr. Lewis is a charter member of the prestigious Hawaii Terry Tanaka Dental Study Group for prosthodontics. Dr. Lewis is also a volunteer dentist for the Special Olympics Hawaii & the Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services, a health center where he started a dental mentorship program for disadvantaged kids. Dr. Lewis is one of 12 dentists in the country, & the only one from Hawaii, chosen by the American Dental Association Institute for Diversity in Leadership. In 2008 through 2015, Dr. Lewis was voted by his peers as one of Hawaii’s Best Dentists in Honolulu Magazine. In his spare time, Dr. Lewis enjoys spending time with his wife, Kristin, his son, Cole, & his two Pomeranians, Pooh Bear & Snoopy.

Dr. Matt McCullough

Dr. Matt McCullough was born in Louisiana & grew up in Houston, Texas. He attended West Point, & served five years as an officer in the US Army. After receiving an honorable discharge at the rank of Captain, he returned to Texas to attend dental school at University of Texas School of Dentistry-Houston. In his free time during dental school, Dr. McCullough volunteered to provide dental care to Inupiaq Eskimos in Alaska, Parkland Public Hospital in Dallas & dental mission trips in east Texas. He refines his clinical skills throughout the year with continuing education in order to provide the quality service that his patients deserve. He lives with his wife on Oahu & enjoys surfing & woodworking in his spare time.

Dr. Alexander Tarasov

Dr. Alexander Tarasov was born is St. Petersburg, Russia. He received his dental degree from Boston University & completed one year of advanced education in general dentistry at the University of the Pacific. After practicing as an associate general dentist in a private office in Cambridge (Mass) Dr. Tarasov was accepted to a three year specialty program at John D. Dingell VA Medical center. Upon completion of the residency he moved to Oahu, where he works as a staff prosthodontist at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii & provides care to patients of Kahala area at Wai‘alae Dental Care.

Dr. Denis Jakuj

Dr. Denis Jakuj was born in Albania & grew up near Boston, Massachusetts, where he fought hard to resist picking up a strong Boston accent, although he will occasionally use terms like “wicked good”. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from UMass Amherst & his doctorate from New York University College of Dentistry. After spending four years in New York City he decided to see the other side of the U.S. & packed his bags for Hawaii. He likes to fill his spare time by reading, cycling, weight lifting & baking.

Dr. Bryson Chang

Dr. Bryson Chang was born & raised as a local boy in Aiea, & could not be more excited to be practicing on the island he calls home. Following his early love for sports, he attended Mid-Pacific Institute & played baseball for the Owls throughout high school. Dr. Chang received his Bachelor of Science in biology from Creighton University’s undergraduate program in Omaha, NE. He then went on to attend Creighton University’s School of Dentistry, where he focused his efforts towards his childhood dream of becoming a dentist. Dr. Chang attributes much of his strong sense of community from the values he experienced at Creighton. His time on the mainland allowed him to road trip—giving him the travel bug he has today. When he isn’t working, you can catch Dr. Chang traveling, fishing, or playing golf.

Why Patients Love the Doctors of Wai‘alae Dental Care…

Wai‘alae Dental Care Testimonials

“Dr. Cedric Lewis & his staff are wonderful. Excellent dentistry! Very satisfied with the results. Thank you!”

– Pua Millare, Honolulu • Professional Model


Wai‘alae Dental Care Testimonials

“I couldn’t be happier with the dental care I received from Dr. Lewis & the staff at Wai‘alae Dental Care. Excellent! Professional! Attentive!”

– David L. Fairbanks, Honolulu • Attorney-at-Law