Dr. Mala Gopal



Dr. Gopal says, “Clinical excellence along with personal care is my number one priority! I love children and I get transformed into their world of fun, imagination and magic.”

Dr. Gopal received her undergraduate degree in Dental surgery in 1992. She then came over to the United states and received her graduate degree in Oral Biology and did her residency in Pediatric Dentistry from UCSF (University of California, San Francisco) in 1999. While at UCSF she received the “Eric B. Bystrom DDS Memorial Pediatric Dentistry Award” for excellence in treatment of special need patients.   Upon graduating from UCSF she was the proprietor of Serramonte Dental practice in Daly City until 2004 when she returned back to India to start her own private practice in Bangalore, India.

While in Bangalore she started her own practice Bright Smiles Pediatric Dentistry to provide specialized pediatric dental care for children. She also chaired and initiated dental work shops and camps for the under privileged children at multiple schools and was public speaker at many villages and small cities promoting the concept and awareness of preventive dentistry to the low income families and children. 

 In 2014 Dr. Gopal moved back to the bay area to provide specialized dentistry for children at Children’s Hospital Oakland, Gentle Dental, San Mateo and Indian Health Center, San Jose. She is affiliated to the American Dental Association, American Association of Pediatric Dentists and California Society of Pediatric Dentistry 

 Outside of work Dr. Gopal enjoys classical Indian dancing, classical violin and cooking. She trained in Indian classical Bharathanatyam dancing from the age of five and has won many awards for her performances world-wide. She now offers Bharathanatyam dance classes for children at her home during her free time in addition to spending time with her husband, daughter, son and her pet Labrador retriever.