Our Doctors

We have the best doctors for the best patients.

indentAll of our highly trained doctors at Young Smiles offer children the most customized dental care in the Fremont area. We take pride in having friendly, experienced, and passionate doctors on our staff.

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Dr. David E. Morris

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Dr. Morris was born and raised in San Jose and his parents still live in the same house he grew up in. He attended dental school in San Francisco at the University of the Pacific and graduated in 1995. Upon graduation, he was accepted to Columbia University in New York to complete a two year pediatric hospital residency training program. There he served as chief resident at the Columbia-Presbyterian Children’s Hospital. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Morris worked in the San Diego area for several years. In 2001 he returned to Fremont to establish his practice as Young Smiles. Dr. Morris’ professional affiliations include the following:

indentIn his free time Dr. Morris enjoys pursuing his hobbies, which include scuba diving, camping, traveling, and photography.

***As many of you already know, Dr. Morris is still dealing with complications from his carpal tunnel correction surgery from June of 2019. Unfortunately, he continues to be unable to treat his patients safely due to persistent hand pain that increased in the months following the surgery. He has personally selected the doctors below to care for his patients in his absence. Dr. Morris looks forward to being able to return to direct patient care if he is able to, but in the meantime our doctors are all very experienced pediatric specialists just as he is!

Dr. Shilpa AvulaDr. Avula of Young Smiles pediatric dentistry

Dr. Avula grew up in the Central Valley of California and currently lives in the Bay Area with her husband and their two young children. Dr. Avula knew from high school that she wanted to be a dentist. She completed both undergraduate and dental school through an accelerated honors program at The University of the Pacific in just five years. She received her DDS degree from Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 2001. She then completed her specialty training program in Pediatric Dentistry at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York in 2004. Dr. Avula has since been in private practice and is a part-time faculty member in the department of Pediatric Dentistry at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Although Dr. Avula was initially drawn to dentistry for its ability to help people, she most appreciates the joys of working with children and the uniqueness of each day.

To stay current with treatment techniques and procedures, she is an active member of multiple professional organizations including:

In her free time, Dr. Avula enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and reading.