Experienced. Caring. Exceptional attention to detail and concern for the comfort of the patient.
Dr. Irving Meeker, one of Pasadena’s most diligent general and cosmetic dentists. For more than a quarter century, Dr. Meeker has taken the time to listen, to hear his patients wishes and skillfully do his best for each and every one of them. High standards and personal integrity dictate a superior effort given for each person.
Welcome and thank you for your time. While most dental websites list all the dental services provided and the professional organizations to which the doctor belongs, fewer seem to speak of practice philosophy and values.
At the center of any solo practice, there is a dentist. “What kind of an individual is this dentist?” a prospective patient may ponder. New patients use all their senses and keen intuition in assessing numerous verbal and non verbal clues in an attempt to reveal the character of the new health professional. The patient wonders quietly, “will he be caring, do a good job, tell me the truth,” as he or she seeks an answer to the central question – “Can I trust him?”
My practice philosophy is simply an extension of my lifetime of learning which has taught me the value of adhering to the noble principles of honesty, empathy, accountability, logic, reason, and fairness in the definition of oneself. What a person stands for, how they will decide and react to any circumstance, should not whimsically determined by the pressures of the moment but rather by drawing on a set of unchanging principles which are applied evenhandedly in all situations. This is my goal and that which I strive to apply in defining my character.
One of the most rewarding aspects of being a Dentist, is the opportunity to serve and help people. Taking the time to sincerely show an interest in another person’s life out of authentic sense of compassion, interest, and caring is mutually beneficial . Because a patient has placed their trust in the dentist, the health care professional, because of ethical principles and conscience, necessarily must be “true” to the patient and is compelled to give his best effort.
I take great pride in my work, and consistently strive to do excellent dentistry and am accountable for all the work performed in my office.
It is my sincere hope that these words will resonate with you and that I will have the pleasure of meeting you sometime soon at my office. Please feel free to contact me at any time for any reason. Thank you again for your interest.
DOING DOUBLE DUTY - DENTIST AND INVENTOR
Dr. Meeker invented the “LUMIgrip” dental handpiece (see photo pictured below). Designed and developed by Dr. Meeker exclusively for the Denmat Corporation’s no-prep LUMINEERS® BY CERINATE® porcelain veneers, the patented “LUMIgrip” handpiece facilitates the delicate and secure handling and control of porcelain veneers during try-in, cement loading and placement.
The device is available for purchase from the Denmat Corporation and having placed hundreds of Lumineers with the LUMIgrip, Dr. Meeker welcomes any questions prospective patients or dentists may have about this highly esthetic, tooth conservative treatment.
ON A PERSONAL NOTE...
Having lived in snowy mountains and California coastal areas during my college years, I attended Georgetown dental school in Washington, D.C. and then married a South Pasadena girl with whom I’ve raised four children in Pasadena. Almost a California native, I originally traveled cross country by train from Boston, Massachusetts at the age of three.
This future dentist stepped off the Superchief train at the Pasadena Station in 1953. Accompanying me were two of four eventual siblings as well as my mother and father, a pediatric surgeon. Although a lifelong resident of Pasadena, I spent my childhood summers along the shore in Malibu. It was here that I developed a keen appreciation of the beauty surrounding us all.
Whether it be a gust of wind, the puffiness of a cloud, the crashing of sea waves, the soaring of birds, or even flying fish, I thankfully never recovered from an early deep reverence inspired by our natural world. The colors, clean lines, and interaction of form and function to this day continually motivate my interest and artistic expressions in an attempt to reflect that beauty.
During the creative process, we harness our imagination into ideas, consider, control and manipulate all the variables in bringing our conception to reality. Beyond art and in a larger sense, it is a very powerful and awe inspiring fact to appreciate that, like art, with the aid of our bodies we have the incredible capacity to turn our thoughts into dynamic action. Each of us is not a mind alone, but guided by our hearts, we have the power to intercede, do good, and physically change our world and those in it.
It is with a Magna Cum Laude degree in Dentistry, an artist’s eye for color, form, and the pursuit of excellence, and a sincere interest in and strong desire to help people that I conscientiously apply all my skills for my patient’s benefit and find meaning in the profession of dentistry.
CREDENTIALS AND MEMBERSHIPS
- Magna Cum Laude Graduate – Georgetown University Dental School, Washington D.C.
- Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society/Phi Beta Kappa equivalent
- Masters of Science Degree – Anatomy and Physiology – California Polytechnic State University
- Bachelor of Science Degree – Biology- California Polytechnic State University
- American Dental Association
- Dental Board of California Approved – Oral Conscious Sedation Certificate
- Certified Lumineers by Cerinate Porcelain Veneer Provider
- Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation
- California Dental Association
- San Gabriel Valley Dental Society
- Board Certified Oral Conscious Sedation
- World Clinical Laser Institute Certification