Dr. Richard Casteen,

Dentist

“I am a Bakersfield native. I attended Harding, Compton Jr. High, and Highland High Schools. My first job was working in the potato sheds on Edison Highway. My father, William F. Casteen, M.D. and sister Carol Casteen, M.D. have been Ophthalmologist here for many years. If I’m not working, I am probably buying an actor friend a meal somewhere in Los Angeles or trying to slow down in Santa Ynez Valley. I have had a very diverse life and became interested in dentistry through a discussion with my Art teacher when studying to become a potter. In the 1990’s I developed a residential care facility for the elderly called Home Again. I developed a theater company in Los Angeles called Tom Cats which produced original plays and the classics. I have a love for animals and feed more stray cats and dogs in Bakersfield than you can imagine. I love flying airplanes and I am proud to be an Eagle Scout.”

Dr. Bipin Patel,

Anesthesiologist

Dr. Bipin is a graduate of the University of Texas, where he obtained his MD. He completed his surgical internship and anesthesiology residency at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital of Columbia University in New York. He is Board Certified both in Anesthesiology and Pain Management.

For more than 20 years, Dr. Patel has been working in all facets of anesthesiology. During surgery, Dr. Patel ensures the course of anesthetic is safe and smooth and the recovery is without any event or incidents; his thoroughness is impeccable. With every anesthetic he administers anti-nausea medication, pain medication and medication to decrease the swelling from dental surgery.

Dr. Richard Petty,

Oral Surgeon/Anesthesiologist

Dr.Petty travels to our office twice a week to see patient’s in need of oral surgery treatment. Our partners, as well as outside dentists, refer their patients to Dr. Petty for complex teeth extractions, especially impacted teeth and wisdom teeth, and also for the evaluation of oral cancers, tumors, cysts, and biopsies. Since Dr. Petty is also a licensed anesthesiologist, patients have the option of being put to sleep during treatment. Our doctors also partner with Dr. Petty to offer IV sedation to their fearful patients.

Dr. Petty is a Southern California native who attended Dental School at USC. He completed his three-year, post-doctorate residency in Oral Surgery at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center. He is a third generation Oral Surgeon who is fluent in Spanish, having lived in Argentina for two years. His hobbies include following sports, photography, and solving crossword puzzles. He and his wife, Tami, love animals and enjoy spending time in the mountains of Southern California.

Dr. Fernando Verdugo, DMD

Diplomate, American Board of Periodontolgy

Dr. Verdugo travels to our office twice a month to see Capital Dental Group patients, and patients referred by other local offices, for periodontal concerns. If you have any periodontal concerns call our office to make an appointment to meet with Dr. Verdugo.

Doctor of Medical Dentistry with Honors in Periodontics and Anatomical Pathology since 1993, Dr. Fernando Verdugo has been practicing dentistry for the last 24 years and engaged in the specialty of Periodontics & implants since 1998. He has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology since 2003. Board certified periodontists achieve their Diplomate status after completion of written and oral examinations to demonstrate evidence of high degree of knowledge, skill and experience in the science and art of Periodontology. Dr. Verdugo is dedicated to the practice of evidence-based periodontal and implant therapy.