Considered By Many To Be The Best Dentist In Berkeley, California

Dr. Penelope Yip has been driven to deliver quality patient care with compassion and empathy long before she started her practice. In fact, it started before she even graduated from elementary school.


As a willful 10-year-old, her first visit to the dentist was intimidating and painful, which ignited a desire to make sure that no one else would suffer the same experience. And at that moment, she realized what she wanted to be when she grew up as well as her mission once she reached her goal. She aimed to be the kind of dentist she wanted for herself — someone who would make her feel cared for, listened to and respected. And now as a practicing dentist for nearly three decades, she continues to strive toward fulfilling that childhood dream.


To deliver the type of care that her patients deserve, Dr. Yip sees everyone who enters her office as a whole person, not just someone who needs their teeth “fixed”. This is reflected in her areas of clinical interest, which include education, nutrition, prevention, as well as restorative and cosmetic aspects of dentistry.


A proud native San Franciscan, Dr. Yip completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Physiology from San Francisco State University in 1989 and attended the University of California, San Francisco, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Dental Materials and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees in 1994. While at UCSF, she also completed an advanced TMJD/Orofacial Pain Study Group.


Additionally, Dr. Yip served as a part-time Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF. While she enjoyed teaching for 16 years, she decided to take a leave of absence when her second child was born to focus on her family and the continued care of her patients. Although her schedule keeps her busy, she still finds time to advise and mentor students. She also continues to be an active participant in her dental fraternity on a local and national level to help nurture and guide future generations of dentists.


Her tireless dedication to her patients, students and protégés has been recognized and honored by a variety of groups and organizations. Dr. Yip was ranked as one of Berkeley’s “Top Dentists” by her peers, and awarded a Fellowship in the American College of Dentists for her exceptional leadership, achievements, involvement in the dental profession and our community, and ethics. Dr. Yip was also awarded the Small Business Excellence Award from the City of Berkeley.


The National Consumer Advisory Board named her as one of “America’s Best Dentists,” Dental Insider recognized her as one of the “Best of Berkeley” in patient satisfaction, Expertise also listed her as one of the “Best Dentists in Berkeley,” and she was voted as one of the “Top Rated Dentists in the Bay Area” by Consumers’ CheckBook. In addition to her dedication and love of dentistry, Dr. Yip enjoys spending time with her family and friends, creating and cooking delicious, healthy meals and snacks, reading, music, the great outdoors, and traveling. She remains very active within Xi Psi Phi International Dental Fraternity.


She currently serves as IOTA Chapter Alumni Secretary/Treasurer and a co-faculty adviser. Dr. Yip can be reached at

Professional Memberships:

American Dental Association

California Dental Association

Berkeley Dental Society

American College of Dentists

UCSF Dental Alumni Association

FDI World Dental Federation

Xi Psi Phi International Dental Fraternity