Erol S. Apaydin, DDS, MS
Dr. Apaydin is a native Californian. He spent his early years in San Diego and then moved to Iowa at age 13. Dr. Apaydin earned his bachelor of science degree in general science at the University of Iowa in 1980. He attended dental school at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, graduating with a DDS degree in 1984.
Dr. Apaydin had his own general dental practice in the Iowa City area from 1984 to 1993. He was a Navy Dental Officer from 1993 to 2003, serving in dental clinics at Naval Training Center Orlando, Naval Dental Center Southwest, Branch Dental Clinic Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Naval Medical Center San Diego, and aboard USS McKEE. While a Navy Dental Officer he attended the Endodontics residency at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. Dr. Apaydin received his certificate in Endodontics in 2001 and earned a Masters Degree in Endodontics in 2002.
Upon graduation from his residency in 2001, he was in charge of the Endodontics training program in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at Naval Dental Center Southwest. Dr. Apaydin left the Navy as a Commander in 2003 to join Dr. Brunson as an associate in his endodontic practice in Poway. On January 1st 2013, Dr. Apaydin purchased the practice from Dr. Brunson and is now the practice owner. Dr. Apaydin is a member of the American Dental Association, The American Association of Endodontists, the California State Association of Endodontists, and the San Diego County Dental Society. He has been a visiting lecturer for the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry Department of Endodontics.
Dr. Apaydin’s spare time is spent with friends and family. He enjoys hiking, reading, photography, activities in his church, and travel.
Ronak Makadia, DDS
Dr. Makadia immigrated from India with his family when he was 13 years old and moved to Chino Hills, CA. With his father being a dentist, it wasn’t long before he set his sights on learning how to brighten smiles, and began his dental career at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. In his early days at University of the Pacific, he had his heart set on becoming a general dentist, just like his father. However, he fell in love with the complexity and meticulous nature of understanding and mastering the art of root canal treatments. This led him to obtaining additional experience at a General Practice Residency at Nassau University Medical Center in Long Island, NY. During this time, he also earned admission to Nova Southeastern University, which would become his launchpad for his career as an Endodontist.
Upon completion of his training as an Endodontist, Dr. Makadia moved to San Diego in 2018 with his wife and began practicing. He partnered with a few dental offices, and soon became their go-to doctor for all their patients’ endodontic needs. Throughout the last 4 years, Dr. Makadia has been able to perform over 8,000 root canal treatments, giving him the experience and exposure needed to become skillful at root canal treatments of various types, including surgical endodontics. Root canal treatments have such a bad reputation in our community, and it is unfortunate that patients’ have had such daunting experiences that have put them off from dentists. He made it his mission to provide patient-centered, painless, and compassionate care to change people’s perception towards root canal treatments all together. Our favorite words to hear in the office, “Oh.. that really wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be”; it’s like music to our ears.
In 2022, Dr. Makadia purchased Poway Endodontics from Dr. Apaydin, and currently they both actively treat patients in the office. Dr. Makadia welcomed such an incredible opportunity and offer from Dr. Apaydin who was willing to stay on for a while and be a mentor to Dr. Makadia.
Dr. Makadia and his wife love to try new restaurants, spending time with their dog, going on hikes and one of their biggest motivators is their passion for traveling. When he isn’t in the office serving patients, they are either traveling somewhere or planning their next trip.
Professional affiliations: American Association of Endodontists, American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and San Diego County Dental Society.
James Morris, D.D.S
Dr. Morris grew up in Mesa, Arizona and completed his undergraduate education at Arizona State University. He received his dental degree from A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health where he was awarded a scholarship from the United States Navy. Upon graduation from dental school in 2011, he completed a one-year general practice residency at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton in California. He then served in the Fleet in various operational and shore-duty roles as a general dentist.
In 2016, Dr. Morris decided to limit his practice to endodontics and began specialty residency at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School in Bethesda, Maryland. After completing residency in 2018, he returned to the Fleet to serve sailors and marines as an endodontist. In November 2019, he completed the rigorous process of board certification and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. In 2020, he spent three years on staff at the U.S. Navy’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency, where he trained new general dentists in endodontics preparing them for independent duty in the Fleet. During that time, Dr. Morris also provided continuing education courses to dentists from all over the Department of Defense and maintained a full patient-care schedule.
After 12 years of active service in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Morris has joined Poway Endodontics and looks forward to using his skills and experience to provide top-quality endodontic specialty care. He, his wife Crystal, and their five children live in North County and enjoy sports, the outdoors, and spending time together as a family.