The Team


Dr. Tyler Nelson is thrilled to be practicing oral surgery at Beach City Dental! Although his life’s journeys have taken him far from home, he is grateful to be back.

Dr. Nelson received his Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from Brigham Young University. During his undergraduate education, he took a “career exploration” class which required him to observe numerous professions. When he observed an oral surgeon in action, he found his passion and made up his mind rather quickly, that this was the career path for him. He still loves what he does every day.

During dental school at University of the Pacific, San Francisco, Dr. Nelson served as class president each year, and as Student Body President during his senior year. He graduated with high honors, and was accepted into the 4-year oral and maxillofacial surgery program at Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA.

During residency, Dr. Nelson was trained in IV sedation, dental implants, removal of difficult teeth, facial trauma and orthognathic (jaw repositioning) surgery. He also presented research on jaw tumors and imaging modalities for diagnosis of mandibular fractures.

Dr. Tyler Nelson is happily married to Natalie, his college sweetheart. Together, they are proud parents of 6 children. Beyond spending time with his family, Dr. Nelson enjoys running, biking, and snowboarding.


Dr. Marcus Baker received a Bachelors degree from Brigham Young University. Following graduation he attended Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in Southern California. There he excelled academically, clinically, and was a regular Dean's List recipient. He was selected to receive the Academy of General Dentistry award given to the student who displayed the highest knowledge and skill in restorative dentistry.


Dr. Jeff Takai, is a dental implant and gum disease specialist at Beach City Dental. Dr. Takai grew up in southern California where his father was also a dentist.  As a result, he has been involved in dentistry in some capacity his entire life and he developed a strong passion for dentistry at a young age.

Dr. Takai completed his undergraduate schooling at UC Berkeley.  He then attended University of the Pacific for dental school and earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery.  While in dental school Dr. Takai was attracted to the surgical side of dentistry and decided he wanted to become more specialized.  Upon graduation, he furthered his education and training in periodontics at UC San Francisco where he completed his surgical residency in 2013.

Dr Takai is a member of the following organizations:

  • Academy of Osseointegration
  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • California Society of Periodontology
  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association

Dr. Takai and his wife, Sarah live in southern California where they enjoy cooking and traveling together.  During his free time, Dr. Takai also enjoys reading, practicing Jiu Jitsu and playing golf.

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Leslie has worked in the office since 2014. She loves greeting the patients and getting to know them.

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Cecilia was born and raised in the Philippines. She moved to California in 1993 and has worked with Dr. Gordon for the past 18 years.

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Valerie has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. She has been with the practice for almost 30 years.