“I’ve been privileged to see the difference in people’s feelings about themselves and the growth of confidence that a great smile brings for over 23 years here in Chico. It's easy to be passionate about orthodontics when it’s this satisfying for both me and my patients.”
In 1999 Dr. Bruno became the first Chico orthodontist since the 1970s to become a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontists. After presenting his case records for review by the board in Saint Louis, he was honored by being asked to display his presentations at the meeting of the American Association of Orthodontists in San Diego the following year.
The path to that point started in the 1980s as a general dentist in northeastern California. Dr. B traveled for continuing education and learned simple orthodontic techniques to help his patients because the closest orthodontist was more than 100 miles away. He developed a passion for the challenges and rewards associated with orthodontics and chose to leave general dentistry in 1988 and enter the orthodontic residency program at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco.
He graduated in 1990 (after being awarded the Frederick West Leadership Award by his peers) and started his specialty practice in Chico. Now he loves teaming with his patients and their dentists to develop unique solutions to the simplest or most complex problems. Dr. Bruno’s experience in family and restorative dentistry is invaluable in those collaborations.
Education and Associations
Pre-dental completed at
University of California at Davis
Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) at
University of California at San Francisco
M.S.D. in dentistry (orthodontics) from the
University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco
- American Dental Association
- California Dental Association
- Northern California Dental Society
- Spear Dental Study Club
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
- California Association of Orthodontists
- Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontics
Dr. B was raised and educated in Santa Rosa, California. He and his wife, Sarah, have lived in Chico the past 25 years. They have three grown children: Ben, who lives in Chandler, Arizona; and Robert and Kate, both of Chico. The family is rounded out by two dogs, Tucker and Slim. They are Border Collie mixes adopted from local animal shelters. Dr. Bruno's hobbies include fly fishing, back packing, and cooking.
Dr. B is an avid conservationist and believes in sharing that knowledge and passion with others. He’s a supporter and frequent volunteer at Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs, which is a local program to help young people become interested in outdoor recreation. He’s a past president of the Chico Area Fly Fishers which is actively involved in conservation efforts throughout northern California. For many years he coached girls youth basketball teams.