Meet the Dentists Behind Your Smile
Skill and compassion go hand in hand when providing exceptional patient care. As dental professionals, we stay up to date on the latest advancements in dentistry in order to provide the most current treatment options for our patients. As doctors, we recognize that our patients are unique individuals who have placed a great deal of trust in us and our team. That is just one reason why we value each and every patient relationship.
We appreciate the time you’ve taken to visit this site and find out more about this dental practice, our team, and the many services we can provide to help you achieve optimum oral health.
Dr. Ralph I. Jacobs, Jr.
Ralph I. Jacobs Jr., DDS, a founding partner of Designs In Dentistry, credits his love of the sciences and his family friendship with Dr. Ortner for his desire to pursue a career in dentistry, but it is his strong dedication to patient respect and comfort that guide his practice philosophy.
Dr. Jacobs' skills in surgery, implantology and cosmetic dentistry provide him with the opportunity to offer his patients multiple options in their dental care. Dr. Jacobs became interested in implantology during dental school, when his class became the first in the nation to study its surgical techniques and applications and travels nationwide to study and participate in hands-on surgical seminars to stay on the cutting edge of surgical techniques and technological advances. His practice blends advanced technical skills with a trained eye for aesthetics, resulting in beautiful and dramatic results.
Dr. Jacobs is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and the Sacramento District Dental Society. Dr. Jacobs has participated in our "Giving Smiles" Children's Dental Program from its beginning in 1991. The program provides free dental care to underprivileged children in our community.
Born and raised in Sacramento, Dr. Jacobs attended Elk Grove High School. He received his undergraduate education at California State University at Sacramento and the University of California, Davis. He is a 1988 graduate of Creighton University School of Dentistry, Omaha, Nebraska. After a year with the U.S. Public Health Service in New Mexico, he returned to Sacramento and joined Sutter Terrace Dental Group.
Dr. Jacobs and his wife Kim, a registered dental hygienist, live in Rancho Murieta. They have two sons, Craig and Chad. Together, they enjoy water and snow skiing. Dr. Jacobs is an avid golfer, and competes in various club and charity tournaments. His other interests include reading, chess. Dr. Jacobs is an ETC. member, and supports theatre, music and family entertainment in his community.
Dr. Van B. Pham
Dr. Pham graduated from California State University in Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. After receiving her degree, Dr. Pham worked as a dental assistant for a year and a half while taking additional classes to apply to dental school. She graduated from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco in June of 2006.
Since her graduation, Dr. Pham has been practicing dentistry in the Bay Area.
She is an active member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Sacramento District Dental Society and Frank Spear’s National Dental Study Club.
Dr. Pham passionately believes in comprehensive preventative gentle dentistry.
“I love educating my patients and giving them the “big picture” about their oral health. I want to empower my patients to be able to make an informed decision regarding their dental health so they can be more involved in taking small steps to prevent major problems. Family dentistry brings me great pleasure because not only does it allow me to build long lasting, quality relationships with my patients, but it also enables me to serve them through the whole spectrum of dentistry, ranging from rebuilding their confidence by changing their smile with Invisalign and restorative procedures or simply getting them out of pain”.
Dr. Pham takes the extra time to ensure her patients are comfortable through her compassionate demeanor, gentle touch, patience and by being a good listener. She also takes pride in her abilities to alleviate patients’ phobias of getting dental treatment and excels in treating fearful patients.
“I am fearful of going to the dentist myself, so I treat patients how I would want to be treated while in the dental chair. My work is my legacy and I strive for nothing but perfection.”
On a more personal note, Dr. Pham is excited to make Folsom her new home along with her husband, Milen, and two “furry kids”, Ella and Baxter. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, trying out different cuisines, wine and whiskey tasting, hiking, watching movies and being involved with helping animals in need.
Dr. Gerard T. Ortner, Retired
If you weren’t already aware, Dr. Ortner retired in June 2016. Dr. Ortner is grateful to his patients for entrusting their dental care to him, as well as for the opportunity to be a part of so many wonderful relationships over the years. Dr. Pham looks forward to continuing to provide each of Dr. Ortner’s patients with the highest standards of dental care possible, just as he always did.