Christopher A. Groat • DDS
Dr. Christopher Groat is from right here in the Harbor Area. He grew up around dentistry, often spending afternoons in the office with his father, Dr. Geoffrey Groat, who established the practice in 1977. He is very proud to serve his hometown community and to continue in the footsteps of his father, who practiced here for 40 years. Creating a comfortable and welcoming environment for his young patients is central to Dr. Groat’s treatment philosophy. He truly enjoys the challenge of making dental visits fun for kids, especially those who are very nervous or have had negative experiences in the past.
After graduating from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry at University of the Pacific in San Francisco, he furthered his education by completing a general practice residency at the Long Beach VA Medical System. Dr. Groat discovered his passion for working with children while working as a general dentist. He completed two additional years of training as a resident in pediatric dentistry at the Children’s Hospital Colorado. Through this training, he gained extensive experience treating the unique dental needs of children, including those with special needs and those requiring sedation and general anesthesia.
Dr. Groat is board-certified and a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He is a member of the medical staff at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and maintains membership in many dental organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, the California Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and Harbor Dental Society.
When away from the office, Dr. Groat enjoys getting outside with his family. He loves to ride bikes with his wife, Marianne, and kids, Owen and Addison. The Groats love the ocean and are proud to be below-average surfers and nearly competent sailors. Owen aspires to be a professional mountain biker and “Go huge!” every day. Addie loves to sing and dance, and dreams of someday becoming the first Groat to successfully complete a cartwheel.