Dr. Gunstream was born and raised in Northwest Indiana and, after graduating from Northwestern University, moved to San Francisco, California to attend dental school. While a dental student at University of the Pacific, Dr. Gunstream developed an interest in the specialty of Periodontics. She received her specialty training at the University of California, San Francisco where she also conducted a research project on biofilm eradication and completed a graduate degree in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences. She is licensed to practice dentistry in the State of California since 2004. As a board certified periodontist, she is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.
Dr. Gunstream first joined Forest Periodontics in 2007 after completing her periodontal training at UCSF. But, in 2009 she relocated to Iowa, where her husband had accepted a new position. Dr. Gunstream founded Eastern Iowa Periodontics in 2009 and practiced there until 2016. Her husband’s job has now brought her back to the Bay Area and she re-joined Forest Periodontics. She joined Perio4U Periodontal practice in July 2019.
In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Gunstream was a faculty member at University of the Pacific School of Dentistry from 2007-2009 and at University of Iowa College of Dentistry from 2009-2016. Dr. Gunstream has also been a guest lecturer at Kirkwood Community College. She was a continuing education provider for the state of Iowa and frequently lectured at state and local dental meetings. She is the past president of the Iowa Society of Periodontology and past president of the Johnson County Dental Society.
Dr. Gunstream is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, San Mateo County Dental Society, and the American Academy of Periodontology.
While Dr. Gunstream enjoys all aspects of periodontal practice, her special interests include:
- Esthetic treatments to improve the appearance of the gingiva
- Gingival grafting
- Using non-surgical techniques to treat and control gum disease
- Dental implants
Dr. Gunstream is married and has a son and a daughter. In her free time Dr. Gunstream enjoys spending time with her husband and kids and finding fun things to do in the Bay area.
“My practice philosophy is to provide patient-centered, predictable care. Every patient has a unique set of needs and goals, which should be considered when developing a treatment plan. By utilizing the latest technologies in dental imaging, digital treatment planning, regeneration and minimally invasive surgical techniques, I feel confident in the predictability of the treatments I am able to provide.
I really enjoy providing esthetic periodontal treatments, including gingival grafting and implant placement. At the same time, diagnosing and treating periodontal disease and allowing patients to keep and maintain their natural teeth is a very rewarding experience.”