Native Bruin- Past, Present, & Emerging – Drew Preston

UCLA Native Bruin - Drew Preston
UCLA Alumni – Drew Preston

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This March we are highlighting Native Bruin Drew Alan Preston (Navajo), from the class of 2010.

Doctor Preston is a Dentist Anesthesiologist who serves the Central and Southern California areas.

Dr. Preston graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry.

Following dental school, he worked several years as a General Dentist in Southern California. Early in his dental career, he was involved in the initial development of an Oral Health Department at a Santa Barbara American Indian community health clinic. After 7 years of practicing as a General Dentist, Dr. Preston attended a three-year specialty training program in Dental Anesthesiology at Jacobi Medical Center in New York City where he served as Chief Resident.

His priority as a Dentist Anesthesiologist is to provide safe and caring anesthesia to phobic, pediatric, and special needs patients. He has also served as President-Elect and President of the Society of American Indian Dentists. Outside of the office Dr. Preston enjoys traveling internationally and exploring other cultures. He also has a great interest in art, architecture, interior design, film, music, and running.


“My time at UCLA School of Dentistry played a pivotal role in shaping my career.  There is no doubt that the support system in the School of Dentistry and in the UCLA American Indian community fostered the successes in my education.  My best advice is to seek out that support system and find opportunities to be of service to others.”