Faculty & Staff bios

Marisa Watanabe, DDS, MS

Assistant Professor

College of Dental Medicine

E-Mail: mwatanabe@westernu.edu



  • ADA - member
  • CDA - member


Born and raised in Orange County, Dr. Watanabe has finally made her journey back to Southern California. Graduating from Villa Park High school, she continued her educational pursuit at the University of California, Berkeley ("Berkeley") where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Molecular and Cell Biology. While at Berkeley, Dr. Watanabe volunteered for four years at the Berkeley Free Dental Clinic to provide free universal dental care to the Bay Area community. She also taught a course at Berkeley for three years to offer a free resource in public health to the surrounding Berkeley community. To further her education, Dr. Watanabe attained her Masters of Science in biological sciences at California Polytechnic University, Pomona, where she also taught biology to the undergraduate students. She then re-located once again to Northern California to attend the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. During dental school, she was Co-editor in Chief of the international and national award winning "Articulating Paper," as well as President of the Alpha Omega dental fraternity. Dr. Watanabe continued to strive for excellence as she was awarded one of two Senior Awards for Clinical Excellence in Aesthetics. She currently associates in Orange County while also acting as co-chair for the Orange County Dental Society New Dentist Committee.

Outside of dentistry, Dr. Watanabe is very active as a Berkeley alumnus volunteering as an ambassador between Berkeley admissions and future applying students. She also volunteers with interviews and awarding of the the Berkeley Alumni Leadership Scholarship. She is soon-to-be married and enjoys everyday with her family of fiance, Shiba Inu, and Pomapoo. When there's free time, it's time spent playing a round of golf, basketball, and cheering on her Golden Bears. Go Bears!