Dr. Ikeda was born in Illinois but spent most of his childhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in a strong musical household with both parents as professional musicians; his mother an accomplished pianist and father now a retired member (violist) of the Minnesota Orchestra. Although Dr. Ikeda learned to play the cello and enjoyed music, his true passion was in the healthcare field. He attended Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and graduated with a degree in Biology. In pursuit of a school with a rich history in the field of dentistry, he then moved to Los Angeles, California to attend the prestigious USC Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.
Becoming involved in school was very important for Dr. Ikeda and during his time at USC Dental School, he was elected Class President two consecutive years, elected Associate Student Body President his third year, served on the Ethics Committee for four years and co-authored a research publication. He has since presented his research at international dental conferences in Australia, Japan, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Along with his wide array of extracurricular accomplishments, Dr. Ikeda graduated top of his dental class which earned him a highly coveted spot in the Orthodontic program of Baylor Dental School in Dallas, Texas. There, Dr. Ikeda earned his specialty certification in orthodontics and received a master’s degree in Craniofacial Biology. His thesis on mini-screw implants was published in a peer-reviewed journal and also recognized by the American Association of Orthodontists, awarding Dr. Ikeda the Thomas W. Graber Award of Special Merit.
After completing his orthodontic residency, Dr. Ikeda moved back to Southern California and has been handcrafting amazing smiles for his patients in the Orange County area. He currently lives in Costa Mesa, California with his wife and two children. He continues to remain active at USC Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry as a Clinical Assistant Professor. He is a former Invisalign Elite Provider (top 1% of the nation with clinical experience) and is certified in Incognito lingual braces. His patients were featured on the cover of the prestigious American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics on three separate occasions. He enjoys giving back to the community, volunteering at outreach programs such as CDA Cares to provide free dental services to those in need.