“I have been Dr. Fred Pockrass’s patient for over 10 years. I feel so lucky to have found him. His work is his artistry and he has turned my smile into something of which I am proud…”
A Special Message from Dr. Fred
To our Dear Patients, Friends & Family,
Thank you for the privilege of being your dentist. Since 2003, when we first opened our doors in Berkeley as the first green dental office in the country, I’ve been deeply fortunate to practice dentistry here in this community. Now, after 36 years of practice and now that our children are grown and living their lives as successful independent adults, my wife Ina and I have decided to follow our dreams and move to rural British Columbia to live on a farm in the Kootenay mountains.
My primary concern has been to find a dentist who shares our values of offering the highest quality dental care in a comforting green spa environment focused on each individual patient. It turns out I found not one, but two dentists who are committed to providing the same quality of care you have come to expect from me: Dr. Praj Kamat and Dr. Ruhi Sangha. Dr. Praj and Dr. Ruhi are both graduates of the highly acclaimed Bay Area dental program at University of the Pacific, and have been busy practicing for several years in the Bay Area while raising their families.
I am confident that your dental needs will be well taken care of by Dr. Praj and Dr. Ruhi. Both are extremely warm and personable women who are each other’s best friends and who look forward to the opportunity to meet you. They are also highly experienced, committed to the best dentistry has to offer, and passionate about providing you with a fantastic experience. I will be staying with the practice for some weeks to ensure a smooth transition.
Our amazing team is continuing on with Drs. Praj and Ruhi, and the practice telephone numbers, website, physical address, and welcoming environment – including our Transcendentist® foot massage – will stay the same. Your dental records are now with Dr. Praj and Dr. Ruhi and it is my sincere wish that you entrust your dental care to their capable hands.
It has been a great honor of my life to be your dentist. I remain filled with gratitude and appreciation for each of you and for this amazing Bay Area community that I’ve been so blessed to be part of. I will miss you very much!
Dr. Fred Pockrass
Meet Berkeley Dentists Dr. Praj and Dr. Ruhi
Dr. Praj Kamat – Berkeley Dentist
Being environmentally responsible is something I deeply believe in. My dream has always been to combine my love of dentistry and being green. Taking over Dr. Fred’s office is bringing that dream into reality. The training I received at the prestigious Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco has given me skills to provide exceptional dental care. It is my sincere belief that I will continue to provide the same to all our patients in the comfortable setting of our state of the art facility. I am an avid diy person with passion for photography, reading, and traveling. My husband and I hiked for the first time in Yosemite 10 years ago, and we are as much in love with its beauty today as we were back then. On my off days you will find me reading and running behind my 2 active boys.
Dr. Ruhi Sangha – Berkeley Dentist
Dentistry is a noble profession and when paired with a caring and compassionate dentist it elevates the overall patient experience. I strive to be that dentist for you. In today’s age of technology, where new inventions are made on a daily basis, I being an avid learner will ensure that best treatment options are made available to you. I am an artistic dentist who loves to paint landscapes in oil. I graduated from University of Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco and have been living in the bay area for past 10 years. When I am not practicing dentistry, I love to spend time with my husband and two beautiful children, ages 4 and 2.
Mercury Free Dentistry
Dr. Praj and Dr. Ruhi’s office is mercury free (amalgam/silver filling-free) and mercury safe, and they are dedicated to the practice of whole person, wellness-based dentistry. They enjoy sharing information about holistic wellness with patients, so that those patients can make informed choices about their dental care in the healthiest and friendliest environment possible. Their office has an amalgam separator installed, which captures mercury-containing material, protecting local waterways. They use established protocols for removal of degraded mercury fillings in a safe and comfortable manner, and is a long-standing member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. Moreover, they are well versed in the critically important relationship between oral well-being and overall health.Learn More
Porcelain Veneers • Teeth Whitening
Full Mouth Reconstruction
General dentistry is the care you need to keep your teeth and gums clean, healthy, and strong. Cosmetic Dentistry refers to a variety of dental treatments and procedures that improve the appearance of teeth and gums and maximize functionality. At Transcendentist®, our Cosmetic Dental Services range from replacement of a single missing front tooth to full-mouth reconstruction.
Clear Retainer Braces
Some people avoid orthodontics because they can’t stand the thought of wearing metal braces. Invisalign™, provides a metal-free solution that uses clear, BPA-free aligners. Ask us if you are a good candidate for Invisalign and let us help you get the straight teeth you’ve always wanted!
Non-Surgical Periodontal Gum Therapy
Berkeley Dentists Dr. Praj and Dr. Ruhi are two of the early adopters of laser therapy to treat gum disease and to sculpt gum tissue. Lasers harness and focus light energy, allowing us to precisely target the areas needing attention, while leaving surrounding areas unaffected. Our clients report decreased sensitivity and virtually no bleeding with this high-tech non-surgical option.
Implant Retained Dentures
Missing teeth are perhaps the most obvious and challenging obstacle to a beautiful smile. If you have one or more missing teeth, Berkeley Dentists Dr. Praj and Dr. Ruhi of Transcendentist® can show you how dental implants can solve your problem permanently. From single tooth replacement to implant-anchored bridges, ask us how implants can help you get back to the natural smile you love!
Green Dentistry Berkeley
Every aspect of our space has been designed to maximize your comfort, and to reflect our commitment to environmentally sound business practices. Our office is the very first green dental office in the country. Sustainability permeates every aspect of our practice from biocompatible dental materials, to walls finished with paint that doesn’t contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), to digital imaging, to text message appointment reminders. Ask for the amazing tour of our green dental office!
After a rigorous multi-agency inspection process coordinated by the Bay Area Green Business Program (www.greenbiz.ca.gov),
our dental office was certified as a green business in 2003, and re-certified every 3 years since.
Transcendentist® is pleased to have won the Susanne Wilson Award for Pollution Prevention/Resource Conservation from the Acterra Business Environmental Awards 2007, in recognition of the creation of the model for an environmentally sound dental office.
In 2008, Transcendentist® dentists Co-Founded The Eco-Dentistry Association®, providing dental professionals the world over with a certification program for green dental offices, and educating the public about the benefits of eco-friendly dentistry.