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Rich Hirschinger   (#1734)   
Basic Information
Location
Beverly Hills, CA
Email Address
Phone
(310) 359-9080
Toll Free Phone
(888) 981-8981
Fax
(310) 935-3152
Practice/Organization
Rich Hirschinger, DDS, Inc.
Title
Orofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine
Address
9615 Brighton Way

Suite 323

Beverly Hills, CA  
90210
USA


Personal Information
Additional Information
Degrees and Credentials
DDS, MBA
Your Licenses
CA USA
ABOP Certified
Yes
Board Certifications
Diplomate American Board of Orofacial Pain

Biography
I was born in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to Tarzana, California in 1965, and then to Encino in 1966, which is where I spent my childhood. I was a "valley boy" having attended Encino Elementary, Portola Junior High in Tarzana, and Taft High School in Woodland Hills. After high school, I attended Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and was constantly asked why I moved away from LA. Tulane was a fantastic experience but I knew I had more education ahead of me since I had wanted to be a dentist since my early teens. I attended dental school at USC from 1981-1985, and started my dental career in private practice a few months after graduation. 

Two of my passions, in addition to my family, were dentistry and cycling. I practiced general dentistry for 10 years until I hurt myself in 1995 when I injured my left index finger. Shortly after that injury, I was rear ended by a van while riding my bicycle. I had hand and back surgery but ended up selling my practice since my hand injury prevented me from providing all of the procedures required of a dentist, and yes, I'm left handed.

Not knowing what to do, I rode my bike, and participated in two California AIDS rides from San Francisco to Los Angeles, in 1997 and 1998. After the second ride, I decided to attend the USC Marshall School of Business, where I earned my MBA degree in 2001. As a result of a four page paper I wrote, I created a website service for dentists at www.DDS.com.

Another year of change occurred in 2007. Drew, my daughter who was 12 at the time, and I were hit by a driver who ran a red light. Drew was treated and released but I started to develop back pain shortly after the accident. Then, a few months later, my mom had severe pain in her lower left jaw. Two root canals did not do anything to stop her pain, and she was referred to a dentist who was Board certified in orofacial pain who properly diagnosed her with trigeminal neuralgia, which is one of the most severe pains known to mankind. Through my mom's experience, I learned more about orofacial pain.

In 2009 my mom ended up needing neurosurgery to quiet her pain, and I ended up needing a double spinal fusion to quiet my pain. The urge to learn more about chronic pain was too strong and I applied for, and was accepted into UCLA's Orofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine program in July 2010. It was an unbelievable experience, and I now have a private practice limited to OFP in Beverly Hills, California. Please visit Beverly Hills TMJ Headaches Migraines Sleep Apnea to learn more about me.