“What I enjoy most about practicing dentistry is getting to know patients, building a long-term relationship with them, and helping them to improve and maintain their dental health.” – James Hastings, DDS
Although Dr. Hastings was born in Colorado, he has adopted Placerville as his home town. He has practiced general and cosmetic dentistry in the Placerville area for more than 25 years.
Dr. Hastings attended undergraduate and graduate school at Indiana University. He decided to become a dentist because he thought it would be more fun than being a physician—and he was right!
Practicing dentistry is satisfying for Dr. Hastings because there is always something new to learn. It’s rewarding for him to stay ahead of the curve, implement techniques, and use new materials that make his dentistry better. He enjoys coming to work every day because his team works together so well, and every one of them appreciates and respects each patient.
Memberships, Credentials, and Training
- President of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry – 2014-2015
- Adjunct Faculty at Art Dugoni School of Dentistry – 2000-2003
- Author of many scientific articles on dentistry
- Lecturer to other dentists in the United States, Canada, and Mexico
- Completed additional training at OsteoReady™, Spear Education Center, the Pacific Aesthetic Continuum, Las Vegas Institute, Baylor College of Dentistry, The Pankey Institute, and the Kois Center
Dr. Hastings’s training in cosmetic dentistry and his affiliation with the AACD have added to his appreciation for creating beautiful smiles that, for many patients, have proved to be life changing. His commitment is evident. He completes more than 100 hours of continuing education each year—four times the amount required by the state of California.
Dr. Hastings considers Placerville a great place to live—situated in the Foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains and convenient to San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. In his leisure time, he likes to read, write, and go to the cinema. As a fitness enthusiast, he is interested in outdoor activities, including running, cycling, hiking, backpacking, travel and aviation.
What Do His Patients Say?
I drive over an hour to have my dental work done by Dr. Hastings. He has been my dentist for over twenty years. Dr Hastings and his staff are professional and treat me like family. I have always been satisfied with the treatment I have received. I continue to get many compliments on my beautiful smile.
I’ve been coming to see Dr. Hastings for years, and I truly believe he is the best in his field. I injured my front teeth a few years back, and he is the only person I trusted to fix them. He is attentive to detail and really takes time to make sure you get the results you want. On top of that, the rest of the staff are accommodating and treat you like family. I would recommend this office to anybody who values superb dental work and incredible service.
Dr. David A. Neal, D.D.S.
Dr. David A. Neal, was born and raised in Lodi, California and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California in San Diego and graduated from The University of Iowa Dental School in 1990.
Dr. Neal enjoys interacting with his patients and balances beautiful smiles with healthy hygiene focusing on getting patients teeth to a healthy state and maintaining good oral health. Dr. David Neal and his wife Beth have two sons, Jacob and Ryan who he enjoys golfing and playing tennis with in his spare time.
Diploma: Bachelor of Arts School: UC, San Diego
Diploma: DDS School: University of Iowa
- San Joaquin Dental Society, Board Member
- California Dental Association
- American Dental Association
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Sacramento Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
Dr. Cassandra Kalapsa
Dr. Kalapsa grew up in Atwater, CA before moving to Albuquerque, NM to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of New Mexico. While at UNM, she competed at the Division I Level for the Lobo softball team. Dr. Kalapsa then went on to earn her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with high honors from The University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, CA. After earning her dental degree, Dr. Kalapsa chose to continue her education by completing a general practice residency at the Long Beach VA Hospital.
Dr. Kalapsa has a passion for serving her community and has led and organized several public education and outreach programs to promote dental health and awareness to the community, including leading two dental mission trips abroad. In addition, Dr. Kalapsa is an active member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Society, and Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Kalapsa maintains a commitment to delivering high quality and patient centered care while striving to learn the newest techniques available. Dr. Kalapsa believes in treating all patients with kindness, respect, and compassion. When not providing dental care for her patients, Dr. Kalapsa enjoys traveling, kayaking, and spending time with her family.