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Our pediatric dentists

At Dr. Paul J. Styrt, Specialists in Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, we are privileged to have the expertise of our pediatric dentists, Dr. Styrt, Dr. Chawla and Dr. Hayes – all of whom have chosen to use their specialist dental knowledge for the benefit of our younger patients. They work together to achieve the very best teeth straightening results for our child patients throughout San Diego.


Dr. Kristy L. Hayes

Dr. Kristy L. Hayes


Dr. Kristy Hayes is thrilled to join Dr. Styrt and his incredible team! Dr. Hayes completed her dental school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and her post-doctoral specialty in Pediatric Dentistry at Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. Hayes is board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and has extensive experience treating patients with special healthcare needs.

Dr. Hayes is committed to providing the highest quality dental care to your child in a fun and positive environment. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Dr. Hayes realized her passion for working with children as a dance teacher and summer camp counselor teaching dramatic arts and sailing. Dr. Hayes proudly served service members and military families first as a General Dentist and then as a Pediatric Dentist in the United States Army for nine years before moving to her dream city of San Diego. Dr. Hayes’ favorite thing about being a Pediatric Dentist is helping kids learn the skills they need to have a healthy smile for life.

When she’s not at work, you can find Dr. Hayes spending time with her husband, Jim and her two daughters Charlotte and Violet, going to the beach or exploring San Diego!

Dr Harjot Chawla

Dr Harjot Chawla


Dr Chawla grew up in central California, attending high school in Fresno. He spent his 20s in Los Angeles, graduated college from UCLA and dental school at USC. He met his wife at UCLA and they moved to New York for two years where Dr Chawla received his pediatric dentistry residency training at Einstein Medical Center.

Dr Chawla chose to become a pediatric dentist because he feels healthy teeth and a beautiful smile are critical to children’s self-esteem and overall health. He believes people’s general happiness and social wellbeing is tied closely with their oral health, and enjoys providing the most technically advanced dental care service in a warm, caring environment.

Dr Chawla and his wife love living in San Diego. They both enjoy the arts, the culture, the outdoor activities, the culinary scene and of course the weather.