Dr. Vincent Chao
His career originally started out on a different path. Dr. Chao graduated with a degree in accounting from the University at Southern California (USC) but found out rather quickly that it was not for him and went back to USC to complete the Dental Program. When he was the only one of 120 students in dental morphology class who could guess the name of the famous person whose smile was projected on the screen (Princess Diana), he knew he had found his true calling and has been passionate about dentistry ever since.
Dr. Chao started Sherwood Family Dentistry with his friend and former USC classmate, Dr. Erma Craw. From the beginning, Dr. Chao has enjoyed working with his partner, staff and patients so much that he says it hardly feels like work to him! He is committed to helping his patients feel comfortable and takes the time to get to know his patients better so he can provide personalized service to keep them coming back year after year. He is continually looking for the most patient-friendly ways to complete treatment. Dr. Chao is a member of both the American Dental Association and the California Dental Association.
In addition to his dental practice with Dr. Craw, Dr. Chao owns several Cold Stone Creamery locations and enjoys building stores from scratch and then selling them to start other locations. His wife assists him on the accounting side and he is training his daughters to also help with the business. When not working in the dental offices or on his ice creamery stores, he likes to spend his time golfing, organic gardening and with his family and friends. A Fullerton resident, Dr. Chao loves living in Orange County especially for its mild weather, beautiful golf courses and having the beaches and mountains nearby.
Dr. Erma Escano Craw
The second half of the Sherwood Family Dentistry Duo is Dr. Erma Craw, who is also passionate about her career in dentistry. Dr. Craw was an honor student and “band geek” in high school and later earned two bachelor degrees in biology and psychology from the University of California, Irvine.
After taking a brief break from college, Dr. Craw decided to go back to school to attend the USC Dental Program and was honored the year she was elected by her classmates to be class president. While in school, she applied all that she was learning in classes to her job working as student staff at the Children’s Mobile Dental Clinic. It was there where she met her classmate and future business partner Dr. Chao. She is a member of the American Dental Association and the California Dental Association.
A lifetime learner, Dr. Craw continues to take yearly classes to keep herself updated on new techniques and products that can help serve her patients better. Dr. Craw’s gentle, calm and conservative approach is what she believes keeps patients coming back and referring her to their family and friends. Her patients also appreciate how she explains complicated dental terms in a way that is easy to understand. She is proud to work alongside a dedicated partner and staff who are professional and positive and make coming to work a joyful experience every day.
Dr. Craw lives in the City of Orange with her husband, daughter and son. When not working in the office or taking an educational class or two, she enjoys traveling with her family, including cruises. Like Dr. Chao, Dr. Craw appreciates the beautiful Orange County beaches and mountains and year round nice weather.
In 2013, Courtney got married and the following year became a new mother to daughter, Cadelyn. She currently works in the office part time and thrives on doing it all – balancing work, family and friends and her love of riding horses.
When Olivia isn’t working she enjoys family time, shopping, riding horses, vacationing and off-roading adventures.
RDA Registered Dental Assistant
Ally joined Team Sherwood in 2011 after deciding to make a career change. She has always wanted to be in the dental industry and feels fortunate to be a part of the Sherwood Team. Ally is a bright light in the office and loves to laugh and see patients smile.
When not at work, Ally enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and family and friends. She also likes to attend local concerts, Anaheim Angels games and going to the movies.