2651 Oak Grove Rd | Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Life Dental & Orthodontics | Walnut Creek, CA

About Our Facility

Located in a historic farmhouse in Walnut Creek, CA, Life Dental & Orthodontics is proud to offer comprehensive dental services to the families in our community! Our beautiful office is home to a highly experienced team that focuses on your oral health and comfort above all else. The moment you walk through our doors, we will welcome you and get you signed in and prepared for your appointment. During your swift wait, we invite you to browse the reading material in our quiet reception area. As soon as a member of our team is ready to meet with you, we will guide you to one of our personal treatment areas where we can begin a routine dental cleaning or discuss any dental concerns you may be having to develop a treatment plan to address all of your dental needs.

The story of our office - Back in the day

When Dr. Brian Hockel's father, Jack Hockel, moved into the Encina Grande neighborhood in 1964, he had no idea how he and his family would help shape the future of the Northgate area. His new next-door neighbors were Thurman and Nellie Casey, the farmers who had once owned all the land bounded by Oak Grove Road to the east, Wiget Lane to the west, Ygnacio Valley Road to the north, and the PGE right-of-way to the south. As they grew older, the Caseys sold off the property surrounding their house, to be developed into the Encina Grande neighborhood. Jack and wife Judie settled into their newly built home and raised their six children, including Brian, their oldest, who would go on to become a dentist like his dad.

Mrs. Casey's Property

Thurman Casey eventually passed away in 1967, and his widow Nellie donated the land adjacent to her house to Contra Costa County for a new library, officially named the "Thurman G. Casey Memorial Library," but now commonly called the "Ygnacio Valley Library." Then some years later, Mrs. Casey herself passed away, but she had left instructions in her will that her neighbor, Dr. Jack Hockel (Dr. Brian Hockel's dad), was interested in purchasing her house; he could bid on her house without paying realtor fees, to convert it to a dental office. Dr. Jack ended up winning the bidding, purchasing the property in 1978, and going through all the steps required to have the zoning changed from residential to a professional office.

A Hockel Family Affair

After much work, the remodeled dental office was open to the public in 1981 and has been a family effort ever since. After graduating from UCSF Dental School, Dr. Brian Hockel joined his dad in practice in 1989, in what is now called "Life Dental & Orthodontics" on Oak Grove Road, right next to the library. Dr. Brian Hockel's brother, Steve Hockel, runs the on-site dental laboratory, crafting crowns, bridges, and other dental appliances. Their sister Barbara serves as the Financial Coordinator / Bookkeeper, and Dr. Hockel's wife, Beth, is the Business Office Manager. Several of the Hockel children have worked as after-school helpers in the office, including son Mark, who currently assists with fabricating orthodontic appliances.

Preserving Walnut Creek History

Maintaining the historic nature of the "Casey House" has always been very important to the Hockel family. The building and grounds have been carefully preserved so that both the exterior and elements of the interior recall its previous use as a farmhouse. The original fireplace in the Casey family room still exists in what is now Dr. Hockel's private office and consultation room. You can even see Mrs. Casey's jar opener, mounted on the wall near where her kitchen sink had been! Several years ago, the Walnut Creek Historical Society sponsored an Open House of the Casey property, inviting the public to tour the interior, along with displays of historical photos and artifacts from the Caseys and the surrounding original structures. Dr. Hockel's mother, Judie, former board member of the Walnut Creek Historical Society, says,"I consider it our family's privilege and responsibility to care for this house as a living part of the history of Walnut Creek."

Family Roots / Giving Back

In these days of mobility, it is a rare occurrence to put down family roots and thrive in one neighborhood for multiple generations. Yet that is what has occurred here with the Hockel family. Dr. Hockel is so thankful for the privilege to be able to grow up, work, live, and raise a family here in the Northgate area! Two ways he has been happy to "give back" to the community are: first, providing excellent dental and orthodontic care right in our neighborhood, and second, carefully preserving the jewel of his dental office, the historic Casey House.

Come see us!

If any of our neighbors would like to take a peek inside our historic office, please feel free to come by for a quick tour. And if you need any dental or orthodontic services, you are more than welcome to contact us to arrange an appointment. It would be our pleasure to serve you!


Life Dental has an excellent Dental staff! Everyone is friendly & accommodating. Please consider Life Dental & Orthodontist for your next visit.

L.B. Google

I took my young boys to Life dental & Orthodontics because they were airway focused and that was really important for a family! We were mostly helped with Katie the RDA and she was so great with the boys made everything fun and super patient with them. I also really appreciated how in-depth Dr. Hockel explained everything to myself and our kids. My boys can get easily overwhelmed and he had such gentle and calm energy throughout the whole process! I really appreciated that! Highly recommend this team! :) Jessie at the front desk is also super helpful and sweet!

J.P. Yelp

So glad to be working with LD&O. World class facility. Friendly staff. Top notched technologies. Great communications. Innovative approach. Cutting edge thinking. Thank you.

P.T. Google

I want to give a shout-out to Rachel, who is an amazing hygienist. I have been with Life Dental for many years, long before the name of the practice changed. I have been treated by many hygienists over the years, all really wonderful, and Rachel is #1 on my ‘top 10’ list. She is thorough and extremely efficient - a super smart and skilled hygienist. Rachel takes time to get to know her patients - she remembers highlights in my life that she will ask me about at my next appointment, and she exhibits genuine interest. She is a thoughtful and caring person, and a true professional. In general, all services, from the front office to dental care provided by Life Dental are exemplary and I can’t recommend this dental practice more highly.

N.G. Google

So glad to be working with LD&O. World class facility. Friendly staff. Top notch technologies. Great communications. Innovative approach. Cutting edge thinking. Thank you.

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Brian J. Hockel, DDS

Dentist in Walnut Creek, CA

2651 Oak Grove Road

Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Open today 8:30AM - 5 PM

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