William Halligan, DDS

San Diego practice limited to treating Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) and Orofacial Pain.

Dear Valued Patients,

Due to concerns about the Coronavirus, and following recommendations of the California Dental Association, we will be offering only limited office hours until April 6, 2020. As you are aware, the situation is rather fluid and government mandates may impact our availability. Meanwhile we will take your calls when we can and even if we are not in, phone messages will be checked and calls returned as promptly as possible. Office phone 858-277-3910.

Meanwhile, enjoy the following during what for many is an unexpected forced time away from the usual routine.

Thank you,
Dr. Halligan

“Pandemic,” a Poem by Lynn Ungar


What if you thought of it

as the Jews consider the Sabbath—

the most sacred of times?

Cease from travel.

Cease from buying and selling.

Give up, just for now,

on trying to make the world

different than it is.

Sing. Pray. Touch only those

to whom you commit your life.

Center down.

And when your body has become still,

reach out with your heart.

Know that we are connected

in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.

(You could hardly deny it now.)

Know that our lives

are in one another’s hands.

(Surely, that has come clear.)

Do not reach out your hands.

Reach out your heart.

Reach out your words.

Reach out all the tendrils

of compassion that move, invisibly,

where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love–

for better or for worse,

in sickness and in health,

so long as we all shall live.

William Halligan, DDS

San Diego practice limited to treating Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) and Orofacial Pain.

We offer a safe, non-surgical approach to rapid & long-lasting relief from orofacial pain and TMJ disorders.

WELCOME, you are our greatest concern! We are dedicated exclusively to the treatment of orofacial pain and TMJ disorders. We provide you with special, individualized care delivered by a highly qualified staff. Dr. Halligan has treated hundreds of patients with TMJ dysfunction, headaches and neck pain.

We offer many treatment options based upon the personal diagnosis of each individual. Should you have any questions or comments, let us know. We understand you have a choice of practices from which to choose, and we look forward to offering you the experienced, excellent care you deserve.

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And the Southern Cross

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Lines written a few miles above Walter’s Wiggles

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Got (RAW) Milk?

I grew up on whole, raw, unpasteurized, non-homogenized, unaltered milk fresh from our organic pasture-fed herd of Guernsey cows. Now, to be fair, the word “organic” wasn’t thrown around back in those days, but we did not use any herbicides, pesticides, or artificial fertilizer on our pastures, so I think our green meadows qualified. You

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The Cutest Grandbaby in the World

[dropcap3]F[/dropcap3]or years I’ve seen those ubiquitous—at least in our more senior neighborhoods—bumper stickers urging everyone to, “Ask me about my grandchildren!” Sure. Fine. Maybe I will. Or not. Until little Esmee came along. My youngest, Scott, a child of California suburbia, earned his master’s degree in music from the New England Conservatory (NEC), in Boston.

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The Pacific Crest Trail in a Dry Year

A boy of about twenty, with a substantial pack and good hiking boots, long pants and dusty T-shirt stood at the Cienega Junction on the PCT. He was studying a small map with far too few details; his face looked drawn and was as gray and dusty as his clothes. Andrea and I had been

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