Meet the Team

We recognize that all of our patients are unique and deserve to receive orthodontic care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding orthodontic experience every time you visit our practice. We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.

 
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Claudia

Dental Receptionist

I love spending my days surrounded by children. They bring so much life and enthusiasm to the office, and lots of laughter and smiles, too. Our team is excellent at connecting with children, and soon has even the worried ones feeling relaxed and safe. I greet patients and families, answer the phones, and schedule visits. I also verify patient insurance and handle treatment planning. I want everyone to have a great experience and will do everything possible to make it happen!

I’m a loving mother of two beautiful boys. I love spending time with them, along with my husband and our newest family member, our dog, Mary Jane.

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Joy

Dental Hygienist

I enjoy spending my days with children and young adults. I work hard to establish trust and help them learn this is a safe place where they can relax and enjoy themselves. I take X-rays, clean and polish teeth, and administer fluoride treatments. A lot of my time with a patient is spent teaching them about their oral health. I help them learn why it’s important to keep their mouth healthy and how to do so. We also talk about healthy eating and positive habits.

I’m a single mother of three beautiful children. We love sports, camping, kayaking, and trips to the ocean.

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Judy

Hygienist

I love making sure the children are happy and comfortable during their visits. I spend a lot of time teaching the children and their parents about good oral hygiene. I show them how to properly brush and floss. I also talk about developing good habits and healthy food decisions. While I clean a patient’s teeth, I encourage them to ask questions about their mouth and help them understand how everything works. I love seeing a happy, healthy smile at a recall visit!

Away from the office, I enjoy time with my husband, Jimmy, and our two boys and two girls. We also have a cat named Mackenzie and a sweet dog, Weenie. I’m the Senior Director of Mabuhay Group, a Filipino-American organization. I enjoy golf and bowling, too.

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Kia

Clinical Manager

I enjoy spending my days working with children, helping eliminate any fear they might have about visiting the dentist. Everyone here feels the same way: we want our patients to look forward to their visits and know this is a safe, fun place. I review a patient’s treatment plan and assist the doctors with non-intravenous conscious sedation dental procedures. Sitting chairside, I support the doctor while talking with our patient and making sure they’re relaxed and comfy.

When not at work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I’ve been happily married to my husband, Ralph, for more than 15 years. We have two children, Kirell and Ralph IV.

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Kristin

Dental Assistant

I enjoy how everyone on our team put our patients’ needs as the priority. We work so well together, making our patients smile and even laugh while we keep their mouths healthy. I clean and set up our operatories, so everything is ready for the patients. I also provide chairside assistance to the doctors and dental hygienists as they care for patients. At the same time, I support our patient, telling them what’s happening and how well they’re doing.

I share my life with my son, Colton, and boyfriend, Travis. Travis has a young son, too, Isaac. We take the kids to cool places on the weekend. Our family also has a chocolate Lab, Coca.

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Mayra

Regional Office Manager

I enjoy helping parents and patients through their treatment. Seeing the happiness on both the child’s face, and the parent’s, makes me happy. I’m most often found working at the front desk, training staff, and answering patient and parent questions. I help out in the back, assisting our hygienists and doctors, when needed. It’s important to all of us that each patient has a positive experience while here and I will do what’s needed to make that happen.

My husband’s name is Saul. I have three children: Jr., Brian, and Yamilet. We also have two spoiled Rottweilers, Mickey and Minnie. Our family loves going to the beach.

 
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Michelle

Dental Assistant

I love working with children. They’re so enthusiastic about showing us how well they’re taking care of their smiles and always tell me the most interesting things. My priority is to provide the best care and most comfortable, educational visits for patients and their parents. They deserve only the best! I assist the doctors with our sedation and nitrous oxide patients. I explain to the child what will happen, reassuring and encouraging them.

When I’m not working, I enjoy time with my fiancé, Brandon, my daughter Olivia, and our unborn son, Jr. I’m always around the water and love wakeboarding and skiing.

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Mulu

Dental Hygienist

I love helping my patients attain and keep good oral health, preventing dental disease and keeping their smiles looking great. Each patient has their own unique dental needs. By focusing on their situation, I’m able to teach the patient and their parent the best home hygiene practices. I also teach about nutrition and how to establish good habits that will last a lifetime. I love seeing a patient’s happy, healthy smile when they come back; I know they’re off to a great start!

I’ve been happily married since 2008 and have two wonderful children. I love my work and serving our community.

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Nena

Dental Assistant

I love making sure each child is smiling while here and leaves happy, looking forward to coming back. If a child is worried, I spend time talking with them about what’s going to happen. I show them the tools we use and explain what we do. I also provide a lot of reassurance that they won’t feel any pain and their smile will look and feel great when they’re done. I assist our doctors and dental hygienists as they care for patients, while keeping the child entertained.

I enjoy spending my time off going to and watching good movies. My weekends are spent with my three children and my lovely grandbaby.

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Trayshon

Front Desk

I enjoy seeing the happy, beautiful smiles on patients as they finish a great visit. They are all wonderful people and it’s a joy to help them have a positive, educational, and enjoyable time. I am here to help patients and parents, over the phone and in person. I help schedule appointments, finding times that work with families’ busy lives. I love working in a friendly office and knowing we provide the best care for our incredible patients.

I’m the mother of an older son and a young daughter. I love spending time with them, especially baking and cooking with my daughter. We love playing dress up and acting out the movie “Frozen.” We also enjoy attending my son’s football games.

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Emely

Receptionist

I’m excited to be a part of the Smiles Pediatric Dental Care team! You’ll find me at the front desk, where I’ll schedule your appointments, check you in for your current visit, and verify your insurance. While I may be new to working in the office, this was my own “dental home” while I was growing up, so everyone here is really like family. I’m so excited to be an official member of the team, and look forward to seeing your child smile!

When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé Diego. We like to spend time outdoors playing basketball and soccer. You might also catch us watching a good movie!