Meet the Team


Victoria is our New Patient Coordinator, and has the gift of immediately making our new guests feel at home. She is a pro at working with new patients, explaining the many aspects of treatment, setting up treatment appointments, and generally being the “best friend” of our new patients.

Victoria has a wacky sense of humor and is clearly a “people person.” She loves getting to know new people and we are certain that you will come to rely upon Victoria the way we do.

Victoria joined our office in 1997 as a talented and cheerful chairside assistant, but she’s really thrived in her position of New Patient Coordinator.

Victoria says she most enjoys the support from and high morale of our entire team. She is a good joke teller and loves to laugh in and out of the office. She lives in Watsonville with her husband and their children Keiran and Amelia. They enjoy traveling whenever they have a chance. You might see Victoria and the kids hiking/biking through Nisene Marks or playing at the beach; their favorite local activities.



The minute you walk through the door of our office, you will be greeted by Carol’s cheerful smile. Carol joined our practice as our lead Scheduling Coordinator in January of 2000 and brings over 20 years of experience in dentistry and excellent patient care to her position. Carol’s background in dentistry makes her a perfect fit! Having had braces in our office as an adult, Carol helps you understand the benefits of orthodontics at any age.

Carol and her husband, Randy, have two beautiful daughters, Amanda and Lisa. Carol became a grandmother in 2015 to their grandson, Henry, and again in 2020 to their second grandson, Walker.  Their family enjoys spending time together in the outdoors and exploring in their motorhome.  Carol enjoys going on walks with her pug dog family, Tily, Rocco and Vader. One day, Carol hopes to foster dogs and place them in their forever homes.




Tara joined our office in 2002 and has been in orthodontics since 1993. She is a bright and charming chairside assistant who is sure to win you over the moment you meet her. She brings valuable experience and training to our office.

At her home in Morgan Hill, Tara likes to spend time with husband and their beautiful daughters, Leeann and Gabby. Her favorite activities include taking walks, travel, cooking, and watching movies. She also loves to collect everything and anything purple, having her nails done, and being pampered in general.

In the “It’s a Small World” category, it just so happens Tara and Victoria (our terrific New Patient Coordinator) went to junior high together. We’re sure they were model students!





Esmeralda joined our office in 2002 and has been in orthodontics since 2000. As one of our chairside assistants, she does a fantastic job making our patients feel welcome and quite at ease. Because of her outgoing personality, great smile and a wry sense of humor she blends perfectly into her role of working with many different patients throughout the day.

Esmeralda enjoys spending time with her husband, Tyrone, their beautiful children Mary and Emilio. Her hobbies include time in Hawaii, beach activities with her kids, movies, and being a mom.








A warm and caring chairside assistant, Sally makes you comfortable the moment you sit down. She originally worked at Dr. Joiner’s practice in the mid-1990s and came back in 2004. Her smile and exuberant laugh make her an easy favorite among patients.

Sally lives in Aptos and enjoys being a mom to her two kids, Austin and Paige. Sally really enjoys spending time with her 2 grandsons and family! You can often find Sally on the golf course and enjoying the beach.









Monica joined our team in July of 2000. She works in our lab and clinic as a Laboratory and Sterilization Technician and as the chairside assistants’ assistant. Because of her thorough and careful attitude she is a great asset to our office.

Monica and her husband, Jose, have two awesome kids, Lesley and Raymond. Together, they love horse shows, walks on the beach, and the many celebrations that come with a big family. We are proud to have Monica’s warm and charming personality on our outstanding team.








Rosa is our chairside assistant and overall team player when it comes to moving into new job positions. Like Sally, Rosa was on our team a few years ago (started in 1996), moved away, then came back and rejoined us in 2009!

Rosa enjoys spending time with her husband, step-son and many nieces and nephews. Together, they have fun, camping, going to the beach and movies. Rosa has a great work ethic, a fun sense of humor and a beautiful smile!








Rosie joined our team in June of 2019 as our youthful technology expert!  We are thankful for her calm, amazing ability to work our 3-D printer, while diagnosing and fixing any issues that come her way.  Before working in the lab, Rosie worked at the office in the summers making snow cones for patients.

Rosie enjoys time with family and friends, going to the beach, and annual family camping trips. She is also currently a Cabrillo student (Go Seahawks!) working towards a degree in psychology.








Kerry is our chairside assistant and started working in orthodontics in 1970. She now works part time as our SureSmile expert – getting patients prepared for their custom SureSmile wires which help our patients finish treatment with greater precision in less time.

Kerry loves spending time with her local granddaughters, her two yellow labs and volunteering in her daughter’s 2nd grade classroom.










Elina joined our team in 2021 and we couldn’t be happier! She comes to us with over 20 years of experience in the dental field and is our fabulous financial coordinator. Elina is a fantastic friend, mom and quite the help with your insurance and financial questions.

Elina is quite the athlete and enjoys marathons (yes, even the Disneyland fun run) and plays competitive travel softball. When she’s not aiming for the fences, she enjoys watching her sons, Logan and Harper play baseball and soccer. Together, they love the SF Giants, 49ers and trips to National Parks & Aloha fun in Hawaii.








We are so happy to welcome Vicki to our team! Vicki hung around here as a mom of 2 patients before joining our team and we knew she would be a great fit as one of our scheduling coordinators. Vicki is a Santa Cruz native and enjoys watching her kids score on the soccer field. Vicki is very much a family oriented person and the 4 pack (Vicki, husband Michael, son Brett and daughter Natalie) are a 6 pack with 2 Siberian huskies. Vicki and her husband have adopted & rescued huskies for a couple of decades now. You’ll likely see Vicki on the beach or pass her on our many hiking trails in the forest.








We are so blessed that Alicia joined our team in 2021. Alicia comes to us with 25+ years of experience as a registered dental assistant in the orthodontic community and she even helped train Esme in the 90’s! Alicia brings with her a very calm and nurturing personality and quickly became the team favorite with her heart of gold. When Alicia isn’t dazzling our patients with her skills or amazing her family with her meals, she can be found antiquing and exploring our many coastal towns with her husband. Alicia has 15 siblings and they are together often, she has walks with her sisters weekly. Alicia and her husband are proud parents of 2 successful and sweet adult sons.








Rosila is our newest member and joined our team in 2021. Rosila comes to us with 23 years of orthodontic experience and also worked along side Tara, Esme and Alicia in the 90’s. Rosila has a very calm, observant personality and is happy to be the quiet, kind assistant to our guests. We love Rosila’s big smile and attention to detail. She’s quite handy as our records technician and lab assistant. Rosila enjoys being with her teenaged kids, Vanessa and Danny and her husband. In her free time, she enjoys going on walks and watching movies.