Meet Our Team


Office Manger

Karen was born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula and has been in the dental field since 1988.  She started out as a Registered Dental Assistant then made her way to the front office and finally has been an Office Manager for over 20 years. She really enjoys the relationships that are created with patients and cherishes all the wonderful friendships too.

On her free time Karen enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children and cats. They enjoy anything to do with the outdoors including camping, hiking and gardening. 


Treatment Coordinator

Mari was Born in Mexico, spent most her childhood there and migrated to the Monterey county in 1999. She has been in the dental field for over 10 years, she is crossed trained as a dental assistant and treatment coordinator. She enjoys helping others by making them feel at ease when explaining treatment and while they are in the chair. On her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and stepdaughter. Together they like to travel, hike, cook and read. 


Treatment Cooridinator

Jessica has the privilege of being born and raised on the Central Coast. She has been in the dental field for over a decade, working most positions, but thriving in the front office.

Jessica graduated from the Santa Cruz ROP Dental Assisting Program in 2011, after working for her childhood dentist for several years as a dental receptionist. She has continued to expand her knowledge of dentistry with regular continuing education courses and seminars across the state and country. she holds two Associate Degrees from Hartnell College in World History & Psychology. She is currently pursuing dual Bachelor Degrees in the same concentrations. 

In her spare time, Jessica and her spouse are an accomplished artist duo, working everything from small canvases to large scale murals. Through their art, they also create community events fro underprivileged youth. Jessica also enjoys traveling, both national road trips and internationally.

Jessica strives to help both patients and staff alike to ensure that every day at Monterey Perio Center is a positive one.


Senior Hygienist

Debbie is a native to Monterey and has been in the dental field since 2000. She studied Biochemistry and graduated from Cal Poly in 2000. After Obtaining her bachelor of Science, she furthered her education at Cabrillo College and became a Registered Dental Hygienist in 2006 where she immediately started working with Dr. Nattkemper in the field of Periodontics. She is an avid student of the field and is committed to providing the highest quality of care with a gentle and caring manner.

Outside of the office, she spends her time with her husband and three children. She enjoys skiing, traveling , cooking, and reading, when she is not at the barn riding and competing on her horse


Register Dental Hygienist

Jamie, wife and mother of 3 was born and raised in Monterey. Jamie has been in dentistry for 21 years. She spent 10 years as a Registered Dental Assistant and the last 11 years as a Registered Dental Hygienist.

In her spare time she loves hitting the trails with her horse and spending time with her husband and children.


Surgical Assistant

Laura Salinas has been a Registered Dental Assistant for 6 years. Laura not only enjoys working in the dental field, she excels at her job. She is compassionate with her patients, helping them to feel that they aren't just a patient in the chair, but made to feel more like a family member.

Laura also has a background in veterinary medicine, where she worked for 8 years as a veterinary assistant with small animals. 

On Laura's free time, she enjoys going camping and hunting with her family. She is also very active in her daughter's 4-H club where she is on numerous committee's. She also assists her daughter in raising pigs and steers to show at the local fair.


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