About Our Team
I am extraordinarily proud of my team, truly the finest staff I have had the pleasure of working within my career-- composed of caring and dedicated professionals:
Karen, our office manager, has devoted her career to dentistry. She has degrees in dental assisting and dental radiology (so is familiar with every aspect of the "back" office) and has worked in administrative & managerial roles in dental offices for over 30 years. She is sharp, professional, amazing at multitasking, and is also one of the kindest and most caring individuals I have encountered in any dental front office. Karen reviews treatment plans with our patients and schedules care, handles insurance billing along with Mari and Jessica our office administrators and also oversees multiple details involved in coordinating complex treatment between your dentist and our office.
Mari and Jessica, our office administrators, also bring with them their extensive experience in dentistry, starting with dental assisting. Mari and Jessica have worked in dental offices throughout their careers, and while periodontics means learning new things, they have applied their skills both effectively and efficiently in facilitating every aspect of our business needs. Mari and Jessica work closely with Karen in appointment scheduling, billing, inter-office communication, and with other staff members in assuring every detail receives attention. They are fun, adore working with people and somehow make even the busiest days a kick for all of us.
Debbie and Kellye, our hygienists, have worked exclusively in the dental and periodontal fields throughout their careers. Debbie has worked for me since she completed her hygiene training eleven years ago. She is a Monterey Peninsula local and worked as a dental assistant and office manager here before she did her hygiene training. Kellye has joined our practice recently.
In addition, our hygienists regularly receive training in advanced root instrumentation and soft tissue management and are highly skilled at providing expert care remarkably comfortably.
Laura, our lead surgical assistant is a professional and kind demeanor that makes for a gentle, totally comfortable experience, every time you are in our office. She is fun, thoughtful, highly skilled and an absolute pleasure to work with. Irma has also recently joined our practice.
All of us take time to listen to your concerns and needs, to educate and explain your condition, options of treatment we recommend, and at all times are available to help and address concerns.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.