Meet The Team

Meet the Capitola Pediatric Dental Team

We are very proud of our wonderful team. In order to give you the very best service, each team member is highly trained in her specific job responsibility as well as being able to help in many aspects of the practice. Continuing education courses are a must for our entire team in order to provide you with the best care and personalized service.

If you would like to schedule an appointment at our pediatric dental office in Capitola, CA please contact us today!


Office Manager

Michelle is a central coast native who was raised in Salinas. She has worked in dental practices for five years in the Monterey Bay area and has truly found her calling. She has experience as a treatment coordinator as well as a financial coordinator.  It's a joy for her to part of a team that focuses on pediatrics and she thoroughly enjoys new challenges.

When she is not enjoying the company of our patients, you can find her on the hiking trails or spending time with her family. She loves spending time with her younger cousins along with her nephew during the weekends.  She is a lover of football and can be found at local youth football games during the weekend when her cousin is playing and family is coaching.  Michelle is looking forward to learning more about the Santa Cruz community and is enthusiastic to be part of the team at CKD.  


Clinical Manager / Treatment Coordinator / RDA

Monica grew up in the Central Valley and lives in Salinas. She graduated from Monterey County Regional Occupational Program in 1992 and received her Registered Dental Assisting license. She has over 22 years of experience in the dental field, 17 of those in Pediatrics. She takes pride in her work and enjoys continuing her education by attending local lectures.

Monica is married with two daughters. She enjoys outdoor activities, reading books, and is an avid sports fan. She volunteers her time in the community at school events doing her favorite hobby- face painting!

She has the heart for pediatrics and knows first-hand how special all children are, being as her niece and nephew have special needs. She feels her calling is to work with children and teenagers and is excited to be part of the team here at Capitola Kids Dentistry.


Registered Dental Assistant

Maricela is a Santa Cruz County native who resides in Watsonville.  She has been in the dental field for over 10 years as a Registered Dental Assistant and has her degree in Medical Billing and Coding.  Maricela enjoys working with children- her calm nature and caring personality helps kids to relax and have a pleasant dental experience.  Her favorite thing about her job is seeing patients grow their confidence and become more comfortable at each visit with us.

In her free time, Mari loves watching sports and spending time with her family and friends.  It is very gratifying to be part of the CKD team, where patient well-being and a fun environment is our top priority.  


Practice Administrator

Andrea has worked in dental and medical practices for eight years. She grew up in Napa and attended University of California Santa Barbara where she received her B.A. degree in Sociology. After college, she pursued a lifelong dream of traveling throughout Europe; eventually settling in Madrid, Spain to teach English to Spanish youngsters.

Andrea is thrilled to be back in Northern California and to call Santa Cruz her home. When she isn’t chasing after her daughters, she loves to work on her vegetable garden, relax at the beach, go for bike rides, and explore hiking trails with her family. She loves the high energy of a pediatric-centered team, and is looking forward to building relationships within the Santa Cruz community on personal and professional levels.


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