Meet the Team

Call today to schedule an appointment or with any questions: 831-429-8419 ☎

 
 

Patty Garcia

Office Manager / Dental Assistant


Why I do what I do: I had just graduated from High School, and my dad asked now what I wanted to do? My three options were: get married, go back to school, or get a job. I didn’t want to do any of those! Then I saw an ad in the newspaper: Temp/ will train DA. The only requirement: must be Spanish speaking. I Got the Job and loved it. Then I went back to school got my RDA license. 

What I do when I’m not at work: I love to relax at home. On warmer days, I get on the back of my boyfriends Harley, and we go riding.

Why Santa Cruz: Born and Raised in Santa Cruz. I guess I just got lucky.


 

Shannon Jones

Registered Dental Assistant


Why I do what I do: I enjoy working with people of all ages and appreciate a career where I can get to know our patients and make it comfortable for them during their visit.

What I do when I’m not at work: I spend a lot of time with my family and significant other.

Why Santa Cruz: I was born here, and grew up on the West side. This is my home and I love Santa Cruz.


 
 

Franca Peeples

Dental Assistant


Why I do what I do: I have assisted Dr. Christie for over 18 years. I like caring for our patients and their families. 

What I do when I’m not at work: I love to ride my bike, cook and spend time with my family.

Why Santa Cruz: I was born and raised here and I could not imagine life anywhere else.


 
 

Stephanie Renee Herrera

Registered Dental Hygienist

Why I do what I do: What I enjoy most about this profession is helping patients improve their oral health through education. I enjoy educating patients about the science behind gingivitis and periodontitis and providing dental care to help them be healthier.

What I do when I’m not at work: When I am not at work I enjoy exploring new and old scenic places. I like photography, boogie boarding, and I am currently learning how to play the piano.

Why Santa Cruz: Santa Cruz is a beautiful city. It has many things to offer from going to the beach to going hiking in the redwoods. The community has such a great attitude on life and shows a lot of respect to others and nature.


 
 

Laura Woliczko

Registered Dental Hygienist


Why I do what I do: I really enjoy my work. Educating patients is very important to me. Working with my hands comes naturally to me.  Often patients say that I am gentle and thorough.

What I do when I’m not at work: I am spending time with my family, husband and two wonderful daughters.  Gardening and the outdoors are also passions of mine.

Why Santa Cruz: Santa Cruz is where I was born.  My husband and I traveled a lot, but we decided to make Santa Cruz our home.

 


 
 

Carmelita Austin-Schreher

Registered Dental Hygienist


Why I do what I do: I love the teaching and the prevention focus of dental hygiene and one to one patient interaction

What I do when I’m not at work: Tons of stuff!

1.Founding Director of a community non-profit: Promoting empowerment and advocacy through seminars, health fairs, workshops, support groups and individual peer counseling

2. National Hotline counselor: Provide patients and public with cancer information, resources and support

3. Volunteer with American Red Cross Disaster team, American Cancer Society, etc.

4. National Patient Advocate with multiple National Health Organizations.

Why Santa Cruz: I love the ocean and redwoods, the mild weather and the fact that Santa Cruz is a small non-urban region.