Alissa, Registered Dental Hygienist
Alissa’s introduction to dentistry really began in the womb, as her mother worked as a dental assistant while she was pregnant. Because of this, Alissa grew to love spending time at the dental office, and she learned the importance of a healthy smile. With training from Diablo Valley College, Alissa has been a member of our team for ten years and is responsible for helping patients establish healthy home habits, a brilliant smile, and a better understanding of how to take a proactive approach to their own dental care. When she’s not at the office, she spends time volunteering at her children’s, Olivia and Nicholas, school, and spending time with her family, including her husband and wild dog Roxy.
Andrea (Andiee), Registered Dental Hygienist
Born into a family of dental professionals, Andiee knew dentistry just made sense for her. As a second career, she studied dental hygiene at Diablo Valley Community College, supplementing her BS in Biology and 2nd Year MBA from schools in the Philippines. Andiee truly values the impact her patients have on her life and is enriched by the lessons she’s learned in the industry. She believes that a healthy smile and a healthy heart are the two components of a healthy life, and she enjoys making a difference in people’s health. She’s a compassionate, dependable woman of faith, as she’s a parent volunteer for 3rd-grade religious education classes and spends her free time with her husband, Chris, and their three children, Bianca, Beatrice, and Byron.
Angela, Registered Dental Hygienist
Angela has training and education in both dental assisting and dental hygiene. She once worked for a dentist in Switzerland for a year and was able to travel the country. She’s stayed busy doing dentistry for the last 30 years and has been a member of the Blackhawk Dental Care family since 2008. Angela loves taking the time to get to know patients and educate them about the importance of caring for their smile to create a healthier, happier mouth. One of her favorite things about working as a hygienist is seeing the before and after effects of her patient treatment. Angela loves it when patients have an “Ah Ha” moment about dental hygiene and really start to love their smile. Patients and coworkers love Angela because she’s detailed, bold, fun, and caring. When she’s not working, you won’t find Angela sitting around her house. She loves being active, going to the beach, camping, and traveling to new places.
Celeste, Sterilizing Assistant
Celeste is currently a college student working on her BS in Business Administration. She stays on her toes supporting the hygiene team and making sure that all of our equipment down to the tiniest tool is sterilized for the safety of our patients and staff. She says that our practice is unique because we have a fantastic blend of personalities, and that’s what makes us work so well together. Outside of work, she enjoys camping, fishing, watching baseball, Netflix, and hanging out with family and friends.
Cheryl, Registered Dental Hygienist
After volunteering on a dental mission to Mexico every spring during high school, Cheryl became interested in dentistry. She studied at San Joaquin Valley College in Visalia, and her additional training has led to certifications in bacterial testing, laser therapy, and Invisalign. Throughout her career, Cheryl has spent 18 years as a registered hygienist, 7 as a registered dental assistant, and two years working the front office. For the past 6 years, she’s been an invaluable member of our team at Blackhawk Dental Care.
Dajeh, Registered Dental Assistant & Hygiene Assistant
Dajeh is a proud graduate of Carrington College at San Leandro and uses the skills she learned there every single day as she assists the hygiene team and monitors sterilization protocols. She knew for a long time that she wanted to work in the dental industry because she wanted a career that she could enjoy and be proud of. Outside of work, Dajeh likes to hike, do yoga, and enjoy days on the beach hanging out with friends.
Ellen, Office Manager
It’s about the personal attention to each patient, and that’s exactly what Ellen provides at our office. She’s been in the dental industry for 33 years and brings all her experience to Blackhawk Dental Care. She schedules appointments, processes insurance paperwork, and presents treatment plans with financial arrangements. Her favorite part of the job is helping patients find a way to make their care affordable. She’s a true caterer to every patient she interacts with. When she’s not helping her patients get the care they deserve, you may find her playing Texas Hold’em, eating gourmet meals, or laughing at a comedy show.
Jennifer, Registered Dental Assistant
Jennifer is a staple at our office, having been here for over 20 years. She takes impressions, designs your same-day CEREC crowns, and makes the treatment rooms patient-ready. With training from Western Career College, Jennifer discovered her love for spending time with patients and creating healthy smiles, and Blackhawk Dental Care’s state-of-the-art dentistry provides the perfect environment for her to deliver personalized care. Outside the office, she’s often playing with her sweet rescue dog Josie, her family, and her friends.
Jenny, Scheduling Coordinator
Jenny is one of our scheduling coordinators, and it’s her job to be sure that we’re setting your dental appointments at a time that is the most convenient for your busy schedule. She loves that everyone in our office truly loves what they do, and that the staff is always very patient and happy. Outside of work, she likes to camp, garden, go to concerts, and hang out with her friends, family, and pups.
Lana, Registered Dental Assistant
With 15 years of experience in dentistry and training from Western Career College, Lana has been assisting the doctors at Blackhawk Dental Care for three years. She loves the professionalism of the team, and that the environment allows everyone’s different personalities to shine through. There’s a dedication to each patient and a passion for improving smiles that shows with every treatment. Lana can be found spending time with her husband, son, and dog Charlie, whether it’s traveling to new locales or attending a local sporting event.
Linda, Registered Dental Hygienist
Linda has over 35 years of experience working in dentistry. She started as a dental assistant, assisting in periodontal (gum) surgeries, while attending Chabot College for her dental hygiene degree. She later went on to USF to get her Bachelors of Science degree with certiﬁcations in laser therapy for the treatment of gum disease. She ﬁnds it rewarding to educate her patients about achieving health through better oral hygiene. Seeing the patients smile and feel proud of what they have achieved always makes her day. She is often told by her patients that she is gentle but very thorough. Linda enjoys working with all the latest technologies and education that our ofﬁce offers. When Linda is not at the ofﬁce, she is found spending time with her husband and her ﬁve children. Linda also enjoys volunteering for Amador High School’s Marching Band, where her youngest of ﬁve is active.
Lydia, Registered Dental Assistant
Lydia will tell you right away that she loves a great smile and great teeth. That made her a natural fit to become a Registered Dental Assistant when she graduated from Mount Ida College. She gets to meet new people every day, and loves that our practice is able to provide a high level of individualized care with the latest technology and a team that truly cares. Outside of work, Lydia loves exercising, traveling with her daughter, shopping, and spending time with her family.
Madison, Registered Dental Hygienist
Madison has her Bachelors Degree in Dental Hygiene, but then took her education at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco and became registered in Dental Hygiene in Alternative Practices as well. This means that she has such a high level of skills that she can perform her hygiene duties outside of a traditional dental office, such as in a nursing home or to a home-bound patient. While she’s performing deep cleanings on your teeth, she’s also here to educate you on the link between your oral health and your overall health. She loves that our practice has the latest, state-of-the-art technology, but also that the staff is up to date on the latest dental education. Outside of the office, Madison loves to garden and cook, and she and her husband love to travel.
Maria – Practice Administrator
After completing the Dental Assisting Program at Santa Rosa Junior College, she began her 25-year dental career. Having been with Blackhawk Dental Care for the last 5 years, she has been responsible for scheduling patients appointments, helping with insurance-related activities, devising treatment plans, and providing the doctors with the business metrics of the practice. She shows a keen ability to handle these responsibilities, as she loves when the “numbers match up”! She also enjoys the teamwork and comradery that the office staff has with each other. If she wasn’t currently serving as the Practice Administrator, she might still be working as a chairside dental assistant. Outside of the office, she enjoys the active life and spending time with her husband and family. She is also currently pursuing a degree in Business from Las Positas College in Livermore, CA.
Monica, Registered Dental Assistant
Monica graduated from Eden ROP in Hayward and Chabot College. She’s been working in the dental industry for about 19 years but has just recently joined our team. She is here to assist the dentists with their procedures, setting up the operatories, performing x-rays, and supervising sterilization. She loves how our doctors take the time to really listen to the patients and provide them with healthy, confident smiles. Outside of work, Monica loves spending time with her husband and son, as well as with her parents. She loves going on walks and hikes, bike rides, and attending family gatherings.
Rachel, Scheduling Coordinator
Rachel is one of the first smiling faces that will greet you as you enter our office. She is in charge of checking patients in and out, as well as maintaining the schedules for the dentists and hygienists. She loves getting to know new people and coworkers, and of course she loves the environment of our office. She has family in the dental field, and it has always something she’s been interested in learning and exploring. Outside of work, you’ll find her traveling and exploring with her husband, camping, and being out on the water.
Rita, Registered Dental Hygienist
Rita joined the team in 1995 with the previous owner Dr. Hamblin. She has been serving many of her patients, now friends for the last 20 years! Rita graduated from the University of California Los Angeles Dental Hygiene Program. Rita has been working in the dental field for over twenty years and has been a loyal employee for over 30 years. While living in Southern California, Rita was an instructor at the dental hygiene clinic at UCLA Dental School. She also spent her free time volunteering at the V.A. Hospital and Free Clinic in Los Angeles. Rita is a member of the American Dental Hygienist Association, an organization aiding in the advancements in dental hygiene through education and support. Rita resides in Danville with her husband Michael and two sons, Ian and Noah.
Sarah, Registered Dental Assistant
Sarah joined the team in 2005, She has over 30 years of experience in the dental field. She started her Dental Assisting education in Roseburg, Oregon through Umpqua Community College and later received her license as an RDA from Sacramento City College. Sarah attended the PAC-Live Institute for Advanced Dental Aesthetics training for dental auxiliaries and spent three and a half years as an assistant in a micro-surgical endodontic practice. Her dental experience extends well past dental assisting. She has trained dental staff in digital radiography in Tampa, Florida and played an active role in the establishment of an endodontic practice in Durango, Colorado. When she isn’t dental assisting, Sarah is teaching Pilates or group exercise in Danville Auxillary training in Invisalign® & CEREC®.