Meet the SF Perio & Implants Team

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Front Desk Team

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Our hygiene coordinator posing for a photo as an important member of our San Francisco team
Reyna Nayeli Gaeta Lopez

Hygiene Coordinator

Born in Tijuana, Mexico and raised in San Francisco, California, Reyna moved to the States at the age of 8. She is a keen animal lover, fashion enthusiast, and is fluent in Spanish. Her first job was as a telemarketer, which is when she discovered how much she enjoyed working in an office environment and learning new things. Reyna moved into a management position at a video games company, where she worked for five years. She also has some experience working as a receptionist at a dental practice.

Her journey to a career in dentistry started when she found out she was missing a tooth. She was recommended to have an implant and in addition a bone graft. She came in for a consultation with Dr. Pasquinelli and was fascinated by his work. After the misfortune of not having a tooth and the frequent dental appointments, it inspired her to get into dentistry.

Outside of the office, Reyna enjoys tackling her personal “to-do” list, spending quality time with family and friends, and occasionally lifting weights at the gym. She also loves to dance and spend with her cat, Toby.

Who is your hero? Why?: My hero is my Mom. She is brave, strong, and fearless.

What “lesson from mom” do you still live by?: As my Mom would say “Al mal tiempo, buena cara.” which translates to, “Put a good face to bad times. Be positive.”

What flavor ice cream would you be?: If I were an ice cream I’d like to think of myself as Mint Chocolate Chip; sweet and refreshing at the same time.

Liz Pasha is smiling as part of our periodontal team
Liz Pasha

Patient Coordinator

Raised in Orlando, Florida, Liz drove across the country to California in 1985. She spent 20 years in the hospitality business but knew it was time for a change. Although she didn’t have prior experience in dentistry, Liz has acquired extensive customer service experience, which is vital to her role.

Also, she has a strong resume with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and her two “Spirit to Serve” awards. She uses her experience when interacting with a variety of patients every day at our office.

When she isn’t helping patients, Liz can be found singing with the local theatre and choral groups. She likes to relax with a good book or by trying a new recipe.

Who is your hero? Why?: Katherine Hepburn. She was an incredible talent and lived an extraordinary life.

What “lesson from mom” do you still live by?: My dad used to say “Keep your chin up and your tail down.” In doing so, I stay on the sunny side of life while trying to stay out of trouble.

What flavor ice cream would you be?: “Sweet ‘n Salty” by Blue Bell – the name says it all.

Elizabeth wearing a black top and smiling as a member of our SF Perio & Implants team
Elizabeth Kim

New Patient Coordinator

Elizabeth was born and raised in San Francisco to a big family so she always had cousins and friends around her. She chose dentistry by chance due to the location of the office near her home. She applied for the job and so began her 19-year career in pediatric dentistry.

Her career started as an assistant and she obtained her Registered Dental Assistant License. From there she moved into the front office at a general dentist and then worked as a Treatment Coordinator at an orthodontist office for seven years. Since joining our team she has used all her experience to help our new patients.

To Elizabeth the best part of her job is helping new patients feel comfortable at our practice. She strives to help patients feel good by being well informed about their initial appointment.

Away from the office, Elizabeth loves to cook and host dinners for friends and family. She is a vegan due to her love for animals and spends the weekends walking her two dogs and watching football.

Who is your hero? Why?: I would say my mom is my hero. She’s strong and always lifts me up when I feel down. She’s been through a lot in her life and my goal is to make her life good now.

What “lesson from mom” do you still live by?: Honesty is the best policy.

What flavor ice cream would you be?: Strawberry – it never goes out of style.

The patient coordinator on our team is Celesse. Shown here smiling
Celesse Merkel

Treatment Coordinator

Celesse is from Northern California and has been living in San Francisco for over 7 years. She truly believes dentistry chose her because she enjoys interacting with people. In fact, her favorite part of her job is working with our caring team and helping patients find their smiles.

Outside of the office, Celesse can be found cycling around the city, traveling to new destinations, or spending time with friends and family.

What flavor ice cream would you be?: Hot fudge sundae because it’s simply classic.

Lead is on our San Francisco periodontal team
Leah Vance

Treatment Coordinator

Leah grew up in Ireland and moved to the Bay Area twenty years ago. She has fallen in love with San Francisco and could never imagine leaving. She started out in the dental industry as a temp and has worn a few different hats throughout her tenure. This has given her a good idea of the varying facets of a dental practice.

Like many people, Leah fell into dentistry. But the more she learned, the more she became fascinated and impressed by the things dentists achieve, especially the difference periodontics can make to patients’ smiles and lives.

Leah enjoys educating patients and helping allay any fears they may have about treatments or surgery. She genuinely believes all patients are in really good hands with our entire surgical team. It is her aim to help patients feel comfortable with what can be an emotional and daunting process.

When not working at SF Perio & Implants, Leah hosts a community radio show where she talks about TV shows, so it is fair to say she watches a lot of TV. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family and loves discovering new restaurants. Leah is also a big fan of the San Francisco Giants!

Who is your hero? Why?: Dolly Parton because she blazed her own trail and is unabashedly, unapologetically herself.

What “lesson from mom” do you still live by?: Never chase a boy or a bus; there will always be another one right behind them. (Also, always be yourself.)

What flavor ice cream would you be?: One of those Ben & Jerry’s flavors with a punny name. And lots of chocolate, because chocolate is the best.

Our Office Manager at SF Perio & Implants is Joyce
Joyce Carter

Office Manager

In 1976, Joyce couldn’t decide between a career in law or medicine. Her Mom suggested dental assisting school, hence launching her dental career. Joyce has enjoyed many roles in dentistry. She has her Certificate in Dental Assisting, has worked at the front desk, and has been an Insurance Coordinator at a dental office. At SF Perio & Implants, Joyce is our skilled and hard-working office manager. She is a Fellow of the American Association of Dental Office Managers (FAADOM) and an integral part of our team.

The best part of her job is the extremely talented and wonderful people she works with each day.

When not helping our patients, Joyce is a mother to three wonderful sons and two sweet dogs, Romeo and Loki. She spends her spare time knitting, sewing, and spending time with her family.

Who is your hero? Why?: My heroes are my sons. Michael works at Disney, Ryan became a lawyer, and Cory pursues his love of fast cars.

What “lesson from mom” do you still live by?: Maya Angelou – “Do the best you can until you know better, then do better”.

What flavor ice cream would you be?: Praline and cream – a little nutty and sweet!

Dental Hygienists

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Meet Chrystal who works as a hygienist at SF Perio & Implants
Chrystal King

Registered Dental Hygienist

Chrystal’s time is filled with caring for our fantastic patients and looking after her wonderful six-year-old son. After graduating from California Polytechnic University, Chrystal attended the Dental Hygiene Program at Santa Rosa Junior College. She started in the dental field as becoming a hygienist seemed a perfect amalgamation of working with people, working with her hands, and incorporating science. She says the best part of her job is helping people get healthier and feel better.

When Chrystal is not working, she enjoys rock climbing and playing with her son.

Who is your hero? Why?: Dalai Lama because he promotes peace.

What “lesson from mom” do you still live by?: Always think.

What flavor ice cream would you be?: Vanilla with caramel and sea salt. I’m a little sweet and a little salty.

Our SF Perio & Implants team member, Natalie, who is a dental hygienist in our office
Natalie Marks

Registered Dental Hygienist

Natalie lives on the peninsula and uses that as a home base while she explores the Bay Area. Natalie has worked in periodontal offices for the past 20 years. Before that, she made her start at a general dental office where she stayed for 6 years. She then went into the Peace Corps right after graduating from hygiene school. Natalie spent two and a half years in Jamaica, where she worked as a dental hygienist in dental clinics along the coast and went into schools to teach dental health to children.

She chose dentistry to help people stay healthy. Natalie has definitely found her calling and enjoys connecting with our patients. She loves to interact with people and learn new things from them.

Away from the office, she is very active and likes to keep moving. She goes to the gym, a BARRE 3 studio, hikes, and cycles regularly.

Who is your hero? Why?: My mom. She had a difficult upbringing, but she never let that get in her way or make her a negative person.

What “lesson from mom” do you still live by?: Treat others as you would like to be treated.

What flavor ice cream would you be?: Chocolate! Chocolate is ALWAYS the best in any form.

Wendy is a dental hygienist at our periodontal office in San Francisco
Wendy Hanrahan

Registered Dental Hygienist

Wendy was born in Hong Kong and moved to Vancouver, Canada when she was only seven months old. She grew up there until her move to San Francisco in 1995, where she started working for Dr. Pasquinelli.

Wendy became interested in dentistry when she received orthodontic work during high school. The staff who cared for her always looked like they were having a good time and she liked the idea of a job that doesn’t feel like work.

She became a Certified Dental Assistant in Vancouver with an orthodontic module certification. But then realized she wanted to be a hygienist so she could work independently. So, she attained her Diploma in Dental Hygiene from Vancouver Community College. In fact, Wendy scored in the 99th percentile in the American Dental Hygiene Board exam.

Her patients are the best part of her job. Wendy really thrives on meeting individuals with unique needs and life experiences. Every day is truly different for her.

When not cleaning teeth, Wendy organizes the Youth Sailing Program at South Beach Yacht Club. She also runs family events through Pancakes and Pumpkins for Halloween, and Santa by Boat for Christmas at the Yacht Club. She likes to volunteer at her daughter’s school as Fundraising Chair too.

Who is your hero? Why?: Jane Austen. She’s been read by so many people over centuries.

What “lesson from mom” do you still live by?: The very first hygienist I worked with when I graduated told me, you are only as good as the dentist you work for. If you work for a mediocre dentist, you will always be a mediocre hygienist. If you work for a great dentist, you will always do great work. That’s why I work in this office! The periodontists are great.

I am pleased with all the service from the whole team at Pasquinelli's office. Joyce runs the front and always remembers my name. I feel the attention and detail from everyone.

Jill H. (Actual Patient)

Dental Assistants

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Ana is smiling as part of our assistant's team at SF Perio & Implants
Ana Razo

Registered Dental Assistant

Ana is married with two children and is a native to San Francisco. She started in dentistry when she was in high school and has been doing it ever since. She has always enjoyed helping people and found dentistry rewarding because she helps patients keep their teeth and understand treatment options.

As a Registered Dental Assistant, Ana enjoys assisting with gum surgery and helping people understand the treatment they are going to receive. Her outgoing personality means people warm to her as she lends a listening ear.

In addition to her dental assisting, Ana has a coronal polish license and an x-ray license.

Away from the office, she loves to go on hikes and hangout with her family.

Lisa is smiling as part of our San Francisco periodontal team
Lisa Gee

Registered Dental Assistant

Lisa’s family immigrated to the U.S. when she was just seven years old. She has been a San Francisco resident ever since and lives with her husband, son, and daughter in the city. Lisa’s career started as temporary front office staff and has blossomed over the past 15 years. She has since become a Registered Dental Assistant. She finds real satisfaction in assisting people by restoring their smiles and confidence. Lisa loves working with our great team and working for one of the world’s best periodontists.

Away from SF Perio & Implant, she spends time with her kids and traveling overseas.

Periodontal team member, Leemaris
Leemaris Albino

Registered Dental Assistant

Leemaris has grown up in the Bay Area and got into dentistry from age 16 as a volunteer. She did so due to her fascination with the science of the human body and surgery. Leemaris is a Registered Dental Assistant at our practice. She loves witnessing how, with a little help, the mouth is brought to a stable and healthy state.

Outside of the office, Leemaris runs trails and enjoys exploring all San Francisco has to offer.

Who is your hero? Why?: Anyone who is a donor.

What “lesson from mom” do you still live by?: The Golden Rule: Do to others as you’d like them to do to you.

What flavor ice cream would you be?: Rocky road, because life is overall chocolate with some crunch (difficulty) and some sponge (ease).

Michelle smiling in a black top as part of our San Francisco periodontal team
Michelle Yoon

Registered Dental Assistant

Michelle was born and raised in Santa Cruz, CA. After graduating, she moved around California and Nevada before finding her home in the Bay Area. She is a valued member of our team and loves the people she works with. Michelle has worked in the dental industry for over 11 years and really enjoys building relationships with patients.

Away from the office, Michelle enjoys traveling, taking hikes in the woods, going to art shows or museums, and being a beach bum. She is also a huge Golden State Warriors fan.

Jose is smiling as a San Francisco dental assistant and an integral member of our team
Jose Guzman Jr.

Dental Assistant

Jose was born and raised in Watsonville, CA and moved to the San Francisco in 2016. He first had an interest in dentistry at just 12 years old while going through orthodontic treatment. After seeing such a dramatic change in his smile, Jose knew he wanted to work in the dental field.

In 2012, Jose started working as a surgical assistant in periodontics and has never looked back. He has experience working with doctors in Carmel, Morgan Hill, and Santa Cruz. Jose says the best part of his job is getting to work with and help patients before, during, and after surgeries. He also enjoys working chairside with both Dr. Pasquinelli and Dr. Olivares.

Outside of work, Jose plays tennis, cooks, tries new restaurants around the city, and enjoys the outdoors. He likes to relax by listening to music and watching TV shows.

What “lesson from mom” do you still live by?: To always respect others, be kind and polite, and always have manners.

What flavor ice cream would you be?: Vanilla Bean: simple, sweet, and goes with everything…just like me!

Our team member, Sebastian, wearing scrubs and smiling
Sebastian Broussard

Sterilization Assistant

We love having Sebastian on our team. He moved out to the Bay Area three years ago with his girlfriend to start a new chapter in their lives. He previously lived in Milwaukee, WI.

Sebastian has been fascinated with dentistry since he saw his first dental lab in his dentist’s office. He enjoys exploring new and exciting topics within the dental world. Before delving into dentistry, Sebastian worked as a technical writer but loves what he does now.

Outside of the office, he draws cartoon characters, enjoys art projects, trains his puppy, and takes the occasional hike.

Who is your hero? Why?: My heroes are the animators for old Disney movies. They did everything by hand with no CPU help.

What “lesson from mom” do you still live by?: Always strive and prosper.

What flavor ice cream would you be?: Cookie dough ice cream, it’s full of surprises!

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