Meet Our Team

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where
would it be and why?

Santorini, Greece is at the top of my list because of the beautiful scenery and breath-taking sunsets.
If you weren’t doing what you do today, what other job would you have?
I would love to get into forensic dentistry.
What one word best describes you? 
Multitalented.
What are you surprisingly good at/what is your hidden talent? 
I have an artsy side and love to zone out on craft projects… I need to update my vision board.
What is your favorite thing about your career/job and how long have you been doing it?
I have worked in oral surgery for almost 14 years and my favorite thing about my job is the people. Every day I interact with all kinds of different personalities. I love the challenge of easing someone’s worries or providing input to teammates to help them navigate challenges.

Jessica

Jessica

Practice Manager 

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Lexi

Assistant Practice Manager

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Santorini, Greece! I love everything about their culture, food, wine and stunning views.
If you weren’t doing what you do today, what other job would you have?
The Announcer for the Boston Red Sox (I wish!)
What one word best describes you?
Tenacious.
What are you surprisingly good at/what is your hidden talent?
If I told you my hidden talent, it wouldn’t be a secret anymore. 😉
What is your favorite thing about your career/job and how long have you been doing it?
I have been in the Oral Surgery field since 2011. My favorite thing about my job, is that it doesn’t feel like a “job”! I love what I do!

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Thailand because it is beautiful and has my favorite food.
If you weren’t doing what you do today, what other job would you have?
I would be a police officer.
What one word best describes you?
Witty.
What are you surprisingly good at/what is your hidden talent?
Double-jointed.
What is your favorite thing about your career/job and how long have you been doing it?
I enjoy working with great coworkers and being challenged by all different kinds of patients. I have been in Oral Surgery since 2018.

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Jenny

Director of Clinical Care

Pam

Pam

Director of Financial Services

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
New Zealand, because I have never been and it's beautiful. I plan to go in 2023!
If you weren’t doing what you do today, what other job would you have?
I would be a softball coach!
What one word best describes you?
Intense.
What are you surprisingly good at/what is your hidden talent?
Hmm, I am not sure!
What is your favorite thing about your career/job and how long have you been doing it?
My favorite thing about my job is our patients! I have been working in this field since 2013.

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Florence, Italy. I have been there before and the people there are so inviting and the food is absolutely amazing.
If you weren’t doing what you do today, what other job would you have?
I would be working with exotic animals as a veterinary technician (and yes, I have been a veterinary technician in the past) or working as a pediatric nurse somewhere. I just love working with kids and animals.
What one word best describes you?
Illuminating.
What are you surprisingly good at/what is your hidden talent? I am an Artist. I work with all kinds of mediums, but my favorites are painting and photography.
What is your favorite thing about your career/job and how long have you been doing it?
Patient Care. I have always had a passion for being a patient advocate, and I love that no matter what position I work in here, I am able to utilize.

Ashley

Ashley

Director of Patient Services

Mary

Mary

Patient Coordinator

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I plan to travel the world. However, if I had to choose one, I would spend a week in Tokyo, Japan. I always had an admiration for Japanese culture and traditions. Being born & raised in Hawaii, Japanese customs have a prominent influence in modern Hawaii culture, including our cuisine. I am certain one day (soon), I’ll be able to visit Japan; experience more of their culture, visit the famous Ashikaga flower garden, and last but not least, try the sushi and ramen!
If you weren’t doing what you do today, what other job would you have?
I am currently pursuing a career in the nursing field. I want to either be an NICU nurse or a nurse anesthetist.
What one word best describes you?
Strong-willed.
What are you surprisingly good at/what is your hidden talent?
I learn and retain information fast, especially when I’m intrigued. It’s definitely helped me get through school!
What is your favorite thing about your career/job and how long have you been doing it?
I’ve been with the practice since 2021. My favorite thing about my position is getting to know our patients. I look forward to getting to know our present and future patients and building rapport with you all!

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I have been to a lot of countries but I have yet to visit New Zealand and Australia. Those are two beautiful countries that I’d like to scratch off my world map 😉 !
If you weren’t doing what you do today, what other job would you have?
I would enjoy being a veterinarian surgeon because animals have diverse anatomies. I think it would be interesting to learn the different anatomies and physiologies of exotic animals.
What one word best describes you?
Personable!
What are you surprisingly good at/what is your hidden talent?
I can tread water for a long period of time.
What is your favorite thing about your career/job and how long have you been doing it?
My two favorite things about my job would be the care we provide for our patients and how I am able to gain new knowledge every day!

Selina

Selina

Surgical Assistant

Junes

Junes

Surgical Assistant

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Bali, Indonesia because what better peaceful place to meditate and learn about their culture.
If you weren’t doing what you do today, what other job would you have?
I would be a farmer.
What one word best describes you?
Unconventional.
What are you surprisingly good at/what is your hidden talent?
Supermom.
What is your favorite thing about your career/job and how long have you been doing it?
I’ve been in oral surgery since 2015, learning about anesthesia in Oral surgery is fascinating to me. I find it very intriguing how oral surgery is a fusion between the dental and medical fields. With oral surgeons being the only surgeons in the country able to do their own anesthesia, it makes our job an integral part of assisting. We need to not only be able to maintain a healthy level of vitals of patients, but it’s also important that as assistants, we are trained to handle emergencies.

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I would love to spend at least 4 weeks in The Republic of Ghana, which is a country along the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean, in the subregion of west Africa. I would love to look back into my roots so that I can embrace that aspect of my life and to enjoy the richness that Ghana has to offer.
If you weren’t doing what you do today, what other job would you have?
I would have been an Astronaut.
What one word best describes you?
Vibes!
What are you surprisingly good at/what is your hidden talent?
I speak 3 languages: Spanish, English, and Garifuna. Garifuna is my African dialect native language.
What is your favorite thing about your career/job and how long have you been doing it?
I have been a Surgical Assistant since 2019. The best thing about my job are the Doctors I work for. I would not change them for any other Doctors in the world! I learn something new from them almost every day. They are so fun and full of life!!

Lulu

Luann

Surgical Assistant

Mission Statement

La Jolla Oral and Facial Surgery strives to be the most respected and cutting edge Oral, Implant and Facial Cosmetic Surgery practice in San Diego County. We make every effort to provide our patients with a compassionate and low-stress environment in which to receive their surgical care. Patient safety, exceptional surgeons and outstanding results are the core of our practice.

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