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 since 2004 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 Valdez

Jessica

Practice Manager 

LEXI

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?
    I would choose Paris because it is such a historically beautiful and romantic city.
  • If you weren’t doing what you do today, what other job would you have?
    I think I would make a great teacher and really enjoy working with children.
  • What one word best describes you?
    Determined.
  • What are you surprisingly good at/what is your hidden talent?
    As a musician, I’m surprised at my ability to memorize the music and lyrics of so many songs so quickly. Also, I can beat almost anyone in a game of chess.
  • What is your favorite thing about your career/job and how long have you been doing it?
    I’ve been in the dental field since 2000, and with the practice since 2013.  I like the variety of this specialty and the fact there is always something new to learn. I appreciate the opportunity for growth on a professional and personal level.
Laura Ogie Director of Patient Services

Laura

Director of Patient Services

Lisa

Lisa

Financial Coordinator 

  • If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
    If I could spend a week anywhere in the world it would be Thailand. I hear it is beautiful and unplugged. I would love to learn more about the architecture and history.
  • If you weren’t doing what you do today, what other job would you have?
    If I wasn’t working in dental, I would facilitate a group home for underprivileged children.
  • What one word best describes you?
    Calm.
  • What are you surprisingly good at/what is your hidden talent?
    I have strong hands. I give a great back massage.
  • What is your favorite thing about your career/job and how long have you been doing it?
    My favorite thing in this profession is helping others. I am a problem solver, patient and understanding. It is my pleasure to work with patients and their insurance to help them best receive treatment.  I have been working in dental field since 2009.
  • If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
    I would want to go to Scotland and visit my family castle. I would love to learn more about my family heritage and experience tangible family history.
  • If you weren’t doing what you do today, what other job would you have?
    I would be a surgery specialist in Veterinary Medicine, or I would be living in Costa Rica, helping out with the sea turtle rehabilitation and protection.
  • What one word best describes you?
    Informative.
  • What are you surprisingly good at/what is your hidden talent?
    I am an art enthusiast. I love to sketch, paint, draw, oil pastel, create ceramics, and my ultimate passion is photography. I love using art as a creative and positive outlet for life’s funny little stressors.
  • What is your favorite thing about your career/job and how long have you been doing it?
    Patient care is not only a priority of mine, but it is also my passion. Making sure patients feel comfortable knowing they are in the best hands possible is something I strive for. I have been working in Oral Surgery since the beginning of 2017, and I love every minute of it!
Ashley

Ashley

Surgical Assistant

Jenny

Jenny

Surgical Assistant

  • 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 co-workers and being challenged by all different kinds of patients. I have been in this field since 2017.
  • 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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