Valerie, our Financial Administrator, is a southern California native, and new to the dental field. After watching her favorite role models – her mother and mother-in-law – enjoy careers in dentistry, Valerie decided to follow the same path. A graduate of the Southern California Regional Occupational Center (SCROC) in Torrance, Valerie met Dr. Steve and Dr. Michelle while all were volunteering at “Give Kids A Smile” day at a local clinic. Valerie has since continued her education to include her interest in the business aspect of dentistry. When not serving patients, Valerie enjoys spending time with her family reading, shopping, and exploring new places.
Registered Dental Hygienist, Lead
Renee was raised --and continues to -- reside in Torrance, being an integral part of the community we serve. Renee began working with Dr. Steve while attending college, also working with Dr. Michelle (while she was also in school) managing the front office and assisting chairside on Saturdays. Renee attended the University of Southern California graduating in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. When not serving patients, Renee enjoys spending time at the beach, traveling to new places and Crossfit. What she cherishes most is the time she spends with her family and watching her niece and nephews as they grow up.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Stacy was raised in Torrance and continues to live just five minutes from the house she grew up in! Her very first job was in the summer of 1994, working in the front office for three dentists – one of which was Dr. Steve. That summer job turned into a part-time job during the school year – providing opportunities to shadow the dentists and hygienists in that practice -- cementing her decision to enter the dental field. She attended El Camino College and then the University of Southern California where she received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. When not serving patients, you can find Stacy in a basketball gym or on a baseball field cheering on her favorite little athletes: her nine year old daughter and six year old son.
Registered Dental Assistant Extended Functions 2 (RDAEF2)
Isumi has been in the dental field for over 20 years. She was raised in Japan where she completed her degree in Art Design at the University in Tokyo. She then moved to Los Angles to complete her education at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise (FIDM). Isumi began her dental career in Torrance with Dr. Steve, finding a way to integrate her love of art and design with her interest in health care. She completed her Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) licensure in 2000 and continued her education in Extended Functions to the second level in 2007. She also has advanced training in implant prosthodontics and is fluent in Japanese. When not serving patients, Isumi enjoys walking and yoga. What she cherishes most is her yearly trips to Japan to shop and spend time with friends and family.
Registered Dental Assistant
Michelle is a native of the South Bay area, where she continues to reside, and is a graduate of Banning High School and SCROC (Southern California Regional Occupational Center). She began in the dental field in 2002, and has worked with Dr. Steve and Dr. Michelle for almost ten years. Michelle is fluent in Spanish. When not serving patients, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family (parents, siblings, nieces and nephews) – and most especially, her husband and their two-year-old son.