Meet the Smile Team
Our exceptional, friendly staff is our greatest asset. Our dental assistants and hygienists are licensed professionals who pride themselves on staying on the cutting edge of dentistry and patient communication. They are excited about what they are doing, have high standards of quality and integrity, and are motivated to achieve the best results for our family of patients.
Our dedicated and motivated staff has one primary goal—your utmost comfort! We feel it’s important that you understand the treatment that you’ll be receiving so that you can relax during the procedure. Our staff is eager to answer any questions regarding your dental care. Please feel free to share with us your needs and concerns.
Kathy Diniz (Front Office/Office Manager)
Kathy has been in the Dental field over 25 years. Kathy started as a chairside assistant and eventually ended up working in the front office. Kathy has an extensive knowledge of dental insurance and is always happy to answer any of your insurance or billing questions. Our smile team feels everyone should be able to get the smile they desire, so Kathy continually seeks out payment options that will eliminate financial obstacles for our patients.
Kathy grew up in Turlock and currently lives in the Patterson area where her and her husband farm. Kathy has two wonderful children both who are married and living in the area but Kathy's biggest pride is her two grandchildren!
Irma Demichelis (Front Office Assistant)
Irma has been associated with our office for years! She is retired from 50 years of teaching and only recently decided to stop subbing. Since she is no loner in the classroom Irma likes to spend time at our office greeting and chatting with patients, filing, answering the phones and helping out where needed. She always brings a smile to patients and staff with her humor but watch out she loves to tease! She is a an avid sports fan especially Basketball where she can tell you everything you wanted to know and more about her favorite teams the Golden State Warriors and the Pacific Tigers!!!( In case you didn't guess Irma isn't just a volunteer - she is Doctor's mom! Everyone enjoys her so much around the office that we just put her to work! )
Norma Lella, RDA (Registered Dental Assistant)
Norma brings over 30 years of Dental Assisting experience to our office. Norma has a passion for Dentistry that couldn't keep her away from the profession so even though she had retired when her previous employer retried she has come back to work and we were lucky to snag her!
Norma has a passion for the outdoors and reading. Although she can often be found on her time off sitting in her garden enjoying a good book, there are also many times she is off hitting a trail for a good run! (And when the weather turns cold you can find her baking - a passion of hers that the entire team gets to enjoy!)
Tanya Bickle, RDH (Registered Dental Hygienist)
Tanya earned high marks in her Dental Hygiene education and continues to further her dental knowledge thru attendance at continuing education courses.
In her spare time, Tanya enjoys spending time with her family and working on home improvement projects! If you notice any paint stains on her hands you know she has been at it again!
Rachel Furtado (Registered Dental Hygienist)
Rachel may just top Dr. Demichelis as the most loyal UOP fan! A graduate of the University of the Pacific Dental Hygiene program, this Pacific Tiger brings a lot of enthusiasm to our hygiene program! When she isn't in the office this county girl enjoys working in her yard, helping with farm chores and caring for her beloved pet bunny.