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Meet the Team

Becky WallingfordREBECCA WALLINGFORD

Registered Dental Hygienist

Hi! My name is Becky and I am Santa Teresa Dental’s very first dental hygienist since September 2011 and it has been my only dental home since then. I find working at Santa Teresa Dental to be very rewarding. I love helping people transform their smiles, and it is especially rewarding to help nervous or anxious patients to relax and receive the care that they need. My patients are my priority. I want each to know that I am here to help them achieve optimum oral health, but I’m also here to listen, to help them relax, and help them to enjoy their dental hygiene visit. Read More

I bring over 20 years of experience as a Registered Dental Hygienist and I am licensed to administer local anesthetia and nitrous oxide. Additionally, I have a Bachelor degree in Environmental Studies from San Jose State University and an Associate’s degree in Laser Technology, and enjoy providing advanced laser-assisted gum disease therapy. Santa Teresa Dental is a warm, caring environment that also provides state-of-the-art, leading edge dental services.


Terri LawrenceTERRI LAWRENCE

Registered Dental Hygienist

I am a Registered Dental Hygienist with over 24 years of experience. Before becoming a dental hygienist, I was also a Registered Dental Assistant. I started with Santa Teresa Dental in January 2017 and I am here on Mondays and Fridays. What makes us special is the team approach of patient care. Every team member reviews each patient chart every morning thoroughly and in the morning huddles, we discuss your treatment and needs in detail. Read More

My goal is to provide you with excellent dental care with an overall health approach. During your recare visit with me, I will review your medical history thoroughly, discuss any possible oral complications from your medications and medical conditions, perform nutritional counseling with you if needed and customize a hygiene home program that is just right for you.

I hold an Associate of Science degree from the Dental Hygiene department of Foothill College. I am also a certified Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist. I went through a special 3 year training program from the University of Pacific to obtain my Registered Dental Hygienist Alternative Practice (RDHAP) license. It allows me to practice without the direct supervision of a dentist. I specialized in treating special needs adults and children. I am also certified to administer local anesthesia, nitrous oxide and laser-assisted periodontal disease therapy treatment.


Martha VergaraMARTHA VERGARA

Registered Dental Hygienist

Hi, my name is Martha and I am a Registered Dental Hygienist. I joined Santa Teresa Dental in March 2017 due to the expanding growth of the office. Hopefully this makes the hygiene appointment making process easier for you, our patients. I will be here every other Friday and I am excited to meet you in the very near future. I graduated from Carrington College, the Dental Hygiene Program in 2016. Before that, I was a Registered Dental Assistant for 8 years. Read More

In addition to working here, I am currently also working in Mountain View and San Jose. But South Valley has always been my home and where I want to serve. I reside in Gilroy and am married with 3 children. I promise to take great care of you, my patients and give you 110% of my attention.

I love working in Santa Teresa Dental because we take time to get to know each of our patients. We listen to their needs and individualize our recommendation, whether it is for hygiene or for restorative work.

When I am not at work, I love reading, photography, going to the beach and spending time with my family. I am also fluent in English and Tagalog.


NeydaNEYDA

Care Consultant

I am the Patient Care Consultant at Santa Teresa Dental, and the best part of my job is the patients! I thoroughly enjoy working with people, and strive to make our patients feel welcome and treat each one with kindness and respect. Part of my job involves preparing and going over financial plans with patients and making sure each patient is comfortable with the proposed treatment plan. It’s important to me that I listen closely to each person’s individual needs, and I work very hard to accommodate those needs. As a Spanish speaker, I am also able to consult with many patients and their families in their home language. I feel that each day is a new opportunity to make our patients happier and healthier. Read More

With its highly educated and professional staff, Santa Teresa Dental is the ideal environment for patients who insist on the best in dental care. The friendly environment makes dental visits much more enjoyable, and patients can rest assured that Dr. Huang and Dr. Ann will always provide the best possible care. I couldn’t imagine a more patient and courteous team than the one you’ll find at Santa Teresa Dental.

I am also a certified dental assistant with x-ray and coronal polishing licenses.


VanessaVANESSA

Patient Coordinator

Vanessa has always been a front office specialist . Her association with Santa Teresa Dental started in May 2011. She is returning after a leave of absence and is now back! “I am back where I belong,” she said.

Vanessa was trained by Western Career College as a front office administrator. She hopes that she can utilize her past experience and learned skills to serve patients of Santa Teresa Dental. She thinks a prospective patient should choose Santa Teresa Dental because we take the time to get to know each person that walks through the door and we build a relationship with them so that they feel comfortable and trusting.” Read More

For Vanessa, making sure patients have a pleasant experience is her top priority. Vanessa takes her responsibility of making patients’ experience at Santa Teresa Dental friendly and inviting. She believes that patients aren’t just another record in the computer, they are individuals with families, jobs, and interests.

Vanessa is happily married with 3 children, enjoys traveling, and spending time with family. Her philosophy is to live each day to the fullest because tomorrow is never promised!


ElsaELSA

Registered Dental Assistant

Hi, I am Elsa and I am a Registered Dental Assistant since 1995. Having worked in the dental field for over 20 years, I hope I bring a wealth of knowledge that will ultimately enhance your experience with us.

I enjoy working with patients of all ages, patients with different backgrounds and patients with various ethnicity. I myself grew up in Peru and I am fluent in Spanish and English. I am a happy person and hope I make you feel at ease with my pleasant personality, caring attitude and my warm smile. Read More

I enjoy creating beautiful smiles side by side with Dr. Andrew Huang. It is always amazing to see Dr. Huang transform patients who are ashamed of their smile to confident individuals. I also enjoy encouraging patients to take better care of their teeth as well as making customized recommendations to them.

The pace of the office is always energizing and exciting. One reason I love being part of the Santa Teresa Dental work family is that we work together as a team. And patients are always the center of our attention.

In additional to the registered dental assistant license, I have also attended Progressive Orthodontic, Invisalign, Cerec and Ankylos Implant System seminars.

When I am not at work, I love to cook and spend time with my husband and my 2 boys.


JhonaJHONA

Registered Dental Assistant

As we say goodbye to our long term dental assistant, Luis, Santa Teresa Dental welcomes Jhona into our work family. She is a Registered Dental Assistant. She also holds a dentist license in the Philippines. Jhona truly enjoy working with patients. She finds it rewarding motivating patients to take care of their dental needs and addressing their concerns. “I want to do everything I can to make the patients feel comfortable and well informed about the treatment that we are performing,” she said. “I make every effort to encourage questions and answer them, so that the patient not only feels very well informed, but also like a member of our extended dental family.” Read More

Jhona believes one of the things that really distinguishes us from other dental offices is that our doctors are truly interested in creating a positive dental experience for every patient. Santa Teresa Dental has a lot to offer patients, but the best reason to make an appointment is that every detail of the patient experience represents our total commitment to quality and ensuring that the patients’ needs are met.

When Jhona is not at work, she enjoys cooking, especially Pilipino food. She enjoys trying new recipes and putting new ingredients together. In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband and two adorable sons.


AnelANEL

Dental Assistant / New Patient Coordinator

Hi, my name is Anel. I graduated from Carrington College in San Jose and received my dental assisting certifications in 2015. Santa Teresa Dental is my second dental assisting job and I love it here. Here, I welcome new patients into the practice. I go over medical as well as dental histories, take vital signs and address patients’ chief concerns. I also get to work with children often. I especially enjoy making the children feel comfortable and at ease. I make sure that our little patients know that dental visits are not scary, but fun!
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You will find me occasionally in the front desk as well. I might be the one who answers your phone call, text and/or email. I might be the one who hand you the Ipad for you to update your dental and medical histories. I might be the one who offers you coffee and tea while you wait. I might also be the one who check you out and make your next appointment.

Every day, I make a conscious effort to be warm and friendly. I try my very best to make patients feel at ease and instill confidence in them. I treat patients as how I would like to be treated. At Santa Teresa Dental, we take pride at what we do every single day . I feel privileged working with my team members at Santa Teresa Dental. My doctors are kind and skilled. My team members are professional and helpful.

When I am not at work, I love to spend time outdoors and do family activities.