Meet some of our well qualified and friendly staff!
Jean was born in Lodi to second generation Japanese Americans; and grew up speaking Japanese and English. She graduated from the University of the Pacific School of Physicians and Surgeons in 1979 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree. She has been practicing in Sacramento since 1982. In 1991 she became certified by the State of California to do acupuncture in dentistry at the University of California San Francisco. After years of practicing traditional dentistry; she became enlightened to a holistic approach to dentistry. She enjoys working with her great staff and wonderful, appreciative patients. When not at the office she can be found riding her horse, golfing, snow skiing and gardening flowers and vegetables.
Susan has worked in the dental field since 1991. She is the Office Manager and more; she handles all aspects of patient care from scheduling appointments to billing insurance companies. She has her radiation certificate and assists Dr. Okazaki with restorative procedures, when needed. In her free time, Susan enjoys hosting get-togethers with family and friends. She makes beautiful origami and canvas art, which can be viewed in the office. Susan brings a high level of positive energy to everything she does and the office benefits from all her abilities. Dr Okazaki feels so fortunate she is an integral part of the team.
Samantha is a Registered Dental Hygienist with a passion for patient care. She graduated from Carrington College in 2016. Samantha has worked in the dental field for over 20 years, first as a Registered Dental Assistant and now as a Dental Hygienist. Samantha joined our office in 2016. Outside of work, she can be found cheering her kids on at their various sports activities around Sacramento. Dr. Okazaki is thrilled that she has brought her skills and compassion to our team.
Gale has been in the dental field for over 30 years. The first 10 years she worked as a dental assistant, before becoming a registered dental hygienist. She graduated from Foothills Dental Hygiene Program in Los Altos Hills, and a few years later received her Bachelors degree from St. Mary's College in Moraga. On her days off she enjoys taking hot yoga classes with her husband of 18 years, traveling, and working on various art projects, including-intaglio, collography, solar plate aquatints, and oil painting. We value all her abilities and her compassionate approach; and are pleased she has chosen to join our team.
Katelyn graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Biological Sciences in 2020. Her goal is to become a dentist, so she is learning the ins and outs of the front desk from Susan, as well as dental assisting from Dr. Okazaki. She has her radiation certificate and takes X-Rays from time to time. Her favorite aspect of working in a dental office is chatting with patients and further building that relationship with every visit. During her free time, Katelyn enjoys reading, sewing, lifting, learning Italian and German, and eating. Dr. Okazaki is very happy and excited that Katelyn has chosen to work here as a stepping stone to her future in dentistry.
REGISTERED DENTAL ASSISTANT EF
Melody is a RDA with Extended Functions licensure she has 30 years of experience in the dental field as an assistant and as a Treatment Coordinator. She is a graduate of Galen College of Modesto, CA and received her EF licensing through Sacramento City College. She grew up in the Sierra Foothills here in Northern CA and currrently resides in Roseville. When not working she enjoys gardening and spending time with family and friends. Dr. Okazaki appreciates all she has to offer our dental practice.