Meet some of our well qualified and friendly staff!
Jeanette Midori Okazaki
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, snow skiing and gardening flowers and vegetables.
Susan M. Smith
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 spending time with her 5 grandchildren, hosting get-togethers with family and friends, and working part time at an art store. She also does beautiful origami, 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.
Jennifer graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of South Dakota in 2001. She has worked with Dr. Okazaki since 2006. Dr. Okazaki feels very fortunate to have her in the practice, as do many patients. Jennifer has had a busy few years. Since she got married in 2016 she and her husband have been blessed with their son, Liam. Has welcomed their niece, Ruby, into their home, and are expecting a baby girl. She still enjoys running, cooking and their three dogs.
Jodi graduated from Sacramento City College in 2000 with an Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene. She worked for Dr. Okazaki for nine years and recently returned to the practice in 2015. Jodi enjoys the holistic approach to dentistry, connecting with the people and educating patients about dental health. Outside of work, Jodi is a busy Mom of two great kids. Together they enjoy hiking, gardening, their animals, the outdoors, and spending time with loved ones. Dr. Okazaki was so happy and felt very fortunate to have Jodi return to the practice to care for her patients.
DENTAL HYGIENIST, DENTAL ASSISTANT
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 13 years, first as a Registered Dental Assistant and now as a Dental Hygienist. Samantha joined our office in 2016. On her days off, she can be found spending time with her children. Dr. Okazaki is thrilled that she has brought her skills and compassion to our team.
Julie is a Registered Dental Assistant and graduated from Western Career College. It is her smiling face and friendly demeanor that will greet you when you come into our office. Julie enjoys being a mom to her five children. Her hobbies are scrapbooking and all types of crafting where she can be creative. Dr. Okazaki appreciates all that she brings to the practice: her wonderful rapport with patients and staff; and her computer skills.
Amie has over 8 years of dental assisting experience. She graduated from Western Career College and has been a Registered Dental Assistant for 8 years. In addition to being a mom, Amie enjoys sewing and cooking in her free time. Dr. Okazaki is very happy to have her on the team and finds her assisting skills valuable.