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, golfing, 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.
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.
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.
Amie has over 11 years of dental assisting experience. She graduated from Western Career College and has been a Registered Dental Assistant for 11 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.