James A. Forester, DDS Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Meet the San Luis Obispo Dental Team

Dr. James Forester and his dental team


Originally from San Luis Obispo, Jessica has also been with our practice since we first opened. She earned her AA degree at Cuesta College before undergoing a dental assisting program at Allan Hancock Community College. She has over five years of experience working in pediatric dentistry both in the dental office and at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center and French Hospital, where she assists with pediatric dental surgeries.

Jessica’s favorite thing about her job as an RDA is the amazing families that make work so much fun! She has the funniest conversations with kids and they truly make her smile all day long. She loves watching her patient families grow and meeting the newest additions. Jessica feels very lucky to be a part of these wonderful kids’ lives, and especially enjoys making balloon animals for the kids (and sometimes adults!).

Outside of work, Jessica enjoys dancing, going to swap meets, and spending time with her boyfriend Kelsey and their Mini Australian Shepherd, Bowie.


Kari has been part of our team as a registered dental assistant since we first opened. She was born and raised in San Luis Obispo and attended San Luis High. Kari received her dental training and degree from Allan Hancock College and has many years of experience in the dental field working alongside Dr. Forester.

Kari’s favorite thing about her job is changing the lives of the kids she sees. She enjoys their excitement about being at the dentist and also seeing how they’ve learned from her and her team members about how to properly care for their teeth.

Kari is a proud parent of son Brier, born in August 2012. When she isn’t busy at work or spending time with her boys, Kari enjoys reading, going to the gym, visiting the beach, and vacationing with her family.


Jenna is a wonderful addition to our team. She started out as an intern and was such a great fit we were thrilled to welcome her on full-time! Jenna completed the dental assisting program at Allan Hancock College, where she developed her passion for dentistry -- especially pediatric dentistry. Jenna has always loved kids, she says, even from the time she was one herself. Now, her favorite part of working at Coastal Pediatric Dentistry is that she gets to be around children all day! When she’s not busy making little patients smile at our office, Jenna enjoys hiking, spending time with her family and traveling. 


Amanda joined the Coastal Pediatric Dentistry team in June of 2016 as Front Office Specialist / Patient Coordinator. She has a special knack for helping people feel welcome and loves being able to meet so many children and their families. Amanda is a familiar face around town, as she is originally from San Luis Obispo and attended San Luis High and Cuesta College. She loves being involved in the community and previously worked with SLO Parks and Recreation for 10 years. You may recognize her from her prior roles working with children in the SLO community.

Outside the office, Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband, Brian, two dogs, Gizmo and Taylor, and three cats. She is an avid Harry Potter fan and loves to go on random adventures. She is truly a kid at heart!


Savana is excited to gain valuable experience working at Coastal Pediatric Dentistry. Savana joined Coastal Pediatric Dentistry in 2016 as a part-time assistant / sterilization technician and is currently studying nutrition at Cal Poly University. She plans to attend dental school after graduation in 2018. Savana is originally from Lake Tapps, Washington, and loves the outdoors – especially hiking. She recently volunteered at a medical clinic in Costa Rica teaching children how to properly brush and floss!


We have recently added a brilliant billing and reception specialist to our team. Bea has been working in dentistry for over 4 years. She loves interacting and helping children feel at ease in our San Luis Obispo office. Bea is originally from Fresno, graduated from Cambridge High, before moving on to Allan Hancock College. Bea is married and has 2 children. When not in the office she like spending with her family, which includes 12 nieces and nephews. 


Robyn joined our team as Sterilization Technician / Office Assistant during the summer of 2016 and loved it so much that she continues to work with us part-time during the academic year. You may find her greeting patients in the front office, assisting Dr. Forester chairside, helping coordinate patient dental insurance benefits, and everything in between! Robyn is currently studying biology at Cal Poly University and expects to graduate in June 2017. Upon graduation, she plans to enroll in PA school to prepare her for a career in pediatric medicine or surgery. Robyn is SCUBA certified and when she’s not studying or working, she enjoys diving locally in Morro Bay and Santa Barbara.


Brian has been a member of the Coastal Pediatric Dentistry team since 2015 and now has over 4 years of experience working in dentistry. He is a sociology major at Cal Poly University and plans to attend dental school after graduation. At the office, you may find him helping out with a wide range of responsibilities including assisting chairside with Dr. Forester and helping with sterilization. Brian’s favorite thing about his job is working with people and gaining new insights and knowledge to prepare him for a career in dentistry. He is a native of Los Angeles and comes from a large family (and he is a twin!). When Brian is not studying or working, he loves to travel and has visited about 20 different countries.

Kids and PArents Love us

Our 5-year old had a great experience, despite needing a cavity filled. Dr. Forester spent a lot of time with us explaining everything and totally put our son at ease. We're glad we found you! ~ Destini C., Facebook Review
My 3 1/2 & 2 year old LOVE this dental office & Dr Forrester! Everybody in the office is friendly & make the visit fun for kids. Highly recommended! ~ Jen B., Facebook Review

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