James A. Forester, DDS Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
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Meet the San Luis Obispo, CA Pediatric Dental Team

SLO pediatric dentist Dr. James Forester with his dental team

Kari - RDA

Registered Dental Assistant KariKari 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 - RDA

Registered Dental Assistant JennaJenna 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. 

Charlie - RDA

Registered Dental Assistant CharlieCharlie earned his registered dental assistant license from Allan Hancock College in 2013, and since then, he has worked hard to help patients achieve their healthiest smiles. Brand new to our office, Charlie loves working with kids, and he goes above and beyond to help children feel right at home. In addition to his registered dental assistant license, Charlie is also a certified nursing assistant, and he’s working toward his certification as a pediatric registered nurse.

Born and raised in Santa Maria, Charlie loves spending time with friends and family, especially spoiling his niece, Gracie. In his free time, you’ll catch Charlie going to movies with his family, going to Bass Lake, drinking coffee, watching This is Us, and listening to Taylor Swift.


Dental Patient Coordinator AmandaAmanda 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!

Bea - RDA

Registered Dental Assistant BeaWe 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. 

Andrea - RDA

Registered Dental Assistant AndreaAndrea is one of our wonderful Registered Dental Assistants who joined our pediatric dental team in 2016. She has over 3 years of dental experience and earned her RDA license through the Allan Hancock College. Originally from Santa Maria, Andrea’s favorite thing about her job is getting to make children happy every day. She loves to see children leave with smiles on their faces! She enjoys all aspects of pediatric dentistry, from providing routine preventive care (cleanings) for children of all ages to assisting Dr. Forester chairside. Andrea also assists Dr. Forester with pediatric dental surgeries for patients under general anesthesia, both in office and at the local San Luis Obispo hospitals.

When she’s not working, Andrea enjoys listening to Classic Rock, from Led Zepplin to Van Halen, and everything in between.

Dental Assistant AmyAmy - RDA

With more than two decades of dentistry experience, Amy joined our team in 2018. She loves helping patients have a great dental experience from the moment they walk through the door, and her dedication to patient comfort and relaxation makes every visit to our office something your child can look forward to. She received her dental education through the National Education Center for Dental Assisting, and she holds certification as an oral surgery assistant. Originally from Montrose in Southern California, Amy is the proud mother of two sons. In her free-time, she enjoys listening to music, going to movies, hiking, sleeping, people watching, and spending time with her kids. Next time you’re in, make sure to ask Amy to show you her double-jointed fingers!

Janet - Treatment Coordinator

Janet has more than a decade of experience in the dental field, and she has been an essential member of our dentistry team since October of 2016. She loves having the opportunity to work with a pediatric dentist and dental care team to create a fun and positive experience for every child we treat. She studied at Cypress College, and Janet enjoys learning new things every day from her dentistry team. Originally from Buena Park, California, Janet and her husband are the proud parents of two children and two loveable labradoodles. She enjoys spending free time with friends and family, hiking, going to the gym, and taking photos. An avid traveler, Janet has a unique way of making memories on her journeys – she does cartwheels! So far, she’s done a cartwheel in 21 states.


Dental Patient Care Assistant MaiaMaia joined the Coastal Pediatric Dentistry team in May 2017 as our business team and patient care assistant! Maia is a Central Coast native and grew up in Santa Cruz, California. She is currently attending Cal Poly, and is a Liberal Studies major planning on becoming an elementary school teacher. Once she graduates in 2019, Maia hopes to spend a few years teaching abroad in South America before coming back to start her teaching career in the United States. Maia is wonderful with kids, and her favorite part of her job is interacting with the patients and making their experience here as enjoyable as possible! When not studying or assisting us in all things pediatric dentistry, Maia loves spending time with her family and friends, camping, traveling, doing arts and crafts, and cooking!


Dental Assistant JenJen plays an integral role on our team as Dental Assistant/Sterilization Technician with over four years of dental experience. She graduated from Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo with a degree in Biology in 2017. Jen also trained at the SLO Noor Clinic while at Cal Poly and hopes to attend dental school in the future. Her favorite part of working at Coastal Pediatric Dentistry is working with such a fun pediatric dental team. When not working with kids in the dental office, Jen loves painting, cooking and traveling, and has even flown a plane (for a brief amount of time)!


Dental Assistant JenMaile is our new Sterilization Technician and Dental Assistant, and we are so glad to have her on the team! She is currently a biochemistry student at Cal Poly University with a minor in dance. She expects to graduate in June 2019. Maile says she loves working at this office because of the positive team vibes, and getting to be around cute kids isn’t bad, either! Originally from Portland, OR, Maile is passionate about dancing and the great outdoors -- she co-owns an island in Alaska and built a hot tub on it last summer!

Dental Assistant JenJoseph M. - Human Resources Manager

Joseph loves working with our team members on an individual basis to help them enjoy working with our team. Born and raised in the Five Cities area, Joseph enjoys working in his hometown community. He’s married to Bethany, and the couple has two daughters, Tessa and Emileigh. Joseph and his family love to travel and visit Disney Land.

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