James A. Forester, DDS Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
little girl with hands on her face

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

Charlie 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.


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Sterilization Technician SavanaSavana 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!


Dental Patient Care Assistant MaiaMaia recently joined Coastal Pediatric Dentistry as our business team and patient care assistant! She is currently a student at Cal Poly University here in San Luis Obispo with plans to graduate in 2019. Maia is majoring in Liberal Studies and upon graduation, she aspires to become an elementary school teacher. Maia is wonderful with kids and her favorite part of her job is to get to see, help and interact with kids all day! Maia is a Central Coast native and grew up in Santa Cruz, California. When not studying or assisting us in all things pediatric dentistry, Maia loves spending time with friends and family and doing anything outdoors. One of Maia’s favorite memories was a summer trip to Greece where she enjoyed some of the best food of her life!


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)!

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