Meet Our San Luis Obispo Pediatric Dental Team
When putting together our team, Dr. Forester wanted to find a group of dental professionals who are not only highly-skilled but also extremely fun to be around. You’ll see that he more than succeeded when you come to visit us! From check-in to checkout, our team will make sure that your child’s appointment flows smoothly, and they’ll always be happy to answer any questions you might have. Read on below to get to know the friendly faces here at Coastal Pediatric Dentistry!
Janet - Financial Coordinator
Janet has almost 15 years of experience in the dental field and has been an essential member of our team since 2016. She loves having the opportunity to create a fun and positive experience for every child we treat. While Janet wears many hats, she primarily acts as Financial Coordinator, assisting patient families with the financial aspects of their visits and helping ensure all patients have access to care. She also oversees planning for cases requiring general anesthesia either in-office or at Sierra Vista or French Hospitals.
Janet studied at Cypress College and loves to continue to learn new things every day. Originally from Buena Park, CA, Janet and her husband, Mike, have two now grown children and an adorable grandson, Hudson. Janet enjoys spending free time with friends and family, hiking, going to the gym, and taking photos. She also holds a special place in her heart for cows!
Amy - RDA / Healthy Start Coordinator
Amy has been working in dentistry for over two decades now, and she can’t get enough of helping others smile brighter! She earned her Associates of Science from Foothill College and will start working towards her Bachelor’s of Science in Fall of 2019. She is also a Registered Dental Assistant.
Born in SLO and raised in Arroyo Grande, Amy has family all over the United States. While she has lived in Canada before, California is definitely her home – she loves sunshine and considers herself to be solar-powered! When she has free time outside of work, you can usually find her hanging out with her dog and loved ones, going to the gym, and cooking great meals.
Daniela – Scheduling / Treatment Coordinator
Daniela, our amazing Scheduling / Treatment Coordinator, joined our team in February 2020. Daniela grew up locally in Santa Maria and has over five years of experience in the dental field, primarily in pediatrics. Daniela loves working with kids and her favorite part of her job is hearing the creative and cute things that our patients say and do!
Outside the office, Daniela enjoys spending time with her husband, Rudy, and adorable son Jayce. She also loves traveling, hiking, family BBQs, shopping, and going to the gym. When not sheltering at home, her love of traveling takes her on random weekend road trips across California, especially to San Francisco to visit her brother.
Melissa – Administrative Coordinator
Melissa joined our team as Administrative Coordinator in early 2020. She serves our patients in a number of ways, including scheduling, check-in, helping coordinate surgery cases, overseeing our community outreach and much more. Her calm, caring and organized nature help patients and families feel at ease the minute they walk in the door. Melissa’s favorite thing about her job is that she gets to be around kids all day and she is inspired by their fun and silly energy.
Melissa graduated from Carlsbad High School and received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Cal Poly University here in San Luis Obispo. When not helping our patient families, Melissa enjoys spending time at the beach, hiking, wine tasting, spending time with her adorable niece, and traveling with her fiancé Jesse. While she is a very adventurous person, Melissa is terrified of killer whales (sorry Sea World!).
Vicki – Appointment Coordinator
Vicki joined our team as our Appointment Coordinator in April 2021. She serves as the first point of contact for our patients, greeting them and making them feel welcome as soon as they walk through the door. She helps manage multiple aspects of patient care, including scheduling, check-in, and anything that is needed to prepare for your child’s visit.
Vicki resides in Arroyo Grande with her husband. She has 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren and her husband has 2 sons and 2 grandchildren – just like “a crazy Brady Bunch,” she says. Vicki loves enjoying life to the fullest! Her favorite pastimes include hiking, kayaking, and dancing the night away at as many concerts as possible. She also has a talent for drawing cartoon animals and enjoys collecting and playing various musical instruments in her free time.
Kari – RDA
Kari has over 10 years of experience in dentistry and is our primary lead for all aspects of clinical care. She received her dental assistant training and degree from Allan Hancock College and shortly after, started working alongside Dr. Forester at the Tolosa Children’s Dental Center in Paso Robles. After several years there, Kari was one of the first employees of the newly started Coastal Pediatric Dentistry in 2013 and has been serving our patients ever since!
Kari is a San Luis Obispo native and attended SLO High. She loves her job and having the opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of our patients every day. Kari stays busy with her son Brier, baby girl Remi, and her boyfriend Tony. When she isn’t busy at work or spending time with her kids, Kari enjoys reading, going to the gym, visiting the beach, and vacationing with her family.
Michy - RDA
Michy is originally from Los Osos, and she attended Allan Hancock College for her education, completing her degree in Classical Violin and Music Theory, as well as an Associates’ of Science in both Early Childhood Development and Fine Arts (Photography). Today, she’s proud to be embarking on a new career path at Coastal Pediatric Dentistry! She really enjoys playing with kids and being goofy at the dental office, as well as constantly learning about new dental techniques while on the job
Outside of work, Michy comes from a comedic, loving family of very good cooks. Her favorite hobbies include being a mermaid on the beach, teaching violin lessons, practicing photography, learning about new languages and cultures, kayaking, listening to music, and pretty much anything to do with the ocean! She is also an underrated cook and has the uncanny ability to be able to pick up any instrument and play it right away.
Bailey - RDA
Bailey, one of our amazing and talented RDAs, has been working in pediatric dentistry with Dr. Forester for over five years. Her humor and enthusiasm bring smiles to the faces of kids, parents and our team members on a daily basis. On any given day you may find her singing Pokemon or SpongeBob Square Pants, or busting her latest dance move. Bailey is originally from Paso Robles, attended Cuesta College and also graduated from the Allan Hancock Dental Assisting School in 2015. She has extensive certifications, including x-rays, sealants, and coronal polish, and has also been certified as a massage practitioner.
Outside of the office you may find Bailey at the gym, hiking, at the beach or enjoying a pasta night with family or friends. She also absolutely loves puppies and is an amazing pet sitter!
Seidy - RDA
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Charlie - Appointment Coordinator / RDA
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Rikki - RDA
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Maddie - Sterilization Technician
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Mikalia - Sterilization / Dental Assistant
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Linnea – Dental Assistant
Linnea dove head first into the world of pediatric dentistry when she joined our team in early 2020. She assists our doctors in providing clinical care and is also responsible for preparing and sterilizing your child’s clinical area to ensure a fun and safe visit. With an extensive customer service background, Linnea brings enthusiasm, compassion and a full heart to provide the best care possible for each patient and family member she works with.
Linnea grew up in Portland, OR and attended Portland State University School of Public Health and OHSU (Oregon Health and Science University). She is certified by NASM as a nutrition and personal trainer, and at lunch you may find her whipping our team into shape with a fitness boot-camp. Outside of the office, Linnea spends her time at the gym, beach or hiking some of the amazing trails across San Luis Obispo County. And… she has one of the coolest black cats named Grizzly who she has even trained to play fetch (no lazy cat syndrome here!).