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Meet Our Dental Team

Kathy, San Marcos Office Manager

San Marcos dental office manager KathyKathy has been part of the dental profession for more than four decades. She was educated as a Registered Dental Assistant at Bryman University in Canoga Park, California, where she graduated in 1977. She’s worked alongside Dr. Howard since 1993, and has a passion for providing excellent care to all their patients.

Kathy loves that Dr. Howard has advance training in all aspects of dentistry, and that he spares no expense when it comes to modern dental equipment and supplies. He puts the patient’s needs first! Dr. Howard is at the top of his field and provides perfection to our patients. He makes the office a wonderful place to work.

Kathy makes her home in Escondido where she lives with her husband. They have four adult children and four grandchildren. Kathy enjoys home decorating, gardening, muscle cars, travel, and jewelry.

Debra, Rancho Bernardo Office Manager & Internal Marketing Coordinator

Rancho Bernardo dental office manager DebraDebra has been part of the dental field for more than seven years and joined Dr. Howard’s Rancho Bernardo practice in 2012. She thrives on always having a variety of tasks to accomplish, which helps keep her focused. And meeting new people is a great perk, too!

She really loves being part of a practice that takes the time and makes every effort to value every single dental patient. Instead of focusing on a daily or monthly monetary goal, the focus remains on each patient as an individual, each with their own unique needs and concerns.

Debra currently makes her home in Valley Center with her husband and together they have five children. When not at work, she enjoys gardening, cooking, writing, making all-natural health and beauty products, and refurbishing furniture.

Nadia, Registered Dental Assistant

Registered dental assistant Nadia Rancho BernardoNadia started at Dr. Howard’s cosmetic and implant dental practiced in 2010. She’s been in the dental field for more than ten years, and stays up-to-date on dentistry through continuing education courses.

She loves the quality and care that comes from Dr. Howard for all their patients. She loves everyone’s professionalism and how everyone works well together in a team. Nadia takes great pride in caring for all patients equally. She enjoys working in a place where she knows that every single patient is receiving quality dentistry.

Nadia enjoys reading books, family sports, and watching scary and action movies. She has three boys who keep her busy with school and sports. They are both active in lacrosse and football.

Vanessa, Registered Dental Hygienist

Registered dental hygienist Vanessa Rancho BernardoVanessa has been in the dental field for over 20 years. She became a dental assistant when she was 16 and has had a passion for dentistry ever since. Her intent as a Registered Dental Hygienist is to give her clients a wonderful dental experience by being personable and by being a contributing factor in their periodontal health. Being in the dental field has allowed her to meet many people and build relationships with them while helping them achieve a healthy smile.

Vanessa is happy to be a part of a dental team that truly cares about the well-being and dental needs of each person that walks through the door. She is grateful to work for Dr. Howard because he is a caring and honest dentist who does exceptional dentistry and appreciates his employees.

In 2001, Vanessa received her Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene from Southwestern College in San Diego. She keeps up to date by attending dental seminars and is laser certified. She has been a part of Dr. Howard's practice since 2015 and is looking forward to many more years.

Vanessa is married and loves spending time with her husband and their two awesome dogs.

Marlene, Registered Dental Hygienist

Registered dental hygienist Marlene San MarcosMarlene is the Registered Dental Hygienist at Dr. Howards’ Rancho Bernardo location. Her passion is dental hygiene and providing comprehensive oral health to all of her patients. She takes the time necessary with each patient to customize home care routines and treatment necessary for each individual.
 
Marlene started her dental career as a Registered Dental Assistant on Lackland Air Force base in Texas. She soon discovered her passion for dental hygiene and pursued her goal shortly after moving to San Diego. She attended Concorde Career College where she obtained her Associates in Applied Science.
 
In her free time, Marlene enjoys her second passion, fitness. She is a Certified Personal Trainer who loves to help clients achieve healthy lifestyles and physical goals! She spends the majority of her time with her husband and 6-year-old husky. They love to go on outdoor hikes, play soccer, and relax by the beach.