Front Desk Administrator Melody says her job is to “wear all the hats”. Her duties include everything to do with the front office, including answering phones, scheduling appointments, verifying insurance, handing billing, and making financial arrangements.
Melody graduated from Bryman’s School for Medical and Dental Assistants in the first graduating class of RDA’s, and has been working in the dental industry for 40 years. “I wanted a career that didn’t require working weekends or holidays, but being part of a close knit practice family ended up being the best part of this job!”
Melody was raised in California’s Central valley, but South Shore Lake Tahoe has been her homes since 1977. “I came for a carefree vacation, and never left!” she laughs. When she’s not making sure the practice runs smoothly, Melody can be found spending time with her adult children out in a boat on the beautiful lake she calls home.
Receptionist Michelle says attending to the front desk at Tahoe Family Dentists is perfect for a people person like herself. “I love working with the dentists and staff here, and it’s important for me to be able to make every patient feel comfortable and welcome,” she says.
Michelle grew up in Modesto, CA, but has called South Lake Tahoe home for 22 years. She obtained an associate’s degree and chose to go into the dental field because she had always found the profession interesting. “I think many people assume going to the dentist will be an unpleasant experience, and that’s not the case,” she comments, adding that her mother took her to the dentist every 6 months as a child and she always had a great checkup.
When she isn’t answering phones, greeting patients, or filing, Michelle can be found spending time with her two sons, watching movies and relaxing, or hanging out with friends. She supports UNICEF for their work protecting children’s rights, and says given a year to do anything she wanted she’d make a point of visiting Paris and Italy with her two sons.
For Registered Dental Hygienist Michele, a passion for dentistry was sparked at the young age of 13 when she completed a science report on periodontal diseases. Her freshman year of high school included a career research project on dental hygiene, and from that point Michele knew she wanted to become a dental hygienist and help make a positive difference in patients’ lives. Today Michele fulfills her goal by providing dental cleanings, radiographs, periodontal checks, and patient education.
Michele grew up in the foothills of California, and currently lives in Minden with her husband and their 3 children. She holds dual Associate’s Degrees in Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene, and continues her education with hours of study each year to stay abreast fo updated technology and techniques in her field. “Everyone at the practice is committed to the patient,” she says. “I love how our practice is a home away from home!”
Michele and her husband have been happily married for over a decade, and the couple has two daughters and a son. She enjoys swimming, skiing, and camping outdoors with her family and friends, and is heavily involved with her children’s school and sports activities. Gifted with a year to do anything, Michele would enjoy traveling to different countries to experience new climates and cultures with her husband and children.
Registered Dental Assistant Alex says the job is all about teamwork. “My daily tasks consist of stocking, assisting, taking radiographs, charting, making sure the dentists have what they need, and basically making sure the back of the office runs smoothly”, she says.
Born and bred in Tahoe, Alex was in an ROP program in high school, which is where she fell in love with dentistry. She says the patients she has grown to know, love, and build solid relationships with are why she’s stayed in the profession for 10 years.
When she’s not assisting dentists in creating happy smiles, Alex can be found relaxing in her time away from the office “I like peace and quiet!” she laughs. Given a year off to do anything or go anywhere, Alex says she would like to travel with her husband to a third world country and do volunteer work.
Dental Assistant Sarahi says going into the dental profession is practice for dental school. “I love having the opportunity to learn, practice, and learn some more,” she says of her job assisting the dentists.
Sarahi attended Lake Tahoe Community College, and has been working in the dental field for four years. “I love learning new techniques,” she says. “Dentistry is something I’ve always been interested in!”
When she’s not helping the dentists with patients, Sarahi enjoys supporting the animal rescues, which she is very passionate about. She lives in South Lake Tahoe.