Meet the Team 

 The Team at Pacific Dental Care and Fastbraces in Pleasanton, CA.  (Left to Right: Wendy Connolly, RDH; Bernadette Spencer-Romero, RDH; Michelle Sampson, RDA; Dr. Sellick; Ellen Slater, RDH; Alisia Gonzalez, RDH; Dr. Bueno; Nakaia Young, DA; Trina Danforth, TC; Alex Padilla, TC; and Brooke Bindi, TC)(Not pictured are Christine Bueno, AP; Nicole Mullins, DA; and Mandy Allen, RDH)

The Team at Pacific Dental Care and Fastbraces in Pleasanton, CA. (Left to Right: Wendy Connolly, RDH; Bernadette Spencer-Romero, RDH; Michelle Sampson, RDA; Dr. Sellick; Ellen Slater, RDH; Alisia Gonzalez, RDH; Dr. Bueno; Nakaia Young, DA; Trina Danforth, TC; Alex Padilla, TC; and Brooke Bindi, TC)(Not pictured are Christine Bueno, AP; Nicole Mullins, DA; and Mandy Allen, RDH)


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BROOKE BINDI

Treatment Coordinator

I have been working in the dental field for about a decade now. Following my professional training as a dental assistant, I immediately came to Pacific Dental Care and Fastbraces®  and it has been my home ever since. After returning from maternity leave a few years ago, I moved to the front office to lend my love of dentistry to the administrative aspect of our practice. I really enjoy being able to help our patients get the care they deserve. A lot of times insurance companies are less than truthful, and helping our patients navigate their benefits allows them to get the care they need and deserve. I love working in the dental field because it allows me to work with people and help them with their dental needs to create beautiful smiles.

In my spare time I spend time with my family which now includes our beautiful daughter. I enjoy the outdoors, and the A’s, Raiders, and Warriors are my teams. Let’s Go, Oakland!

 
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ALEX PADILLA

Treatment Coordinator

I graduated as a dental assistant from Bryman University in San Francisco and received my state certification shortly after. I worked chair side for three years before taking some time off to raise my family. Today, I serve the wonderful patients at Pacific Dental Care and Fastbraces as a treatment coordinator. I strive to make sure every patient that walks in our door feels welcomed and leaves with the knowledge that they are in the greatest care of our doctors and staff. My goal is for our patients to benefit the most out of their insurance and find the perfect appointment for their schedule, so that they can achieve the smile and dental health they desire.

I enjoy cooking and creating new gastronomic recipes. Family is very important to me so I spend every chance I get with them. My favorite teams are the Giants and the Niners. I’m also a huge soccer fan. Go Chivas!

 
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Trina Danforth

Treatment Coordinator

“I recently joined the team at Pacific Dental Care and Fastbraces and am happy I did.  I am here on Saturdays to help all our patients out that can't take time off work or school to get their all-important exams and cleanings."  Trina has 20 years of experience in dentistry and other areas of business.  In her spare time, Trina and her husband enjoy their family and spending time enjoying life.

 
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ELLEN SLATER

Registered Dental Hygienist

I am a graduate of Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists, in Boston, and have been practicing dental hygiene for more than 30 years. My professional experiences include staff dental hygienists at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and private practices in periodontics and in general dentistry.

Since moving to California in 1994, I have developed the Soft Tissue Management Program at Pacific Dental Care and Fastbraces®. This program prevents and treats periodontal disease in order to protect total health. As technology evolves and research advances, our treatment program evolves and is constantly improving. At its core, our office philosophy is to create happy patients. I customize my patients' care to address their individual needs to help them achieve their optimum healthy, and happy, smile.

When not working I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family and friends. You can usually find me riding a bike, running, or working out. Total health is my commitment to myself and my family of patients.

 
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ALISIA GONZALEZ

Registered Dental Hygienist

I arrived at Pacific Dental Care with more than six years of experience in dental hygiene. I am a 2009 graduate of Carrington College, with an Associate of Science degree. My love of dental hygiene fuels my desire to provide an important service to my patients. I enjoy the opportunity to help my patients understand why complete oral care is so beneficial to their overall health.

Outside of the office, I stay busy with my husband, two year old daughter, and my dog Teddy.

 
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WENDY CONNOLLY

Registered Dental Hygienist

I received my Bachelor's degree in Advanced Dental Hygiene Sciences from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. In affiliation with Northeastern University, I attended the prestigious Forsyth Dental School for Dental Hygienists. It is here where I received my Certification in Dental Hygiene. I became licensed in both Massachusetts and California, successfully completing the North East Regional Boards and the California State Boards. I completed internships at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Medicaid Fraud Unit, and the United States Coast Guard. I maintain my licensure through various continuing education credits that are relevant and current in the practices of periodontal therapy. I am laser certified for the management of soft tissue. I have been a practicing Registered Dental Hygienist in the Bay Area for more than 15 years. I believe in providing the highest level of oral health care and periodontal therapy. It is my goal to offer a caring and comfortable experience for all patients while tending to their needs. I believe in providing the best possible care in order to maintain a lifetime of oral health.

 
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BERNADETTE ROMERO-SPENcER

Registered Dental Hygienist

"My role as your dental hygienist is to provide you with a comfortable environment and to answer all questions you may have. I look forward to educating patients and personalizing their home care so they can reach optimum oral health."  Bernadette has been in the dental field for over 18 years and has provided comfortable dental care. She enjoys spending her spare time with her husband and their children participating in outdoor activities.

 
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mandy allen

Registered Dental Hygienist

"I enjoy my role as a dental hygienist and helping our family of patients achieve better health through better hygiene."  Mandy has been a dental hygienist for several years and provides gentle cleanings in a relaxing manner.  In her spare time, Mandy enjoys the outdoors, golf, and spending time with family and friends.

 
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MICHELLE SAMPSON

Registered Dental Assistant

I am a graduate of the Kaplan College with a certification in dental assisting. I recently studied for, and passed my registered dental assisting certification. I feel truly blessed to have joined Pacific Dental Care & Fastbraces and to have the opportunity to work with such an amazing dental team. I love making a difference in our patients' lives by helping them improve their smile and oral health.

In my free time, I enjoy hiking, going to the beach, crushing the ring obstacle at the 2014 Rugged Maniac race course, and spending time with my husband and two children.

 
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NAKAIA YOUNG

Dental Assistant

I received my Dental Assisting certification in 2015 and joined Pacific Dental Care shortly after.  I love working at Pacific Dental Care because it gives me a chance to constantly learn and use the latest technology. Being able to make a difference in a patient's life by helping them improve their smile and oral health is what motivates me each day.  In my spare time, I love spending time with my daughter and going shopping. 

 
 
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Nicole Mullins

Dental Assistant

I have been a dental assistant for 12 years. What I like most about dentistry is meeting and getting to know patients and  I also enjoy helping people. What I like about Pacific Dental Care and Fastbraces is that everybody works as a team. 

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my 5 year old daughter, trying new restaurants and outdoor activities like hiking and going to the beach.

 
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CHRISTINE BUENO

Payroll Manager / Accounts Payable

I love Pacific Dental Care, not just because my husband is one of the partners, but because it truly is an amazing part of the Tri-Valley landscape. From incredible dental care to the outreach via charity through Dentists Against Cancer, Pacific Dental Care treats their family of patients like you would want to be treated. As for how I add to the mix, I operate the books from home and take care of the payroll and accounts payable.

In my spare time, yeah right, I love spending time with my husband and our three kids. My interests are reading, scuba diving, and rooting on the A’s, Raiders, Sharks, and Warriors to victory. On the down low, I root for the Giants and Niners since those are my dad's favorites. Go Bay Area!!!!