We are very proud of our team here at Pearls of Dentistry.
Our entire team is filled with dental health professionals who are here to help you! They will do anything they can to give you a smile of which you can be proud.
Our staff is dedicated to giving our patients the very best care dentistry has to offer. We do this by continuing our education and keeping up with the latest developments.
We believe in giving our patients a comfortable office. We want you to be comfortable talking to anyone on our staff. We are there to answer your questions. It is our goal to give you a friendly and professional atmosphere so you are comfortable coming to your dentist.
Debbie – Office Manager
Debbie is the Office Manager for our office in Poway, CA for Drs. Langenbach and Thomas. She is responsible for maintaining surgery schedules for patients, and coordinating care from the initial consultation forward for each patient. She has worked in dentistry since 1982, first as a Registered Dental Assistant, then she transitioned to the front office. As Office Manager, Debbie delights in coming to work every day with her encouraging co-workers in a fun and positive working environment. We are just as excited to have her on our team. Debbie considers it a job well done when satisfied patients return for their follow-up visits pleased and happy with their healthy smiles. Debbie married her high school sweetheart, and they have two sons. When she is not working, Debbie loves spending time with her family and friends, traveling to new places, and indulging in a glass of wine while reading a good book or watching a classic movie.
Diane – Administrative Assistant
Washma – Registered Dental Hygienist
Washma has worked in the dental field since 1999. She started her career as an assistant, but she went back to school to become a Registered Dental Hygienist. Washma says that developing special bonds with her patients while cleaning their teeth makes the job so worthwhile, and it brings so much joy and excitement to her job. Washma tries to be as gentle and caring as she can, especially when she has a nervous or anxious patient in the chair. Washma also loves being a wife and mother. With a son and daughter at home, Washma enjoys spending time with her family, going on hikes, cooking delicious meals, and traveling around the world.
Patty – Registered Dental Hygienist
Patty started her career in dentistry as an assistant, and was motivated to go to school to become a hygienist. She graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1985 with a B.A. in Dental Hygiene. Patty then began working as a Registered Dental Hygienist for Dr. Langenbach and Dr. Thomas in 1995, and says it is a pleasure and honor to be affiliated with this team. She takes dental preventative care very seriously, and will carefully explain any treatment or procedure to a patient who asks. Patty loves being a wife and mother, and her time off from work is filled with driving her children to their various sport activities (soccer, football, basketball, volleyball, and softball), camping, riding quads, and volunteering at school and church.
Michelle – Registered Dental Assistant & Insurance Coordinator
Michele was born and raised in the Midwest. She grew up in Iowa and relocated with her family to San Diego in 2019. She started her dental career in 2011 as a registered and certified dental assistant, then later earned her Iowa Expanded Functions Dental Assistant title. Michele is an avid supporter of quality healthcare, especially dentistry. She has strived to improve the regulations and standards of the dental assistant role within healthcare. Not only has she served as the Iowa Dental Assistant Association (IDAA) Vice President, IDAA Secretary, and as a delegate for the American Dental Assistant Association (ADAA), but she also co-founded the 8th District ADAA Committee. She served on an advisory committee and as a clinical adjunct instructor for a collegiate dental assistant program as well as co-managing the IDAA Student Involvement Committee. Michele’s favorite part being a dental assistant is being directly involved in changing a patient’s life with high-quality dental care. Michele is a wife and a mother to their 2 children. Her children’s activities keep the family very busy with baseball, softball, and golf. When she isn’t at the baseball fields, she can often be found at the dog park with their 2 dogs, camping, or at the beach.
Lilya – Registered Dental Assistant
Lilya loves making a difference in other people’s lives when she is at work with Dr. Thomas and Dr. Langenbach as a Registered Dental Assistant. She teaches patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies (tooth brushing, flossing, and what foods to avoid) to maintain excellent oral health between cleanings and check-ups. Lilya assists our doctors by following all infection control protocol, and preparing and sterilizing instruments and equipment. Personally interacting with the patients at this practice, Lilya gets a lot of job satisfaction by knowing that she helped someone with a valuable health service. Lilya is a great member of our team.
Francine – Receptionist
Jessica – Registered Dental Assistant
Jessica was born and raised in Escondido. While going to college as a Criminology major she was also going through Orthodontic treatment. Because of the care she received and the positive outcome of the treatment she decided to change her major and become a dental assistant. Jessica loves helping patients to understand how dentistry plays a part in their complete health. When outside the office, Jessica likes to go hiking and spend time with her boyfriend and family.
Jackie – Registered Dental Assistant
Jackie is a native of San Diego. The most important things to Jackie is the patient experience while in the office and the quality of dentistry provided. She loves to make patients feel safe, comforted and educated about their oral health. On her free time, Jackie likes to spend time with her four dogs, go backpacking. She is a foodie & likes to try new restaurants.