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.
Dana – Receptionist
Dana is our very personable Receptionist in our dental practice. She is the friendly voice on the other end of the line when you call to schedule an appointment (initial or follow-up), and Dana is also responsible for maintaining treatment schedules for patients. Dana respects patient privacy, and keeps all personal and medical information in the strictest confidence. We are excited to have her on our team. Dana loves when a pleased patient returns for their follow-up visit happy with the outcome from a cosmetic or restorative dental procedure. When she is not working, Dana spends quality time with her family.
Krystal – Treatment Coordinator
Krystal joined the team in Sept. 2014, but she has worked in the field of dentistry since 2005. As the treatment coordinator she strives to help new and existing patients understand the cost and value of each individual treatment plan. Krystal makes herself available to ensure all questions are answered both financially and clinically before treatment begins. In her free time she looks forward to quiet evenings at home where she spends quality time with her husband and son, but also enjoys occasional weekend trips to the river.
Fran – Administrative Assistant
For more than 6 years, Fran has served as our Administrative Assistant with both clinical and administrative duties. She does her best to help patients fill out their paperwork, make sure they completely fill out their medical histories, and keep them comfortable throughout their visit at our practice. In addition, she diligently submits and tracks all insurance claims and will graciously help patients understand their benefits before treatment begins. Fran used to work in Human Resources before switching over to the dental world. Fran says that she is happy to be a part of the team, and having the opportunity to learn about the amazing world of dentistry.
Loren – Dental Assistant
Loren is one of the Dental Assistants at our practice. She was born in Pennsylvania and moved to California when her father became stationed here while in the Marine Corp. Loren first became interested in dentistry while going through orthodontics. At that time she knew this was the field for her. The most important things to Loren 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. When outside the office, Loren likes to spend time with her husband & daughter, cooking and working out.
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 Hygienist
Registered Dental Hygienist, Michelle, started her hygienist career in 1992. She grew up in Torrance, CA, and relocated to San Diego, CA in 1998 with her husband. Michelle has a patient-first attitude when it comes to providing outstanding preventive dental care, and makes sure each patient is completely comfortable while in the dentist chair. It is also her responsibility to assess each patient’s teeth and gums to make sure there are no signs of disease or abnormalities. Michelle is known for her upbeat demeanor, and loves sharing stories while cleaning teeth. Michelle is a valuable asset to our team.
Michelle D. – Registered Dental Assistant
In 1995, Michelle became a Registered Dental Assistant, and has worked within this office since 1999. Since Michelle diligently works in direct patient care, developing special relationships with patients is very important to her. She says that her job brings her a great deal of joy and satisfaction. Michelle is known to bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the office, and for entertaining patients to make the trip to the dentist more enjoyable. Michelle moved to San Diego in 1979, and is married to her junior high school sweetheart. With her husband, Michelle has an adventurous son, and they all love to go snowboarding, skiing, dirt bike riding, and take trips to 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.