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Our San Diego Dental Professionals Make a Difference

At Park Dental Arts, our highly skilled, dedicated, and compassionate team of dental professionals works alongside San Diego dentist Drs. Peggy Curtis and Hilda Thompson and is committed to making sure you experience excellence in dental care every time you visit. The team will make sure your needs are met and your expectations are surpassed, from the moment you step through our doors until you are done checking out, and they will always give you a reason to smile.

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Treatment Coordinator
Candice was born and raised in San Diego. The youngest of eight brothers and sisters, she has always been very family-oriented, with three boys of her own now. In her free time, she and her husband Taylor like to take the kids to Disney Land. She also collects porcelain dolls, and absolutely loves Salsa music and Ballroom Dancing – she even used to dance competitively!

San Diego Dentist Insurance Coordinator Louella

Louella Buyson

Insurance Coordinator
Louella was born in the Phillippines Islands. Her father was in the U.S. Navy and moved the family to San Diego when she was just a little girl. She joined our team in March 2009. With over 11 years experience working in the dental field, she has done it all by helping patients chairside, working front office, coordinating treatment and insurance billing. Louella loves spending time with her husband Ricky and two beautiful daughters Cali-Jae and Kylie.

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Chiaki Hoodwillis

Registered Dental Assistant
Chiaki was born in Tokyo, Japan, where she grew up with her parents and younger brother. She received her bachelor’s degree in communications and took part of her course load abroad in the United States at the University of New Hampshire.

After having her son, Chiaki wanted to learn a profession that was more hands-on. In 2011 she moved to the U.S. and became a dental assistant through a program provided by the American Red Cross. She enjoys being a dental assistant and decided to continue her training, becoming a registered dental assistant in 2013.

Chiaki loves to spend time with her 8-year-old son. She also likes to watch football, go dancing, and head to the beach in her free time.

San Diego Registered Dental Assistant Patrizia

Patrizia Deck (Pat)

Registered Dental Assistant
Pat is from Naples, Italy. She and her family moved to the U. S. while she was in high school. Along with her native Italian, Pat became fluent in Spanish and English. Pat graduated from the Navy dental assisting school in 1980. She then proceeded to work at MCRD Dental Clinic for 10 years. Marriage and two beautiful children created a five year hiatus from her career. In 1997, Pat began working with Dr. Curtis and has been a very valuable team member ever since. Pat enjoys exercising at the gym and now incorporates Zumba into her workout 3-4 times a week. She loves spending time with her family, shopping and helping others.

San Diego Registered Dental Assistant Norma

Norma Avalos

Registered Dental Assistant Extended Functions
Norma was born in Baja California. In the year 2000 she moved to San Diego. After 2 years of college, she decided to pursue a career in dentistry. Norma graduated from UEI College as a Dental Assistant in April 2005. Fortunately for everyone, she was assigned to Dr. Curtis’ office for her externship. Her early display of dental knowledge and dental assisting skills resulted in an offer for a long term position in the office. A year later, Norma went back for additional training to obtain her Registered Dental Assistant license. She loves her job and enjoys learning and growing with the practice. At the beginning of 2012, she knew it was time to expand her dental skills to a new level where she could take more responsibilities. Therefore, she went to an intensive year of training and passed the board exams at UCLA that were required to get her extended functions license. Norma has an adorable son born in 2005. She is fluent in Spanish. Her hobbies are spending time with her family, going to the movies, beach and water parks.

San Diego Registered Dental Hygienist Mary-Ann

Mary Ann Rivera

Registered Dental Hygienist

Mary Ann is the 5th of 7 children in her family native to San Diego. She has been involved in the dental field since 1980 as a Registered Dental Assistant. She continued her education by completing the Southwestern College Dental Hygiene Program in 2004 and is now a Registered Dental Hygienist. She is currently a member of the Dental Hygiene Program Advisory Committee at Southwestern College as well as a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association.

Together with her husband, Aurelio, they have six children and three grandchildren, three who are still at home: Vincent whose heading to off to UC Santa Cruz, her daughter Alissa a very accomplished young lady starting her junior year in high school, and lastly Adan, her 2 year old ball of energy. In her spare time…oops.. She HAS no spare time! She still manages to be there for all family events including track and cross-country meets, soccer and baseball games. Hobbies include, watching the NBA and salsa dancing with her husband.

San Diego Registered Dental Hygienist Tammi

Tammi Yoro

Registered Dental Hygienist
Tammi is a San Diego native and her career within the dental field began in 1995, as a Registered Dental Assistant. After twelve years of providing patient care within a general dental practice, she decided to further her education and was accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program at San Joaquin Valley College. Tammi’s decision to become a Dental Hygienist was based on her commitment and respect for the dental field. She finds patient care very rewarding and the only thing she imagines herself working within. She believes that she plays a vital role in reducing dental disease by providing quality treatment and dental health education to those in need.

Through experience and ongoing continuing education, Tammi strives to become the best skilled clinician that she can possibly become and always remain an advocate for the dental hygiene field. When she doesn’t have dentistry on her mind, she enjoys her time with her loving family which consists of her supportive husband Jerry, and her daughter Stephanie and son Nick. Stephanie is in her third year at California Lutheran University and Nick started high school this year. Tammi’s favorite activities are hanging out at the beach to watch her son surf, taking her dog on long walks, and spending time with her family. Between having a challenging career and a busy home life, she loves her life and wouldn’t change it for anything.

Registered Dental Hygienist Elyse

Elyse McMullen

Registered Dental Hygienist
Elyse was born and raised in Tampa, FL. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and her Masters of Arts degree from the University of South Florida. Elyse moved to San Diego in 1997 and taught middle school for two years before realizing that teaching was not for her. Having always been interested in dentistry, Elyse went back to school and obtained her dental hygiene license in 2004. She enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, and volunteering with her church.

San Diego Registered Dental Hygienist Vynga Tran

Vynga Tran

Registered Dental Hygienist
Vynga is a published Research Associate, completing various research projects in the field of Microbiology and Molecular Biology. Her work has been published in scientific journals including the Journal of Investigative Dermatology and the Journal of Dermatological Sciences. Vynga is dedicated and committed to providing quality care and education to her patients. She is a volunteer dental hygienist at St. Leo’s Church in Solana Beach, providing dental care to children from low income families. Vynga has also participated in many charity fundraising events. In her spare time, she likes to do jigsaw puzzles, practices Tai Chi and is a second degree black belt in Taekwondo.