Our Team

At Watsonville Dental Wellness Center, we owe our success to our team of highly trained staff. We are committed to bringing you the highest quality dental care and strive to deliver exceptional service while creating a relaxed environment. With a commitment to continuing education, we’re proud to provide the latest dental techniques and technology to our patients.




Vanessa has been in the dental field since 2010 and with Watsonville Dental Wellness Center since 2013. She is our Treatment Coordinator, where she has excelled at her job helping our patients maximize their insurance benefits and creating financial arrangements that work best for them. Her work ethic, excellent customer service and dedication to Watsonville Dental Wellness Center patients have always been her forte.

She will insure that you receive the great patient care that you deserve. On her spare time, Vanessa enjoys cooking, baking and spending time with her family, friends and her husband and 3 kids who keep her very busy!



As our financial coordinator, Gemma is the person to talk to if you have questions about billing or anything related to finances.

She is passionate about her work and is very excited to have the opportunity to make it easier and affordable for our patients to receive the dental health service they need.

Dental Assistants



Maria has worked at Watsonville Dental Wellness Center since 2003. She’s always been an advocate for our patients’ dental needs, and we feel exceedingly fortunate to have her on our team. Her knowledge and compassionate nature help our patients be at ease during their dental treatment.

She’s very knowledgeable of all dental procedures offered at our office and always puts patient’s welfare above everything else. She’s gentle, professional and dedicated to her mission of helping patients obtain the best in dental care. In Maria’s words “I enjoy assisting with cosmetic procedures and improving patient’s smiles and confidence. I look forward to meeting you!”



Johanna is a graduate of Watsonville High School, class of 2013. After high school she decided she wanted to become a dental health professional. Johanna enrolled in the Santa Cruz ROP program and graduated in 2014 as a dental assistant.

She’s happy that Watsonville Dental Wellness center has allowed her to hone her dental health skills and work with patients to make a difference in how they feel about themselves by improving their smiles. Johanna hopes to become an RDA in the future and continue to enhance her knowledge about orthodontics.



Veronica graduated from the CTEP Dental program in Santa Cruz in 2019 and joined our office soon after. She has proven her willingness and passion to want and learn all the procedures we have to offer.

As a previous ortho patient herself she feels passionate in being part of making someone feel more confident with their smile and is excited to apply her growing knowledge in her community.

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Joanna was born and raised in Watsonville and is very happy to serve her community.

She graduated from the Santa Clara County ROP Dental Assisting program in 2016 and obtained her RDA license shortly after. You will find that Joanna is a smart, compassionate, and dedicated dental assistant, who loves interacting with our patients and helping them achieve their dental goals while having a great experience in our office.




Melissa began working in the dental field in 2003 and has enjoyed educating and helping others achieve superior oral health so much that she’s decided to make the dental field her lifelong career. She attended Cabrillo College Hygiene program and graduated in 2009 as a registered dental hygienist.

In 2010, Melissa joined Watsonville Dental Wellness Center, and we couldn’t be happier to have her on our team. Melissa is loved by our patients for her gentle hands, excellent clinical skills, professionalism, enthusiasm and genuine care. She looks forward to meeting and welcoming you!



Born and raised in Watsonville, Andrea graduated from Watsonville High in 2007 and began working in the dental field. Working in the dental field in different departments helped her understand what she wanted out of a career, and began her journey by attending the Cabrillo Dental Hygiene Program.

She loves being able to help patients while being able to provide a friendly and comfortable experience for each person that sits in her chair.

In her free time, Andrea enjoys spending time with her family, exploring nature, mountain biking, painting, attending concerts, and training her German Shepherd, Mercy.



Almendra calls Gilroy home but is no stranger to the Watsonville area: She graduated from the Cabrillo College Dental Hygiene program in 2006 and has served the community of Watsonville for 14 years as a hygienist. She is known for her gentle and soft hands, great communication skills and dedication to excellence. Almendra looks forward to meeting you during your next re-care appointment.

Outside of the office, Almendra volunteers for a number of non-profit agencies, community events and international medical missions. She also enjoys traveling, crafting, and DIY projects.

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