Victoria Gonzalez, RDAEF2
“With 18 years’ experience in South Lake Tahoe, Victoria comes highly recommended with references from multiple Dentists about her knowledge, and professional attributes in the Dental Field.
Victoria is a part of an elite group of Restorative Specialists. Her clinical skills and experience includes specializing in full mouth esthetic restorations, implant restorations, composites and amalgam fillings, crown and bridge restoration, orthodontics (ClearCorrect) and completion of Endodontics.
A Lab Technician along with her family, owns and operates South Shore Dental Lab. Working with local Dentists to meet prosthetic needs with dentures, partials, whitening trays, night-guards, and space maintainers; to name a few.
When Victoria isn’t working in the clinic or running the family business – Her most favorite time, is time with her Family. Victoria and her loving-supporting husband, Freddy, of 24 years have three beautiful children. Ahlyssa,18 a passionate – talented soccer player who will graduate from South Tahoe High School in the spring and will pursue a nursing career in the Fall. Ahmari, 14 is well-known for her dancing in ballet, tap, hip-hop, Jazz and contemporary she is also known as a straight A student. Krew, 7 and the youngest, also a dancer and athlete. Together they love taking camping trips, exploring the outdoors, riding ATVs / dirt biking, boating, kayaking, snowboarding, skydiving, and are car enthusiasts. Y.O.L.O.”
Mary Kraft, RDH
Mary is our Dental Hygienist who moved to the Tahoe area 3 years ago from Minnesota. She first received her AAS in dental assisting and worked as a RDA for several years before returning to school to receive an AAS in dental hygiene.
Mary has always been passionate about her career in dentistry and makes a point to ensure her patients have a positive, enjoyable experience.
She is an outgoing, enthusiastic individual who is sure to make you Smile!!
In her free time, Mary enjoys the great outdoors all year round in the mountains with her husband and two dogs. They love camping and skiing but her biggest passion is music. She loves to sing and goes to live music concerts as often as she can.
Helena Loranca, RDA
Helena is a passionate Registered Dental Assistant who enjoys working with children and the elderly. She has 14 years of experience in the Dental field.
She started her Dental career in an Endodontic Dental office. She received her Registered Dental Assistant and other certifications. She continues her work with Dr. Westfall’s office specializing with Pedo patients.
Helena feels fortunate to have been one of the First team members for Dr Westfall at The Smile Shop. She is one of the team members who works alongside Dr. Westfall on the El Dorado Mobile Dental Van that travels to schools in the area to help local children with their oral health, upkeep & educate at an early age the importance of oral hygiene.
She truly enjoys her work and goes above & beyond to ensure patient comfort. She views each child as if they were one of her own and makes sure they have an enjoyable experience.
Helena is certified in Coronal Polishing, X-rays, Sealants and most recently Silver Diamine.
Maria Salas, DA
Maria grew up in Tahoe where she graduated at South Lake Tahoe High.
She attended Lake Tahoe Community College where she studied in the Dental Assistant Program & trained at dental offices around Tahoe’s South Shore. She graduated with her Certified Dental Assistant certificate and holds certificates in X-rays, Sealants and Coronal Polish
She finally found her niche’ in 2017 at The Smile Shop where she loves to work with local patients, especially children. Maria is bi-lingual, in Spanish and English. When she is not assisting our Dentists, she loves to dabble in Art, specifically Drawing & when time allows, she loves to paint. Maria loves music & dancing.
Christina Castillo, DA
Dental Assistant & Appointment Specialist
Christina Castillo is a Dental Assistance who has been assisting for 2yrs now. She earned her Medical Assisting Terminology Certificate at Lake Tahoe Community College. She also earned her Dental Assistant Certificates through the Dental assisting program at Lake Tahoe Community College. She strives to further her education starting with becoming a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA). Once she completes her RDA, she plans to continue her education in Dentistry by studying for Registered Dental Assistant with Expanded Functions (RDAEF2) or possibly becoming a Hygienist.
She is a strong believer in life is what you make it. Strive to become a better version of yourself. Help others in need if you can. Live your best life.
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde
Front Office Receptionist & Appointment Specialist
Iris has been the receptionist at The Smile Shop since 2017. She is your go to, for appointments, questions or concerns and is bilingual in both Spanish & English. Iris graduated from South Tahoe High School. She loves kids and enjoys being outdoors.
Iris ha sido la recepcionista en The Smile Shop desde 2017. puedes contar con ella, para citas, preguntas o inquietudes y es bilingüe en español y en inglés. Iris se graduó de South Tahoe High School en el año 2010. Ella ama a los niños.
She believes in the saying “Treat people the way you want to be treated. Talk to thers the way you want to be talked to. Respect is earned not automatically given” – Hussein Nishah
-Ella cree en el dicho “Trata a las personas como quieres que te traten. Habla con ellos de la forma en que quieres que te hablen. El respeto se gana no se da automáticamente “
Life is about trusting your feelings, take chances, finding happiness, learn from the past and realizing everything changes. – Unknown
-La vida se trata de confiar en tus sentimientos, arriesgarte, encontrar la felicidad, aprender del pasado y darte cuenta de que todo cambia. – Desconocido
Insurance and Billing Specialist
Jeanna was born and raised in South Lake Tahoe. She moved to Los Angeles to finish college where she earned a degree from the University of Southern California in Graphic Design. During college she worked in two animation studios; Rugrats and Nickelodeon, returning then to Tahoe.
She has a playful personality and has a distinct contagious laugh. She refers everyone as “Honey”. She is a reliable hard worker and handles all our billing in our office. She enjoys reading and comedy in her down time.
Rosalie Brady, alias “Rosie”, was born & raised in Australia, (yes, she had kangaroo’s in her backyard). Rosie moved to Tahoe on exchange to Heavenly Mountain Resort from the Australian Snow Ski Industry back in the late 80’s & fell in love with Tahoe. She worked for Heavenly for over 20 years but decided to have a change of lifestyle a couple of years ago and began working as a Dental Front Office Assistant. Rosie joined The Smile Shop team in 2018. She has a son Daniel who also lives in Tahoe with the love of her life “Leonidas” alias LEO who is a very affectionate Boxer/pit. In her spare time, she loves to be outdoors, taking photos & has a certificate in Photography from Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC)