Justine Long, RDAEF
Registered Dental Assistant Extended Functions
Justine is originally from Northern California and has lived in Chula Vista for over 25 years. She has over 20 years of experience as an RDA . In October 2021 she became a RDAEF .
She is also a Massage Therapist and is able to give Massages in the Dental Practice.
When Justine is not at work, you can find her entertaining her three children and lovable three-year-old labradoodle, Skye. She loves to keep her family healthy, active, and making memories. Some of her favorite hobbies include cooking, reading, and enjoying the outdoors.
Justine is passionate about patients whole well being and strives to make patients comfortable in the dental office.
Amanda Codde, RDH
Registered Dental Hygienist
Amanda obtained her dental hygiene degree from Concorde College in 2013 and her dental assisting degree in 2009.
She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area but has now calls San Diego home for the past 16 years. She loves to see live music and anything outdoors. In her free time, she likes to ride her bike, go on hikes, hang out with her dogs, and enjoy the beautiful beach snorkeling or paddle boarding.
Amanda believes that staying up to date on current technology and continuing her education with attending classes and doing scientific research is very important. She is great at relating to her patients on a personal level and passionate about educating them to help maintain and improve their oral health.
Janice Jimenez, RDH
Registered Dental Hygienist
Janice received her dental hygiene degree from Diablo Valley College in 2013. Her passion for dentistry started when she joined the US Navy in 2004 as a dental assistant where she learned various aspects of dentistry including cosmetic, endodontics, and periodontics but she mainly worked with an oral surgeon utilizing her skills in sterile technique.
Janice was born in the Philippines, moved to Florida and then the bay area, but San Diego remains home along with her parents and 4 sisters (wow-all women). Janice loves spending time with her family and enjoys cooking and hanging out with her husband and two energetic young daughters.
Janice’s true passion is helping people. She enjoys cleaning teeth but equally believes that educating her patients is vital to achieving a healthier mouth and body.
Jessica Nardi, RDH
Registered Dental Hygienist
Jessica completed her dental hygiene degree from Concorde College in 2013 and her dental assisting degree in 2003. She has worked in private practice as well as for the Navy, focusing on cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, oral surgery and periodontal surgeries.
She was born and raised in Los Angeles County but now calls San Diego home for the past 13 years. She, her husband, and their two miniature dachshunds lived in Greece for 4.5 years and recently moved back to San Diego in 2020. There, she volunteered with a local dentist and also started an all-natural, holistic body care line, Pure Organic World, which she still continues today. Her interests include live music, being outdoors, reading, and cooking.
Jessica loves taking care of her patients and helping them obtain maximum oral health.
She values continuing her education through attending classes and doing scientific research. She is great at relating to her patients on a personal level and is passionate about educating them to help maintain and improve their oral health.
Front Office Manager, Dental Ast.
Dawne grew up in upstate NY, 30 miles from the Canadian border (SNOW).
She graduated from Augusta Area Technical School in Augusta, GA for nursing in 1979 and SDCC 2000 with her AA in Liberal Arts.
Dawne joined our staff in November 2018 after seeking a change from being in local media. Dawne has a wealth of knowledge in the medical field, marketing, public relations, and office management.
She used to live here in Ocean Beach but recently relocated to Encinitas with her significant other. Both of her adult children are Point Loma High School Alumni and we still consider OB home.
Dawne’s hobbies include horseback riding, yoga, sailing, yarn spinning, machine knitting and crafting. Dawne is an excellent cook, and if you happen to stop by our booth during the Chili Fest, make sure you check out her Vegan Chili!
Elizabeth Cardenas, DA
Born and raised in sunny San Diego. Elizabeth has been blessed to be part of the San Diego community and all the charms that come with Southern Cal.
Elizabeth graduated from Concord College in 2014 for her DA certification. Since that time she has been focusing on Patient Care and Customer Service. She is currently working towards obtaining her RDA as a stepping stone for her main goal as a RDAEF, a dental assistant with extended functions.
Working in the Dental field has allowed Elizabeth to pursue the two things she's most passionate about, helping others and visiting new places. She has had the honor of participating in one of Dr. Yamada’s humanitarian trips, gaining experience and taking the time to give back to the community. Thanks to her mentor, Dr. Yamada, Elizabeth has been able to utilize her skills and gain amazing opportunities in her field of work.
When she’s not at work you can find her enjoying her free time with her family and dogs. Elizabeth is all about selfcare. She encourages people to take time for the little things in life, such as hiking, reading a good book, or tending the garden. You can always find Elizabeth enjoying her “cafecito” while enjoying OB’s wonderful water views.
Lauren is originally from Chicago, the land of deep dish pizza and moved to San Diego in 2014. With a background in Hospitality, Lauren decided to switch her career path after moving to Colorado for a year. In Colorado, she found her first opportunity to work in a Dental office and fell in love with the world of Dentistry.
The mountains were beautiful, but Lauren was missing the ocean and recently moved back to San Diego. After having completed a Dental Assisting program and over a year of chairside assisting, Lauren is close to finishing her goal of becoming an RDA. What Lauren loves most about Dental Assisting is getting to know and care for each patient and assist in helping reach their goals of having a confident, healthy smile. Lauren is passionate about helping others in anyway she can, and feels lucky to have found her place in the world of Dentistry so she is able to do that.
Outside of work, you can find Lauren soaking up the sun and beautiful San Diego weather. Whether she’s at the beach with her husband and dog, or on the boardwalk rollerblading and biking, Lauren is happiest outdoors. Lauren’s passion for travel has allowed her to visit many beautiful places while including her favorite hobby, camping.