Meet Our Team
At Downtown Dental, we get to know about our patients – their medical histories, their families, and their dental goals. As we build a bond of friendship and trust, it helps us serve your dental needs more effectively. We feel it is important and fair that you know a bit about us, too.
Maribel Pineda – Office Manager
Maribel is the Office Manager here at Downtown Dental; she graduated from the Concorde Institute in 2000 as a Registered Dental Assistant. Maribel has over 15 years of dental experience and ensures every patient receives only the best treatment. Her dental background includes a variety of courses from the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry; training in sleep apnea, dental photography and numerous advanced esteem courses. Maribel specializes in coordinating dental services to fit patient’s needs, desires, and budget.
"I was born in San Diego and raised in Glendale, California. My passion is caring for my family, my children, and my wonderful husband Edgar. I am intelligent and know I can help others achieve a healthy and beautiful smile. I love to cook and enjoy family days."
Kristin Villarreal "Kris" – Registered Dental Assistant, Back Office Supervisor
Kristin has more than 13 years of experience as a Dental Assistant. She has been a part of Downtown Dental for over 5 years. Kris has many certifications in advanced dentistry. In particular, she enjoys dental photography, advanced imaging, and fabricating in house crowns. Kris is a California native and she grew up in San Gabriel Valley. She enjoys spending quality family time with her son Jacob. She attended North West College and completed the Dental Assisting Program in 2001. She became a registered dental assistant in 2006. Some of her hobbies include dancing, karaoke, fishing, hiking, and speed dating.
Kris has high energy and a positive personality that is contagious. Patients love her chair side demeanor and sense of humor. She helps to ease patients and has great hand skills. She takes extra care of every patient and goes the extra mile to ensure patients leave Downtown Dental feeling content.
"I am passionate about my work; I take great pride in educating patients on their dental needs and providing excellent service."
Susana Vazquez – Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)
Susana has 15 years of Dental experience. She graduated from Nova Institute as a dental assistant in 2000. She became a Registered Dental Assistant in 2006. She was born and raised in Los Angeles.
"I like spending time with my kids and dogs, which is priceless. I enjoy all outdoor activities, such as walking, bike riding, hiking, camping, and going to the beach with my family and dogs. I also like music and dancing. I enjoy my family get together especially for the holidays."
Jessica Nuno - Treatment Coordinator
Jessica graduated from Everest College as a dental assistant in June of 2009. Since she started in the dental field she automatically found joy and happiness in helping patients understand and meet their dental needs. Jessica has over six years of experience as a dental treatment coordinator and front office. She absolutely loves building a bond with all patients and to be trusted by every single patient.
“I was born and raised in Los Angeles and absolutely love everything my native city has to offer. I love spending my entire free time with my husband and daughter Camila. I enjoy visiting new places, so it is no surprise to find out about my latest adventures”.
Deion Ballesteros - Public Relations
Deion's biggest attribute is building strong and lasting relationships with people. He has a polite but charming demeanor that helps him connect strongly with everyone he interacts with. This is why he is perfect for our Public Relations position. You will find him all over DTLA; handing out gift bags, surveying what the people in DTLA want from their dental office or at goodwill events. Deion is a native Angeleno and cannot ever imagine living anywhere else.
"I love photography, bike riding, swimming, playing basketball and talking to people. I love attending community events and building relationships with neighboring companies in DTLA. I enjoy chasing opinions and concerns regarding general dentistry and of course, finding the perfect dental office for my fellow Angelenos aka DOWNTOWN DENTAL!"
Brandi Dew - Receptionist
Brandi has more than 15 years of experience in customer service; she has worked at many prestigious banking institutions before entering the dental field. Brandi loves interacting with people on a daily basis, be it via the phone or in person, and is dedicated to helping them with whatever it is that they need. She has a very jovial disposition and all our patients have come to adore her. She is also very organized and meticulous about her work. She was born and raised in Los Angeles and went to high school right here in Downtown LA.
"Other than my job, I am also very passionate about reading, spending time with my family, dancing and watching comedy shows. More than anything else, I love spending time with my son Jamion and can't wait for his little baby to arrive".