Meet The Embrace Smiles Staff

Josh

Josh

Josh is born in Shanghai and moved to the United States at a very young age. He loves all the food, activities and culture that the Bay Area has to offer. He has had extensive experience in the dental industry and enjoys helping people. As a treatment coordinator, patients always feel at ease when they know that Josh’s number one priority is to help them make orthodontic treatment affordable. Josh is fluent in English, Mandarin and Shanghainese.

Outside of the office, Josh enjoys exploring new cuisines and new cultures. He enjoys meeting people and is always dedicated to going the extra mile to help others in need. An interesting fact about Josh is that he was a competitive swimmer and has competed against Michael Phelps (many years ago)!

Ivy

Ivy

Ivy received her dental assisting certificate from San Jose City College and has a passion for creating beautiful smiles every day. Ivy has many years of dental assisting – and has earned her certificate as a Registered Dental Assistant. Out of all dental specialties, Ivy truly enjoys orthodontics the most! Having spent many years of her life in Taiwan, Ivy is bilingual able to speak Mandarin and English fluently. She is committed to providing the highest quality of care and is dedicated to creating a positive impact on each and every patient at Embrace Smiles. Ivy truly loves to see our patients happy and excited whenever they visit our office and treats every patient like they are part of her family.

Outside of the office, Ivy enjoys checking out new restaurants in the area (our patients love to ask her for great restaurant recommendations!) and an interesting fact about Ivy is she is a triplet!

Jenn

Jenn

Jenn is born and raised on the island of Maui, Hawaii. She moved to the Bay Area to further her education and received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Graphic Design and minor in Art History. Beyond Graphic design, Jenn has grown to love dental assisting and the difference she is able to make in people’s lives through dentistry. Jenn always strives to provide the highest level of dental assisting to patients at our office. She is always full of energy and loves learning new things.

You will find beautiful, creative signs and stationary in our office designed by Jenn, our talented graphic designer! Jenn is also a twin!

Outside of the office, Jenn enjoys going on hikes and exploring new adventures. She also loves to travel and cook. Our patients always love to ask her about unique, lesser-known adventures in her hometown of Hawaii.

Maria

Maria

Maria, or also known as Mari, is our treatment coordinator at Embrace Smiles Orthodontics. She has a passion for helping others achieve a million dollar smile that reflects the time, effort and team work we all worked together to achieve. Mari feels the best part of her job is meeting new people, learning diverse cultures, making a positive change in patients’ lives, and see how our patients blossom and transform self-confidence all while building a genuine lasting friendship! With over 8 years of experience in the dental field working in orthodontics as a Registered Dental Assistant, she finds it rewarding to remember the first time our patients step foot in the office to the big day braces/invisalign come off and see how far our patients have come. To personally witness how much each patient has grown and lives have changed is what Mari is most grateful for. Outside of the office Mari enjoys weekend BBQ’s with her family, adventuring to new places, trying new restaurants, traveling, and tailgating at football games.

Jenni

Jenni

Jenni is born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She moved to the Bay Area to continue her education at Cal State East Bay, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Science with a pre-clinical option. After graduation, Jenni had no idea what she was going to pursue next, until she spoke to a college counselor, who informed her about dentistry. Jenni naturally observe peoples’ teeth, but never imagined pursuing a career in the dental industry. She applied to a dental assisting program at Foothill College on a whim to see if she had a chance and instantly got accepted. She later then received her Associates of Science degree for dental assisting from Foothill College. Being in the program has taught Jenni fundamental skills on how important it is to have good dental hygiene. She chose to work in orthodontics because not only does she get the chance to help patients, she also see the transformation of beautiful smiles. Jenni is committed to build long-term relationships with the patients. For Jenni, everyday is always a learning experience and leaves her with a rewarding feeling to see patients leave satisfied with her work.

Outside of the office, Jenni loves to have family gatherings and go dancing with her husband. On her spare time, she likes to cook and explore to new places with her friends. A fun fact about Jenni is that she is the only person in her family with green eyes.

Stephanie

Stephanie

Stephanie is a native to the Bay Area. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has a passion for helping people and making them smile and laugh every day. Embrace Smiles is the place for her to spread joy and also help people get their perfect smile! Stephanie strives to create a positive environment filled with good energy for our office in order for our patients to feel comfortable and happy.

Outside the office, Stephanie enjoys baking and hiking in the hills around the Bay Area. She loves to travel and hopes to visit as many countries as possible in the future. Stephanie is also bilingual in Mandarin in addition to English being her native language.

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