Meet the Team
Jodi grew up in Salt Lake City, golfing in the summer and skiing in waist-deep powder and doing pirouettes for the University of Utah’s renowned ballet school during the winter. She recently moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to familiarize herself with Marin County’s world-class road cycling scene, as well as to explore new growth opportunities in the world of dentistry. She has now spent over 15 years assisting in several successful practices in Utah. Certified in CAD Cam operation and an expert in lab work, Jodi also counts the delicate art of CEREC restoration amongst her favorite skills, which she employs in high-volume patient environments where integrity and quality of work are measured with efficiency and first-rate customer service. Jodi’s continuing passion for dentistry has brought her to the managerial side of the office. Here, she uses her love for interpersonal communication and a keen eye for detail to assess each patient’s unique dental needs and connects them with the best treatment plan for their budget. In her spare time, you might find her prowling the local farmer’s markets for obscure root vegetables, practicing yoga on Stinson Beach or leading a women’s cyclocross ride deep into the Marin Headlands.
Maria Hernandez Bonilla RDA
REGISTERED DENTAL ASSISTANT
Maria was born and raised in El Salvador until the age of thirteen. When Maria lost both of her parents, she moved to the United States at fourteen with her siblings in 1994. Since then, Maria has dedicated her life to helping others in any way she can. Maria began her studies in the dental field because she has a passion for helping people and is especially good at easing the fears of anxious patients. Maria is always upbeat and friendly and truly cares about her patients’ well-being. She is focused on educating patients about the importance of their dental health to their overall systemic health. She enjoys watching the transformation that happens when patients get into a state of dental health and how it positively affects their overall well-being. Maria’s outgoing and caring personality makes her a great asset to our practice. When Maria is not in the office, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family, her husband, two daughters and son.
REGISTERED DENTAL ASSISTANT
Katja has been in dentistry for more than eight years. Originally from Slovenia, Europe, Katja earned her DDS from University of Ljubljana in 2014. She then moved to San Francisco Bay Area in late 2015, where she passed National Board Dental Examination Part I & Part II, & acquired radiology & coronal polishing certificates.
She obtained vast knowledge during her studies & clinical experience at the University of Ljubljana as well as dental assisting in several successful offices in Slovenia.
Having joined us in 2016, her goal is to provide the best service & experience for our patients, increase oral health awareness & help create happy, healthy smiles. She is planning to go back to school to become a licensed dentist in the U.S. as well.
Dancing & sports are her other big passions. In her spare time, she enjoys jogging around Lake Merritt, visits kizomba & salsa festivals & together with her husband often goes social dancing. In the winter, she loves exploring new mountains for skiing with her friends & family.
Charisse Brotarlo RDH
REGISTERED DENTAL HYGIENIST
Charisse was born in the East Bay. She received her degree in Dental Hygiene from Carrington College in San Jose. Growing up, Charisse always had pleasant experiences while visiting her dentist and has especially fond memories of her dental hygienist, who encouraged her to further her education and become a hygienist herself. The thing Charisse loves most about her job is educating patients so they can make informed decisions about their dental health and allowing them to see the reasons why a specific treatment may or may not be required. She feels that being well-educated and making informed choices can better a patients’ overall health. Charisse is quick to make patients feel at ease while building confidence, trust and friendships at the same time. When Charisse is not working she enjoys spending time with friends and family, exercising and reading.
Hong Lam RDH
REGISTERED DENTAL HYGIENIST
Hong Lam, RDH. Hong is a registered dental hygienist who was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Prior to her pursuit of becoming a hygienist, Hong worked as a dental assistant for over three years. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Hawaii. Hong is board certified in both Hawaii and California. She has been an active member of the American Dental Hygienist Association since 2007. Hong understands that visiting the dentist can cause anxiety for many people. Therefore she has made it her personal goal to provide comfortable and relaxing care to each and every patient she sees. She believes everyone deserves a healthy, beautiful smile.
Katelyn Van Ruiten RDH
REGISTERED DENTAL HYGIENIST
“I love every minute of being an employee at Marina Tooth Fairy Dental. Our team is more like a family with the same goals to give people healthy, beautiful smiles. The patients are absolutely wonderful, and I take great joy in being able to get to know each and every one of them. When listening to my patients, I take individual care to insure they are comfortable and have the best dental experience possible.” – Katelyn
Katelyn Van Ruiten graduated from Dental Hygiene School at the San Francisco Valley College and is a board-certified dental hygienist. She is from the Central Valley of California where most of her very large family lives. Marina Tooth Fairy Dental proudly brought Katelyn on as a team member in 2014, and she could not be happier to be a part of the team. Katelyn states she is “happy to find that she is part of such an innovative, state-of-the-art practice where the main goal is to educate every single patient on the importance of oral and systemic health.” She is a bubbly and energetic person who enjoys making people smile, and her passion in life is to keep those smiles clean and healthy. Her passions, however, do not stop at dentistry. She is a true country girl gone to the city and loves everything about it. She is taking full advantage of going to as many Giants games as she can! She is an extremely active individual and loves being outdoors in the sun. She is a newly formed cyclist and has been enjoying seeing all of the sights and views of the Bay Area on two wheels. She also enjoys hiking, swimming, paddle boarding and rock climbing and participates in weekly softball games. Her love for sports and activity blossomed in the office.
Ana is one of our newest team members here at Marina Tooth Fairy Dental. She was born and raised in San Francisco and grew up spending most of her time just 20 minutes north of the great city in San Rafael. She has recently returned after graduating from the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) with a degree in Human Physiology. She has always wanted to pursue a career in the health field. She is passionate about helping people and would someday like to become an ultrasound technician. Ana is a huge fan of her dentist and wants to help create a positive experience for her patients so that they too can love their dentist as much as she does. Ana loves to travel and has been to a variety of locations such as Turkey, Croatia, and Morocco and has recently returned from a month long trip to the small, beautiful island of Dominica. In her spare time, she also enjoys yoga, hiking, listening to music, and exploring the cool sights and sounds of her favorite city, San Francisco.
SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR
Rebecca was born and raised in the Bay Area. She recently graduated with a BS in Biological Sciences from the University of California in Irvine and hopes to further her education by attending medical school in the future. Ever since Rebecca was a young girl, she was always interested in helping people, whether it was trips to a local soup kitchen or volunteering at California Pacific Medical Center. Regardless of the situation, Rebecca has always been willing to lend a hand. When Rebecca is not working, she enjoys volunteering at Highland Hospital and taking frequent trips down to sunny Southern California.
Why Choose Us?
Friendly and Helpful Office Staff • Personalized, Gentle Care • Comfortable, Relaxing Environment • Highly Trained Staff • Committed to Continual Education and Learning • Free Consultations • Most Local Insurance Accepted • State-Of-The-Art Amenities • In-Room Entertainment • Flexible Financing Available • Digital X-Rays • Cutting-Edge Technology • Emergency Appointments • Early and Evening Appointments • Lunchtime Appointments • Most Major Insurances Accepted