Meet the Dental Staff
Our trained staff is keen to listen carefully to your needs and concerns, and we will work closely with you to achieve your goals. Our clinical team members are experienced and well trained, to not only assist Dr. Uyesugi and Dr. Liong but also to discuss various dental treatment options with you and treat many of your dental needs. Our administrative team is well informed and well versed in both health and insurance policies. All of our team members are able to answer your questions and are trained in making you feel very comfortable during your visit. Our team will treat you with our VIP service.
Saghi received her dental hygiene degree at Cabrillo College and loves working as a dental hygienist. She wants to create an optimal and healthy dental smile for her patients.
Teri graduated from the Foothill College Dental Hygiene program in 1990 and has practiced in a general practice setting for 28 years. Prior to becoming a dental hygienist, she was an RDA for 13, giving her many years in the profession of dentistry. In 1993, she began her education in dental lasers with a Standard Proficiency and received her Advanced Proficiency in 1995. She also received her UCSF/ALD Laser Educator Status in 2000. Teri is also a past Hygienist’s Representative to the Board of Directors of the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD), a past chair of the Hygienist’s Committee, functioned as an examiner and speaker for the ALD at their annual conferences, has published many articles on lasers in periodontal therapy and given many presentations on Lasers in Dental Hygiene. She traveled throughout the United States providing in office, chairside, hands-on training, and Intermediate Dental Laser Courses for dental hygienists through her business Soft Tissue Laser Training. In 2010, she retired from her laser career to go back into clinical chairside practice and loves every minute of it. She has 2 granddaughters to spoil and have fun with and is an avid reader of over 40 books a year.
Tina has been in the dental industry since 2001. After completing the dental assisting program at San Jose City College, she worked for five years as a registered dental assistant. She then returned to school to continue her education, proudly obtaining her Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene in 2008 from Cabrillo Community College in Aptos. When not working she loves being a mother to her three children and doing family activities.
Jean has worked in both family and multi-specialty dentistry. She started out as a Dental Assistant in 1994 and eventually became a registered Dental Assistant. She graduated with an Associate of Arts in 1998 from Monterey Peninsula College and an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene from Fresno City College in 2001. With over 20 years of dental practice experience, she emphasizes patient education and recommends dental aids based on patients’ abilities. Jean enjoys conversing and building rapport with patients. Her family loves taking vacations to Hawaii and discovering new places, enjoying new cultures and food. She is excited to join the Uyesugi Team!
Myra has been in the dental field for over 17 years. She started her career as front desk personnel and later developed an interest in dental assisting. She pursued further education at Fresno City College to become a Registered Dental Hygienist. Myra brings passion and dedication to her profession. She enjoys educating patients and helping them reach their optimal dental health. In her free time, Myra enjoys travel and outdoor activities with her husband and two young children.
MJ is a registered dental assistant with 10 years of experience. Her down-to-earth personality and positive energy help ease any worries during patients’ visits. She possesses a ‘team spirit’ attitude and is excited to be part of the Uyesugi team. Outside of the office, she enjoys fitness, music, gardening and the outdoors. Her motivation in life is her two boys, and creating memorable experiences with her friends and family.
Maria has been working in the dental field for over twenty years. For eight of those years, she has worked with the Uyesugi Dental team. She received her training as a Registered Dental Assistant at San Jose City College. In 2013, she returned to the University of Pacific in San Francisco and earned her license for Registered Dental Assistant Extended Function. She now has the ability to place resin fillings and crowns. Maria enjoys assisting in creating beautiful healthy smiles for her patients. Outside of work, Maria has three sons that she loves spending time with. She also loves traveling, especially to Hawaii, and is currently training for her first marathon in San Francisco.
Sara began her dental career in 1998 while attending Central County Occupational Center and furthered her education at UCSF, where she achieved her Extended Functions credentials. The dental field is Sara’s true passion and she’s extremely grateful for every opportunity she has been blessed with. Sara’s ultimate goal is to become a dentist. She happily resides in the city of San Jose where she is raising her son, Davius. In her leisure time, she enjoys spending time with family, dancing, shopping, baking & cooking, and playing poker. However, the most important leisure activity for Sara is to motivate our youth and current students in the wonderful field of dentistry.
Delijah is a Registered Dental Assistant. She attended Silicon Valley Career Technical Education during high school to begin her career in the dental field. She enjoys making friendships with patients, and most of all making them feel comfortable in the chair! The main goal of Delijah’s is to become a Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions. She enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her son and family.
Amanda, Treatment Coordinator & Marketing:
Amanda joined the Uyesugi Team in 2010 after being in the corporate and start-up bubble of Silicon Valley. She is a native to the Willow Glen area and attended Presentation High School where she is active on the Alumnae Board. She brings a Business Marketing degree from Santa Clara University where she graduated. Go Broncos! The best part of her job is listening to patients’ goals and concerns in order to create a healthy, beautiful smile. She enjoys gardening and cooking, visiting the coast – in particular Carmel, and enjoying time with her family and friends.
Dana, Treatment Coordinator:
Dana is a San Jose native and an alumna of Presentation High School and San Francisco State University. She still enjoys day trips to San Francisco regularly, and you might find her at the beach, checking out a new art exhibit, catching some live music, or sampling the local ice cream! Dana brings an orthodontic background to the office, and enjoys meeting new people as well as building relationships with everyone who visits the office. She is thrilled to be part of the awesome Uyesugi Dental Team!
Dawn, Treatment Coordinator:
Dawn started her 20+ year career in dentistry after graduating from the Central County Occupational Center as a certified Dental Assistant. Dawn’s daily goal is to create the most effortless yet effective flow from the front office to the back and to make sure each patient always leaves with a positive experience. Where her years as a professional in the industry really shines through is how she seamlessly takes every patient’s visit and makes it pleasant and efficient from the moment they call the office or walk through the door for their appointment, and it continues with every interaction thereafter as she helps build on a long term relationship between patient and staff. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, camping and most of all, spending as much time as possible with her family. Dawn is extremely thrilled to be a part of the Uyesugi dental family!
Maile, Treatment Coordinator:
Maile has been in the dental field for over 30 years – she started as a dental assistant in Southern California and earned her RDA license shortly after. Eventually moving up to the front desk in the orthodontic field as a treatment and insurance coordinator, and she now finds herself back in general dentistry. Maile genuinely cares and feels a sincere compulsion to help patients feel happy and satisfied with their overall care. She moved from Thousand Oaks up to the Bay Area in the late 90’s, where she met her husband of 19 years. They reside in Morgan Hill with their two children and two high-energy Australian Shepherds. When not in the office, Maile enjoys club pilates, hiking with the pups, and spending quality time with friends and family.
Liz, Treatment Coordinator:
Liz brings three years of general dentistry experience to our office and looks forward to building relationships with every patient and helping them with any dental needs. She was born in Lodi, moved to Southern California for several years, and is happy to be back in Northern California with her husband Adam and golden retriever Cody. In her free time, she likes to run and hike all the beautiful trails that San Jose has to offer.
Ilene– Office Manager:
Ilene grew up in the Shaver Lake / Fresno area on the family sheep ranch. She graduated from Fresno State University, majoring in Agricultural Business emphasis on International business in 1988. She moved to San Francisco that same year to work in commodity sales. She later moved into optical sales. Ilene joined the Uyesugi Dental team 20 years ago. She currently manages OSHA, HIPAA, and accounting for Uyesugi Dental. Ilene enjoys traveling with her husband and time with her two kids.