Letter to the Families

There's been some big updates to our team this year! Read our letter from Dr. Espinosa and learn all about the changes coming to our practice.
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Dear Families, 

I hope this message finds you all in good health and high spirits. I am delighted to share  some positive and exciting updates about Novato Children's Dentistry with all of you. 

Firstly, I wanted to take a moment to express my heartfe/our-dentists/meet-dr-espinosalt gratitude for your continued  support and trust in our practice. Your smiles and the well-being of your children are at  the core of our mission, and we are committed to providing the highest level of care possible. 

On a personal note, the year 2023 has brought significant changes to my life. While I cherish the memories and miss my beloved companion and dog son, Ryker, who recently transitioned to a better place after spending 15 1/2 wonderful adventurous years with me, I am also embracing new beginnings. As I celebrate my 40th birthday this year, I am happily building a home with an incredible partner, and we are eagerly planning for a family of our own. The opportunity to serve children and make a positive impact in their lives remains my lifelong purpose, and I draw inspiration from the  incredible families in our practice. 

In line with our commitment to delivering exceptional care, and while preparing for the growth of my own family, I am thrilled to announce a valuable addition to our team. Dr. Catey DeSimini, an outstanding pediatric dentist, has joined Novato Children's Dentistry! With 14 years of experience in pediatric dentistry, Dr. DeSimini shares our thoughtful and comprehensive approach to patient care. As the year continues, I will personally introduce her to each one of you, ensuring a smooth transition as we approach our patients’ care as a united team. 

Allow me to provide a brief introduction to Dr. DeSimini. Born and raised in Lake  County, California, she pursued a B.S. in Biological Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara (Go Gauchos!). She then went on to earn her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. During her time at dental school, Dr. DeSimini actively participated in community outreach programs, including a dental service trip to Nicaragua with the non-profit organization, Bridges to Community. Her passion for children's dentistry grew during her rotation through pediatrics, leading her to obtain a certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from Tufts University. 

Dr. DeSimini's dedication and excellence have been recognized with the Richard C. Pugh Achievement Award, awarded to her for scoring in the top 3% nationwide on her Pediatric Dental Board Qualifying Exam. She is a Board-Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Prior to joining our practice, she spent 12 years in private practice in the Boston area before relocating to San Francisco with her family in January 2021. Dr. DeSimini is thrilled to be closer to her loved ones and is excited to introduce her family to the places she cherished during her childhood. 

Dr. DeSimini is a proud member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, California Dental Association, American Dental Association, and California Society of Pediatric Dentistry. She resides in San Francisco with her husband, Sabino, and their two children, Luca and Anna. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, hiking, traveling, and exploring her new home city with her family. 

Additionally, I want to share some joyful news about our practice. Our dental assistant, Heather, recently welcomed her beautiful baby girl, Aubrey, into the world. While Heather has transitioned to a new administrative role, she occasionally visits the office with baby Aubrey, adding a delightful touch to our workdays. We absolutely adore "take your daughter to work days" with Aubrey! 

During Heather's time working from home, we diligently searched for the perfect in office Dental Assistant, and I'm delighted to announce that we have found the ideal candidate. Please join me in warmly welcoming Shay Perez to our practice. Shay brings a calm and sweet energy that seamlessly complements the work of Dr. DeSimini and myself. Having recently relocated from the East Bay back to the North Bay, where she grew up, Shay is excited to serve our community. When you see her attending to your children with care, please extend a warm welcome to Shay. 

In other news, Joe, our wonderful Front Office Assistant and extremely talented web designer and SEO Analyst will be leaving to dedicate his time to 'HelloSEO', his exciting business venture. While we will certainly miss Joe dearly, we are thrilled to support him as he pursues his dreams. If you want to grow your online presence, I highly recommend Joe and his services and you can contact him at Helloseomarketing@gmail.com. 

As we navigate through these dynamic changes, I want to assure you that our utmost priority remains to provide quality, personalized oral health care to the children and adolescents in our community. We recognize that adjustments may occur along the way, and we kindly ask for your support and patience as we strengthen our foundation and teamwork. If any concerns arise, please do not hesitate to reach out to me personally. Your feedback is invaluable as we continuously learn, grow, and strive to be the best version of ourselves. 

Dr. DeSimini, Heather, Shay, and I are genuinely excited to see your smiling faces and continue serving your dental needs. If you or anyone you know would be interested in joining our team as a Front Office Assistant and Schedule Coordinator, please do get in touch. We would love to explore opportunities together. 

Thank you for your ongoing trust and support. We look forward to providing exceptional  care for your children and making their visits to Novato Children's Dentistry positive and enjoyable experiences. 

With care always, 

Dr. Espinosa

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