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Meet the Staff:

Dr. Edward Mitoma

Dr. Mitoma was born and raised in Oakland, Ca. He graduated high school at the age of 16 and attended Pacific Union College in the NapaValley. He then relocated to Southern California and received his Dental Degree from Loma Linda University. Dr. Mitoma worked at a clinic in Stockton for a number of years, seeing thousands of patients and perfecting his root canal technique. In 1996 he opened up Arroyo Park Family Dental in Livermore. He was one of the first dentists in the Bay Area to offer CEREC crowns that could be milled at chair side and cemented the same day. Dr. Mitoma loves what he does and enjoys staying up-to-date with the latest developments in dental technology. He is an extremely skilled dental practitioner and performs even the most complex procedures. He has a delicate injection technique and often receives compliments from his patients. His confident and gentle manner has allowed him to gain the trust of patients with dental phobias and help them overcome their fears. In fact, many patients who had once needed medication for dental-related anxieties no longer need the medication in order to have their dental work completed. In addition to being an extremely skilled dental practitioner, Dr. Mitoma enjoys the great pleasure of being married to Dr. Nakamura. It's no wonder patients feel like family when they come! The family owned and operated environment takes the impersonal clinic feel out of the experience, and leaves patients at ease and feeling more assured of quality care.

Dr. Mitoma is also a technology enthusiast, and a dedicated sports fan who is always rooting for his favorite teams: The Oakland Raiders, the Oakland Athletics and the Golden State Warriors. His other passion is cars, and he enjoys reading automotive magazines and knows makes and models of all cars ever made. Give him a quiz! He loves a challenge. He is an avid runner who averages 35 miles/week and has completed several marathons. He is a four time finisher of the Ironman, an endurance race that starts with a 2.4-mile swim, then a 112-mile bike ride, finishing with a 26.2-mile run. In addition, Dr. Mitoma demonstrates his musical abilities by playing the piano and singing.
 

Dr. Jessie Nakamura

Dr. Nakamura grew up in Southern California near Disneyland. She worked as the character "Snoopy" at the amusement park Knotts Berry Farm while attending Cal. State Univ. Long Beach. In 1991 she received a B.A. in Biology and started Dental school at Loma Linda University. During her schooling, she worked in the dental field as a dental assistant as well as a member of the front office staff. Before starting her own practice she gained experience and knowledge of the dental business by working in many different kinds of dental offices. After graduating, she relocated to Northern California, where she associated in practices in Burlingame and Berkeley, before buying the Tracy practice in 1999 with Dr. Mitoma, her husband and business partner. Dr. Nakamura is especially good with children. They are not intimidated by her small stature and are able to respond well to her. She has a number of patients who have been visiting her since the age of three and still enjoy coming to the dentist. Dr. Nakamura loves oral pathology and diseases of the mouth. She has taken an extensive amount of continuing education in this specialized field. Her injection technique is very gentle and many patients comment on how they didn't even feel it. She is excellent at diagnosing and finding problems before they begin to cause pain. Dr. Nakamura has been a certified fitness instructor since 1989 and has taught all types of aerobics (spinning, step, kickboxing). She currently teaches a hip-hop class at a private gym in Oakland. She also started playing the drums in 2002 and is now playing in an all girl band. In addition to spending two days a week practicing dentistry, Dr. Nakamura also manages the office, her rental property, her household and her 2 daughters, Taryn and Scarlett. She loves animals and has a bull terrier named Bhree. Her hobbies include traveling, dancing, biking, hiking and her  latest passion, cake decorating.
 

 


 

Sylvia Cortez
Office Manager

Sylvia is the newest member of our team. We are so lucky to have her and her years of experience in dentistry. Born and raised in San Jose, Ca. She has been in the dental field since 1990. Sylvia is married to a wonderful man, Larry, and have two adult children Melissa and Lawrence, not to mention two fur children Baxter and Dexter. She has lived in Manteca since 2002. She enjoys traveling and is a total foodie. She can't be happier here with the team at Dr. Mitoma and Dr. Nakamura's office.  

When she is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Kim stays very busy with her three children, Kayla, Corin and Cameron.  They enjoy visiting amusement parks and snowboarding. Kim also loves cake decorating, baking, reading and football.
 

Emma Brewer
Registered Dental Assistant

Emma grew up in Stockton and has been a Registered Dental Assistant for over 25 years. She has worked in our office since 1997. A dedicated worker, Emma attained her license for dental assisting without any formal schooling, but rather, through studying on her own and learning on the job. Her commitment has earned her a certificate in CPR, as well as licenses in Radiology, Coronal Polish and Ultrasonic Scaler. Emma is known for her kind and reassuring chair side manner. She also has a flair for working with children. Our most anxious patients often request Emma because of her patience and compassion. She prides herself on helping her patients feel as comfortable as possible. Emma always strives to learn more about dentistry and  enjoys taking continuing education classes to further her knowledge. She is particularly interested in Forensic dentistry. Emma's hobbies are interior decorating, gardening and playing softball. Emma and her husband Terence have two grown daughters, Kassi and Amber. 

Kim Gustafson
Registered Dental Assistant

Kim, who is originally from San Jose, graduated from Bryman College and has been a Registered Dental Assistant since 1991. She joined the staff in August of 2000, shortly after Dr. Nakamura and Dr. Mitoma bought the practice. In addition to holding licenses in both Radiology and Coronal Polish, Kim is also certified in CPR. She has a calm, easy-going manner that patients can often relate to. She is an excellent assistant who also demonstrates natural artistic abilities when creating beautiful temporary crowns. Kim has a congenial chair side manner, which allows her to bond with patients of all ages. She enjoys arts and crafts, as well as outdoor pursuits, shopping, home improvement activities and reading. Kim and her husband Chris have two children, Josh and Rachael, a dog Piper and a cat, Chloe.
 

Kelli Murray
Registered Dental Hygienist

Kelli graduated from San Joaquin Valley College in Visalia, CA in 2004 with a degree in Dental Hygiene. She first became part of our dental team in September 2005. Kelli's familiarity with the field of dentistry stems from her mother, who is also a dental hygienist, and her father, who is a dental  laboratory technician. She is certified in CPR and licensed in Radiology, Anesthesia and Soft Tissue Curettage. She is quite meticulous in her cleaning procedures and exceptionally thorough while being very gentle. She is excellent at screening for abnormalities within the mouth and assessing the health of her patients' gums. Kelli and her husband Matt have two boys, Dalin and Carson, and her new addition is little Mia born Nov. 2011. In her spare time, Kelli enjoys scrapbooking, traveling, and renovating and decorating her home.
 

Debra Metzger
Registered Dental Hygienist

Deb graduated from Chabot College in Hayward, Ca. with a degree in Dental Hygiene. She has 31 years of experience in the field of dentistry, first assisting in the examination room as well as in the front office, and then switching her professional focus to dental hygiene. Debbie has been a Registered Dental Hygienist since 1994 and has licenses in Radiology, Anesthesia and Soft Tissue Curettage, and a certification in CPR. When she joined our office in January of 2001, she brought with her plenty of spunk and energy. Her warm chair side manner has gained her a devoted following among our patients. Exceptionally thorough and conscientious with her work, she will leave your mouth feeling super clean with no discomfort.  Debbie is also able to offer suggestions for maintaining healthy gums without lecturing or preaching. Many of our new patients have commented that she gave them the best cleaning they have ever had. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, swimming, vacationing in Mexico and reading. Debbie and her husband John have two sons, Matthew and Brandon, and two daughters, Amanda and Madeline, as well as a dog, Buddy and a cat, Stinky.