Meet Our Pleasant Hill Family Dentistry Team - Pleasant Hill Pediatric Dentist - Pleasant Hill Dental

Our exceptional, friendly staff is our greatest asset. Our dental assistants and hygienists are licensed professionals who pride themselves on staying on the cutting edge of dentistry and patient communication. They are excited about what they are doing, have high standards of quality and integrity, and are motivated to achieve the best results for our family of patients.

Our dedicated and motivated staff has one primary goal—your utmost comfort! We feel it’s important that you understand the treatment that you’ll be receiving so that you can relax during the procedure. Our staff is eager to answer any questions regarding your dental care. Please feel free to share with us your needs and concerns.


Chris Boone, RDH

I have worked in this office since 1973.  I graduated from College of Alameda in 1973 with a RDA.  I received my certificate in expanded functions in 1984.  I returned to Dental School in 1985 to study Dental Hygiene.  I graduated from Diablo Valley College in 1987 with an RDH, AA degree.  I have worked with Dr. Dowd since he bought this practice in 2000.  I am a member of the Mt. Diablo Dental Hygiene Association. 

A member of Clayton Community Church where I serve with the Leadership team & Missions Dept.  I enjoy working here and abroad with people in need.  I am an avid equestrian, love camping and backpacking.  My favorite pastime is spending time with my Kids and Grandson.


Gina Marques, RDA

I have worked at Dr. Dowd’s office for 10 years as a registered Dental Assistant for a total of 22 years. I started pre-nursing classes at City College of San Francisco and finished at National Education Center in San Francisco Dental Assisting Program.  I am a member of American Association of Dental Assistants.

My interests are family functions and my Kid’s sports programs. When I am not on the field or court, watching movies, gardening or reading a good book are a few things I enjoy.   Listening to patients concerns, helping them overcome any fears and bringing smiles to peoples’ faces are my goals while working.


Florencia G. Espinosa, RDA

I've worked with Dr. Dowd since he took over the office in 2000, and at this office since 1991.  I have been a dental assistant since 1988.  My undergraduate studies were completed at Centro Escolar University College of Dentistry, and University of the East - both in Manila, Philippines.  I am a member of the National Association of Dental Assistants.

Reading, traveling, music, arts, going to the movies, theater plays, and spending time with family and friends are some of things I enjoy.

Working side by side with a caring and professional staff has made our office a great place to work all these years.


Sharon Mitchell, Front Desk

I have worked in the field of dentistry for twenty years, and with Dr. Dowd since 2000.  I work in the front desk management aspect of the practice.

I enjoy basketball and traveling.  We have the best patients at this office.


Barbara Wichlan, RDH

I grew up in Southern Illinois and I am a "coal miner's daughter".  I graduated from St. Louis University (Biology, Chemistry, and Education) and the Dibalo Valley College Dental Hygiene Program.  In addition, I attended post graduate study at Kansas State University.  I am a member of ADHA, CDHA, and MDDHS, our professional organizations.
I have been a member of this dental practice setting since 1982 and have thoroughly enjoyed helping our patients understand, improve and maintain their dental health.
In my leisure time, I enjoy travel, baseball, reading and many activities with my family and friends.


Lori-Lynn Vollbrecht , Office Manager

I have been working with Dr. Dowd for 10 1/2 years now.  I graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor's degree in Business Management.  I have been working in the dental field since I graduated high school in 1983.  I originally went to Dental Assisting school right after high school and worked as an assistant for years before deciding to go back to school for management.
When I am not working I enjoy watching my two daughters play softball, coaching their teams, and playing softball myself.  I also enjoy playing keyboard, singing, reading and I am very involved with my church. 
I really enjoy working with our patients and getting to know so many of them on a personal level as well.