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Meet Our Dental Team

The finishing touch to the soothing NEXT Dentistry environment is our superb support team. Each member is a caring, experienced individual — many with advanced training in diverse areas of dental technology.

Wendy, RDA – Team/Patient Coordinator

Wendy has worked in the dental field for over thirteen years, and she joined our team at NEXT Dentistry in 2005. A very versatile member of our dental team, she is a state-licensed registered dental assistant, is certified in CPR, and is trained in AED. In Wendy’s opinion, the best part of our practice is that we are able to create healthy, beautiful smiles free from worry or pain by using comfort-focused amenities and technology. When she isn’t working hard to improve your smile and our practice, you might find Wendy camping and traveling with her family.

Sandra, RDA – Treatment Coordinator

Sandra has worked at NEXT Dentistry for over twenty-five years, and she loves being part of our state-of-the-art, top-notch dental practice, where we offer the latest comforts and advancements in dentistry to our patients. She completed high school in 1986, and she graduated from Monterey Peninsula College in 1989. Sandra feels honored to work at our dental office and to be able to contribute her talents and skills. She and her husband, Rick, have been married for 18 years, and she has three sons, Jacob, Jared, and Jace. In her spare time, Sandra enjoys keeping physically fit by running and challenging herself to 13-mile marathons. She also likes to vacation and spend time with family.

Deisy – Treatment Coordinator

Deisy has worked in the dental field since 2014 and joined the NEXT Dentistry team in April, 2016.  She is currently taking classes at Hartnell College with the goal of earning her AA in Business Administration.  Deisy loves getting to know our amazing patients and helping them get the care that they need and deserve.  According to Deisy, the best thing about being a part of the NEXT Dentistry team is that we provide the greatest dental care available using the latest technology and amenities.  When she is away from the office, Deisy loves to spend time with her family and friends, camping, shopping and taking her sweet little boy to the park.

Marla, RDH – Executive Assistant

Marla has been a part of the NEXT Dentistry team since January, 2014 and brings with her over 30 years of experience in dentistry.  Prior to joining our dynamic team she worked as a Registered Dental Hygienist and dental practice manager for 22 years.  Marla now assists Dr. Hemingway with his presentations on TMD and a multitude of other dental topics as he lectures to other dentists across to the country.  She is also responsible for ensuring that NEXT Dentistry’s operating systems run smoothly and efficiently.  Marla and her husband, Eric, have two growing daughters.  In her time away from the office, she enjoys cooking, baking, reading, homemaking and chauffeuring her daughters to and from all of their various activities.

Petra, RDH – Periodontal Therapist

Since 1996, Petra has worked at our Salinas, California dental office. She enjoys the long-lasting relationships she has built with our patients over the years. Petra graduated from the dental hygiene program at Cabrillo College in 1996.  She is dedicated to helping her patients achieve and maintain their beautiful, healthy smiles through education as well as utilizing the latest technology and best information and techniques.  Away from work, she enjoys weekend barbeques with her family, cycling, sightseeing, and hiking.

Terri, RDH – Periodontal Therapist

Terri graduated from the dental hygiene program at Cabrillo College in 1988, and she joined our dental team in 1991. She receives much fulfillment from improving the lives of her patients by treating their dental needs, and she enjoys building true relationships of trust with her patients. Terri’s hobbies include hiking, dancing, and photography, and she loves spending time with her family and friends.

Nancy, RDAEF2 – Clinical Treatment Coordinator

Nancy joined the NEXT Dentistry team in 2013. She received her Dental Extended Functions II certification following the completion of a series of advanced courses from the University of California San Francisco and the Expanded Functions Dental Assistants Association in Fullerton, California. Nancy is in an elite group of dental professionals in Monterey County to have achieved this certification. She loves working with our great staff and building relationships with our patients. Nancy and her husband, Zeke, have four beautiful children. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys camping, skydiving, white water rafting, and anything outdoors with her family.

Nallely, RDA – Clinical Treatment Coordinator

Nallely, who also goes by Nely, joined our team in June of 2016.  She was raised in Monterey County and graduated from Soledad High School.  Nely has worked in the dental field for over eight years and earned her Registered Dental Assistant license in 2015.  Nallely enjoys being a part of the amazing NEXT Dentistry team and providing comfort and the very best dental care to all of our patients.  When not at work she loves trying new restaurants, challenging workouts and family gatherings.

Laura, DA – Clinical Treatment Assistant

Laura recently joined the NEXT Dentistry team after completing her internship in our office.  She will complete her studies and test to become a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) in May, 2018.  Laura is excited about becoming a part of the NEXT Dentistry family and providing comfort and great service for all of our amazing patients.  Her enthusiasm, sweet nature and fantastic work ethic make Laura a terrific addition to our team and we are really happy to have her.  Outside of work, Laura enjoys playing basketball, taking her neice and nephew to the park and sight seeing with her boyfriend.