GET TO KNOW
Dr. Dena Marcus

Growing up on Long Island, New York, I often worked as a dental assistant for my dad, who was a general dentist. His plan for me to follow in his footsteps eventually worked, first I pursued my dream of a career as a photographer. I attended the School of Visual Arts and graduated with a B.F.A. in Photography in 1994. I specialized in documentary and portraiture. While freelancing for various magazines, I came to San Francisco on an assignment. I realized instantly that I belonged in Northern California and decided to move out to San Francisco. After working as a photographer and supplementing my income with temporary jobs, I landed a position at the University of California San Francisco Dental School. I ultimately decided it was time to return to school and become a dentist. I graduated in 2003 from the University of the Pacific Dental School (now known as Dugoni School of Dentistry).

In 2008 I took over for a retiring dentist Dr Chistopher Neal.  I enjoy practicing in Sonoma and in 2012 was able to expand and remodel the office.  I strive to provide my patients state of the art dental dental care in a comfortable environment.  The office has the latest technology including one day crowns and a cone beam ( three dimensional x-ray).

Sonoma is not only one of the most scenic locations with great access to the city, mountains and beach but it is a wonderful community.  Over the past 12 years my staff and patients have truly become like family.  The past couple of years this community has had to come together to deal with many challenges.  The fires, blackouts, and now Covid-19 has changed the way we live and work but has only made our community tighter.  As we all face these challenges together my commitment to creating a lifetime of oral health to my patients only deepens.

I live in Sebastopol with my husband, goats, donkeys, chickens, cats, sheep and a dog.  The office is also decorated with my animals.  When I’m not working I spend time gardening, hiking, swimming, and taking care of the animals.

Dr Claire Tyler

I was born and raised in San Francisco and my children are proud to be the fourth generation born in SF.  While a piece of my heart will always be in San Francisco, I love the North Bay community and have fully embraced suburban life.
 
I was drawn to dentistry as a career since it combines art and science.  I am passionate about lifelong learning and I am heavily involved in planning dental conventions for both the state of California as well as my dental school alma mater-Dugoni Dental School.  I also just completed a post-graduate teaching certification with the future goal of becoming part-time faculty at Dugoni.
 
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters. I love paddle boarding hiking, crafting, puzzles and I am a voracious reader.  I would love to hear about your favorite trails and books as I am always looking for a new adventure. 

Dr. Marcus Rice

As the son of a dental hygienist, I’ve spent a big portion of my life in a dental office. So it was only destiny that I would eventually become a dentist.

I’ve always been a California guy. I was born and raised in Concord, California. For undergrad, I moved to the Central Valley and attended UC Merced, where I fell in love with Yosemite and nature. For dental school, I lived in Southern California, where I attended Western University of Health Sciences. SoCal is also where I fell in love with In N Out burgers and hot chicken sandwiches. But, At the end of the day, my heart lives for Northern California so once I finished my schooling, I came back up. I love to hike and I love the outdoors, so I just know Sonoma County will treat me well.

When I’m not working in dentistry, I also love trying new foods so I’ll be sure to poke people’s brains on their local favorite places to eat. And when I’m not talking about stuffing my face, I’m always talking about the latest movie or TV show I recently watched. If you have any streaming recommendations, I’m always happy to watch it! I’m so excited to meet and work with all of my future patients and I look forward to learning more about each and every one of you.

Meet The Staff

Lillian Burke, RDH, RDHAP

Registered Dental Hygienist

I completed my dental hygiene education at West Los Angeles, California in 1998. From which I obtained Outstanding Achievement of Dental Health Skills in Community and Clinical Practice Award. I belonged to the Dean’s Honor List and was member of Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society. In addition, I took part in clinical rotations at various dental establishments such as UCLA School of Dentistry, Cedars Sinai Hospital, Wadsworth Veterans Admin. Hospital, Venice Dental Clinic, The Children’s Dental Center and local dentist clinics in the Los Angeles are. In 2012, I pursued further dental hygiene education and training and became a Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice.

With a total of over 25 years of experience in the dental field, I’ve the pleasure of providing dental hygiene care in Sonoma for the past of 14 years. It is a great honor for me to are for patients who are friends and neighbors. I am dedicated to provide dental hygiene services with compassion, great care and comfort.

Outside of dental hygiene, I enjoy reading travel, and spending time with my husband and son.

Myrna Granados, RDH

Registered Dental Hygienist

Myrna is originally from Mexico, she is being living in Sonoma since she moved to California. She loves reading books, going for long drives and relaxing by the beach.  She graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College with an Associate in dental Hygiene and has been working as a Hygienist since 2010. Myrna enjoys her work very much and her one to one relationship with her patients. Nothing gives her more joy than seeing how patients improve their home care after seeing her.
Myrna is always learning and looking for ways to  help patients to reach their personal home care goals.

Cristina Molinar-Aguilera

Front Office

With almost 25 years in the dental profession, Cristina handles our scheduling, billing, correspondence and financial arrangements. She particularly enjoys helping our patients receive the dental benefits that they deserve. Patients love her cheerfulness and professionalism. Cristina is extraordinary in solving problems and facilitating treatment on behalf of our patients. She brings a great positive energy to the office and it rubs off on everyone! Cristina ’s fluency in Spanish is a great benefit for our Spanish speaking patients. She has resided with her family in Sonoma County for over 30 yrs. For help with an appointment, insurance claims processing, financial terms and other information, please ask for Cristina.

Karyna

Front Office

I was born and raised in the beautiful Sonoma.  I have enjoyed living in Sonoma in such a close knit community.  I have the pleasure of helping patient in the front office.  While fairly new to the dental community I’m enjoying learning more about the dental field. When I am not working my husband and I enjoy hiking, doing community service, and spending time with our family’s.

Michael, RDH

Registered Dental Assistant 

I was born and raised in Petaluma.  I have been an RDH since 5015 I studied at both SSU and SRJC to obtain my BA in Bio and my RDH license.  I love what I do and take more pride in being able to educate my patients and try to improve their oral hygiene and overall health.
 
In my fee time, I participate in polynesian dance for my halau of 13 yrs.  I love to stay active and recently  have been rock climbing.  I enjoy spending time with friends and family.

Dorothy

Lab tech, Sterilization, Dental Assistant

Dorothy has been working here since December on 2018.  After being a busy mom of four she earned a degree in hospital sterilization.  She has launched her career here with Dr Marcus.  New to dentistry but eager to learn she now can do lab work and is training to be a dental assistant.

Milly

Registered Dental Assistant

Originally from Ventura county I began my dental assisting career in 2007 following achievement of dental assisting license in Sacramento, I have resided in beautiful Sonoma for the last 5 years.  Along my dental journey I have acquired great skills and training through general dentistry as well as knowledge and experience with periodontal and implant specialty.  I continue to learn and thrive especially as new technology arises, essentially helping and educating patients with their dental care and treatment.  Since the beginning of 2021 working with Dr Marcus and her wonderful staff has been such a blessing and an amazing experience.
 
When I’m not working I enjoy going on walking and hiking adventures with my beloved dog Jazzy.  Weekends usually consist of family gatherings, biking, or tending to our flower garden.  Then on beautiful summer days we love taking our boat out to the lake for some serenity while fishing and swimming.