Our Sonoma Dental Team
Meet The Doctors
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. Even though his plan for me to follow in his footsteps eventually worked, I pursued my dream of a career as a photographer first. 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).
After four years at a family practice, as well as a children’s mobile dental health clinic that services all of Monterey County, I decided I wanted to move up to wine country and pursue my own dental practice. I positioned myself in Napa for the search. For nine months I worked both in private practice and Sister Ann’s Community Dental Clinic while searching for the place to call home. As soon as I walked into the reception area of Dr. Christopher Neale’s Sonoma office and saw the huge salt water tank with clown fish and coral, I knew I had found my professional home. I also have a space to display some of my artwork, which currently features landscapes of Sonoma County. I love living and working in this close-knit community.
Dr. Claire Tyler
I am a San Francisco native and I love living and working in the beautiful Northern Bay Area. I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology at UCLA, graduating summa cum laude. I received my dental education at the University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, graduating with honors in 2003. Prior to having children, I also taught at the Pacific Dental School for five years as a clinical instructor. Outside of the office, I am actively involved in the California Dental Association, recruiting high quality speakers to lecture at our bi-annual dental conventions. I am passionate about keeping updated on the latest dental technology through continuing education. I am committed to providing a lifetime of optimum oral health to our patients. I strive to provide quality care in a knowledgeable, gentle, and comfortable manner. When I am not practicing dentistry, I enjoy spending time outdoors. My hobbies include SCUBA diving, abalone diving, skiing, hiking, and mountain biking. I am a member of the Novato Mom’s Club and I love spending time with my husband and two daughters. I look forward to helping you achieve your dental health.
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.
Living in the Sacramento area I worked as an executive assistant for a lobbyist. After 9 years of working in the political sphere, I began looking around for a profession that would inspire me and that I would look forward to going into work each day. That is when I found dental hygiene.
I graduated from Carrington College California for Dental Hygiene in 2010. I moved to Santa Rosa in 2012 and love my new area. I have been working in San Rafael and Sonoma since my move and love the sense of community that is found here.
I have become an avid runner since moving to the North Bay. I have participated in Hit the Road Jack 10K here in Sonoma and the Santa Rosa Half Marathon two years running and the Healdsburg Half Last year.
Registered Dental Assistant
I am a native of Napa Valley, yet as a child, spent quite a bit of time at my grandmother’s here in Sonoma. Today, I am grateful I get to work in this beautiful town.
As a teenager, I learned a lot about oral health and hygiene because my mother was a hygienist. After many years in another field, I decided to follow in the footsteps of my mother and return to college to pursue an education in the dental field. After 22 months, I graduated from the dental assistant program at Santa Rosa Junior College, with honors.
In November of 2013, I started my journey as a Registered Dental Assistant with Dr. Marcus and Dr. Tyler. I am excited to say, I feel I have found a second home here in Sonoma and have come to enjoy getting to know our patients. I continue to learn more about oral health care and its effects on our general health every moment, and I am committed to passing on my knowledge to our patients and others.
Registered Dental Assistant
I was born and raised in Lakeport and moved to Sonoma County in 2007 to further my career in dentistry. I have gained experience in the dental field since then as well as my Registered Dental Assisting license. I enjoy helping people receive and maintain the best oral care available. I strive to maintain a positive attitude and relaxed atmosphere for all our patients.
Some of my hobbies include volunteer work, riding my motorcycle, fishing, and spending time with my wife and family.
Registered Dental Assistant
I graduated college of the Redwoods Dental Assisting School in 2015. I’ve been working in both general practice and oral surgery and I’m very passionate about both. I also enjoy working with children in the dental practice.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time camping at Bodega Bay, going to Rock concerts and taking my dog on hiking adventures.
With almost 25 years in the dental profession, Christina 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. Christina 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! Christina’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 Christina.
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.