Laura Lee Davis
Laura Lee has not only dedicated herself to dentistry for over 42 years; she has also collaborated as Dr. Yamada’s assistant for 27 of them, having been there to witness the inception of this thriving practice.
She is a Registered Dental Assistant with Extended Functions: an honor achieved by less than 5% of all California dental assistants. She has always been proud to call San Diego home, even while attaining her studies at Mesa College, UCLA, and Irvine.
She is a humanitarian: she is absolutely devoted to the promotion of the public’s welfare, and she has positioned herself with global charity missions to aid the less fortunate with dental care and needs.
In her downtime, Laura greatly enjoys crafts and spending quality time with her friends both here in sunny San Diego and Prescott, AZ.
Vera Villalvazo has been a dental hygienist for eight years and has been with Dr. Yamada for over two years. Vera shares Dr. Yamada’s passion for dental mission trips; it combines her love of dentistry, travel, and being of service. Although a San Diego native, she enjoys traveling to New Orleans often to visit her family, enjoying great food, and one of her biggest hobbies is photography.
She attended Louisiana State University, School of Dentistry graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene. Before her years at a University, she served six years active duty in the United States Air Force as a Military Police Officer.
There was something about dentistry that she has loved since she was a kid, so she transitioned into the dental field after serving in the military. The skills she learned in the military as both a dental patient and D.A.R.E. officer made her love teaching. What she enjoys the most about being a hygienist is having the chance to practice preventative dentistry which focuses on teaching patients how to keep their teeth and gums healthy for life.
"I have seen people who are terrified of coming to the dentist, so I strive to make my patient's experience as pleasant and comfortable as possible. From turning off the lights and playing classical music, making them laugh, or with a cozy blanket." She wants her patients to feel like they have received the best dental cleaning, education, and care when they come to Ocean Dental Care.
Andrew is a high achieving UCSD alumni with a degree in Molecular Biology. During his time at UCSD, he volunteered in the UCSD Free Clinic Project to help provide pro bono care to the underserved communities of San Diego. He is currently applying to dental schools across the United States. In his spare time, he likes to cultivate and study carnivorous plants.
Josh is the newest clinical assist to our team. Josh is a pre-dental student studying to take his admissions test. Growing up, he has witnessed periodontal disease and tooth loss and how it has impacted someone’s life thus he has the drive to help educate the people he encounters during his journey. Josh was born and raised in San Diego, making him a local native. He has a passion for trying new foods; explore new cities, and experiencing different cultures.