Dr. Fabiola Lara has been practicing treating patients for over 20 years. Her career began as a dental assistant during her undergraduate years.
Dr. Lara graduated from UCSF School of Dentistry as a Fleming Scholar, a prestigious award for outstanding academic performance and community involvement. Dr. Lara continued to serve the dental community, by practicing as a public health doctor at the Native American Health center of San Francisco and Oakland. Dr. Lara was a clinical researcher for UCSF, and helped establish the protocol for (CAMBRA) Caries Risk Assessment. This is a form that a dental practice can use to help manage and treat patients that are at high risk for decay.
Dr Lara community outreach is highlighted by her being featured in the "First 5 California" educational video series featuring her daughter. The series goal was to teach parents how to take care of their childrens' dental health during the first five years. She also was instrumental in establishing a pediatric department in an under represented community where the need was greatest. Her international outreach includes participation in a cleft lip and palate surgery team of dentists and doctors in Wenzhou, China and Ghana, Africa.
"We wanted to give patients a private practice experience, which we accomplished by educating the parents and focusing on prevention over intervention. I told the parents that my success was knowing that their kids never had to experience having a cavity". - Dr. Lara.
Dr. Lara is proud of the excellent team she has developed over the years and the quality care they help her provide daily.
San Francisco sedation dentist Frank Grimaldi received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from San Jose State University, graduating Tau Delta Phi scholastic honor society and dean’s list commendations from the School of Science. He received his D.D.S. degree from the University of California, San Francisco, graduating with a class rank of 1st in class and receiving a regent’s scholarship.
He completed residency training in hospital dentistry at the University of California, San Francisco in 1982 with a specific focus on painless dentistry for medically compromised developmentally disabled or phobic patients. From 1987 to 2009 he served as the Director of Hospital Dentistry, offering painless dental treatment in an operating room setting. Dr. Grimaldi is currently a Clinical Professor in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry at the University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Grimaldi is a member of the Omicron Kappa Epsilon National Honorary Dental Society, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Association of Hospital Dentists, the California Society of Medicine and Surgery and the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities. Dr. Grimaldi is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, holds state of California conscious sedation permit #2 and is qualified medical evaluator #9577 for the state of California. He has been recently inducted into the American College of Dentists.
Evita Vekiari, DA& Esthetician
His dental career began as an Air Force Dental Assistant and Hygienist. After the Air Force, he obtained his BA in Broadcasting and Communications and began a career in broadcast television for NBC and The Discovery Channel. After the birth of his 2nd child, he decided to return to his first love of dental hygiene. He graduated Valedictorian of his Dental Hygiene Class from Carrington college in San Jose, CA.
He is also employed as a clinical RDH at Native American Health Center, and as a Clinical Instructor at the University of the Pacific Dental Hygiene program. He is active in his state hygiene component, and currently serves on the Executive Committee for the CA. Dental Hygienists' Association. His outreach in his community is highlighted by his work and involvement with the passage of SF Prop V in 2016 which placed a tax on Sugary Beverages.
His passion is public health, and he regularly organizes and attends clinics to treat the underserved.
MArtha Ponce, Receptionist
Evita hails from Astros, Greece, and came to the U.S. in 2013. Her career began in 2014 as a Dental Assistant for both Dr. Lara and Dr. Grimaldi.
While primarily a Dental Assistant, Evita manages the critical position in our practice of keeping our work flow moving, managing cases and patients, and holds the title of Clinic/Treatment Coordinator. The reason our office flows so smoothly is due to Evita's hard work behind the scenes.
Evita is also a student and brings her knowledge to the practice. She is a Licensed Esthetician and is currently studying her pre-requisites to pursue a career in either dentistry or medicine.
She also is an Invisalign consultant and oversees all Invisalign cases including frequent patient communication regarding their treatment. She particularly assists new patients, and is very compassionate with patients with high phobia or anxiety.
Additionally, she speaks 3 languages fluently- Greek, English, Spanish.
Brenda Rodriguez, rDa general manager
Martha is a San Francisco Native, born and raised in the city. Growing up she knew she is a communicative person, very bright and open personality. Thus, she pursue a career in Dental Receptionist position with a great success.
She holds the titles of the dental receptionist, front desk manager and treatment Coordinator. In addition, she is the Insurance Specialist of our clinic and always assists the patients to take advantage of all their benefits that their insurance covers.
Martha has an over a decade experience in her field and has been working with Dr. Lara and Dr. Grimaldi since 2012. She speaks fluently 2 languages- English and Spanish.
Brenda grew up in the bay area and her initial calling was in baking. Later dentistry appeared in her life and she then decided her career. Very successfully, Brenda's' hand skills are exceptional in addition to her loving and caring personality.
She has been with Dr. Lara since 2010, truly Dr. Lara's' right hand. Having the title of the office general Manager, and the head Registered dental assistant.
Brenda as a Registered Dental Assistant is focusing in patient care, assistance to the doctor and office managing.
Brenda has multiple certifications such as restorative composites application, orthodontic assistant certification. In addition, Brenda speaks fluently- English and Spanish.
While working in our clinic she is expanding her education in Dental Assisting, to registered dental assistant extended functions which is the highest educational level of this field.