Our Team

Our goal is to provide the highest quality dental care possible in a gentle and caring manner.  Our staff is committed to our patients' well-being and comfort. We recognize that having good oral health positively influences a person’s overall health.  We strive for excellence through integrity, communication, continuing education, the use of advanced technology and also through teamwork. 

Our goal is to create beautiful smiles for our patients while at the same time focusing on function and disease prevention.  We treat our patients the way we wish to be treated in the dental chair—with respect and a gentle touch.

We look forward to welcoming you into our family of patients!


Registered Dental Hygienist

Shirley was born and raised in Sonoma County. She married her high school sweetheart and together they have two sons who are the loves of their lives.  She started her career as a dental assistant and went back to school at Santa Rosa Junior College to become a dental hygienist.  Later, Shirley returned there to teach in the Dental Assisting program (in addition to being an RDH)!

In her off time she enjoys camping, going to the gym, playing golf, and most of all-- spending time with her sons and hubby. 


Registered Dental Hygienist

Marykay graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. In 2002 she relocated to the Santa Rosa area after living in Maui for 17 years. Outside of dentistry her passion is riding her horse Tilly on the beautiful trails throughout Sonoma County. Marykay maintains her license in both California and Hawaii.


Patient Financial Coordinator

 Alexis was born and raised in Sonoma County.  She is a graduate of the Dental Assisting Program at SRJC and has worked in dentistry for over 20 years!  She truly enjoys working with patients and helping them feel comfortable in what can be a scary environment for some.  In her off time she enjoys traveling and hiking in the great outdoors with her husband and two adult daughters.  


Scheduling Coordinator

Susanne loves her career in dentistry as an RDA and now Scheduling Coordinator.  She received her RDA degree at SRJC and has been working in dentistry for thirty years!  Outside of work, Susanne loves visiting Yosemite, going to concerts, and spending time at the coast. 


Registered Dental Assistant

Seanna was born in Santa Rosa and grew up in Petaluma.  She's a graduate of Casa Grande High School and had an early start in dentistry, joining the practice where her mother worked as a receptionist at the young age of eighteen!  She loves dentistry and has aspirations of becoming a dentist herself one day.  When she's not assisting Dr. Elward, she enjoys hanging out with her family, taking day trips to San Francisco and eating at many of Sonoma County's amazing restaurants. 


Registered Dental Hygienist

Amy was born in Petaluma and raised in Fresno.  She spent her college years and early career in the lovely town of Santa Cruz.  She returned to Sonoma County a few years ago and likes to say it feels like "coming full-circle."  When she isn't at work she enjoys playing golf and spending time with her adult daughters.  You can also occasionally find her at a Giants game or watching the 49ers!