Denise Sieg RDH/RDHBS: Dental Hygienist
Denise was born and raised in Sonoma County. She comes to our office with a well-rounded education in both dental assisting and dental hygiene. She received her Registered Dental Assisting certificate license from Santa Rosa Junior College in 1992 and completed her Associates of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene in 2002. She continued her education with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Minnesota State University.
Denise’s work experience also includes both dental hygiene and dental assisting. She has worked at various local offices. She has taught for 10 years at the Santa Rosa Junior College Dental Hygiene Program, teaching upcoming dental hygienists.
Denise is an active member of the California Dental Hygiene Association, and the California Dental Hygiene Educators Association. She stays up to date with the most current advances in dentistry through continuing education classes.
Denise is married to Shelby, a local business owner (and a Santa Rosa native) and they have two children, Alexander, and Abigail. She enjoys camping, photography, gardening and yoga in her spare time.
We are so pleased to have Denise on our team!!
Helga Schulze: Front Office & Billing specialist
Helga joined our staff in 2015 and came to us with a wide range of experience and skills. She has been in the dental field since 1993 and her training in dentistry includes graduating with honors from Western Career College in dental assisting and X-ray. Her primary responsibilities are the front desk duties, including record management, billing and scheduling. Helga is also skilled as a dental assistant and does so on occasion. She has a warm smile and shows complete professionalism with both welcoming patients and ensuring they receive the care they need.
On a more personal level, Helga has 3 grown children,3 grandchildren, and 4 step-grandchildren, whom she adores. Both she and Hank, (her husband) enjoy the freedom of being empty nesters. It allows more time for traveling, baking, collecting handbags and Disneyland trips with her grandkids.
When asked what makes her happiest, she is quick to say: “a good laugh”! Given all her skills, that’s a added bonus!
We are fortunate to have Helga on staff and we think you will find her a delight to work with
Suzanne Sciucchetti: Front Office and Chair-side Assistant
Suzanne was born and raised in Healdsburg and began her career as a dental assistant in 1979 with Dr. Tom Conklin (ret). Later she transitioned to a front office position in 1986 for Dr. Clint weaver in Santa Rosa. She joined Dr. Wilburn’s team in 2006 and works in the front office and on occasion will also assist chairside.
Suzanne lives in Cloverdale with her long-time companion Randy. She has two grown sons and one grandchild. Her hobbies include cooking, reading and gardening. Of course, she also especially enjoys time with her grandson Vinny.
Sue has a quick smile and caring approach while tending to patient’s needs and requests. We have a wonderful employee in Suzanne and are so glad to have her on our team!
Cathy Alviso: RDA Chair-side Assistant
Cathy’s wonderful smile and her kind sunny disposition can put any patient at ease! Of course, her extensive experience in the dental field, working in both general dentistry and in periodontics is a valuable asset for our office now! She’s a seasoned pro and fits right in.
She holds an Associates-degree in science from SRJC. She completed her dental assisting training there as well and received her RDA license soon thereafter. She joined our practice in 2021, after many years in the dental field.
Cathy was raised in Rohnert Park and has lived in Sonoma County all her life! She now lives in Santa Rosa with her husband (Rudy) and has two grown children. She thoroughly enjoys family time and visiting them in Butte County. She is very excited to have welcomed her first grandchild in 2022. Her favorite activities include golfing, walking, biking, gardening and cooking.
We are thrilled to have Cathy as part of our team and know you will love her too!
Karen McCord: RDH, Dental Hygienist
Karen is a California native, born in San Francisco where she lived until moving to Sebastopol with her family in 1973. Her beginning in dentistry started in 1982 as a dental assistant, in Occidental, for Dr. McNeal. Karen credits Dr. McNeal, who was a great inspiration, to becoming a hygienist. After attending college in Sacramento and receiving her license as a dental hygienist in 1993, she returned to Sonoma County to begin her career.
Karen has a caring and open approach to helping others. Her love of learning and ability to understand patients’ needs have been refined through her experiences. Karen is a supportive member of the American Dental Hygienist Association and the Redwood Dental Hygiene Society. Karen has also supported the community by volunteering in free dental days and the orthodontic programs for adults and children.
To keep balance, Karen enjoys many outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, fly fishing. She also likes to spend quiet time cooking, reading and gardening. Currently, she lives in Santa Rosa with two rescue cats and an English bulldog.
We are excited to have Karen join our office family!
Melissa Tanda: RDH, Dental Hygienist
We are thrilled to introduce one of our newest hygienists, Melissa Tanda, to our exceptional team. She relocated from Sacramento to Lake county in late 2022 to support her husbands flourishing career in the wine industry, Melissa brings her passion for health and fitness to our office.
With a B.S. degree in Kinesiology from Long Beach State University, Melissa pursued her calling in dental hygiene and earned her A.S. in Dental Hygiene from Sacramento City College. Her dedication to improving oral hygiene and her unwavering commitment to her patients well-being is a true testament to her work ethic.
Outside of the office, Melissa delights in cooking, working out, hiking/camping, and indulging in music.
We are thrilled to welcome Melissa to our family and look forward to seeing the invaluable contributions she will make to our practice.