Meet The Martin Dentistry Staff

In addition to its skilled doctors, the Martin Dentistry staff has more than 170 years of combined experience in dealing with dental assisting, insurance and billing challenges, so patients will be taken care of every step of the way.


My name is Karla Howard. I am a registered dental assistant/expanded function for Dr. Dax Martin at Martin Dentistry. I graduated from Andon college in Stockton, California and have been working in the dental field since 1992. I enioy making our patients feel comfortable and at ease in our oflice which is why I decided to go into dentistry. ln my free time I like to garden, spend time with my family and two dogs.


My name is Melody. I have been working in dentistry off and on for over 40 years. I happened into the field of dentistry by chance. A friend of mine in high school was leaving and offered me her job working part time for a dentist. I really enjoyed the work and decided that was what I wanted to do. I then went to dental assisting school when I moved to Stockton from Long Beach. lt has always been a very fulfilling job and I have enjoyed it very much. I took a break when I had my family. When my children were grown, I decided I wanted to work in dentistry again. I started working for Dr. Martin in June of 1999. I have enjoyed every moment and am here to help anyone with questions on insurance or their statements.


I graduated from Galt High School in 2002. I have always been a caring person and I wanted to have a career where I can improve people’s lives. Dentistry brought me a way to make people smile and improve their life. I attended Lincoln Technical Academy where I finished with a 4.4 as one of the top of my class in 2004. Once finished I obtained my X-ray licensing through the Lincoln Technical Academy and finished my formal training at Sac City college, I passed my RDA licensing exams in 2005. I worked for a general dentist for 15 years as the head assistant. My love of dentistry has always driven me to learn new and improved techniques to continue to stay on top of the newest procedures. This lead me to Martin Dentistry where I love to help patients obtain the smile they always wanted in a friendly environment.


Hi! My name is Gary. I was born and raised on Long Island in New York State. I didn’t leave until I turned 18 and went off to college. I went to Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and graduated in 2014. I never thought I would work in Dental let alone do accounting as I studied Politics in school and that is actually my degree. I was first introduced to Martin Dentistry when I was a paralegal working in the adjacent suite (my old office is actually one of the operatories on the new side). My boss and I would frequently eat lunch with the Dental Ofiice staff. I was actually offered this job then but I had turned it down. Fast forward to last year and the law office had moved and I was a freelance paralegal. I was doing some work for my old boss and we had dropped in on the dental office and I was offered the job again. This time I said yes. If you had told me when I was in school that I would be doing accounting work in 2O2O I would have laughed, but I love my job and the people I work with everyday. I wake up everyday with renewed purpose and passion for my job even with this crazy year. Thank God for Martin Dentistry.


Jessica graduated from Carrington College in 2018 with her Registered Dental Assisting license and has been a valued member of our team since then. Jessica is friendly, compassionate, caring and bilingual. She enjoys assisting dental treatment and patient care. She loves educating patients and helping them regain their self confidence. On her free time she loves cooking and baking and spending time with her friends and family.


Hello, my name is Paula Adams and my past experience with dentistry is what made me want to become an RDA. I’ve had numerous procedures done and all were positive. I love helping people and wanted to share the positivity of my experiences to help dispel the fear and anxiety associated with dentistry. I graduated from Carrington College in May of 2016 with a 4.0 and a certificate in Dental Assisting. I passed the state boards in June of 2016 becoming an RDA. ln August of 2016, I started working at Martin Dentistry fulfilling my dream. During my off time I enjoy spending time with my family and going to Santa Cruz and Yosemite.


I have been in the dental field for 20 years. I first got started in dentistry because my godfather is a Dentist. I started out working front desk and really enjoyed customer service and helping people. I later started doing insurance and billing. I have been in dental management for 7 years. I really enjoy working in dentistry and seeing everyone involved in making a difference in our patients smiles and dental well being. My favorite part of my job is seeing someone who is afraid of the dentist or hasn’t ever had a good experience have their first good experience here with us in our office.


My name is Carol. I am a registered dental assistant/receptionist. I graduated from Weber Institute Medical Academy in 2002. I have always admired a beautiful smile and while having my routine cleaning I decided Assisting is what I wanted to do. I then went to California College in 2003. I started as a dental assistant and in 2005 became a R.D.A. I am trained in both front and back office. I have been in the dental field for 17 years and love what I do. The best part of my job is making a difference in our patients lives. On my free time I like to spend time with my family and fish. I also like to hike and spend time at the beach.


Wanda is the Chief Executive Officer of our dental practice. You may see her around the office when you come in — if you need to see the boss, she’s the one! Dr. Martin has worked for Wanda for 40 years. Wanda has been in the dentistry field for most of those forty years and played a significant role in Dr. Martin’s decision to become a dentist. She got her Ph.T. in 1973, the same year Dr. Martin graduated from the University of California, San Francisco.
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