Debbie has worked in the dental profession for 22 years – 20 years for Dr. Mark Iversen until his retirement and now two years for Dr. Huiras. Debbie has four daughters and ten grandchildren (seven who live in Paso Robles). Weekends often find her corralling a small herd of kids and she counts it a blessing to be able to be so involved in their lives. She is an avid reader, enjoys sewing, and doesn’t miss an episode of NCIS. Over the years, Debbie has come to know and care for our patients in a very special way. Often she will have someone in the office telling her all about their most recent celebrations and also frequently sharing their heartaches with her. Debbie loves the interaction with the patients. She is experienced in dealing with insurance companies, treatment plans, and financial arrangements. She does her best to make sure that each person is well-informed regarding their insurance coverage and also works hard to ensure that each person is able to schedule the treatment they need in a timely, convenient manner. Sometimes, dental treatment causes people anxiety and Debbie does her best to reassure them so that they are comfortable here. In her own words, “I’m very grateful to have a job that I have loved for so long! I truly do not mind coming to work. Dr. Huiras and all of our wonderful families make being here a pleasure!”
Registered Dental Assistant
Laura is our fiery, red-headed assistant. She’s a local girl who grew up in Atascadero. After graduating from Cuesta College she went on to Allen Hancock where she completed their dental assisting program and passed her clinical and written exams to become an RDA (registered dental assistant). She has been at this office for 17 years and is proficient in all aspects of assisting. She is able to make our patients feel comfortable no matter what treatment they are having done. She is sensitive to any anxiety they may feel and her sense of humor puts everyone at ease. Laura enjoys kids tremendously and spends lots of time with her niece and nephews and any other strays (human or otherwise) she can grab. In her spare time she enjoys making child-size quilts that she then donates to local charities and packing backpacks with gifts of books, art supplies, etc. for needy children at Christmas time. She has an adventurous streak and is prone to dragging her husband and son around exploring new activities and places that are close to home.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Melia joined our team in 2012. She is originally from Los Angeles County, where she received her Bachelor's in Dental Hygiene and Master's in Gerontology from the University of Southern California. She enjoys working with her patients to help them achieve optimal oral health, while building friendships and positive experiences.
Melia enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and friends, while doing various activities such as running, hiking and camping. Melia and her husband welcomed their first child into the world in November 2015 and are expecting their second in March 2018. It is important to them to teach their children how to live an active and healthy life while enjoying nature's fresh air.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Gisele began her dental career as a Dental Assistant for 12 years prior to attending Dental Hygiene School. She graduated from the Dental Hygiene Program at USC School of Dentistry in 1992. After graduating from USC, she worked in Santa Barbara for 10 years as a Dental Hygienist in the specialty of Periodontics and Endodontics. For the last 15 years Gisele has been practicing in the Central Coast area and was CE coordinator for the Central Coast Dental Hygiene Society from 2010-2014. Gisele enjoys her three dogs, going to movies and concerts, and loves anything outdoors traveling in her Minnie Winnebago.