Our Mission Statement
To be a leading team in dentistry, by providing quality, ethical health care and professional service to our patients; assembling highly educated, talented, hard-working individuals inherently committed to delivering optimum patient care. To establish a comfortable, caring environment through comprehensive treatment.
Kerry Shimizu DDS
Dr. Shimizu was born and raised in New Jersey. He attended Colgate University in New York for his Bachelors Degree and graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry in 1986.
Dr. Shimizu has been in private practice in the Los Angeles area since completing a two-year general practice residency program at the V.A. Medical Center located in the San Fernando Valley in 1988.
Dr. Shimizu has taught dental hygiene and removable prosthodontics at Pasadena City College and UCLA and has volunteered with the Flying Samaritans and Children's dental screening for Orange county.
In addition to practicing dentistry, Dr. Shimizu is on the Peer Review Board of the Orange County Dental Society. He belongs to the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Orange County Dental Society and the Japanese American Dental Society.
Dr. Shimizu is married and has two wonderful children. When not at work, he enjoys golfing, trying to stay fit and experiencing some of the wonderful sites that Southern California has to offer.
Bernadette (Bernie) Riggi, R.D.H
Registered Dental Hygienist
Bernadette (Bernie) Riggi, R.D.H., is a registered dental hygienist. She graduated from Cerritos College dental hygiene program. She has been in the dental field for 27+ years, first as a dental assistant and now as a RDH. She has been with the office for 24 years and the last 17 has been with Dr. Shimizu. She was a member of the part time faculty U.S.C. dental school non surgical periodontal department for 15 years. She also worked for 11 years at Children’s Dental Center. She has three children, four grandchildren and is awaiting the birth of her fifth grandchild. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and friends, she also enjoys traveling and going on road trips. She has done volunteer work with Flying Samaritans and volunteers at her church. As a hygienist Bernie will be involved with your oral hygiene and hygiene instruction, she will help you with any hygiene questions you may have and make recommendations regarding your oral hygiene as it relates to your health.
Arlene De Nijs, R.D.H
Registered Dental Hygienist
Arlene De Nijs, R.D.H., is a registered dental hygienist. She has been in the dental field for 8 years, first as a dental assistant now as a hygienist. Since she has started with our office we have had excellent feedback from the patients who have seen her commenting on her thoroughness and the instruction she offers to them on maintaining their dental health. As a hygieneist Arlene will be involved with your oral hygiene and hygiene instruction, she will help you with any hygiene questions you may have and make recommendations regarding your oral hygiene as it relates to your health. Her family consists of her husband, two children and two dogs which keep her busy in her spare time. She also enjoys doing home projects, health and nutrition, and eating.
Lilian Nelson, R.D.A.
Registered Dental Assistant
Lilian Nelson, R.D.A., is our registered dental assistant. She took some college classes before deciding that she would like to become a registered dental assistant. She has been in the dental field for 17 years. Lilian is the person to ask if you have a question about your treatment or how a procedure is done. She lives with her husband Mike, son Zachery, stepson Pat and their dog Marley. She enjoys cooking, riding her bike at the beach, walking her dog, watching movies, dancing and motocross. In the past she has volunteered in Mexico at an orphange and would like to do so again in the future.