Meet The Team

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.

Dr. Shimizu is supported by a talented staff dedicated to make your experience in our office professional and comfortable.

 

 

Kerry Shimizu DDS

Dentist

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.


Linda Zeller

Practice Administrator

 

Linda Zeller is our Practice Administrator.  She has been in the dental field for 28+ years.  She graduated from dental assisting school in San Bernardino.  She has been with the office for 8 years.  She resides with her husband, daughter, two dogs, a cat and two chinchillas.  She enjoys camping with friends, kicking back and reading a good book and under duress sews complicated costumes for her daughter.  Linda is the person to ask insurance or billing questions, to schedule appointments and answer questions pertaining to your treatment.  If she doesn’t know the answer she will help you to find the person to answer your question


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.


Vanessa Soto, R.D.H.

Registered Dental Hygienist

Vanessa graduated from San Joaquin Valley College and became a Registered Dental Hygienist in 2015. She has lived in Orange County for five years and has gained experience working in general dentistry as well as pediatric and periodontal practices. Vanessa is passionate about providing the utmost care to her patients and giving them a thorough, gentle, and educational experience. She is always looking for ways to educate and encourage patients to maintain their best periodontal health. Vanessa currently resides in Newport Heights with her spouse and three dogs.  


Michele Shaw, R.D.A.

Registered Dental Assistant

Michele graduated from Northridge high school in Greeley, CO.  After active duty in the US Army she graduated from Carrington College in Pomona, CA as a dental assistant.  She has gained over six years experience in general dentistry as well as pediatric. Michele is determined to educate patients and help assist the Dr to provide a comfortable positive dental experience. 


Komi Kwan, R.D.H.

Registered Dental Hygienist

Komi Kwan was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Before becoming a dental hygienist, Komi attending UCLA where she obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology.  After graduating from UCLA, Komi's passion for dentistry and her desire to help others grew.  Rather than pursuing a degree in psychology, she decided to continue her education in dental hygiene.  Komi graduated from USC's School of Dentistry in 2011 with a bachelor's in dental hygiene.  As a dental hygienist, her focus is on providing high quality care and education patients on how to maintain their most optimal oral health. 

When Komi isn't busy working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son. She enjoys going to Disneyland just as much as her toddler does. She also enjoys snowboarding, hiking and riding her bike at the beach.