Welcome to Valley Center Orthodontics! Dr. Liliana Hernandez and her talented team are dedicated to providing top quality orthodontics and creating bright smiles for a lifetime. Dr. Hernandez specializes in orthodontics for children and adults, including metal brackets, clear brackets and retainers. She is also an Invisalign® certified provider. We offer a complimentary examination for first time patients to meet with Dr. Hernandez and find out about all the different treatment options that are available to them. Patients will feel welcome, comfortable and at-ease while receiving treatment in our state-of-the-art, family friendly practice. At Valley Center Orthodontics we’re ready to work with you toward a bright future and the beautiful smile you've always wanted.
Dr. Liliana Hernandez
Dr. Liliana Hernandez was born and raised in beautiful Bogota, Colombia where her passion for dentistry began at a very early age. Her Father a Prosthodontist and Mother an Endodontist, she spent a lot of time in a dental setting developing her interests and learning the various aspects of excellent dental care.
In 1985 Dr. Hernandez graduated as a Doctor of Dental Surgery from Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia after which she continued an additional 2 year orthodontic residency program to graduate with a Master of Science specializing in Orthodontics at UNAM, the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
Over the next six years while running a private Orthodontic practice in Bogota she also taught as an Associate Professor of Orthodontics at Javeriana University.
After marrying her husband Rafael in 1995 and moving to California where Rafael worked as an International Sales Manager for an orthodontic products ad services company, Dr. Hernandez completed a 2 year postdoctoral studies program in the education and research of orthodontics under world renowned orthodontics Dr. Lawrence Andrews and in 1997 she became licensed by the Dental Board of California.
Over the next several years she continued in practice and her and her husband started a family and were blessed with their two beautiful children Daniel and Laura. In 2008 they moved their family to the cozy country town of Valley Center where in 2013 she opened her own practice where she currently practices.
Dr. Hernandez had the opportunity to learn from some of the world's most distinguished orthodontists such as, the late Dr. Ronald H. Roth, Dr. Ronald M. Roncone, and Dr. Richard P. McLaughlin. She continues her studies in the field's most current research and technology and to this day her passion drives her commitment to providing her patients with excellence in care.
Office Manager | RDA
Leslie started her dental career in high school, sterilizing instruments as an afterschool job. She enjoyed the work so much she went to school to become a registered dental assistant. She was hired and further trained as an orthodontic dental assistant. The opportunity arose for a position as a patient care coordinator and seemed to be a perfect fit for her. Leslie joined our team in 2020 as our Office Manager. She has a passion for people and loves the interaction with our wonderful patients. Leslie strives to ensure every patient who walks through the door feels welcomed and cared for. She feels privileged to work for an awesome doctor and amazing staff. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and sons. She loves staying fit, going to the river, traveling and working on house projects.
"The best part of my job is the bond that's built with our patients over the course of their treatment and the satisfaction that comes with being part of a caring team not only creating beautiful smiles but making lasting friendships. Dr. Hernandez is not just a great Orthodontist but the level of personalized care and attention she gives each and every patient is truly amazing. Her office is like an extension of her home and she genuinely welcomes and cares for her patients like family."
RDA | Lab Technician
Patricia has 28 years of experience as a Registered Dental Assistance and Lab Technician specializing in Orthodontics. She enjoys working alongside the doctor to help achieve beautiful smiles and happy patients.
Patricia is Mom to a wonderful daughter named Casie and enjoys spending time with her friends and family (which include her dog, Delilah and 2 cats, Sammy and Gizmo). On her free time she loves going to the movies, traveling and discovering new restaurants and scenic spots.
"Working with patients from start to finish to see their beautiful smiles and happy faces the day they get their braces off is the most gratifying feeling and the reason I love what I do."
Samona is a Registered Dental Assistant. She’s been a part of the Valley Center Orthodontics team since 2019 and has worked in the dental field for over 10 years
Samona is known for her kind and caring personality. She strives to make every patient feel comfortable and at ease.On her days off, she enjoys spending time with her family, going to museums, doing beach activities, and traveling.