Meet the Staff

Marcia - Office Manager/RDA

With over 20 years in the dental field, both front and back office, Marcia brings the experience and knowledge necessary in creating the excellent patient experience that we strive for at Valley Center Orthodontics. From treatment planning and scheduling, to concerns with your insurance, Marcia is always there to make sure you are fully informed and well attended to.

Outside of the office Marcia enjoys being a mom to her 17 year old son Chase, spending time with family and friends, shopping local boutiques, sight-seeing, reading, scary movies and recording cooking shows to learn new recipes and tips (that she'll likely never use).

"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."

Patricia - RDA/Lab Technician

Patricia is the newest member of our team. She comes to us with 24 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, Cody 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."

Samara - Sterilization Technician

Samara started with Valley Center Orthodontics almost 2 years ago while finishing up her senior year in high school. She began as our afternoon sterilization tech and left for a brief while to focus on beginning her college studies. She has returned to help us out after school and we are so very grateful to have her!

Samara not only makes sure we seat our patients on time, have what we need ready to go throughout the day and keeps the back office in tiptop shape but she's also made great strides towards learning orthodontics and mastering some of the basic skills required to make a great orthodontic assistant. What began as a part-time after school job has turned into a lasting union and we look forward to Samara's bright future with Valley Center Ortho team.

When not at work or school Samara enjoys reading, boxing, playing with her dogs Hunter and Rocky, and spending time with her family.

"I love my job, we have such an awesome team experience and I like knowing that the work I do here is helping my co-workers as well as benefiting the lives of our patients. The quality of my work makes an impact on all of those around me, which is why I always do my best."