Meet Our Dental Team

The finishing touch to the soothing NEXT Dentistry environment is our superb support team. Each member is a caring, experienced individual — many with advanced training in diverse areas of dental technology.

Wendy, RDA – Team/Patient Coordinator

Wendy has worked in the dental field for over thirteen years, and she joined our team at NEXT Dentistry in 2005. A very versatile member of our dental team, she is a state-licensed registered dental assistant, is certified in CPR, and is trained in AED. In Wendy’s opinion, the best part of our practice is that we are able to create healthy, beautiful smiles free from worry or pain by using comfort-focused amenities and technology. When she isn’t working hard to improve your smile and our practice, you might find Wendy camping and traveling with her family.

Maria – Insurance & Financial Coordinator

Maria joined the Next Dentistry team in June 2019.  She was raised in Monterey County and graduated from Alisal High School in May of 2014.  With no previous experience in the dental field, Maria has proven herself to be extraordinarily hard working and quick to learn new skills.  Maria is a valuable member of the amazing Next Dentistry team.  Away from work she likes to spend time with family and friends, shopping and trying new things.

Jessica – Schedule Coordinator

Jessica joined Next Dentistry in the fall of 2019, begining her career in the dental field in January.  Jessica has always had a passion for helping and working with people and that is why she decided to join the NEXT Dentistry team.  She loves to assist our patients in receiving exceptional patient care when they visit our practice. Jessica is CPR certified and is currently enrolled in Hartnell College studying Administration of justice.  Eventually, Jessica plans to take her passion for helping people in another direction, becoming a Monterey County Sheriff.  When not at work Jessica enjoys creating new makeup looks and loves to try out new restaurants with her boyfriend, Edgar.

Marla, RDH – Executive Assistant

Marla has been a part of the NEXT Dentistry team since January, 2014 and brings with her over 30 years of experience in dentistry.  Prior to joining our dynamic team she worked as a Registered Dental Hygienist and dental practice manager for 22 years.  Marla now assists Dr. Hemingway with his presentations on TMD and a multitude of other dental topics as he lectures to other dentists across to the country.  She is also responsible for ensuring that NEXT Dentistry’s operating systems run smoothly and efficiently.  Marla and her husband, Eric, have two growing daughters.  In her time away from the office, she enjoys cooking, baking, reading, homemaking and chauffeuring her daughters to and from all of their various activities.

Petra, RDH – Periodontal Therapist

Since 1996, Petra has worked at our Salinas, California dental office. She enjoys the long-lasting relationships she has built with our patients over the years. Petra graduated from the dental hygiene program at Cabrillo College in 1996.  She is dedicated to helping her patients achieve and maintain their beautiful, healthy smiles through education as well as utilizing the latest technology and best information and techniques.  Away from work, she enjoys weekend barbeques with her family, cycling, sightseeing, and hiking.

Candy, RDH – Periodontal Therapist

Candy feels privileged to be able to bring her many years of experience to Next Dentistry. She graduated from University of Colorado with a bachelors degree, radiology license, nitrous oxide , CPR, sedation & laser certifications. Her specialty is working with high fear patients. Her favorite part of working at Next Dentistry is turning a fearful patient into someone who loves coming to our dental office.

Nancy, RDAEF2 – Clinical Treatment Coordinator

Nancy joined the NEXT Dentistry team in 2013. She received her Dental Extended Functions II certification following the completion of a series of advanced courses from the University of California San Francisco and the Expanded Functions Dental Assistants Association in Fullerton, California. Nancy is in an elite group of dental professionals in Monterey County to have achieved this certification. She loves working with our great staff and building relationships with our patients. Nancy and her husband, Zeke, have four beautiful children. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys camping, skydiving, white water rafting, and anything outdoors with her family.

Nallely, RDA – Clinical Treatment Coordinator

Nallely, who also goes by Nely, joined our team in June of 2016.  She was raised in Monterey County and graduated from Soledad High School.  Nely has worked in the dental field for over eight years and earned her Registered Dental Assistant license in 2015.  Nallely enjoys being a part of the amazing NEXT Dentistry team and providing comfort and the very best dental care to all of our patients.  When not at work she loves trying new restaurants, challenging workouts and family gatherings.