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.

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.

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.

Sam, RDH-Periodontal Therapist

Sam graduated from the Fresno City College Dental Hygiene Program in 2007. Ever since then his goal is to make every appointment as thorough and comfortable as possible. In his free time, he enjoys working out, watching sports, and visiting family.

Daisy Florez – Front Office Administrator

Daisy has lived in Monterey County her whole life. In her spare time, she loves taking road trips to visit new scenes with family, friends and her boyfriend. Daisy is big on country music and is what she mainly listens to. She graduated from Soledad High School in 2012 and is actively pursuing her associate degree in accounting. Hikes are important to her and boyfriend during the summer and she likes to explore a new park each week.

Rocio Castro – Registered Dental Assistant Extended Function

Rocio has been working in the dental field for over fifteen years. She received her training as a Dental Assistant through the Santa Cruz county ROP. In 2013, she returned to the University of the Pacific in San Francisco and earned her license for Registered Dental Assistant Extended Function. The dental field is Rocio’s true passion and she’s grateful for every opportunity she has been blessed with. Rocio is extremely thrilled to be part of the Next Dentistry Team!

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.