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Our Staff

As a practice, we want to make every patient feel comfortable. Therefore, we would like to introduce our friendly staff who you will meet during your visits and who would be more than happy to answer your questions as they arise – whether it is during your visit, on your way home, or even minutes before a procedure.

Kim Dunlop

Kim Dunlop

Office Manager / Registered Dental Assistant

I began my career in dentistry with Dr. Cruz in 2004. After 11 years of assisting in the back office I transitioned to Office Manager. It’s been such an amazing journey and I am so lucky to be able to do what I love. We truly have the most wonderful patients and staff which makes coming to work such a joy.
Erica Ross

Erica Ross

Registered Dental Assistant

I began my dental journey in 1996 after completing my Expanded Functions Dental Assisting course at LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans. I have over 24 years of experience in the field and absolutely love working with Dr. Cruz. We share the same passion in helping and educating our patients.
Lauren Himes

Lauren Himes

Dental Assistant

I began my journey in the dental field 6 years ago, and am grateful to have chosen a path with such purpose. I strive to provide the highest level of support and care for each patient. I view every patient as if they are family which makes coming to work each day fulfilling and meaningful. I love being of service, and being able to offer care to our community. During my off time, you can find me in the water, surfing the beautiful breaks in San Clemente, and spending quality time with my daughter, Ryder.
Linda Baird

Linda Baird

Registered Dental Hygienist

Linda Baird earned her dental hygiene degree in 2002 from Cerritos College. She has been in dentistry since 1995 working both in the front office and in the back as an assistant so she understands all aspects of dentistry. Her passion is to educate, inspire, and help others become the healthiest version of themself. She takes great pride in patient care and continuing education.

Linda resides in San Juan Capistrano with her husband. Together they have 3 wonderful adult children and a golden retriever. She loves hiking, traveling, cooking, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends.

Meet Dr. Mark Cruz

Dr. Mark Cruz Dr. Mark Cruz graduated from the UCLA School of Dentistry in 1986 and started his dental journey in Monarch Beach. He is a well-known lecturer internationally, and he was a part-time lecturer at UCLA. He gives individual attention to each patient while creating a friendly and enjoyable dental experience. He makes the patient a part of the dental procedure, educating them about the problem at hand.

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