Meet the Team, Artise Dental of Monterey
Karen Berry RDA
I have had the privilege to be a part of this exceptional practice for over 25 years. I started out as an assistant and in 1991 received my state license. I was able to use these skills to help others train for their state board exams so they can enjoy the field of dentistry as I have. I have found that to be one of the highlights of my career.
In 1996 I began my journey to the front office and have been helping patients with their administrative needs ever since. What I have found so rewarding in dentistry are the friendships developed with patients and team members alike. I have been able to see children grow up and become extraordinary people and I feel lucky to have shared that.
Through the years I have taken many continuing education courses and firmly believe that this education has enhanced my ability to give the best customer service and experience to our patients.
I was born and raised in Monterey and truly love this area. I’ve been married since 1989 and reside in Seaside with my husband and beautiful daughter and son. As a family we love to do anything outdoors such as hiking, biking and gardening. I feel truly blessed to be able to work and live in this area.
I was born in Germany and moved to the United States when I was a child. I completed my schooling and graduated in 2000 from Monterey High School. After high school I started working in various dental offices. In 2009, I had the opportunity to start taking care of the accounts receivables and collections for this practice.
I feel blessed to have joined this team. I continue to take continuing education classes to hone my skills in communication and the latest dental information.
I reside in beautiful Monterey with my husband and four wonderful children.
Christie Bragado RDAEF
Registered Dental Assistant with Extended Functions
I am a native of the Philippines, married with two children. I moved to California in 1994 and started my dental career in 1998 as a dental assistant.
I became a Registered Dental Assistant in 1999. After many years of working as an assistant I decided togrow inmy career and become an Expanded Functions dental assistant. I enrolled at the University California San Francisco and received my license in early 2009. I started utilizing my expanded function duties right away.
I am truly enjoying the different challenges and rewards that becoming an RDAEF brings. It is very rewarding to be able to provide our patients with quality dental care and excellent customer service.
I enjoy dentistry and try to provide to our patients with the same care that I would a member of my own family.
In my free time I like to spend time with my husband and I try to be as involved as I can with my son and daughter.
Lottie Salerno RDH
Registered Dental Hygienist
I’ve been in the dental field for over thirty years and I’ve worked as a Registered Dental Hygienist for over twenty five years.
I treasure the relationships that I’ve made with our patients and enjoy partnering with them to provide excellent care. I strive to provide the best care possible to improve their health and quality of life.
I grew up in Monterey and graduated from Monterey High School before enrolling at Monterey Peninsula college. I received my Dental Hygiene certification and licensure from Cabrillo College.
I have completed extensive continuing education courses that have helped me grow as a professional.
In my spare time I love spending time with my husband and our three amazing kids “just hanging out”!
Maureen Ohran RDH
Registered Dental Hygienist
I grew up in Silicon Valley and started my dental career in 1983 as a Registered Dental Assistant. I received my dental hygiene education and training from Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. Soon after, I moved to the beautiful Monterey Bay area with my husband, Paul, my daughter, Brittany, and my son, Christopher.
I find fulfillment in being a hygienist because I enjoy building lasting relationships with my patients and becoming their partner in their own dental health. I strive to empower them with knowledge in order for them to make educated decisions.
I took four years away from practicing dental hygiene to attend law school where I received my J.D. degree.
I strongly believe in continuing education to enable me to provide the best dental care possible. I strive to learn new skills in order to grow personally and professionally.
In my down time, you can find me brewing beer, crocheting, playing with my dog, Rocco, or just spending quality time with my husband, my children or my two beautiful granddaughters.