Brenda joined the Sonrisas team in 2017 and brings years of experience and formal training to our team. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from University of Pacific and a Masters from UCSF in Dental Hygiene, with a focus on Education and Public Health. As an avid learner, she holds membership with professional groups such as California Dental Hygienist Association, Dental Hygiene Society of San Francisco, and American Dental Education Association. Her main priority is to help motivate patients for oral health improvement through education and to help people in the community feel at ease around dental professionals. She is a regular volunteer for dental health fairs, events, and trainings. Having moved to San Mateo at a young age from El Salvador, Brenda cares deeply about community health in San Mateo County, and is motivated to help improve the quality of life of others. Her favorite things include Christmas, wine-tasting with her husband, and anything potatoes!
“Private practice is my routine but being part of the Sonrisas team pushes me to branch out into different roles that the hygienist profession allows. I love that my work involves a hybrid of study and data collection in the community. [I’m able to do] field work at dental screenings and health fairs, as well as in-clinic care. I love the feeling of leaving at the end of the day and having the satisfaction of making a difference.”