Meet the Berkeley Orthodontics Clinical & Administrative Staff

Gina Chenault

X-Ray Technician/Clinical Assistant

Gina graduated from Western Career College in 1994. She assisted in General Dentistry for 11 years before she started her career at Berkeley & Orinda Orthodontics in 2004. Gina greatly enjoys working with patients and their families. Gina is a big sports fan, and when not at work, you can find Gina and her son at either a football or basketball game!

Clara Dueñas

Patient Coordinator

Clara is a graduate of Cal State Hayward, Class of 2002. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business. Clara was a patient of the practice before she joined the team in 1998! The office has seen Clara grow throughout the years, get married, and become a mother of three wonderful boys. When she is not at work, she enjoys her time with her family and sons who keep her very busy! Clara has a big extended family, so she is always busy attending family events!

Susan Hayes

Treatment Coordinator/Clinical Assistant

Susan was born and raised in the Bay Area. She is married with two grown sons. Susan has been working in the orthodontic field since 1976. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. You will always find Susan greeting our patients with a big smile.

Leslie Iwataki

Insurance Coordinator

Leslie was born and raised in Berkeley and Oakland. After attending S.F. State University, Leslie moved to Southern California. Her professional experience started at a CPA firm in Beverly Hills, and she had administrative positions at Pepperdine University. Leslie joined the business office team in Berkeley and Orinda Orthodontics in 2003. She enjoys warm weather and the beaches especially in Hawaii and Mexico.

Lori Jackson

Treatment Coordinator

Lori grew up in a small town in Iowa with five brothers and two sisters. She moved to California after graduating from Iowa State University. Her dental career began in 1983 at UCSF pediatric dentistry, and she moved into orthodontics in 1987 and has been with Berkeley & Orinda Orthodontics ever since. She’s been married since 1986. Their first son was born in 1989 and their twins, a boy and a girl, were born in 1991. Lori likes reading fiction, watching action movies, and all sports. Work, family, and play keep her HAPPY!

Becky Li

Clinical Coordinator

Becky has been a clinical assistant since 1993, and most of those years have been with Berkeley Orthodontics. Becky has a positive outlook that always shines through to her patients. When not working, Becky spends time with her husband and her son, Kevin, and loves being very active indoors and out.

Goli Mahrouzadeh

Patient Coordinator/HR Manager

Goli has worked for Berkeley Orthodontics since 2004. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at U.C. Berkeley, followed by an MBA from Golden Gate University. Goli lives in Walnut Creek with her husband and her son. Her passions are playing the piano, dancing, traveling the world, and mostly having fun with her little boy! She is proud to be part of this amazing team that has created so many beautiful smiles!

Josephina Ortega

Scheduling Coordinator

Josephina (Jo) has worked in the orthodontic field since 2006. You will always see her greeting our patients with a smile and offering assistance to her fellow co workers. Jo was raised in the East Bay. Her free time is spent with her husband and four daughters who are very involved in travel softball. When Jo and her family are not traveling for softball, or practicing they enjoy family time by firing up the grill at home or at their favorite camp sites.

Sergio Ortiz

X-ray Technician/Clinical Assistant

Sergio has been with the practice since 2002 when he moved from Wisconsin to the Bay Area. He currently lives in the East Bay with his wife and three daughters. When not spending time with his family, you can find Sergio on the soccer field.

Jayde Reverente

X-ray Technician

Jayde has been with Berkeley & Orinda Orthodontics since 2011, but has been in the dental field for nine years. She is currently a student in dental hygiene school and is working part-time as an X-Ray Technician. In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, especially her nephews and nieces whom she adores!

Rowena Roldan

Clinical Coordinator

Rowena has been a clinical assistant in orthodontics since 1997 and most of her career has been with Berkeley & Orinda Orthodontics. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and her two sweet dogs. Rowena enjoys going above and beyond to help her co-workers and takes a lead role in training new additions to our clinical team.

Elaine Simmons

Clinical Assistant

Elaine has been an RDA since 1983. Most of her career has been in orthodontics. She has two sons and enjoys camping, going to concerts and plays, and spending time with family and friends. What Elaine loves most about her job is the relationships that are created with the patients and their families.

Elba Spruill

Financial Coordinator/Business Manager

Elba is a graduate of San Francisco City College and Heald Business College. Elba has been in the orthodontic profession since 1980; most of these years have been with Berkeley & Orinda Orthodontics. When not at work, you will find her enjoying long walks around the San Francisco Bay. She resides in San Francisco with her husband and two beautiful daughters.

Viorel Popa

Orthodontic Lab Technician

Viorel (Vio) has been working in the Orthodontic field for over 10 years. He is a graduate from the Victor Babeș University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Timișoara, Romania. After working as an Orthodontic Dental Technician for 9 years in Waterloo (a city in Ontario, Canada), Vio got married and moved to the Bay Area with his beautiful wife, Attay. In 2014, he joined the Berkeley Orthodontics team as an Orthodontic Dental Technician. In his spare time, he enjoys being in the California weather, visiting new attractions, hiking, playing and watching soccer, watching sports, reading, and just hanging out with good friends.

Yolanda Ortega

Scheduling Coordinator

Yolanda graduated from Everest College in 2012. Yolanda was raised in the East Bay. She assisted in General Dentistry before she started her career at Berkeley & Orinda Orthodontics in the administrative department. Yolanda enjoys working with patients and their families. When not at work, you can find Yolanda and her son preparing for preschool, practicing baseball and also football. They also love spending time with family and friends.

Ashley McMullen

Clinical Assistant

Ashley, a Bay Area native, has been in the orthodontic field since 2007. She discovered her passion for creating beautiful smiles after experiencing orthodontic treatment herself. In her free time she enjoys attending concerts, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.


Scheduling Coordinator

I believe that young people remind us all to be silly and to never stop wondering, this is why I love having a job where I get to see them all day long. If I am not in the office I am playing outdoors. I am zealous about swimming, hiking, picnics, and cooking homemade meals with my partner. I will be returning to school in the fall to complete a bachelors degree.