Meet the Team
We take pride in providing pleasant dental experiences with bright, cheerful office space and modern operatories that house leading edge technology. However, it is our people who really make a difference in how you feel about visiting San Mateo Dental Care. Our licensed dental assistants and hygienists are passionate about patient care. They work hard every day to uphold the highest standards of quality through friendly, two-way communication and professional integrity.
Meet the dental team that cares about San Mateo, CA smiles
Christy, Registered Dental Assistant
Christy is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin. She has been part of the San Mateo Dental Care team for more than a decade. Christy works closely with Dr. Belen, as his primary chairside assistant. She embraces the opportunity to form lasting relationships with patients, interacting on a personal level to ensure their comfort and wellbeing. Christy is a knowledgeable resource, well-informed in dental insurance as well as clinical procedures.
Favorite pastimes for this busy mother of two includes visits to Bay Area museums and zoos, outdoor activities, and time spent in the company of friends and family.
Erika, Registered Dental Hygienist
As a Bay Area native, Erika graduated from Carrington College of San Jose. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree, and Associate of Applied Science degree in dental hygiene, at University of California, Los Angeles. Erika became a registered dental hygienist in 2012. With this training, she is licensed to administer local anesthesia and nitrous oxide, take digital x-rays and photos, apply sealants, and perform periodontal treatment including deep cleaning – scaling and root planing. She works at Dr. Belen’s elbow to provide comprehensive evaluations that include oral cancer screenings and review of medical conditions.
When she was a small child, Erika’s family dentist let her watch procedures performed on her parents. This inspired Erika to choose dentistry as a career path, and influenced her warm, friendly chairside manner. In daily practice, her focus is on patient education, to help others manage oral health. Ericka is fluent in Spanish.
Outside the office, Erika enjoys quality time with her pets, watching sports, hiking, and bicycling.
Emy, Office Coordinator and Registered Dental Assistant
Emy has worked closely with Dr. Belen for more than 23 years, transitioning with him from his San Francisco practice to the current location in 2004.
Inspired by her initial career as a dental assistant, Emy went on to become a registered dental assistant. Today she oversees front office responsibilities -ains dental benefits, and assists patients with financing. Christina appointment scheduling, financial arrangements, coordinating insurance benefits, and much more. Her fluency in Tagalog aids in communicating with all patients.
Emy and her husband (and daughter when she is able to visit) like to explore Burlingame Avenue.
Christina, Office Coordinator
San Mateo Dental Care has been fortunate to have Christina on board for nearly a decade. She manages outside professional relationships and keeps the practice organized and running smoothly. At the office, she coordinates doctor-patient schedules, obtains insurance estimates, explains dental benefits, and assists patients with financing. Christina’s overarching responsibility is to see that patients get care that meets their individual needs and goals.
When Christina is not working, she spends as much time as possible with her family, traveling, and staying fit.