Meet The Staff
Dr. Van Kooten
Dr. Van Kooten has practiced at Lighthouse Family Dentistry for seven years. Prior to this practice, she owned one in San Carlos. Dr. Van Kooten enjoys many aspects of dentistry, finding extreme joy in seeing her patients smile transform to their desires. Dr. Van Kooten is known for her gentle touch while providing optimum dental care. While not at work, Dr. Van Kooten enjoys time with her family enjoying our beautiful Monterey Peninsula.
Melvin has been an RDA here in California since his move from New York. He is instrumental in assisting Dr. Van Kooten with daily clinical procedures, while making the patients feel comfortable and relaxed. While not a work, Melvin enjoys travel and his pets.
Ursula is one of our dental hygienists. She has been a loyal employee here at this facility for over 25 years. Ursula loves getting to know her patients, with a focus on improving their oral health. While not at work, Ursula enjoys singing with her choir group.
Ernst is Dr. Van Kooten’s personal assistant. He helps with the operation of Lighthouse Family Dentistry. His personal goal is to create a dental office environment that is a pleasant and inviting place to go to, with happy patients and happy staff. While not at work, Ernst enjoys spending time with his family; he also enjoys cooking.
Fay has been in the dental field for many years. Her relationship and commitment to our patients is her focus. As Dr. Van Kooten’s financial coordinator, she takes care of appointments, treatment coordinating, insurance issues, and patient billing. Fay’s favorite pastime is mushing dogs.
Maira came to us after completing the MPC dental assisting program. She is a long time Monterey County resident. Maira enjoys having a good relationship with patients- making them feel comfortable and at ease. In her spare time Maira enjoys spending time with her husband and family. Her favorite pastimes are shopping and watching movies.
Lauren is a dental hygienist whose focus is to provide gentle and comprehensive care to her patients. Prior to becoming a hygienist, Lauren worked in the dental field for many years as both a dental assistant and a receptionist. When she's not at work, she likes to spend time with her husband and dog, going on hikes and to the beach.
Tori, our office assistant, is a CSUMB alumni, who is pursuing a career in nursing. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, horseback riding, and running.