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 RDA

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.




Ernst has been in the dental field for over 10 years. His relationship and commitment to our patients is his focus creating a dental office environment that is a pleasant and inviting place to go to, with happy patients and happy staff. As Dr. Van Kooten’s Patient coordinator, he takes care of appointments, treatment coordination, insurance issues, and patient billing as well as anything else that needs to get done. While not at work, Ernst enjoys spending time with his family; cooking, and hiking.



Maribel, RDH

Maribel has been in the dental profession since 1992.  She started as a dental assistant in the USAF and became a registered dental hygienist in 2006. She is caring, efficient, very gentle and committed to providing high quality dental care. When not at work, she loves to spend time with family and enjoys gardening.


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