Our dentists in Clearlake, California, can provide patients with gentle, advanced care with the aid of our dental team. We strive to help Clear Lake Dental & Associates run efficiently and to give patients confident, healthy smiles. Take a look at the biographies below if you want to learn more about our friendly, welcoming dental team and give us a call at 707-994-9414 to schedule an appointment with Dr. James Kinsel and our associates.
Jasper is Dr. Kinsel’s beagle and the brother to Nico. He loves competing for attention from the patients and enjoying the snacks they give him and his brother.
Nico joined us in January 2022 when he was only 8 weeks old. His owner is Nicole, and his brother is Jasper, Dr. Kinsel’s beagle. He enjoys all the new friends he meets at the office and the snacks they bring. He also loves giving kisses and snuggles on demand. And when he is not making patients happy, you can find Nico sleeping, howling and snacking.
Nicole started working at our office in June 1998. She always treats our patients with respect and works hard to understand the needs of our doctors, staff and patients. She enjoys how family-oriented the office is and the ethical and practical professionalism shown by the doctors and the staff. In her free time, you can find Nicole refinishing furniture.
Ashley has always had the desire to work in the dental field but felt it was important that the office had a great environment. She joined our team in 2017 and Dr. Kinsel and the patients made her feel right at home. She ensures that every patient is efficiently and properly scheduled to keep everything running smoothly and create a good experience for our patients. She also helps them figure out the next steps during their treatment if they have any doubts or questions.
In her free time, Ashley likes to travel, socialize with friends and family, attend concerts and be at home with her cat, Binx.
Ericka has been a part of our team since 2006. She has completed several years of continuing education certifications, including CPR and is licensed in digital X-rays. She enjoys the caring and family-oriented team she works with every day. Ericka contributes to the success of our practice by helping put our patients at ease and building great patient relationships. She is an identical twin and a mother of a beautiful daughter who is the apple of her eye. When she is not caring for patients, you can find Ericka reading, cooking and playing with her daughter.
Monique ensures that our patients are checked in promptly and accurately. She takes the time to answer any questions they may have prior to their treatment. Monique’s warm and friendly demeanor creates a welcoming atmosphere for our patients. Outside of work, Monique enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new hobbies. She takes great pride in being a part of our dedicated team and contributing to the success of our practice.
Shondra started working at our office in August 2013. She studied business management and accounting for her education and does a wonderful job arranging payment and treatment plans for each patient to help improve one smile at a time. To Shondra, great things in business are never accomplished by one person, we are a team and all of us work very well together. She is blessed with everything she needs, works hard towards everything she wants and is appreciative for all she has.
Shondra is a blessed mother of two beautiful children. In her spare time she enjoys football, baseball and attending sports functions with her kids.
Alyssa started working at our office on September 2022. She loves learning new things and does a wonderful job keeping up with the instruments we use, cleaning rooms and helping out the team when needed.
Ariel joined us in August 2020 and shows up every day ready to work with a big smile on her face. Her favorite part of working at the practice is the relationship she is able to form with our patients and the community. She has a daughter and loves being a Mother. In her spare time she enjoys reading and working on her farm with her horses and pigs.
Gina is a dedicated and compassionate Dental Assistant who joined the practice in September 2022. She finds immense satisfaction in helping people and cherishes the opportunity to learn something new every day while working here. Gina is happily married to her high school sweetheart and has two daughters.
Beyond her professional life, she embraces the great outdoors, indulging hobbies like camping, swimming, and fishing.
Izabella joined us in November 2021 and enjoys taking care of our patients to make them feel confident about their smile. She contributes to the success of our office by helping and directing our doctors with everything they need. She is also very grateful for her mom who has had a huge impact on her career and was the one who got her into dentistry.
In her spare time, she likes exploring different places with her dogs and making them happy.
Jeanette is a dedicated and skilled Registered Dental Assistant at our practice, having joined in May 2022 after completing the Carrington College RDA Program. Her passion for dental assisting is evident in her commitment to patient care and her ability to work seamlessly within our team. Jeanette greatly appreciates the supportive staff and welcoming atmosphere at the practice, which fosters a sense of camaraderie and mutual assistance. Her contributions to the practice’s success are invaluable, as she ensures that each patient’s experience is comfortable and efficient. Fluent in both Spanish and English, she brings valuable bilingual skills to the team, making patients feel even more at ease.
Outside of work, Jeanette enjoys spending quality time with her family, engaging in arts and crafts, and exploring new outdoor adventures together.
Jessica is a highly experienced Registered Dental Assistant who joined our practice in June 2012. With nearly three decades of experience in dentistry, she specializes in pediatrics and compromised care while also enjoying the diversity of general practice, allowing her to engage with a wide range of dental procedures. What Jessica appreciates most about being part of our practice is her ability to deliver high-quality dentistry in a bustling, up-to-date environment. She takes pride in educating patients about their dental health and being a crucial part of their long-term care, ensuring they make informed decisions for their well-being.
Outside of work, Jessica is a dedicated mother to three sons. She finds joy in watching them participate in sports, with the added bonus of being their dental provider. Her personal interests include hunting, camping, spending quality family time, paddle boarding, hiking, and hitting the gym to keep up with her active kids.
Maria joined us in 2018 and is a graduate of Santa Rosa Junior College. She is very productive and loves being able to help patients and her coworkers. Outside the office, you can find Maria spending time with family and making arts and crafts.
Mikayla is a valued member of our team, serving as Dental Assistant since she joined Clearlake Dental in June 2023. She is currently pursuing her dream of becoming a dental hygienist and is attending Mendocino College, showcasing her commitment to advancing her education in the field. Mikayla’s enthusiasm for her work is palpable, and she thrives in our practice’s supportive environment, which she describes as the best part of her experience here. Her dedication extends to contributing to the practice’s success by always being ready to lend a hand where needed and maintaining a positive outlook.
Mikayla enjoys traveling and exploring new places, as well as spending quality time with her beloved fur baby. Her passion for dentistry and her vibrant personality make her an essential part of our team.
Jennifer is a Registered Dental Hygienist who has been a valued member of our practice since 2005, transitioning to a part-time role in 2019. Her impressive educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition from Chico State, an Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene from Santa Rosa Junior College, and completion of the RDAEF2 Program by JProduction Dental Seminars Inc. Jennifer’s dedication shines in her passion for clinical patient care, working closely with her cherished colleagues, and helping patients maintain healthy teeth. She contributes to our practice’s success by focusing on patient education regarding proper oral hygiene, individualized home care, and the connection between diet and oral health.
Beyond her professional life, Jennifer is happily married to her high school sweetheart, Joe, a firefighter in Santa Rosa, and they are proud parents to three wonderful adult children. Jennifer finds joy in ranch life, outdoor activities, baking, and quality family time, cherishing her roots in Lake County, where her family has called their cattle ranch home since 1883.
Krista is a dedicated and experienced Registered Dental Hygienist at our practice. She joined our team in 2013 after graduating from Carrington College in Sacramento. With a strong educational background, Krista brings valuable expertise and knowledge to our practice. However, what she values most about being a part of our practice is the positive environment that promotes connection among coworkers. Krista believes in providing compassionate and kind care to all our patients, fostering trusting relationships in the process. Being genuinely interested in each patient’s well-being, she contributes to the success of our practice by building long-lasting relationships and delivering elite dental care that benefits overall health.
Outside of work, Krista cherishes her role as a mother and enjoys traveling with her kids. Her dedication and positive attitude make her an invaluable asset to our team.