Our staff is filled with dental professionals who share the same core values: service, education, and family. Ranging from veterans to a few newcomers, our team has studied dentistry from various corners in the world. Get to know us.
Lorna L. Okada, D.D.S., Inc.
- University of the Pacific/ Dugoni School of Dentistry - 2001 (DDS)
- University of California San Francisco AEGD - 2002 (certification)
- Laser certified
- American Dental Association
- California Dental Association
- Santa Clara County Dental Society
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Spear Study Club
Dr Okada has enjoyed being a dentist since she graduated from University of the Pacific Arthur Dugoni School of Dentistry in 2001 (San Francisco, CA). Prior to which she completed her undergraduate studies at University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA) and spent a year after dental school at a residency program at University of California San Francisco (AEGD @ Buchanan clinic). Born and raised in Honolulu, HI, Dr. Okada has enjoyed settling down in San Jose with her husband and two wonderful children. In her limited free time she enjoys spending time with loved ones, travelling, music, and eating good food.
Heinz Klein, D.M.D.
Dr. Klein has been a part of our dental team for 4 years and has graced us with his clinical excellence, extensive dental knowledge, and his gentle nature. He has 2 dental degrees, one from Brazil, where he was raised, and the other one from Boston University. He excels in his clinical skills and strives to educate and help people have healthy oral lifestyles. His greatest pleasure comes from interacting with his patients. When he's not working, he'll be hiking with his wife and dog or he'll have his nose in a history book. He also loves soccer, volleyball, and Tae Kwon Do.
Lilia Loza, R.D.H.
Lilia has been maintaining people's smiles for over 12 years. She really cares for her patients and loves what she does as a hygienist. In her spare time, she likes bonding with her daughter over sports, books, make up, and movies. Lilia is also a foodie as she enjoys trying new restaurants whenever she can. Her favorite pastime is spending quality moments with family and friends.
Sonia Sandoval, R.D.A.
Sonia has worked with Dr. Okada for over 13 years as a Registered Dental Assistant. She graduated from San Jose City College in 2004. Sonia absolutely loves her job. It allows her to help others by providing them with dental information and customer care. The best part for her is being part of a great team who shares the same values. She is rewarded by making others smile. Sonia loves spending time with her family and watching her nieces and nephews grow. She also loves being active both indoors at the gym and outdoors, challenging herself by running 5K's, 10K's, 1/2 marathons, and obstacles runs. Sonia enjoys both playing and watching soccer. Her favorite teams are the Giants, Warriors, Sharks, and 49ers.
Maria Sandoval-Begines, R.D.A.
Maria has been a Registered Dental Assistant for nine years. She is proud to speak Spanish and English fluently. Maria grew up in Gilroy and lives there with her husband and three children. She stays active by playing soccer and baseball with friends and enjoys family time the best. You can always find her smiling or laughing. Her #1 goal is to help people improve their smiles and learn to love them too.
Melanie Hudson, Financial Coordinator
Melanie joined our team in February, 2014 and brought with her over 18 years of dental experience. Melanie went to Chico State and has a degree in Sociology. Needless to say, she loves helping people and is excellent at assisting patients with their financial needs. While at Chico she met her husband and they’ve been together for over 20 years. Their daughter is the light of their lives. Her hobbies include spending time with her family and planning adventures.
Shana Leal, R.D.H.
Shana graduated from Carrington College in 2013 with a license in Dental Hygiene. In addition to this feat, she also has her credentials in Laser Therapy. Shana makes sure each patient’s individual needs are met by educating them on their oral hygiene habits. In her spare time, she watches cooking shows, make-up tutorials on YouTube, and looking for the strangest “Fun Facts”. Shana loves to go on hikes with her husband, Lucho, and as a cat lover, believes she is secretly a cat whisperer.
Gina Kai, R.D.H.
Gina is a recent member to Team Okada. She was born and raised in San Jose and went to UC Davis for her undergraduate degree. After following up her undergrad with her Dental Hygiene credentials from Carrington College, she then trained with some of the finest dentists and periodontists in the San Jose area. Gina enjoys marathon running, tennis, sewing, cosmetics, and traveling. She can also help accommodate our Spanish and Japanese speaking patients as she is fluent in these languages. We are so happy Gina has decided to join our family. Come by our office and meet Gina Wednesdays and Fridays!
Amber Reyes, R.D.A.
Amber is the newest member of the team. Bio coming soon!