The Amazing And Caring Team At Dr. Yip's Office

Kathy, Office Manager and Registered Dental Assistant

Kathy – Office Manager and Registered Dental Assistant

Kathy was born and raised in Berkeley. California. She graduated from Chabot College in 1989 with her Dental Assisting license and has since been with the same dental practice—first with Dr. Sullivan until 1994, then with Dr. Yip when she took over the practice. Kathy serves as both RDA and Office Manager for Dr. Yip. She is a dedicated, knowledgeable, helpful, friendly, caring, and empathetic individual. She is a true asset to the practice and Dr. Yip’s “right hand” person. Kathy really enjoys music, especially from her favorite musician, singer, songwriter, Prince. She is his number one fan and had never missed a show or concert. She also enjoys clothes and shoe shopping.

Lai – Front Desk

Lai, a native of Oakland, California, grew up in the city and has always called it home. Initially, she worked as a pharmacy cashier for a decade after completing high school, but later transitioned into the dental field. In her free time, Lai enjoys discovering new dining establishments and embarking on travel adventures. Balancing her passion for work and family, she devotes most of her time to her profession and cherishing moments with her two children.

Janet, Primary Registered Dental Assistant

Janet – Registered Dental Assistant

Janet grew up in the Bay Area. She graduated from Bryman Corinthian College in San Francisco as a Registered Dental Assistant in 1998 and has worked with Dr. Yip for more than 15 years. Janet is very knowledgeable, caring, friendly, and an integral part of our team.  She takes great pride in helping with preventive care, patient education, and taking care of the back office. She enjoys the caring and professional office environment, her friendly coworkers, and tending to each patient’s specific needs. When not working, Janet enjoys nature, writing, painting, and helping people.

Tara – Registered Dental Assistant

Tara grew up in Alameda and graduated from Alameda High in 1990. After High school she nannied for families in Alameda and found her interest in dentistry. She continued to nanny during the day and went to school at night.She graduated from Western Career College Dental Assisting program in 1995. For the last 29yrs her passion for cosmetic dentistry and making healthy, beautiful smiles have been a rewarding part of her career. Tara still lives in Alameda with her husband Joey of 18yrs. She has a grown son Gabe and his wife Irene, daughter Adriana and three grandkids Eriana 16, Gabe Jr 13, Sebastian 2.5.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her grandkids, family and friends. She loves to cook and travel to Hawaii and Mexico and would like to see Europe one day. She likes languages and continues to learn Spainish and French.

Favorite quote
“A smile is the curve that sets everything straight” Phyllis Diller

Andi, Registered Dental Hygienist

Andi – Registered Dental Hygienist 

Andi is native to the Bay Area.  After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Health Science from St. Mary’s College in 1998, she sharpened her infection control skills while culturing cells for a few local biopharmaceutical companies.  After a decade of customer service work, she realized she wanted to make a difference in the health of others and returned to school to study dental hygiene and graduated from Chabot College in 2011. She is also a member of the California Dental Hygienists Association. In her free time she enjoys whipping up allergy-free foods, gardening, running, hiking, being in nature, reading sci-fi books, and having pull-up contests with her brother and sister. If she can recognize the vegetable stuck between your teeth, you need to chew more thoroughly. 

Katie, Registered Dental Hygienist

Katie – Registered Dental Hygienist

Katie grew up in Rochester, NY and earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania before moving to the Bay Area in 1998. After spending some time in the field of corporate retail, Katie decided to fulfill a childhood desire to work in dentistry. She received her Dental Hygiene degree from Chabot College in 2011 and has been a member of Dr. Yip’s team since February of 2012. She is also a member of the California Dental Hygienists Association. In addition to loving her career and coworkers, Katie enjoys running, riding her bike to the top of big hills, reading and live music. She lives in Oakland with her two children.