Meet the Staff

All of our licensed staff maintain current, active California licenses and have taken courses in compliance with California’s statues and regulations, including CPR, infection control, and California law.The dentistry entire staff of Gilroy Smiles

Renee Villano, Scheduling, Treatment and Financial CoordinatorRenee Villano – Scheduling and Financial Coordinator

“I have been in the dental field since 1997. I thoroughly enjoy working with patients and helping them schedule the treatment they need. I am prompt, professional and goal oriented. I enjoy learning new things and always ready for a challenge. I like working in a practice where everyone loves what they do and it shows.”

Renee loves to assist patients with their needs. She joins our team with a wealth of experience. She holds current x-ray, oral conscious sedation and CPR certifications. Her resume boasts eighteen years of experience in administration, insurance billing and treatment planning. She is semi fluent in Spanish.

Renee was born and raised in Gilroy and still has family here. She and her husband, Jorge, have two children, a girl and a boy. Both Renee and Jorge enjoy spending time with their children, family and friends.

Renee’s hours are: Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday 7:00 a.m. to noon.

E-mail: [email protected]

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Cyndi Carroll Spence, RDHEF, BS

Cyndi Carroll Spence, RDHEF, BS – Registered Dental Hygienist in Extended and Expanded Functions

“I believe in change. For some, change is  difficult , but once in a while it feels good to get out of your comfort zone. I have gone through changes in my career and it was all for the best because it improved my life.   it has taught me many life and career lessons so I welcome change and always will.”

Cyndi began her dental career as a chair-side assistant right out of high school.  Her resume boasts experience in all aspects of dentistry, including dental hygienist, administration, office manager, insurance billing, accounts receivables, laboratory work, and teaching. For seven years Cyndi taught the Regional Occupational Program (ROP) for Dental Assisting.  In 1997 she received her Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene from Cabrillo College. In 1998 she completed the Extended Functions (EF) Program from the University of California, San Francisco Dental School and consequently she became part of a select group of hygienists in California to hold the EF license. As a result, her license number is “6”.  In 2006 Cyndi received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health/Arts from the University of Saint Francis.

She has remarked that the only thing left is to become a dentist, but she is leaving that to one of her daughters. She may never completely retire from dentistry because she hopes to return to teaching in a dental hygiene program in the future.

Cyndi is originally from the Philippines but calls Gilroy, California home where her family has lived for over thirty years. She and her husband, Rich, have three wonderful daughters, a son-in-law, and a spunky grandson. Both Cyndi and Rich have joined a local league to enjoy their love of bowling.  Although they compete fiercely against each other, Cyndi says she will never admit that Rich is the better bowler. Also someday, since they love white water rafting, they hope to raft the Snake River.

Cyndi’s hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m and on Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Cyndi is a member of the following:
California Dental Hygiene Association, Santa Clara
American Dental Hygiene Association

E-mail: [email protected]

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Rhona Lee, RDHEF, MSRhona Lee, RDHEF, MS – Registered Dental Hygienist in Extended and Expanded Functions. “Every day I imagine the possibilities that await each patient experience.  Sometimes patients and staff feel intimidated by changes.  Our job is to help break it down for them, step by step. When that happens, everyone is rewarded.”

Soft spoken, personable, and always evolving, Rhona Lee Chan is a talented and versatile dental auxiliary. Patients say she has a very calming personality. Rhona is a fifth generation American Chinese who was born and raised in San Francisco. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a Biological Sciences degree in 1973, from San Francisco State University with a master’s in Health Science in 1976, from Cabrillo College with an associate degree in Dental Hygiene in 1984, and from U.C. San Francisco after completing the Extended Functions Program in 1992.  In 1992 Rhona  became the first hygienist in California to hold the RDHEF  license category.  As a result her license number is “1”

Rhona has worked for public health centers, the Migrant Head Start Program, and the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley. In 1993 Governor Pete Wilson appointed Rhona to the Committee on Dental Auxiliaries, Dental Board, Department of Consumer Affairs, where she served as an officer for ten years.  From 1993 to 2009, Rhona served as the chair of the RDAEF/RDHEF California Licensing Exam.  In 2009 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Rhona to the newly created Dental Hygiene Committee of California., where she served as its first President for two years.  After serving under four governors, Wilson, Gray, Schwarzenegger, and Brown, Rhona retired from state service at the end of 2011.

From 1984 to the present Rhona has worked with her husband, Dr. Gar Chan, to create a practice whose backbone is clinical competency and excellence.  Rhona’s hobbies include building realistic and fantasy miniature structures and displaying them at the Good Samaritan Hospital’s annual fundraiser.

Rhona is/has been a member of the following:
California Dental Hygiene Association, Santa Clara
American Dental Hygiene Association
Prime Dental Hygiene Study Club, affiliate of Seattle Study Club
Santa Clara County Advanced Dental Study Club, Dental Hygiene


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Sandra Calderon - RDA


Sandra M. Calderon , RDA – Registered Dental Assistant with Coronal Polishing, X-ray License

 “I have fun when I work here and everyone knows it because they are always catching me laughing. When it is time to set down to task, though, I am proud that I always get the job done whether it is with insurance or chair side assisting. Someone once asked if I were a family member because I have been here so long. I admit, I often feel like one!”

Sandra has been a dental professional since 1979 and at one time, has held every auxiliary position in the dental office. She is one of twelve siblings born in Texas and raised in Gilroy, California. After graduating from Gilroy High School she attended Andon College in San Jose and then pursued her Registered Dental Assistant license. On her first try she took and passed both the written and practical California board exams in 1979.

Sandra has been a loyal and valued team member for Dr. Chan since 1986. For several years she took a leave of absence to concentrate on motherhood. When she returned, she learned insurance processing, updated her computer skills, and learned how to use digital radiography. Her goal is to provide the quality of treatment she expects for herself, her family and friends. She has excellent technical skills, is bilingual, and enjoys assisting our Spanish speaking only patients. Sandra believes in providing all of our patients with the highest standard of care.

Sandra is married to her sweetheart, Daniel and when she is not in the office, she is busy with her family. She enjoys cooking, eating, and specializes in preparing home cooked meals handed down from her mother’s recipes.

Sandra’s hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

E-mail: [email protected]

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 Susan Baldwin - RDH - Registered Dental Hygienist

Susan Baldwin – RDH – Registered Dental Hygienist in Expanded Functions

Susan has spent over 31 years in the dental profession and at one time has held every auxiliary position in the dental office.  She began her career as a dental assistant, quickly advancing to the front office manager, and is now an accomplished dental hygienist, graduating from Cabrillo College in 2001.  She has been in the Gilroy, Morgan Hill area  for over thirty years and is a valued team member.

Susan’s goal is to provide the quality of treatment she expects for herself, her family, and friends.  She has excellent clinical skills and especially enjoys the “patient education” aspect of her position.  Susan looks forward to providing you with the most up to date care and partnering with you to promote your best dental health.

During her personal time, Susan is busy with her grandson, Dustin Jr. and her extended family.  She enjoys classic movies, country western music, and wine tasting.  Her hobbies include power walking, vegetable gardening, and cooking.  Among her many talents, Susan is a self taught chef, specializing in fresh California cuisine.

Susan’s hours are Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Susan is a member of the following:
California Dental Hygiene Association, Santa Clara
American Dental Hygiene Association

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Susan M. Sakai – RDA

Susan M. Sakai – RDA – Registered Dental Assistant with Coronal Polishing, X-ray License

“I love seeing the expressions of our patients when they see the end results and it is exactly what they wanted, especially the veneers!”

One of the first things you notice about Susan is her quiet smile and a slightly mischievous twinkle in her eyes.  As she guides each patient to a chair and then proceeds to assist Dr. Chan, her movements appear seamless.  Little do patients realize is that below the façade of complete and utterly professional demeanor, is a personality full of mirth and laughter.  Her secret is that since 1984, she truly enjoys  her job.  Guess what?  It shows.

Susan was born and raised in Morgan Hill, California.  She started her career in dentistry soon after graduating from high school by participating in the Regional Occupational Program in Dental Assisting offered in Gilroy.

Since 1984 Susan has assisted dentists in a wide range of dental procedures, including taking/developing radiographs, making custom whitening trays, retainers, night guards, polishing, and making temporary crowns. Her repertoire includes placing and removing ligatures, placing power modules, and altering Clear Aligner trays.  She has made appointments, posted procedures, and even billed insurance.  Her strongest attributes are her flexibility, intelligence, and her willingness to go the extra mile for everyone around her.  She makes sure all OSHA and infection control protocols are followed.

Susan keeps busy as a working mom.  We are fortunate to have her as a part of our dental family.

Susan’s hours are  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m., and  Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

E-Mail: [email protected]
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