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Meet the Team

Meet the dentist

Dr. John B. McCleve, DDS

American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Santa Clara Dental Society

Dr. McCleve has been practicing general dentistry since 1998.  He offers a full range of services, from basic restorative and maintenance needs to cosmetic dentistry and implant restorations. 

Dr. McCleve received his Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from Brigham Young University in 1993 and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in 1997.   He has been practicing in his native Los Gatos since 1998.

Dr. McCleve is an active member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and the Santa Clara County Dental Society.  He strives to stay on the cutting edge of dental advances through his membership in an Implant Study Club and the San Jose Study Club.  Dr. McCleve also dedicates part of his time to working in the St. Joseph’s Pediatric Dental Clinic in Santa Rosa.

Dr. McCleve and his wife, Carolyn, have three young boys: Alexander, Andrew, and Ethan.  He enjoys road tripping with his family, surfing, and skin diving.  Dr. McCleve spent two years in Spain as a representative of his church and is fluent in Spanish.

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Meet the team

Tina Bursese

Tina has been a Registered Dental Assistant since 1988, and graduated from Bryman College in San Jose, CA. She is licensed in Radiology and Coronal Polish and is also certified in CPR. Tina also has experience as a treatment coordinator and patient educator. Her reassuring chair-side manner helps even the most apprehensive patients feel comfortable. She is also known for her excellent temporary crowns and her ability to keep Dr. McCleve on schedule. When she is away from the office she loves being outdoors, and likes camping, boating and is an avid runner that enjoys her friends and family.

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Alice, RDH
Registered Dental Hygienist

Ali attended Cabrillo College in Aptos, CA and graduated with an Associate of Science degree in dental hygiene in 2001. She has licenses in Radiology, Anesthesia and Soft Tissue Curettage, and is laser & CPR certified. Ali really enjoys spending time getting to know her patients and educating them how to improve their oral health. She worked for several years in a prosthodontics office, so she is very familiar with caring for patients with dental implants, crowns and bridges. Ali was raised in Rome, Italy and moved here to the U.S. as an adult. When she isn’t in the office, she likes spending time with her family and friends, hiking, cooking and traveling.

Janet Silk

After spending 12 years as an office manager in a couple of dental practices, Janet switched her focus to dental hygiene. Janet attended Cabrillo College in Aptos, CA and graduated with an Associate in Science degree in dental hygiene in 2001. She has licenses in Radiology, Anesthesia and Soft Tissue Curettage, and is certified in CPR. She also has worked as a dental hygiene clinical instructor at Carrington College of California. Janet is exceptionally thorough and conscientious. Her warm and caring personality, as well as her meticulous cleanings, have gained her a devoted following among our patients.

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Chrislena Middleton

Chris graduated from Galen College in Modesto, CA, and has been a Registered Dental Assistant since 1986. She is licensed in Radiology, Coronal Polish, and Ultrasonic Scaler, and certified in CPR. Chris is very proficient and accurate in insurance billing and treatment plan calculation. She will be able to help utilize and maximize your dental benefits to the fullest, always working in your best interest. Because she also has chairside experience, she is also able to answer any questions you may have regarding our procedures. Chris enjoys scrapbooking, dancing, traveling, going to the movies concerts and sporting events.

Olga Tikhokhod

Olga attended San Joaquin College of Dental Hygiene in Visalia, and graduated in 2005. She has licenses in Radiology, Anesthesia and Soft Tissue Curettage, and is both Laser and CPR Certified. Olga has a very friendly and outgoing personality which helps our patients feel as comfortable as possible. She is always cheerful and has a very gentle chair-side manner. When Olga isn't in the office she enjoys taking cycling classes, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

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Bushra, RDH AP
Registered Dental Hygienist

Bushra graduated in 2003 from UCSF with a degree in dental hygiene, and in 2012 she graduated from UOP with her RDHAP (alternative practice). She has been in the dental field since 1991 when she started as an RDA. Bushra has licenses in Radiology, Anesthesia, Soft Tissue Curettage and is CPR and laser certified. Bushra spends a lot of time making sure patients understand how to manage their dental health once they have left the office and makes sure that each patient's individual needs are met. She really enjoys getting to know her patients and is passionate about providing the best hygiene care and education. In her spare time, Bushra enjoys cooking, biking, and spending time with family and friends.

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Hannah, RDH
Registered Dental Hygienist

Hannah graduated in 2022 from Carrington College. Prior to becoming a hygienist, she spent 4 years as an RDA in an office that focused on working with nervous patients. She is licensed in Radiology, Anesthesia, Soft Tissue Curettage and is both Laser and CPR Certified. Hannah enjoys getting to know her patients and strives to make sure they are comfortable during treatment and well informed about their oral health. Known for being gentle but very thorough, she is dedicated to not only treating but educating our patients on how to maintain their dental health between cleanings. Outside of the office Hannah enjoys walks with her husband and mini dachshund and going to any live music event.

Tabitha, RDH
Registered Dental Hygienist

Tabitha spent 9 years working as an RDA before deciding to become a hygienist. She assisted 3 years in general dentistry and was an orthodontic assistant for 6 years. She graduated from Carrington College in 2022, and has licenses in Radiology, Anesthesia, Soft Tissue Curettage and is both Laser and CPR Certified. Tabitha enjoys building relationships with her patients and does a great job educating them on the importance of their overall oral health. She has a very calming chairside manner, which helps patients feel very comfortable during their dental visits. When she isn’t in the office, Tabitha enjoys going to sporting events and spending time with friends, family and her fur babies.

Lauren, RDH
Registered Dental Hygienist

Lauren worked as an RDA for 8 years before earning her dental hygiene degree from Carrington College in 2022. She is licensed in Radiology, Anesthesia, Soft Tissue Curettage and is both Laser and CPR Certified. Lauren enjoys working closely with patients to ensure that they receive the best treatment and a consistently positive experience at each visit. Her gentle approach and meticulous attention to detail creates a comfortable while effective cleaning. When she isn’t cleaning teeth, Lauren likes to explore new places and foods and also enjoys spending time outdoors with her son.

                              Sterilization Tech

 

The safety of our patients and their families are of the utmost importance, and we feel having a dedicated sterilization technician will ensure that all protocols and standards are consistently being met.

Our techs are responsible for operating and maintaining all the sterilization equipment, and diligently making sure that all of the instruments in the office are properly disinfected, sanitized, packaged, sterilized and distributed. They assemble all of the operative trays that are used during your visit with us and make sure the operatories are meticulously reset for the next patient. You may also see them wiping down surfaces in the common areas in the office throughout the day. We will continually strive to exceed the industry standards for infection control.

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