Meet Us

Meet the Doctors

Doctors Don K. Shimizu and Laarni C. Shimizu are accomplished Doctors of Dental Surgery and owners of their private practice in Walnut Creek. They are dedicated to providing advanced comprehensive and cosmetic dental care for their patients. The Doctors continue to participate in advanced education courses and seminars to remain current with the changes in the profession. Drs. Don and Laarni Shimizu work and consult with various dental specialties to ensure delivery of exceptional quality care. They are members of the California Dental Association and the Contra Costa Dental Society.

 

 Dr. Don K. Shimizu a native of Pleasant Hill/Walnut Creek, received his bachelors degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987. He then attended the University of California at San Francisco and received his Doctorate in Dental Surgery in 1991. Dr. Don Shimizu is a member of The California Dental Association and The American Dental Association. He has served on the Board of Directors, as chairman of the New Professionals Committee and as District Representative for the Contra Costa Dental Society. He has also held a position on the New Professionals Committee and acted as a delegate for the California Dental Association. Dr. Don Shimizu has been an active supporter of many local schools, sports teams and business organizations.Dr. Don Shimizu lives in Walnut Creek with his wife, Laarni and their daughters Stephanie and Katie. During his free time he enjoys fishing, wakeboarding and windsurfing.

 
 Dr. Laarni C. Shimizu graduated in 1992 from the University of California in San Francisco with her Doctorate in Dental Surgery. Dr. Laarni Shimizu was recognized for outstanding diagnostic and clinical skills and patient care at UCSF. She owned and operated her own successful private practice for nine years before moving her practice to join her husband’s practice in 2005. Dr. Laarni Shimizu continues her commitment to support local school and charitable organizations.

Meet the Staff

 

Grace Culp

Registered Dental Hygienist

Grace graduated Magna Cum Laude from Loma Linda University with her bachelor’s in dental hygiene. She is a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association and the California Dental Hygiene Association. Grace enjoys getting to know her patients while providing them with quality care and education.  Grace enjoys spending time with her husband and son, traveling, cooking, and scuba diving. She is also a lifetime A’s fan.

 

Jenny Hurtado

Registered Dental Hygienist / Registered Dental Assistant

Jenny graduated with academic honors from Diablo Valley College with an Associate’s degree in Science and Dental hygiene. She is a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association, the California Dental Hygiene Association and the local Mt. Diablo Dental Hygiene Society. Jenny began her career as a Registered Dental Assistant in Dr. Shimizu’s practice and at a periodontal practice over ten years ago. Jenny has volunteered her dental hygiene services at the VA hospital in Vallejo and has provided education on oral diseases, drug use and effective oral hygiene instruction to the youths at Juvenile Hall in Martinez. Jenny also works for a local periodontal practice.

 
 

Erin Sloan

Registered Dental Hygienist / Registered Dental Assistant

Erin is a graduate of the Diablo Valley College Dental Hygiene program in Pleasant Hill and has over 10 years of experience in the dental field. Erin is a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association and the California Dental Hygiene Association. She enjoys traveling, attending concerts, and spending time with her husband and two sons.

 
 

Leslie Fitzhugh

Registered Dental Assistant

Leslie is a graduate of the Mt. Diablo Loma Vista dental assisting program in Concord and has has over 20 years of dental assisting experience. In her spare time Leslie loves to spend time hiking, visiting amusement parks, and taking scenic drives with her husband, son, and daughter. She and her family are very involved in their church community and she proudly serves as the Women’s Ministry director. Leslie’s favorite part of being an RDA is taking care of others. She enjoys going the extra mile to make sure her patients are comfortable and have a good experience.
 
 

Stephanie Marquez

Registered Dental Assistant

Stephanie is a graduate of the Mt. Diablo Loma Vista dental assisting program in Concord where she served as SADAA class president. She is a graduate of Diablo Valley College where she earned her Allied Health degree and Health Education degree. She currently serves as a board member on the Diablo Dental Assistants Society, and is a member of the California Dental Assistant Association, and American Dental Assistant Association. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her friends, camping, cooking, and weight lifting.
 
 

Ashley Sweeny

Registered Dental Assistant

Ashley is a graduate of the Carrington College Dental Assisting program and has many years of dental experience. She is a loyal Bay Area sports fan and enjoys cheering for the Warriors and Oakland A’s. In her free time Ashley enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing softball, visiting Tahoe and being outdoors.
 
 
 
 

Jasmine Bankston

Financial and Treatment Coordinator

Jasmine is a Bay Area native with over 20 years of dental field experience.
 
 

Lauren Boardman

Scheduling Coordinator/ Registered Dental Assistant

Lauren is a graduate of the Diablo Valley Dental Assisting Program in Pleasant Hill. She currently works in both the front office, scheduling treatment and also delivering patient care. Lauren enjoys spending time with her family.