Our Staff

We are especially interested in making all our patients feel right at home! We aim to provide energetic and fun-loving service to each patient, and we put your needs first to achieve efficient, comprehensive treatment.

Our staff is trained and skilled, and each member of our team has years of experience in treating patients with the highest level of care. We strive to stay abreast of the very latest in technology and advances by regularly attending continuing education courses and seminars.

Our staff includes:

Front Office

Debbie Tapia – RDA/Office Manager

Debbie-TapiaDebbie has been with Valencia Children's Dental Group since 2004. She has several years of experience as a Registered Dental Assistant in the back office as well as experience in billing, insurance, financial and treatment presentation in the front office. Debbie enjoys the pedo/ortho specialty and working in a fun, professional environment with an amazing team!

She is married, the proud mother of two grown children, and is loving her role as a “Grammy." Debbie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, the outdoors and water sports.

Danielle Mickels– RDA

Danielle-MickelsDanielle has been a Registered Dental Assistant since 2007 and is working with us as an office administrator. As a mother of two children she stays busy in her off time and enjoys crafting. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Danielle is grateful to be a part of the Valencia Children’s Dental Group family.

Dana James

Dana-JamesDana has over five years of dental experience in both the front and back offices. Married over 26 years to an LA City Firefighter, Dana is the mother of three adult children. She is a Breast Cancer Survivor who loves spending time with friends and family, camping, boating, cycling, reading and sports.

Back Office

Stacey Thomas – RDH

Stacey-ThomasStacey has been a Registered Dental Hygienist since 1992. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienist Association and the California Dental Hygienist Association. Stacey loves her job and feels so fortunate to work for great doctors as well as with an awesome staff. She loves working with patients of all ages to help them achieve their optimal dental health.

Stacey was born and raised in California. She grew up in Santa Clarita attending Rosedell, Arroyo Seco and Saugus. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from Northern Arizona University. Married with two daughters, Stacey enjoys running, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and FaceTiming her oldest who is away at Ithaca College. She also enjoys watching her youngest daughter's high school dance competitions.

Deanna Wheat – RDA/Back Office Manager

Deanna-WheatDeanna has been working with Valencia Children’s Dental group since 2004. She feels fortunate to be working with a great group of women, and that it has been amazing working with children.

Deanna feels blessed to have a wonderful husband and awesome teenage stepson. As a family, they love to travel, go camping and take trips to the lake.

Martha Rivera – RDA

Martha-RiveraMartha has spent over 20 years as a Registered Dental Assistant. She loves working with patients of all ages and helping the doctors create beautiful smiles! Her goal is to make everyone’s dental visit a pleasant experience. She looks forward to getting to know each one of our patients.

Away from the office, Martha enjoys spending time with family and friends.


Carol Learned – RDA

Carol-LearnedCarol has been a Registered Dental Assistant since 1994. She enjoys working with children and loves dentistry. Carol is a busy mother with two children. Carol enjoys biking at the beach, camping, and going to her kids sporting events. In her off time she also loves spending time with her husband, family and friends.