Dr. Becker has practiced dentistry in the Montclair-Oakland hills for over 35 years. She was born, raised and educated in the Montclair area. After receiving an undergraduate degree from UCLA, she then attended the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco.
She returned to Montclair and established a family-oriented general dental practice with a strong focus on cosmetic dentistry, now spanning three generations of families. Dr. Becker has earned a reputation in the community for her commitment to excellence and for her passion to educate patients on achieving their ultimate dental health. She is known for her gentle, caring and thorough style, with a special emphasis on life changing smile makeovers.
Dr. Becker continues to expand her education and update her skills through advanced seminars and hands-on courses. She has completed several intensive series of advanced esthetic and full-mouth reconstruction programs, presented by the country’s top leaders in cosmetic dentistry. She is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry as well as the American and California Dental Associations.
Dr. Becker designed a state-of-the-art facility in order to offer patients the best technology available in the industry. Today, she continues her ongoing pursuit of excellence in her profession and to the community she serves.
In a commitment to continuing education, Dr. Becker takes her entire team to participate and learn from dentistry's top educators at the yearly American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry conferences in San Francisco, San Diego, Texas, Seattle, Washington D.C., Boston, and Hawaii. That way, her entire team is in sync with the best treatments dentistry can offer. She is proud of her highly-trained and skilled long-term staff.
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‘‘I became a dentist because I’m very passionate about making a difference in my patients’ lives. My goal is to make you healthy and find proactive ways to help you keep your teeth for the rest of your life.”
Karen has been a hygienist at Montclair Smile Design for over 14 years.
She earned her BS degree from the University of California at Davis and her AA degree in Dental Hygiene from Foothill College in Los Altos Hill, CA. She has been practicing dental hygiene for over 25 years and still continues to enjoy taking care of people and visiting with her patients.
"One of the reasons why I love working at Montclair Smile Design is because the doctors and the staff are passionate and committed to doing their best at what they do. I've been in many places where you feel like you're working with people who are just punching a time clock and waiting for 5 o'clock to come around. At Montclair Smile Design, we are all committed to the health of our patients because we collectively care about making a difference. We work together as a team and everyone has a great work ethic!"
In her free time, Karen enjoys indoor climbing, yoga, hiking, cooking and traveling.
Shelly is a 2008 graduate of San Joaquin Valley College dental hygiene program in Central California. She was a dental assistant for over 6 years, and furthered her education to pursue her passion for dentistry as a Registered Dental Hygienist.
"I love the team at Montclair Smile Design, our cohesiveness and wonderful friendships can be felt by our patients. They know they are being taken care of by a group of professionals that are the best in their field."
Shelly lives in Walnut Creek and spends her free time with family and friends, exercising, wine tasting and enjoying the Bay Area.
Ari received her BA in Journalism from San Diego State University, and then went on to get her degree in Dental Hygiene from San Joaquin Valley College in 2007. Because of her desire to deliver the best care possible to her patients, she has focused her interest on customized gingival care and is passionate about the correlation between a healthy bite and the longevity of teeth. Ari has been working at Montclair Smile Design for over 10 years.
“I am proud to be a part of a team that never settles for anything less than perfection. I admire Dr. Becker and Dr. Deschenes' passion for exceptional dentistry and dedication to their patients. I know at the end of the day I have done my best to educate patients, provided top notch dentistry and helped to ensure each patient’s smile lasting a lifetime.”
Ari and her husband are kept constantly on their toes by their son Robby and his older sister Kate. They live in Orinda and enjoy swimming, entertaining and of course the Tilden Park Steam Train!
Tara graduated from Western Career College in 1995. She has been in dentistry for over 20 years and with Montclair Smile design for over 14 years. She has taken courses at the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Invisalign, and Eubank Institute. Cosmetic Dentistry and Smile Designs are her forte'.
Tara's love and passion for dentistry emulates through her warm, caring nature with her patients. Her loyalty and appreciation for Dr. Becker and Dr. Deschenes' quality work shows in her enthusiasm and attention to detail. She enjoys helping the doctors create beautiful healthy smiles for their patients, always going above and beyond what is expected.
Tara and her husband Joey live in Alameda. They are parents to Gabe and Adriana, and grandparents to Eriana and Gabe Jr. She enjoys spending time with family, cooking, shopping and Disneyland Trips.
Angela became a Registered Dental Assistant in 1988 through Chabot College. Three years later she completed a rigorous education program at UCSF to further her education and became licensed as a Registered Dental Assistant with Expanded Functions. She worked with one dentist for over 17 years before joining Montclair Smile Design. Angela has been with Dr. Becker and Dr. Deschenes for over 9 years and continues to attend continuing education classes and meetings to keep up to date with all of the newest dental technologies.
“It gives me great pride to work at Montclair Smile Design, knowing we treat each patient like a family member. The dentistry we provide here is of the highest standard of quality and care. I enjoy having my skills utilized in both back and front offices, helping out wherever I am needed. It gives me the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the office.”
In her spare time Angela enjoys walks, riding her bicycle, spending time outdoors and caring for her beautiful cats.
Ruth has been an RDA since 1995 and was licensed through UCSF. She originally worked with Dr. Becker from 1997 to 2000 at which time she had married her husband, Charlie, and took time off to raise her 2 children, Andrew and Abby. Once the kids were older, she came back to work with Dr. Becker and Montclair Smile Design part time in 2014. Ruth’s gentle and caring nature serves our patients well by putting them at ease and working with an exceptionally soft touch. She has been a great addition to our team and is always willing to help out whenever needed.
Ruth and her family live in Orinda and enjoy their community of friends through the schools and their church. Ruth loves nature, salsa dancing, the beach and animals. She has 1 dog, 2 cats and a fish! She is also an excellent cook!
Jackie is our most recent RDA to join the team 2 years ago. She graduated from Carrington College in the RDA program in 2014 after earning her AA degree from Las Positas College. Patients love her bubbly chatty personality as well as her passion to do a great job.
"I enjoy the hands on nature of dentistry and contributing to patients sense of health and confidence. We all work as a team here and support each other and our doctors."
Jackie has a two and a half year old son, Mateo and an eleven year old step daughter, Jayden and a twin sister. She enjoys being outdoors, camping, staying active and spending time with family and friends.
Our Mission Statement
At Montclair Smile Design, our team is committed to providing the highest quality dental experience to patients who desire exceptional care. Our progressive dental practice prides itself in educating our patients to create healthy and beautiful smiles with compassion and the latest technology.