Meet Our Staff
Vicki has been employed at Coast Periodontics since 1995 and has worked in the specialty of periodontics for decades. She began her career as a chair-side dental assistant and has worked in both General Dentistry and Endodontics. Vicki has a true passion for dentistry and continues to attend CE courses to further her education. She has been certified as a medical assistant and has her x-ray license. As office manager, Vicki takes pride in her management duties but her #1 focus is patient care. She is the proud mother of two sons and a new grandson! She loves to travel and enjoys many sports.
I started my career in 1994 working as a Registered Dental Assistant in general dentistry, and over the years I’ve worked in Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry. Before settling in the San Luis Obispo area I was working in Oral Surgery where I got my certification OMSA for surgery assisting. Along the journey of my career, I’ve worked the front office as a Scheduling Coordinator. I moved to the San Luis Obispo area in 2016 from northern California. I have two Pugs and a grown daughter that lives in Washington.
I was a medical insurance biller and receptionist for many years and soon after that, I went to work for a mortgage banking firm as a Loan Administrator for ten years. Later, I earned my Dental Assisting Certificate and X-ray License and Coronal Polish Certificate. I enjoyed being in school and decided to further my education by returning to Shasta College in Redding CA where I earned my AA in Business Administration.
My then boyfriend had always wanted to retire to the SLO area, and so in 2014 we moved here together and soon married in November 2015. I have two beautiful daughters that live on their own, and I share in the joy of my husband’s three new grandchildren. We love this area and all the many adventures it has to offer.
Susan joined the team of Dr. Sayre-Carstairs in 2005 as a dental assistant and came to us with 8 years of front and back office experience. She is also a licensed esthetician, but enjoys the challenge of learning more in the dental field and working closely with our patients and our staff. Susan’s friendly, outgoing personality is an asset to our office. She loves spending time with her family and friends when she is not working.
Monica has been a dental assistant since 1984. She has been a member of Dr. Sayre-Carstairs’ staff both full and part-time since 2004. Monica enjoys working with patients and assisting Dr. Sayre-Carstairs. She enjoys making everyone feel at home and comfortable. Monica’s free time is spent with her husband, four daughters and her grandson, all of which keeps her very busy. Her most recent accomplishment is obtaining her real estate license.
Registered Dental Assistant
Tara joined the team in 2017 and she works with Dr. Sayre-Carstairs in the Paso Robles office on Fridays. She graduated from Kaplan College in 2010 with a Dental Assisting Certificate and X-ray license and has enjoyed working in the dental field ever since. Tara is currently taking courses to be able to apply to a Dental Hygiene program. Her favorite part of assisting is being able to do surgeries and when she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her two daughters.
Hello, my name is Lizeth, but everyone calls me Liz. I am currently a student at Cuesta College taking some prerequisites for a Dental
Michael has an Associate Degree in Microbiology from Citrus College, an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene from West Los Angeles and a BA in Psychology from Cal State Fullerton. He has written a continuing education course on periodontal antimicrobial therapy for home study or online credit which is accepted in all 50 states. He likes doing volunteer work in Dental Hygiene and has traveled to the Philippines
Jani graduated from Loma Linda University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1971. She worked for Dr. Sayre-Carstairs for 10 years as a Dental Hygienist and then left the area to be with her daughter in Idaho. She has recently moved back to San Luis Obispo and is happy to again be working for Dr. Sayre-Carstairs.
Jani has worked many years in both general dentistry and periodontics. In addition to her skills and experience as a Dental Hygienist, she also taught in the Dental Hygiene Department at Fresno City College for 10 years.
Jani’s daughter is a pharmacist in Washington state and her son is a police officer here in San Luis Obispo. She enjoys reading, running and kayaking. Jani looks forward to helping her patients achieve their
Mary Ellen has been with Dr. Sayre since 2015. She has over forty years of working as a dental
hygienist since her
Both Mary Ellen’s husband and son are graduates of Cal Poly and all three are happy to be living
in Morro Bay…..the beach life!
I am so happy to finally have made it to SLO proper! I’ve practiced dental hygiene on the Central Coast since 1998 but since October 2016, I’ve had the pleasure of living and working right here in the heart of San Luis Obispo. Dr. Sayre was actually my first employer way back in 1998 in the Paso location. There isn’t too much I haven’t encountered in my many years so please bring on your questions and even your anxieties and I’ll do everything I can to help you truly understand your dental health situation and get you as healthy as can be.