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our administrative team

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Runi Snelson, R.D.A.

Office Administrator

Runi Snelson joined this office in 1976 after my initial training in a prestigious New York dental office followed by 10 years in a very fine Huntington Beach dental office. She obtained her formal dental training at Cypress College and received her Registered Dental Assistant (R.D.A.) certification in 1977. Runi maintains her dental continuing education with participation in management seminars, CPR with the Red Cross, maintaining her X-ray license, and supporting the Dental Assistants’ Association.

In Runi’s spare time, she enjoys a wide variety of activities including, knitting, oil painting, aerobics, and classical music. She was raised in Bergen, Norway, and has four wonderful young grandchildren.

She is here to assist you with your dental treatment, and is pleased to answer, or find the answer to, any of your questions.


Sherry Barker

Receptionist/Practice Manager

Sherry Barker joined our office in 1979 after moving to Orange County from Arizona. She graduated from the Arizona Dental Assistant School in 1970 and practiced her vocation as a dental assistant in an orthodontic office and in a very highly regarded prosthodontic office until her move to California.

Sherry has extensive experience as a dental assistant and receptionist to help you schedule your appointments in the most convenient an efficient manner. Sherry enjoys the beach, travel, movies, and deep sea fishing.

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Debbie Ditto

Receptionist/Practice Manager

Debbie Ditto was born and raised in Los Angeles attending Hacienda Heights High School and Mt. San Antonio Community College. She joined with Dr. Rich in 1992 and joined our staff when Dr. Rich merged her practice with our office in 1995.

Her genuine concern for our patients’ comfort and well-being, as well as her adept interpersonal skills, makes Debbie a very important member of our front desk team. As a Treatment Coordinator, Debbie helps our patients arrange all phases of their restorative dental care in the sequence that meets their personal goals and needs. In addition to individual treatment planning, she coordinates appointments that are most convenient to our patients’ schedules, makes affordable financial arrangements, and works to maximize patients’ dental insurance benefits. She is a strong patient advocate.

Debbie and her husband, Bill, enjoy spending time with their family, including 2 grandsons whom they adore. They love traveling, walking and kayaking as well.


Melody Esquer, R.D.A.

Receptionist/Practice Manager

Melody Esquer, R.D.A., our one true native, was born and raised in Newport Beach. After graduating from Estancia High School, Melody obtained her dental assisting education at the Bryman Campus of the National Education Center graduating in 1973. She continued her education with a two year program in Dental Assisting at Orange Coast College graduating in 1976 and later became an Registered Dental Assistant in 1999. Melody was an active member and board member of Dental Management Association for over 10 years.

With over forty years as a dental assistant, receptionist, treatment coordinator, and office manager, Melody has become an extremely efficient and proficient staff member. She truly enjoys assisting you with your appointment scheduling and dental insurance.

Melody and her husband of thirty three years have two beautiful daughters, a granddaughter and an infant grandson. Melody is a very active member of St John the Baptist Church and school. She served on the Auxiliary Board for over 17 years including two terms as Auxiliary President.

Melody enjoys traveling in her spare time, having traveled extensively through Europe and the Hawaiian Islands. Other hobbies include cooking, crafts, and the beach.

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