“My goal has always been to bring something unique and special to the Santa Ynez Valley rather than another dental clinic that simply provides procedures for patients. My focus is developing a confident, trusting relationship with you so that I can help you achieve your personal goals for the health and appearance of your smile by harmonizing function and esthetics with your lifestyle.
To support a more personal approach to dentistry, I have created a practice where you will feel comfortable, in a peaceful environment with state-of-the-art equipment combined with old-fashioned caring service.
I invite you to review the testimonials from my patients and the specialists I work with as a team to provide comprehensive dentistry. Their individual perspectives capture the essence of my practice and what I can provide for you.”
Advanced Training Beyond Dental School
Prior to settling in the Santa Ynez Valley, Dr. Kathelene had gained extensive experience in all aspects of comprehensive dentistry and this has been her focus ever since.
After obtaining her DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree at the University Colorado School of Dentistry, Dr. Kathelene spent two additional years in advanced dental residency programs affiliated with Denver General Hospital and Sepulveda (California) VA Hospital.
She gained advanced training and experience treating a wide variety of patients including trauma victims, critically ill patients, and those with complex dental needs in a comprehensive manner – similar to post-doctoral education. Dr. Kathelene opened the outpatient Veteran’s Dental Clinic (in the Bakersfield Medical outpatient facility) and was the solo practitioner for the first two years treating veterans in all aspects of dentistry. Dr. Kathelene pursues a high level of continuing education in diagnosing and treatment of a full range of complex dental issues.
Dedicated to Community Service
Dr. Kathelene was selected by the staff and directors of People Helping People (PHP) as CO-Volunteer of the year for 2009-10. She provides the clients of Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People with emergency and other dental services as needed.
Dr. Kathelene also supports the local community as a Solvang Chamber of Commerce Board Member and is an active member in the Santa Ynez Valley Grange.
She also answers dental questions weekly in the Santa Ynez Valley’s local newspaper.
Professional Associations and Honors
Dr. Kathelene has been rated one of the top 10% of general dentists in the USA in experience and expertise with dental implant restorations.
In addition, she serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness, a non-profit consumer education organization. She is the only general dentist on this national board where all of the others are specialty dentists.
She is member of the Santa Barbara Dental Study Group, the local Solvang Progressive Study Club, and member of the tripartite American Dental Association (Local, State and National).