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Meet the Team


Kari

Office Administrator

When you first meet Kari, the first thing you notice is her warm smile and charismatic personality. She is the first face to greet you when visiting Forest Avenue Dental. Kari has spent more than 35 years in the dental profession, first as a Registered Dental Assistant and now as our office administrator. She is your advocate when it comes to scheduling your appointments, navigation insurances, and assuring you are seen expediently.

Her favorite part of her job is hearing all of the wonderful compliments and comments from patients about how enjoyable their dental experience was with Dr. Walker and his team. How he has a rare quality in making everyone feel as if they were family. "Everyone here is the true meaning of the word TEAM."

In her spare time, Kari enjoys playing golf, bowling, traveling and spending time with her son and daughter in law in Oregon. She has a cute little dog, Brody, who she says is very spoiled and very loved.


Denise

Denise

Registered Dental Assistant

Denise really enjoys working with Dr. Walker and his team. She loves meeting her wonderful patients, getting to know them and becoming their friends. She sets up the treatment rooms, and prepares the patients for treatment, and explains what will happen during their procedure. She assists Dr. Walker and offers post-op information, then sterilizes and breaks down the room.

Her family keeps her busy outside of work. She and her husband Mike were married in 2002. They have two amazing sons, Jayson and Bentley. They love swimming, camping, house boating, and watching Jayson play baseball with the Chico Aces. They also enjoy time with their family, which is spread across the US.


Rosalba

Rosalba

Registered Dental Assistant

Rosalba loves helping her patients get over their fear of dentistry. It’s rewarding to help people have pleasant, worry-free visits and get to know them on a personal level. When someone thanks her at the end of a procedure, she is thrilled! She assists Dr. Walker in the back office: working during procedures and supporting our patients.

When she’s not working, Rosalba enjoys volunteering at the Humane Society Torres Shelter. She also likes hiking upper park and surrounding areas and loves watching plays at local venues.


Vanessa

Vanessa

Registered Dental Assistant

Vanessa began her dental career in 2009, with previous experience assisting in orthodontics and periodontics. Now at Forest Avenue Dental, Vanessa works alongside Dr. Walker, assisting him during procedures and ensuring patient comfort. Prior to beginning any work, she explains the procedure and answers any questions our patients may have to help them feel at ease.

Vanessa is so happy to experience the wonderful effect a healthy and beautiful smile can make in a person’s life. She enjoys educating patients about their oral health and the influence it can have on their overall health. Vanessa likes to stay updated on the ever-changing technology and dental equipment that is available for the benefit of our wonderful patients. Along with everyone on our team, she continuously expands her dental knowledge.

Outside of work, Vanessa’s family keeps her very busy. She and her husband have four human children and two fur children. She is a part of a large Mexican-American family and therefore is fluent in Spanish. In her free time, Vanessa enjoys spending time with family, traveling, going on hikes, and riding her bike.


Katie

Katie

Registered Dental Hygienist

Katie was born and raised in Chico. She attended Pleasant Valley High School and Chico State University. She received her dental hygiene degree from Taft Community College, and before graduating acquired her certification for category laser treatment.

Having grown up working in her father's dental practice in Chico, it has always been her passion to work in the dental field. Her favorite part of working in dentistry is educating people and addressing the individual needs of patients. She is thrilled to work with her father in helping the people in her community achieve beautiful healthy smiles! Katie offers one-to-one care to her patients: cleaning teeth, examining the oral cavity for signs of disease, and teaching people about dental health. When a person understands how what happens in the mouth affects the body, and vice versa, he or she is able to make positive changes and lead a healthier life!

Outside of dentistry, Katie enjoys spending time with her family and friends in Lake Almanor. She loves the outdoors, Fly fishing, hiking, boating, Wakeboarding, and snow skiing. Katie enjoys painting beautiful scenes of the outdoors and Lake Almanor.


Keleigh

Registered Dental Hygienist

Keleigh began her career as a dental hygienist in 2008 and recently joined the Forest Avenue Dental team. Her goal is to provide the best of prevention methods and treatment options for gum disease, as well as education on oral hygiene and the effects of nutrition on oral health. She enjoys forming relationships with her patients and working together with them to achieve optimal oral health.

Keleigh is married with one stepson and two grandchildren who are the light of her life. She and her husband love to camp, ride quads, and spend their days on Lake Oroville. Keleigh’s favorite time of year is football season—she loves the Miami Dolphins!

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