Dental Team

All professionals at Alta Vista Dental maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our team's experience and training.

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Melissa

Financial Administrator

I am one of the first people you see as you enter our office. If you need help with any financial aspects of your visit or treatment, I am there to assist you by answering your questions or clarifying your benefit information. Chances are you will also speak to me when calling the office to schedule an appointment or have questions about co-payments. Being in the position I am of working so closely with our patients, my favorite part of my job is definitely fostering great relationships with them.

Closest to my heart are my four children and five grandchildren. In the last year I was blessed with the birth of two twin boys to my son and daughter-in-law. I enjoy spending my free time with family and friends. I love getting lost in a good book and on those beautiful days in Auburn you may see me on one of the hiking trails in town.

Jinni

Registered Dental Assistant with Extended Functions

I am Dr. Sandhar's “right-hand girl”. I work with Shelly assisting with patients, as well as heading up a wonderfully effective whitening program. My key role is managing all areas of the back office. I love being a part of creating a beautiful smile, and in the process, I have developed some friendships with some special people. I appreciate the morals and character that make Dr. Sandhar a dentist that can be trusted to do her best to help people.

My faith is what defines my life, and my family means everything to me. I am recently married to a wonderful man and now live in Roseville. My children are what I am most proud of.  My 35-year-old daughter  lives in Los Angeles and 32-year-old son  lives in San Francisco.  My pets as are considered family so don’t be surprised if I offer to show you pictures of my dog and cat when you visit! An active and healthy lifestyle is important to me. I enjoy being outdoors and enjoy paddle boarding, bike riding (both road and mountain), and hiking with my dog.

Shelly

Registered Dental Assistant

I assist Dr. Sandhar and work closely with Jinni in making sure all of our appointments run smoothly. I am here to assist all of our patients and to make sure their visit with us is as comfortable as possible. I know that coming to the dentist is not always a patient’s favorite thing to do, so I am here to lend my compassion and humor to everyone! Personal integrity is very important to me. Dr. Sandhar demonstrates personal integrity and genuine care for her patients every day.  Knowing that she delivers a standard of dentistry that is always superior makes me feel very proud to work here.

I am the proud mom of two wonderful boys, Joshua and Zachary. I volunteer in dentistry and in my community of Foresthill. In my personal time I enjoy the outdoors, music, spending time with my boys, and riding motorcycles with my boyfriend, Mark.

Julie

Registered Dental Hygienist

For over 24 years, my goal has been to provide quality, hygiene care with a relaxed, patient-centered, preventative approach. Developing a good relationship with my patients is important to me; and, I enjoy being a "coach" in their efforts towards better health.

Working for a dentist like Dr. Sandhar makes it all possible. She stands behind her work and is willing to make sure her patients are happy and well cared for. I am honored to be a part of a dental practice that I feel confident in recommending to my family and friends.

My son, Wesley, recently graduated from Boise State University and is currently applying to Master's programs in Environmental Studies. I am proud of his efforts! I enjoyed traveling with him to Costa Rica last Spring; and, also going to hot yoga and visiting National parks where I like to hike and be in nature. I also like creating mosaic pots, chalk painting furniture, and caring for my many houseplants, fish and cat named Daisy.

Peter

Registered Dental Hygienist

I work one-on-one to improve the overall health and wellness of my patients through gentle yet effective hygiene care. I love developing relationships with patients and teaming up with them to improve their health for the rest of their lives. I also appreciate that Dr. Sandhar is very ethical and focuses on patient needs first. She is committed to developing each employee, both personally and professionally. It also doesn’t hurt that she likes the 49ers either!

I am a blessed father of my son, Jason, and husband to my wife, Annette.  I enjoy being involved in activities that help others through my church and my son’s activities mostly.  Whenever I get “me” time, I am usually outdoors running, mountain biking, skiing, or golfing.  My first love is trail running, which I have been doing now for over 35 years, and my most memorable running highlights include finishing the Boston Marathon and the Western States 100-mile run.