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ALYA CARRILLO, Front Desk & Dental Assistant
Alya is originally from Guam and moved to San Diego in 2001. She received her
California RDA license in 2006 followed by a Bachelor's degree in Organizational
Management from Ashford University in 2011. Alya has been with Dr. Mullins
since 2006. Married to Alejandro with two children, Zoie and Mateo. Together
they enjoy the beach and soccer.
AMY RIVAS, Treatment Coordinator, Office Manager & Certified Dental Assistant
Amy is a native of Iowa and joined the Navy in 1995, stationed in Coronado.
She worked as HH-46 helicopter mechanic for 4 years, left active duty then joined
Navy Reserves, having retired with 20 years of service. GO NAVY! Amy has two
wonderful children; a son who is a US Marine and daughter studying Dental Hygiene.
Amy has worked for over 19 years in Ortho and loves it. She is the Treatment
Coordinator and will handle all your needs!
GINA BLANCO, Registered Dental Assistant
Gina was born and raised in San Diego where she attended San Diego City College.
She has been working in dentistry since 1995. Gina has been working with Dr. Joe
since the Spring of 2008. Gina is married with two children along with Uma their family
pet. Her daughter, Melyna is a student at San Diego State University and her son,
Giancarlo is a Freshman in High School. With busy schedules, they enjoy their family time.
KATHY SURPITSKI, Registered Dental Assistant
Kathy grew up in Coronado and now her own two wonderful children are students
in the Coronado School District. She received her RDA License in 2003 and started
working at Mullins Orthodontics in 2011. Kathy enjoys creating beautiful smiles
working alongside Dr. Joe.
SHANNON BUHL, Registered Dental Assistant
Shannon is a hard-working student pursuing her passion in dentistry. She enjoys
being outdoors, at the beach or traveling to Arizona to relax by the Colorado river.
Shannon's a mom to her two fur pups and in her spare time, finds herself out
exploring the world.
SAMANTHA PETERSON, Registered Dental Assistant
Samantha is an adventurous person who loves the outdoors. She is always seeking
the space where life can bloom, whether it be at the desert, beach or river - anywhere
to explore, breath deep and catch a smile!
MEKENNA LEDBETTER, Dental Assistant
MeKenna was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She has an Associates in
Biology & Allied Health. She is currently attending the University of California San Diego
for her bachelors in Public Health. MeKenna enjoys coaching Crossfit, being outdoors
and traveling to new places. She has been with Mullins Orthodontics since 2016 and
absolutely loves having the priviledge to work for Dr. Mullins!
ERICA HATLEE, Registered Dental Assistant
Erica was born and raised in San Diego. She is married and has two Beautiful children
Bella and Harley, and their dog Peg. In her spare time, she loves spending time with
her family. She says working with Dr. Joe and his staff has been a great experience
and really enjoys helping people enjoy their smiles.