San Diego, California

            Coronado Island

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MEET the Staff

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 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.