Meet The Team at Gentle Family Dentistry


Registered Nurse | Director of HR, Purchasing, and Marketing

Duquesne University/Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania/Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing
University of Phoenix/Phoenix, Arizona/Master’s Degree in Nursing
Graduated Summa Cum Laude

Let me be the first to welcome you to our practice! We love how positive the environment is here and it is my hope that our patients do too. Our amazing dental team works extremely well together while providing the best dental services to our patients! Our warm, caring staff attentively strives to make each of our patients feel comfortable, and knowledgeable, while in their care. Our Doctor, Jonathan Garger DMD, is an amazing Dentist. He has vast and excellent dental skills, with a flair for hi-tech dentistry, but with gentle old-time care.

Having over 30 years of experience as a Registered Nurse, with a background in both Critical Care and Nursing Education, Renée has a unique and diverse understanding of both patient care and business management. When she is not in the office, Renée enjoys spending time with her husband, Dr. Garger. Together they enjoy walking with their dog Hermie, laughing, dining, and travel.


Dental Receptionist/Patient Coordinator

Nishana loves the welcome feeling of Gentle Family Dentistry. She loves the staff and feels like we have a great team! (We agree!). Nishana loves our patients who she describes as being loyal, nice, and sweet people (We also agree!). She also says she really enjoys her time here with Dr, G … he gets along so well with the staff and patients alike! 

In her free time, Nishana likes to take her boat to the lake and spend time with her husband and kids. Her family loves taking trips, especially to Disneyland.


Dental Receptionist / Patient Coordinator

Bryman College /Dental Assistant Program / 2006

Emely is fluent in both English and Spanish and enjoys helping people with their dental needs.

In her free time, Emely likes to bake cookies and make food.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Taft College /Associates in Dental Hygiene / 2017 Graduated with Honors / Phi Theta Kappa

Jocelyn joined Gentle Family Dentistry in 2022. A welcomed new member of the dental team, Jocelyn loves her profession because she enjoys empowering our patients with the knowledge and understanding of their oral care. Jocelyn focuses on helping our patients to achieve their optimal oral health, while providing a comfortable and positive experience. Jocelyn enjoys being a part of Dr. Garger’s team and serving the community.

When she is not at work, Jocelyn enjoys many diverse activities! Some of these activities include traveling, doing water sports, drawing, exercising, baking, and watching baseball. Her favorite activities are time spent with her family, friends and high school sweetheart.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Taft College / Associates in Dental Hygiene / 2019

We welcomed Abby to Gentle Family Dentistry in 2023! Abby knew from the time she was a little girl that she wanted to work in dentistry. Abby always had the best experiences at her dentist growing up, and she wanted to be able to be a part of creating healthy smiles as an adult. Abby enjoys working with people and plans to build lasting relationships with the patients in our practice. Abby’s priority is to provide patients with a great experience as well as make them feel confident about their smile. She also says, “I really enjoy working with my coworkers in an upbeat and positive environment”.

In her free time, Abby enjoys cycling and any outdoor activity, as well as spending time with my husband and our two cats Tony and Tux.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Taft College / Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene / 2023

Isabelle says the best part of her job is being able to develop a rapport with her patients, along with helping them to achieve their best smile. She strives to help our patients to feel as confident as possible.

In her free time, Isabelle loves to travel; but most days you will find her spending time with her husband and two fur-babies Kaleo and Ruca (Dalmatian & long-haired Dachshund).


Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions

Extended Functions Dental Assistants Association, Fullerton / Extended Functions Program / 2015

California College of Vocational Career / Dental Assistant / 2008

Maria started her dental career in 2008, but only recently joined Gentle Family Dentistry in 2021. A welcomed new member of the dental team, Maria likes helping patients to understand their treatment plan, get out of pain, while also assisting in giving patients their whitest, healthiest smile. Maria aspires to treat every patient like they are a member of her family!

When she is not at work, Maria enjoys watching football, especially the Los Angeles Rams. Aside from football, Maria believes that the most important thing in her life is being with her family.


Registered Dental Assistant

Bakersfield College / Biology / Working on her Associate Degree

Fluent in both English, Spanish, and Portuguese, Joyce says she ‘loves everything’ about her career and working at Gentle Family Dentistry. She loves being able to help people and making a positive impact in their lives. Joyce loves dentistry so much that she is continuing her education with plans to become a Dentist one day!

On her days off, Joyce enjoys shopping with her mom, playing with her dogs (Fat boy and Ziggy), going to the beach, and working on her car.


Registered Dental Assistant

UEI College / Dental Assisting / 2021

Bryanna enjoys seeing our patients happy with their best smiles. She also enjoys having patients come in and are able to feel at ease with their care and return again, because they were comfortable here and were given a full understanding of their treatment plan and care. When patients have confidence in us!

When she is not at work, Bryanna likes to do crafts. She will customize just about anything from cups, to shirts, to anything you can think of. She also enjoys spending time with her family.