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Know Your Loftin Dental Team

Get to Know Your Loftin Dental Team

Our team consists of a group of wonderful people here to serve your needs from the moment you walk in our practice. You’ll feel comfortable and cared for throughout your visit. Not only will you receive the best possible care for your dental needs, you will also have the best support in understanding your insurance benefits and how to coordinate everything you may need.

Everyone stays up to date with the latest techniques, research and technologies to see how they will benefit you, our patient. Your oral health is our first priority.  Here’s a little more about our dental family. 

 
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“Really amazing people who are also good at keeping my smile looking good.  Worth the trip to keep your mouth healthy, I highly recommend the team here for dental work.”

-Doug H., Concord

What's the Difference Between An RDA and An RDAEF?

An RDA is a Registered Dental Assistant and an RDAEF is a Registered Dental Assistant Extended Functions.  The RDAEF goes through an additional year of school and must pass a State Board exam with their dentist to be accredited this title.  They work closer with Dr. Loftin. Think of them like a physician’s assistant. It’s a unique position and they work very hard for this certification. We are lucky to have two RDAEFs at Loftin Dental, Jennifer and Tabitha.  

What Does This Mean for You and Other Patients?

RDAEFs allow us to be more agile in our practice and to attend to more patients in need of complex procedures.  This includes fillings, adjusting dentures and other services. Each RDAEF works closely with Dr. Loftin and are fully capable for these and other advanced treatments. 

Dr. Todd A. Loftin

Dr. Loftin attended the University of California at Berkeley for his undergraduate education and then attended the University Of California School Of Dentistry at San Francisco (UCSF). At UCSF, Dr. Loftin expanded his education by becoming laser certified and practicing minimally invasive dentistry which is a highly used conservative approach to keeping patients mouths healthy. Post-graduation he continued to add to his education and received certifications in Cosmetic Dentistry, Invisalign, implant placement and restoration, and oral conscious sedation. During the last 15 years, he has had a multitude of successful cases, from simple restorations to cosmetic veneers all the way to full mouth rehabilitations. He is well versed in general dentistry, cosmetic procedures and more complex mouth reconstruction. He has been an active member of the California Dental Association, the American Dental Association, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and the Academy of General Dentistry.

When he is not practicing dentistry, he enjoys golf and playing on a local softball team and bowling team. Dr. Loftin and his wife, Zulay, are also on the ‘Great Balls of Fire’ Bocce Team headed up by Wendy Moore and play in downtown Clayton, California, during the summer session. He also enjoys spending some quiet time with Zulay in Napa, Sonoma or Carmel for some wine tasting. He also has a bit of the travel bug and hopes to visit new places every year with his family.

Being an avid golfer these days, he and his son, Jaxon, are able to practice hitting balls and playing a couple holes here and there at different golf courses. A favorite course is near his father’s place in Pioneer, where they can head out towards the end of the day and try out a few holes …without bothering other golfers! Jaxon, 8 years old now, has been really enjoying the one-on-one time with his ‘Papa’, especially now that school has started at EaglePeak Montessori!

In the last couple years he has become a member of the Concord Clayton Sunrise Rotary and has really come to enjoy the part of his life where he is able to give back to the community he loves.

Dr. Loftin is a gentle and caring Doctor that will work with you to ensure you are receiving the treatment that best suits your needs. He feels privileged to care for children, adults and those with special needs.

Our History

Established in 2012.

We were honored to work with Dr. Albert Martin, Jr., DDS as he transitioned into retirement. As of August 2014, he did happily retire. Thankfully he and his wife, Renee, still come to visit us for their regular dental checkups and catch up lunches. They have been enjoying time with their family, especially their newest member – a granddaughter! Traveling is another norm for them as well. Fun times! He had been at this location on Washington serving our Concord community for over 30 years. We held a small retirement dinner for him and our team where we presented him with a signed framed picture – his first team and his most recent. We had the picture up in our practice for a while gathering as many signatures as we could! We also ‘retired’ one of his jackets and placed his last name and the year he retired on the back of it.

The start of the transition began in 2010.  It started with monthly lunches where they would talk and get to know each other as people and as clinicians. Because it was important to both of them to have a smooth transition, Dr. Loftin began working one day per week and worked side by side with Dr. Martin spending quality time getting to know his future patients and team. This went on for 2 years. Then yay – the time came and we became the new Dr. serving our Concord community.

Dr. Loftin has over 10 years of experience working in multiple locations and found this location perfect to serve. He & his wife are very excited to work with everyone and continue the great service Dr. Martin has provided. So even though we are “newer”, we have a long history in this community that we look forward to continuing & growing even better. We’re looking forward to the next 30 years +!

Zulay Loftin, Office Manager

The thing you immediately notice about Zulay is her passion for the patients and staff at Loftin Dental. For over 15 years, she’s been running the practice with a focus on creating a warm and inviting environment for all. Zulay will tell you that the best part of her day is working with her husband and the amazing Loftin team while caring for patients. A graduate of College Park High School and Saint Mary’s College, Zulay has a CPA degree and excels in marketing and HR. When not working, she enjoys time with family, dining out with friends and, when possible, rest! Her greatest achievement is balancing happiness at work and at home with her husband Todd and son, Jaxon.

Q: What’s your superpower?
A: Being true to myself.

Q: Your favorite holiday?
A: Christmas…lots of family, crafts and gifts.

Jannie Lawrence, RDH

Jannie has happily been a Hygienist since 1983 and has been working with Dr. Martin since 1984. She went to DVC and is currently part of the American Dental Hygienist Association and the Mt. Diablo Dental Hygiene Association. Jannie has always been interested in health. One of her friends was a dental hygienist and inspired her to follow into this industry. This was a great choice, as she truly enjoys her patients, especially visiting with them and helping them improve their oral health. When she’s not at the practice, she has her grandkids to keep her and her husband busy, along with her loves of photography and dancing. 

 

Heather Kircher-Martinez, RDH

Heather has been with us for a long while; first as a patient and now as our Hygienist. She went to school locally at Diablo Valley College. We get to see her kids just as regularly but now they get their teeth cleaned by her! Michael (9) and Makayla (5) both enjoy that a lot! The part of her job she finds most rewarding is when she’s able to be a part of her patient’s journey from having disease to having a healthy mouth. The benefits are endless and she likes knowing she had a part in that process. Her goal to give you the best experience possible and keep you healthy! When she’s not with us, she likes going on weekend trips with her kids or just hanging out at home. She plays the piano too and has recently began to teach her daughter how to play.

Regina McLinn, RDH

Now at Loftin for 3-1/2 years, you’ll find Regina taking great care of patients Thursdays & Fridays. She went to school at Darton Hygiene School in Georgia and Loma Vista for her RDA license. She lives locally with her family on a small farm with horses, goats, bees, ducks and chickens! Regina’s proudest achievement is her 3 beautiful daughters Samantha, Lila and Madeline!

Q: How would you describe the atmosphere at Loftin?
A: Fun & Relaxing!

Q: What’s your superpower?
A: Mom😊

Mariza Patino, RDH

Three words that describe Mariza are loyal, playful and generous. Her favorite part of her day at Loftin is working with an awesome crew of not just co-workers, but friends who make coming to work enjoyable  When not at work, Mariza spends her time with her three boys at baseball and football games or places like the beach. The family loves camping, swimming and amusement parks.  She’s also an avid reader, loves to bike and take walks.  She especially loves visiting wineries nearby including Livermore and Napa. 

Wendi Laughlin, RDH

Wendi has been with us since 2017. She’s been an RDA for about 20 years having received her training at Loma Vista. She loves laughing with patients and making them smile. When not working, Wendi loves spending time with friends and family. She also loves painting, cooking and enjoying a good concert with a craft beer.  She considers her greatest achievement her two kids and husband, being a good friend and a love for animals.

Q: What’s your superpower?
A: All the kiddos love me at work. I’m goofy and everyone calls me “Bubbles” at work because I’m always happy.

Q: How would you describe the atmosphere at Loftin?
A:  Very fun and comfortable.

Kelly Scholes, RDH

Kelly’s favorite part of working at Loftin Dental? The patients! She loves meeting and getting to know them all. She appreciates the amazing atmosphere at Loftin especially the fun, outgoing and caring team who immediately make patients feel at home. In her time off, you’ll find Kelly spending time with her husband Ben and her 7 year old son Tyler who is starting 2nd grade this year! They have 2 rescue dogs, a chihuahua and a Staffordshire Terrier that Kelly says are spoiled rotten and more like children then pets. As a HUGE dog lover and advocate for rescuing, she wishes she could take them all.

Q: What makes Loftin Dental memorable?  
A: While oral and overall health is our #1 priority, the relationship we have with our patients sets Loftin Dental apart from other dental offices.

Q: What do you like doing in your time off?
A: I serve as co-President for the Mt Diablo Elementary PFC as well as board member for Clayton Valley Little League. I am continuously volunteering to organize events and/ or fundraisers throughout the year.

Jen Crookes, RDAEF2

Jen has been with us since early 2013 and credits Dr. Loftin as the best dentist she’s ever worked for.  Since 11, Jen has had her eye on becoming a part of the dental profession. After graduating from Clayton Valley High School she headed to Bryman College for her RDA training. Then she headed to Sacramento City College for her Extended Functions (EF2) training. Jen has two beautiful daughters. Haley and Hannah. During her time off she loves playing with her French Bulldog puppy “Whiskey”. 

Q: What’s the best part of your job?
A: Working with patients.

Q: Who will you always see in concert?
A: Journey

Tabitha Hartley, RDAEF2

Tabitha has been with us since 2008. She went to Western Career College for training and is currently a member of the American Dental Assistant Association. Tabitha says the best part of her job is helping patients have the best experience possible. The three words that Tabitha says describes her are horse-crazy, driven and passionate. She is all about horses whether its riding, showing or training them. In fact, Tabitha established REINS (Red’s Equines in Need Sanctuary) located in Hollister, California, to help neglected, abused and abandoned horses in need of a safe environment in which to recover and either be placed in a new forever home or a loving sanctuary to live out their days. Now that’s commitment! Learn more about here: www.helpREINS.org  Follow them on Facebook: search for REINS.

Q: What should people know about Loftin Dental?
A: Doc is very good at what he does. He has a great chair side manner.

Q: What’s your guilty pleasure?
A: Marvel/DC Comics Movies

Sheila Bergum, Front Office

Sheila helps Loftin Dental stay organized for patients, including chart audits. She greets our patients with a wonderful welcoming smile. Sheila and her husband have a daughter at USC and a son in high school. She is a very involved parent and volunteers many, many hours to make sure the children and teachers are cared for properly. Most recently, Sheila became the College & Career Advisor at Concord High School!

 

Lisa Grenier, Front Office

Lisa has been working in dentistry for more than 30 years, 10 of those years being with Dr. Martin and Dr. Loftin. She has been a dental assistant in the past and very much enjoys being up front as well. Lisa went to Diablo Valley College for assistant training and continues training through local classes to keep up with the business side of dentistry. The best part of what she does is working with such amazing people! She says it feels like she’s working with family here and that it’s so much fun to meet all the patients and get to know them. When Lisa is not up front, she loves cooking for her family and spending time with them, especially during football season! Lisa has 3 grandbabies & 1 on the way! 

Rhonda Stevens, Front Office

Rhonda has been in the dental industry for over 15 years, the last 4 have been at Loftin. She was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, and did all her schooling there. When she moved here, she began volunteering at the Cancer Research Institute. She has always enjoyed the healthcare industry and especially taking part in educating patients about their oral health, their insurance benefits and helping them achieve the smile they’ve always dreamed of! Even though she loves her patients so much, she will peel away and go scuba diving (she’s certified) or go traveling to somewhere tropical.

Q: What’s your favorite holiday?
A: Christmas

Q: What do you like about living here?
A: It only takes to get to the mountains or the ocean.