Call: 925-478-7776

2651 Oak Grove Rd., Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Brian J. Hockel DDS

Life Dental & Orthodontics

Kelsey – Hygiene Team

Kelsey was born in the Bay Area and grew up in the Brentwood area. Even before she was captain of the cheerleading team, she knew at an early age that she wanted to be dental hygienist. Having in interest in teeth as long as she can remember, Kelsey was inspired be a friend of her family who was a hygienist. She even impressed her childhood orthodontist when she corrected a minor mistake he made. Patients love Kelsey’s thoroughness, her patience, and her personable approach.

Actual comments from Kelsey’s patients:

“Kelsey was like all the others, terrific. She is friendly and professional and cares about her patients.”

“Kelsey did a great job! This was my first time for her to clean my teeth, and I was very impressed. Thank you for the help!”

Nicole – Hygiene Team

Nicole has been a hygienist on our team since 2001, having attended Diablo Valley College. She has also been married to her husband Tim for the same length of time! She has 2 daughters, whom she homeschools when not in the office, and a stepson. Nicole enjoys hiking with anyone who will come along and meeting friends at the local coffee house, where she will order a drink that is not coffee since she has recently given it up! Her cheery personality is a joy to have on our team.

Actual comments from Nicole’s patients:

“Nicole is the BEST! Very good experience as always!”

“Nicole is a wonderful hygienist. She provides excellent and thorough explanations which I really appreciate.”

“My hygienist, Nicole, was awesome.”

“Nicole is an excellent hygienist. I really appreciate the care she takes and her thorough exam and cleaning. Best ever.”

Marissa – Hygiene Team

Marissa has been a practicing Registered Dental Hygienist since 2008, which is when she first started working for Dr. Hockel. Following the birth of her twins, she is excited to be back as a part of Dr. Hockel’s awesome team! Marissa loves getting to know her patients on a personal level, while helping them achieve the best oral health. Currently studying for her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene, Marissa would one day like to teach future Dental Hygienists.
Marissa and her husband have been married for over 8 years and enjoy spending time with family and friends, DIY house projects, exploring new restaurants, and traveling to Disneyland with their two children.

Actual comments from Marissa’s patients:

“Marissa is a fabulous hygienist! My appointment was very relaxing and enjoyable! It was a great way to end the day.”

“Marissa is wonderful. She is very thorough and just fun to visit with.”

“Marissa, as always was excellent. Very professional and personable.”

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