Meet the Team
Dr. Mark Kujiraoka
I am passionate about three things in my life: Long distance running, playing the piano, and dentistry. However, while running and playing classical music are two of my personal avocations, working as a dentist and creating beautiful smiles is where I feel I make the most meaningful difference in the lives of others.
I was born and raised in the tiny San Joaquin Valley town of Dos Palos, California. My father was a rice farmer who worked long hours often in difficult weather conditions. At the age of 16 I began working for him during summer vacations from school, and for three months I would work alongside him as he tended the fields. I enjoyed the experiences I shared with him, and will always remember the joy and love that my father had for his work. It never really seemed like work to him, though, as he thoroughly enjoyed what he did, each and every day.
Today, after four years at UC Davis, and another four years at the UCSF School of Dentistry, I am now a dentist who enjoys creating beautiful smiles and meaningful relationships with our patients. Like with my father and his chosen profession, dentistry isn`t just a job to me, it`s my passion. I am a member of many different dental organizations, and along with my devoted staff, make it a point to attend multiple seminars, conferences, and classes each year, to ensure that our patients receive the highest quality, and up-to-date advancements in innovative dental care.
I love all the wonderful people who have chosen our office to take care of their dental needs. It is a great honor, and I feel blessed to have met so many kind, intelligent, witty, caring, and devoted people who have felt comfortable enough to share their dreams, their passions, their fears, and their stories with us. Life is about the connections that we make with others. Thank you all so much for what you have given me.
Registered Dental Assistant
I found a home at Dr. Kujiraoka’s office. Dr. Kuj is one of a kind! He is always ready to listen, explain and educate. Perfection is always his goal. I have a passion for working in the dental field and I can’t say enough about how much I love what I do. God has truly blessed my life in so many ways. I am happily married to my husband Dima and have an incredible little boy Isaiah. I enjoy outdoor activities, camping, traveling, and shopping. I am very thankful for my family and for having such an awesome place to come to work!
Registered Dental Assistant
My family and I immigrated to The United States from Ukraine in 1999, which marked a beginning to an exciting chapter in my life. Over the past ten years I have had the pleasure of working as a dental assistant, including extended experience in pediatric dentistry. Meeting new people and delivering a high level of care to our patients, that is confirmed by bright smiles and hugs is the highlight of my day. Dr. Kujiraoka is an excellent dentist with many wonderful attributes, who truly loves what he does and I enjoy being a part of his team. On my free time I enjoy outdoor activities, vacationing at Monterey Bay, as well as traveling to new destinations.
I love to help people have a healthier mouth, a prettier smile, and the all important fresher breath. I am enthusiastic about making dentures a thing of the
past, at least for my patients. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Loma Linda University’s School of Dentistry. I joined this practice in 2002 and have enjoyed my job because of the special relationships we have with our patients as well as with the amazing team I am honored to be a part of. When I’m not working, you will find me spending time with my family, often traveling and – hopefully, one day soon – back on my mountain bike.
My career as a dental hygienist for 25 years has been very fulfilling and rewarding. I enjoy getting to know my patients individually and I am passionate about educating and helping them achieve optimal oral health. I am delighted to have joined the practice of Dr. Kujiraoka and his wonderful staff. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, and experiencing the growth of my 2 amazing daughters.
Front Office Administrator
I have been in the dental field since 1978. My passion is helping people, whether it was providing care with their dental procedures, education regarding their dental treatment, or providing information about the financial aspect of their dental care. My goal as office manager is to provide a stress free and fun place to be for every one. I love working for Dr Kujiraoka because he really cares about all his patients, to him they are not just patients but family. I am proud to be part of his team. When I am not working here I am helping my husband take care of our orchards and spending time with my two sons and their families. I also help out in my church community. When I find the time, I love to travel.