SoCal Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery – Tustin, CA

Meet Our Team

Meet our friendly and knowledgeable oral surgery staff

I have known Dr. Thiede since he graduated from dental school and joined his team as Office Manager in 2002, bringing a total of over 40 years oral surgery and general dental office experience to his practice. I attended Cerritos College after graduating from high school where I received my dental assisting training and later earned my RDA and coronal polishing license.  My area of expertise is with all aspects of medical and dental insurance billing, patient finance and collections. My personal knowledge in oral surgery allows me the ability to assist in back office surgical procedures and that gives me the opportunity to be involved in direct patient care which I also enjoy.

Graduating from Laguna Beach High with my CA Dental X-ray License and Dental Assistant Certification by attending night school my senior year, allowed me to start working in the dental field right out of high school. While working, I obtained my Liberal Arts degree at Saddleback College, then my Oral Surgery Assistant Certificate. I have always enjoyed Oral Surgery and throughout my career in dentistry this fact has never changed. I particularly enjoy meeting new people, assisting and responding to concerns patients may have, and trying to help families feel at ease throughout their treatment process. Working with Dr. Thiede since June of 2018 I have been able to do what I love most, educating and helping patients feel warm and welcome in our office.

I joined The So Cal Oral surgery team in 2014, after working as a sales rep for a title company I decided I wanted to do something more fulfilling like help people smile in a situation where they could be nervous. The one on one experience side of my job is my favorite. I know being face-to-face with patients and doctors is a perfect fit! Becoming a member of Dr. Thiede’s team was a smooth transition for me from surgical assistant, Treatment Coordinator, and now our offices Professional Relationship Director. My favorite part about my job is seeing all our patients happy and hearing their stories. I enjoy learning more about new advanced procedures, technology and working together with our local Doctors on continuing education.
Since joining Dr. Thiede’s practice, Sky has been absorbing the wealth of knowledge and experience from those around her. Sky serves a valuable resource to patients, by providing them with pertinent information regarding their insurance coverage. As the insurance verification specialist she is responsible for verifying patients insurance coverage for their proposed procedures.

Malissa has worked for Dr. Thiede for over 23 years. She is a certified Oral Surgery Assistant. Her functions include case presentation and assisting Dr. Thiede in all surgical procedures in our office. She performs all extended back office functions of a Certified Oral Surgery Assistant. She is also in charge of all Orthognathic Surgery cases and helps guide our patients preoperatively and postoperatively during their surgical procedure.

I have worked in the dental field for 39 years and have been a part of Dr. Thiede’s surgical staff for 14 years. I am bilingual in English and Spanish. As an RDA and certified Oral Surgery Assistant, my duties in our office are to assist in all surgical procedures and assist patients in education of oral surgery procedures. I have extensive knowledge of dental implant procedures and enjoy helping patients achieve a beautiful smile.

Elisabeth has been employed with Dr. Thiede just over one year. With her more than 25 years of experience working with some of the top Oral Surgeons in Orange County and the South Bay area. Elisabeth is a certified Oral Assistant through CALAAMOS. Certified in BLS, ACLS, and PALS through CALAAMOS.

Starting my career as a registered dental assistant and earning my oral and maxillofacial certification, I’ve enjoyed working in the dental field for many years. Joining Dr. Thiede’s practice in 2014 as implant coordinator has allowed me to expand my skills. My passion is finding solutions for our patients. As a treatment coordinator my primary focus is education and serving as a person liaison between the treating dentist, dental lab and our office to ensure the best outcome.