Meet Our Staff
Were you expecting lab coats?
We work together all day, so it only makes sense that we like to hang out!
Our entire staff is highly trained, compassionate and eager to care for you.
Kerri Hendricksen, RDH – Dental Hygienist
Kerri is originally from Minnesota, but our staff and patients couldn’t be happier that she’s decided to settle in San Francisco. “I love what I do, and enjoy the fun atmosphere and the great people here. Our patients are the best, especially because they value the services and education we provide.”
Tifanie Bloom-Ward, RDA – Front Office Coordinator
“Since joining the team at Vaksman Dental Group, I have come to love it. Dr. Vaksman created an environment that empowers our staff to make decisions on our own, while also providing each other with support when we need it; just like any family. There is an energy here that is so caring you can feel the connection right away, and there are bonds that patients make with our team that make them feel grounded and comfortable. In fact, patients comment that they have never experienced a dental office that genuinely cares about their well-being, and provides the level of service that we do. They are amazed that we remember personal things about them, call them by name, smile, and truly have a desire to do the best we can for them. And it’s true: Dr. Irena Vaksman is gentle and caring toward our patients, and takes the time to discuss all treatment options in a sincere and professional manner. Helping our patients lead a healthy life through a nurturing family environment is why I love coming to work everyday. Please take the time to experience our office; I can promise that you won’t be disappointed!”
Tifanie has been a dental professional for many years and, as a result, she has a keen understanding of the clinical, as well as administrative aspects of a dental practice. Tifanie is the proud mom of an ten year-old boy – so she thrives on being part of a work environment that is based on family values.
Bernadette Lim, RDA – Lead Dental Assistant
“We provide constant empathy, support and communication to our patients and team members. Our patients notice this. Although many patients were never aware of what was going on in their mouths, we always clearly explain why a treatment is necessary. We often hear, “I’ve never had anyone explain that to me before!” and, as a result, we develop trust with our patients. The level and quality of dental care we provide and the communication we offer is outstanding. If we didn’t provide these things, I wouldn’t be here! The best thing I bring to our patients is listening to them. Our team is like a family. My core values can be lived out when I’m at work and that’s vital for me.” Bernadette has over 20 years of experience. She has three children, with whom she loves to spend time. Aside from time with family and friends, she also enjoys cozying up with a good book. Her calm and caring demeanor makes a big difference to everyone here.
Mina De Leon – Billing Coordinator
“We go out of our way to anticipate our patients’ needs even before they realize them. It’s the little things that make a great visit and we want them to have a perfect one. What I love about our practice is that everyone goes above and beyond to treat our patients well. This makes our work more fun.” Mina used to work at our office full-time, but has since moved to southern California to pursue her Registered Dental Hygiene degree. Way to go, Mina!
Jasmine Abilar – Scheduling Coordinator
“I am fortunate to be part of a patient-centered practice such as Vaksman Dental Group which provides excellent customer care with superior quality dentistry. This team is genuinely caring, supportive, and committed to our patients.”
Jasmine has many years of the administrative aspects of a dental practice, and looks forward to meeting new patients and catching up with existing ones. She is the proud mom of the cutest boy, Carter.