Meet the Staff
At the core of our dental practice is a friendly team of professionals that are dedicated to your utmost comfort and optimal oral health. We view each patient as a unique individual, and tailor each treatment to your specific needs. As part of our commitment to providing close, personalized attention to every patient, we want to encourage patient communication. Please know that we are here to provide outstanding patient care, and that we value the trust you have placed in us.
Zene Haddis - Practice Administrator
Zene Haddis has been a part of Dr. James R. Tate's dental team since 1989. She has been in Dentistry for over 26 years and it is second nature to her. Her start in the dental field was as a surgical implant dental assistant and her accomplishments have enabled her to become a practice administrator.
She is familiar with all aspects of dentistry from coordinating treatment to insurance billing and she is very happy to answer all of patient's questions. She will partner with you and take personal interest to make your smile one of your best assets.
Zene resides in Los Angeles with her husband and has two children. When not working, she spends quality time with her family and friends. She enjoys reading, music, shopping, going to the gym, traveling and follows her favorite football team. Go REDSKINS!!!
Bianca Barahona - Dental Hygienist
Bianca graduated from Hostos Community College Dental Hygiene program in New York City in 1991. She joined Dr. Tate's dental practice in 2008.
As a periodontal therapist, her calling is to serve our patients, obtain and maintain oral health and to develop lasting relationships by promoting health and wellness through the provision of dental hygiene care. Bianca continues to attend periodontal / oral hygiene seminars to advance her treatment skills.
Outside of work, Bianca enjoys camping, hiking and playing basketball. She and her husband have two sons.
Maria Navarro - Registered Dental Assistant
Maria graduated from the American Career College in Los Angeles as a dental assistant in 1997 and has been in the dental field for over 15 years. She joined our dental team in 2003. She is experienced in many aspects of dentistry including general, cosmetic, periodontal, endodontic and oral surgery.
Maria is bilingual and has been a great addition to our office in caring for our Spanish speaking patients.
Maria has a son. When she is not working she likes spending time with her family and church. She enjoys reading and walking.
Debbie Turgeon - Dental Hygienist
Debbie Turgeon graduated from West Los Angeles College Dental Hygiene Program in 1990. Debbie has been actively working in dentistry in the Los Angeles area and has participated in numerous continuing educational seminars to learn all the new techniques so she can provide our clients the best and current care.
Debbie joined Dr. James Tate's dental team in 2000. She provides excellent dental hygiene services and specializes in periodontal therapy.
She is enthusiastic and compassionate for the dental field and continues to gain confidence in her patients by educating them on their oral health.
Debbie is born and raised and resides in Westchester with her husband and three children. She is active in her church and community.