Alan Limbird, DDS
Dr. Alan Limbird graduated from the University of California, San Francisco in 1983, in the top 10% of his class. He immediately entered into a residency at Loma Linda University in General Dental Practice.
After completing his residency in 1984, he joined a dental practice in Ukiah which he owned and operated for 30 years. At Limbird Dentistry, Dr. Limbird offered his patients the highest quality treatment using state of the art dental technology to create beautiful smiles.
Dr. Limbird sold his Ukiah practice in November 2014 and continues to work part-time with the new owners.
In April 2017, Dr. Limbird joined Dr. James Hooper’s thriving dental practice in Fort Bragg. Dr. Limbird is excited to be offering dental services to his new patients on the coast. With the new Solea Dental Laser, he can offer an even higher level of care and technology than ever before.
Dr. Limbird strives to stay on the cutting edge of dental technology. While working part-time for two years, he filled his free time by attending many dental education courses to fine tune his skills and learn new ones. Recent courses include: Oral Surgery, extractions, bone grafting, implant placement, implant restoration and extensive training with Dental Lasers. These skills will be put to good use in his Fort Bragg office since there are no dental specialists in the area.
Dr. Limbird has been using Dental Lasers for over 20 years. Lasers have helped him to provide a higher level of service and excellence to his patients than was previously possible.
His most recent technology purchase is the new Solea Carbon Dioxide Dental Laser. With this new laser, Dr. Limbird can prepare and place nearly all of your fillings comfortably and efficiently with NO SHOTS and NO PAIN! No longer do our patients need to fear going to the dentist.
Dr. Limbird also has extensive training in Cosmetic Dentistry. He works with only the best dental laboratories and uses the highest quality materials to give you the best smile possible!
Dr. Limbird and his wife, Laura, have always loved spending time on the Mendocino Coast. They now live in Mendocino full time and are pleased to be a part of the coastal community.
James Hooper, DDS
I have always been interested in science even before the age of six. Nature and the cosmos fascinate me.
In both high school and college I took every science course I possibly could. In college my dad became involved in the Apollo Moon Project engineering including making reports for the president of North American Rockwell Corporation to the Air Force and NASA. In other words I was surrounded and deeply immersed In science. In graduate school I was working towards completing a master’s degree
in embryology and expecting to go for a PhD. However things were about to change. I was too fidgety to sit in one place and my eyes were getting blurry looking through a microscope for hours.
One day a fellow graduate student came in carving a piece of chalk. He told me it was for the DAT (Dental Aptitude Test). I hadn’t considered dentistry, but looking into it it offered me opportunity to move about without sitting for hours in one place, it involved science, I could use my hands as I liked carving and art, and at the same time it helped other people. Also, on my mother’s side she comes from a long line of physicians extending back into the 1600’s, and in the late 1800’s dentists. I didn’t realize it at the time, but it must be “in the blood” as several of my living relatives on my mother’s side are in the health field especially dentistry including dental assistants, hygienists, and a dental laboratory technician.
Another influence was my neighbors while I was in high school who had all kinds of tools and could do almost any project. This was another avenue for me as I liked working with my hands and creating things. So, naturally, I built my own grandfather clock, learned to weld, did construction including wiring and plumbing, etc. Of course I had to have my own bulldozer along with many types of tools.
I have been practicing dentistry for nearly 45 years. I have several hobbies and interests. Photography, art including glass carving, woodworking, construction including designing and building a tree house, gardening, tropical fish, theological issues, and one of my favorites, tornado chasing.
Carmen Alcala, RDAEF
Carmen Alcala is 50 years old and is very proud of her Mexican Heritage. She was raised by her loving grandparents, they taught her many great family values.
Carmen married her soulmate in 1985 and they have been married for 31 years. They were blessed with two lovely children, a son, and a daughter. Both of them have grown into great responsible people and Carmen is very proud of them. To top off Carmen’s blessings, she will be a first-time grandma to a little girl very soon!
After working for Dr. Hooper the required year and a half, she started taking classes at Sacramento City College where she acquired her licensing in the following:
- RDA License
- X-Ray License
- Coronal Polish Certificate
- Pit and Fissure Sealants Certificate
- Sonic Scaler Certificate
In 2003 Carmen started taking classes At the University of California San Francisco Dental School studying and practicing for her Registered Dental Assistant with Extended Functions license. She took the board exam in December 2003 and passed with flying colors! She owns California RDAEF License #1024.
Carmen is very proud of her accomplishments which of course she couldn’t have done without the unconditional support of her wonderful husband and her very supportive boss, Dr. Hooper!
Carmen takes pride in her good memory, fast learning skills, being fluent bilingual in English and Spanish, good work ethics, is trustworthy, independent, and has excellent customer service skills.
Carmen is very active in her church events, fundraisers, ministries, etc. She enjoys spending quality time with friends and family. She enjoys gardening, cooking, walking her dog, and working out on a regular basis. She has participated in several competitive walks and/or running races and has always placed either 1st or 2nd, never wanting a 3rd place finish!
She also enjoys knitting, crocheting, reading, kayaking, and has painted watercolors and worked with ceramics. She is still trying to find her true artistic talent.
After 27 years of working in dentistry, Carmen can truly say that she still loves her job and believes that there is always room for professional and personal growth.
Lucy Lizardi, RDA
Luz Lizardi was born in Zacatecas, Mexico on August 26, 1986. Luz prefers to be called “Lucy”. She moved to Fort Bragg with her mother and seven siblings at the age of 16. Her father had lived here since 1980.
Lucy started Fort Bragg High School in August of 2003 and graduated in June of 2006. She took classes at College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg after High School while making plans to enter the dental field. In September of 2007, Lucy started working with Dr. Hooper. After 1 1/2 of dental assisting experience, she had the opportunity to take classes at Sacramento City College where she earned her x-ray license, her Coronal Polish Certificate, and her Registered Dental Assistant license. Next, she earned her Pit and Fissure Certificate in June of 2016 allowing her to place pit and fissure sealants. Recently she has had the opportunity to work with with the orthodontist, Dr. Corbet, on Wednesdays. She has learned many new orthodontic skills working with him. Lucy has been married for 3 years and was blessed with her little Alexa in 2015.
Andrea “Michelle” Gonzalez Dental Assistant
Michelle was raised in Fort Bragg, a local town known for its beautiful coastline, redwood trees, and wildlife. She was unsure of the career path she wanted to take, but as her senior year at Fort Bragg High School was approaching, it would soon be time to make a decision. At an early age, she became interested in the medical field, partially because of her fascination in wearing scrubs. After her brother, Kevin, graduated and became a Certified Medical Assistant, she realized that she could also pursue a job in the medical field. It seemed to Michelle, that out of all of her options, Dental Assisting suited her the best! When her senior year finally arrived, she chose Dental Assisting as her topic for the acclaimed Senior Project. As she progressed towards graduation and the completion of the Senior Project with Carmen Acala, an RDAEF (Registered Dental Assistant with Extended Functions), as her mentor, she received a job offer to work as a Dental Assistant and receive on the job training to eventually become an RDA. Enthusiastic about her job and everything she has learned in the process, she couldn’t be more thankful to everyone, including her husband, Alejandro, for making it all possible to reach her goals.
Tiffany Tong, RDH/RDAEF2
What would you have thought or imagined a Navy veteran is like? Yes, Tiffany serves during September 11th. As tough as it sounds, Tiffany is cheerful, joyful, bubbly, friendly, a blast to be around, knowledgeable, and passionate about helping patient keeping their teeth for as long as they live. Tiffany is actively learning new skills, seeking new information, and continuously improving herself to better serve and help her patients; therefore, she is loved by many.
Outside of work, one would catch Tiffany enjoying soaking in the sun on the beaches, hiking/biking, visiting family, connecting with friends, reading, attending classes, working out at the gym, or even indulging in all the good foods and drinks!!!!!!!!
Jennifer de’Lavigne, Dental Hygienist
Jennifer de’Lavigne, also known as “Jenn”, is a Registered Dental Hygienist. She is originally from Southern California. Jenn has lived in Mendocino County for the past 20 years. She is married and has two children. Her dental career started in 2013 and has plans of returning to school to further her education in the field of Dental Hygiene. Jenn is passionate about her work and the patients she provides service to. Her work is not limited to dental cleanings, but patient education and overall health. Jenn believes in delivering the highest standard in care with compassion and respect.