Nikki became a part of Harbor Dental in December of 2000 on the day it first opened. She has been a consistently reliable team member and has worked hard to make sure her patients are well taken care of and enjoy their experience. She has been a certified dental assistant for 10 years and received her degree from the Solano County Regional Occupation Program. Nikki became Dr. Swoboda’s chair side assistant in August of 2003 when Dr. Swoboda took over as the owner at Harbor Dental.
Nikki knows her patients very well and really enjoys the family oriented environment provided by the community of Benicia. She chose the dental field because she wanted to work directly with people, have fun, and help the patient have a great dental experience. She also loves being able to help patients attain healthy mouths.
Some things Nikki likes to do when she is not at Harbor Dental are, hiking, working out at the gym, and spending time with her family and friends. She also likes to play with her young niece when she has time.
Meet Caroline Registered Dental Hygienist
Caroline was raised in Benicia and graduated from the Dental Hygiene Program at Diablo Valley College in 2014. She comes to work every day excited and passionate about what she does. She enjoys educating her patients so they can achieve the best dental and ultimately overall health. She values each of her patients and strives to make every visit a comfortable and positive experience.
In her spare time she enjoys baking, painting, playing soccer, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.
Meet Melissa Registered Dental ASSISTANT
Melissa has been a Benicia resident since 1990. She attended Benicia High School and graduated in 1998. She then went on to Sacramento State University to become a registered dental assistant (RDA). In 2015, she became a licensed Phlebotomist and hopes to use that skill in the dental field on surgery days. She plans to continue her dental education and become a RDA with extended functions.
Melissa has two daughters that attend Benicia Schools. She spends her free time with her two daughters who are competitive dancers for a dance company in Benicia. She loves to garden, go hiking, the ocean, and any outdoor activities. Melissa loves to chit chat and be goofy with her patients. She has also been known to sing and dance to give them the happiest experience they can have at a dental office. She is kind, knowledgeable, caring, and funny.
Meet Cassandra Dental Hygienist
Cassandra joined our team in May 2012. She graduated with an associate degree from the dental hygiene program at Santa Rosa Junior College in 2011. "I wanted to become a dental hygienist because i enjoy helping others obtain optimal oral health" Cassandra said. "I look forward to getting to know each of my patients and educating them on the correlation between oral health and general health."
Cassandra's family are active members in First Christian church in Suisun City. Her hobbies include church activities, spending time with family, reading and shopping.
Meet Mayra Registered Dental Assistant
Meet Mayra, Harbor Dental’s newest team member who is actually returning to be Dr. Swoboda’s chair side assistant after being away for eight years. She worked on and off as a dental assistant with different offices and as a temporary assistant for a Temp agency during those eight years.
Mayra was born and raised in El Salvador until the age of twelve when she and her family moved to San Francisco. In 1985, she graduated from Mission High School in San Francisco and simultaneously received her certificate to be a Dental Assistant from the School of Business and Commerce.
She has been practicing dental assisting since 1985. She quickly discovered she has a passion for dentistry so in 1990, she received her Registered Dental Assistant license with the state of California.
She first met Dr. Swoboda in 1999 at a dental office where they both worked. In 2003, Dr. Swoboda recruited Mayra to help start Harbor Dental. She worked there until 2009 when she took a break from dental assisting to be with her children.
She is the mother of four children. A beautiful young lady, age 24 and three handsome gentlemen aged 22, 20 and 10 years old. Her children are the loves of her life and her spare time is spent with them.
Beginning in April 2017, she was lucky enough to be reunited with Dr. Swoboda, Maria, and Nikki at Harbor Dental. She is very grateful for the opportunity and loves the patients and the town of Benicia.