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Our Long Beach Staff

The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff’s training, professional credentials and work experience.


Stephanie, RDH

Stephanie was born and raised locally in Huntington Beach. She received her certificate in Dental Assisting in 1994 and R.D.A. license in 1995. She continued her general education and prerequisite courses for Dental Hygiene at Golden West College. Stephanie attended the Dental Hygiene Program at West Los Angeles of UCLA College and graduated in 1999 with an A.S. Degree in Dental Hygiene. She joined our staff in 2004. Stephanie enjoys being active outdoors and traveling.




Shelley, RDH

Shelley started assisting in high school and went on to get her RDA and xray license in 1984 at her local junior college. In 1991, Shelley graduated with her dental hygiene degree at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California. Eight years ago, she moved to the Long Beach area to be closer to family. Shelley joined Dr. Laura Manuel in early 2012. Shelley enjoys spending time with her church and family, while both of her kids attend college.




Britnie, RDH

Britnie was born and raised in Southern California. She received her dental hygiene AA degree from Cypress College. She was attracted to dentistry for the opportunity to help educate her patients on dental health and create beautiful healthy smiles. It is her goal to provide the best dental care to patients and make them as comfortable as possible. Britnie enjoys outdoor activities with her chocolate lab, Jack, going to the gym, delicious food and spending time with friends and family. Her favorite quote… “You’re never fully dressed without a smile!”



Shannon, RDH

Shannon was born and raised in Riverside, CA and moved to Orange County in 1993. Shannon graduated from West Coast University with a Bachelors in Dental Hygiene and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Health. She enjoys traveling with her husband, Neil and two daughters, Corrin and Lauryn.





Gwen, RDA

Gwen is originally from the Philippines where she was a registered nurse. She came to the United States in 1998 where she wanted to venture in a different field while still somewhat involved in the medical world. Gwen has worked as an RDA since 1995 and in 2003 she was trained with Cerec CAD CAM Cerec crowns. She joined the team at Dr. Laura Manuel’s in late 2012.Gwen enjoys spending time with her husband, three kids and little dachshund.





Alexa, Treatment Coordinator 

Alexa grew up in Riverside, California and moved to Orange County after graduating high school. She has years of experience with patient care and has been working with Dr. Manuel since 2016. Along with working at Dr. Manuel’s office, she is getting her bachelors in communications. Alexa enjoys traveling. watching sporting events and spending time with her family and friends.





Lisa, Insurance Coordinator  

Lisa started in the dental field in 1985 after graduating with her RDA from Long Beach City College. She began working with Dr. Joel Lander in 1989 as his lead assistant until 2000 when she was moved to the front office to serve as an insurance liaison. Lisa continued with the position as Dr. Laura Manuel took over the practice in 2005 and has been with Dr. Manuel since. Lisa enjoys spending time with her three sons, Neil, Adam and Gabe as well as her adorable grandchildren, Isla and Evan. She also loves to travel, enjoys wine tasting and going to the movies and sporting events.



Danika, Back Office Assistant

Danika grew up in Torrance, CA and graduated from South Torrance High School in 2014. She’s currently going to school to achieve her bachelors. She has been working with Dr. Manuel since February 2018 and has become passionate about dentistry. Danika loves photography, running and attending music events.





Bebe, Schedule Coordinator

Bebe has been in the dental field since she was 17 and has worked for Dr. Manuel since 2019. She is an original Southern California girl,  loves to dance, sing and be on a boat in the river!