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Mission Statement

The mission of the Dental Wellness Center is to teach its patients about the unique nature of their oral status through a co-learning process between doctor and patient that empowers them to make informed choices regarding its future. Health is not a commodity that can be dispensed – it is the result of a dual commitment between the doctor and patient based on transparency and trust developed along a diagnostic path of co-discovery, resulting in patient confidence through the knowledge acquired therein.

About Dr. McBride

Holistic Dentistry Expert for over 35 Years

Dr. McBrideDr. Robert McBride, D.D.S., has been practicing dentistry in Long Beach, California for over 35 years and has achieved a level of expertise that few dentists in the U.S. can claim. He is a health-centered dentist who is dedicated to building trustful relationships with each patient. His holistic practice maintains personalized attention and individual diagnostic time that allow patients to understand their dental problems and become participants in their own health care.

Dr. McBride received his Bachelor of Science from UCLA and his Doctorate in Dental Surgery from The College of Physicians and Surgeons of The University of The Pacific. He is a member of an elite group of dentists who have achieved Fellowship and Master status with the Academy of General Dentistry, which reflects his ongoing commitment to provide quality care through continuing education. He is one of just over 300 dentists worldwide who have been accredited in all four training levels in Orognathic Bioesthetics. While these recognitions illustrate Dr. McBride’s dedication to providing the best that dentistry has to offer, he also has achieved numerous other merits in the field of dentistry.

“If you truly want a dentist who will take the time to get to know you, to listen to your needs and help you to make informed choices about your dental future, and who has a dedicated staff that provides excellent personal service, then our practice is the place for you.”

~Robert P. McBride, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.

Jean Zirkle

Jean Zirkle

I am Dr. McBride’s bookkeeper, and besides keeping our creditors happy, I provide Dr. McBride with information that allows him to manage the business of the practice.

My husband Dave and I have two children, Kyle and Nicole. I enjoy reading and many family activities. I am very hands-on in the remodeling of our beautiful home. Would you believe knocking down walls and tiling bathrooms and kitchen tops?

Leanne Sabo

Leanne Sabo

I am enjoying my position as the Education and Marketing Director. My job is to introduce the Dental Wellness Center to the community. It is easy to  promote my father, Robert McBride, because I believe that he is the most talented, professional, and caring holistic dentist you will find anywhere. He is extremely dedicated to his clients and believes that education is the key to offering  total wellness. He has mastered dentistry and loves what he does. One of his favorite sayings is: “When your purpose becomes defined, your work becomes a recreational activity.”

I graduated from Cal State University of Long Beach with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. I have worked with Dr. McBride throughout the past 20 years and truly appreciate just how special this office is.

My husband Rudy and I have two sons, Sean and Derek. I love spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy running and the outdoors.

Gina Widmer

Gina Widmer

Hello, my name is Gina Widmer, a Registered Dental Assistant. I'm Dr. McBride's chair side assistant and back office coordinator here at the Dental Wellness Center. I've had experience in dentistry for 12 years and now that I've found Dr. McBride I feel I'll be practicing for many more years to come. I was born in Seattle, WA. and raised in Utah. I recently moved back to Orange County from Seattle and I have background in teaching, clinical hypnotherapy, art therapy and counseling. I feel so blessed to have found a dentist to work with that has the same set of beliefs in providing excellent patient education and care with a holistic approach.

I journeyed into dentistry through my own dental experiences as a child into adulthood. Having many bad experiences at the dentist, I decided I wanted to make sure patients had a positive experience and the best care in the dental office. I made the decision to change careers and I went to dental school, graduating in summer of 2001. I feel fortunate to have relocated to an exceptional office and part of a great team that provides excellent patient care.

During my time away from the office I enjoy tennis, camping- hiking, golf, skiing, roller blading and bike rides at the beach.  I also design clothing, enjoy traveling and spending time with family in Utah and Oregon.

I look forward to meeting you and providing you with the best care and experience in our office.

Vanessa Grimes, Patient Coordinator

Vanessa Grimes

Hi, my name is Vanessa Grimes. I have been in the dental industry for 24 years starting out while in high school as a file clerk. When I started assisting chair side I realized I had a passion for people and enjoyed helping put their worries at ease. I then decided to further my education in the field and I continued my work in a Periodontics office for 15 years. During this time I got married and had two children. My daughter is now 10 years old and my son is 9. We are also celebrating our 20 year wedding anniversary. I was a stay at home mom until hey entered school. I was excited to get back to my first love of helping people feel comfortable and being valued as a patient in my care. I am very honored and feel blessed to be a team member of the Dental Wellness Center. I have truly found what I have always looked for in a work environment. We build relationships with our patients first. Listening and attending to their needs from a whole body, mind and spirit approach. When I am not at the wellness center I enjoy time with my family at the beach, camping, girl scouts with my daughter, boy scouts with my son and attending my husbands concerts.

Rachel Braak, Dental Assistant

Rachel Braak

My name is Rachel and I am a Dental Assistant. I recently graduated from UEI college and began working for Dr. McBride December 2013. It is an honor and a privilege to be part of such a wonderful team where the patients care is top priority. Everyone here is extremely caring and genuine. What I love most here at the Dental Wellness Center is it's not just about "fixing teeth" but also about building a relationship with the patient and providing them the knowledge and tools to achieve and maintain good health. It's important to not just address what's wrong but also the causes. In addition it's also important to establish trust and honesty with the dental office.
In my previous experiences I have seen some dental offices treat their patients as just a profit and not as a person. Their focus was to do the bare minimum to fix what's wrong and then the patient ended up dissatisfied. After seeing this I wanted to become a dental assistant so I could help patients have a better experience and get better care. I feel very lucky to be at the Dental Wellness Center where they truly care about the patients.

When I am not at work I love spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy watching movies, going to the beach and spending time outdoors. Since I do not have that much experience yet I try to learn as much as I can from everyone and it is my personal goal to make sure every patient is happy and has a good experience.

Janell Leanillo

Janell Leanillo

It is with great pleasure to introduce myself as Dr. McBride’s Dental Hygienist, Janell Leanillo. Your previous dental hygienist, Valeria Moran and I went to dental hygiene school together where we became great friends. Prior to her resignation, I was referred by Valeria and became fortunate enough to fill her position as your new Registered Dental Hygienist.  I take pride in my profession to provide my patients with the trust, confidence and care they need towards optimal oral and overall health. Since joining the Dental Wellness staff, I am very privileged to share the same beliefs in dentistry where we recognize the importance of the oral-systemic connection. I hope to further develop a health centered, professional and dedicated relationship with each patient.

I was born in LA, raised in Bellflower, CA and now currently living in Lakewood, CA. After high school, I attended Cypress City College for my under grad where I then transferred to West Coast University and attained my Bachelor in Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. I graduated in August 2011; the whole experience was overwhelming but was worth every obstacle! Dentistry has been part of my life since I was born. My mother, father and late maternal grandmother were foreign Dentist in the Philippines.  My father introduced me into dental hygiene where I fell in love with the field. I am 1 of 4 daughters, no brothers and the only one who pursued dentistry out of my sisters.

Outside of work, I love to spend quality family time with my loved ones especially my 7 year old daughter Jazaleia. She is my pride and joy and keeps motherhood busy with all her extracurricular activities. I enjoy cooking, crafting, and staying healthy!

I am very honored to be part of such a passionate dental family and I look forward to meeting each and every one of you!

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