Katie is our practice manager and comes to us with over 11 years of experience in the dental field. When you come to our office Katie will be with you throughout your visit. Your comfort and treatment experience are her main concerns. Katie originally began working in the dental field as a receptionist while in high school and quickly found her passion in the clinical portion of the dental office. After working as a dental assistant for two years, she petitioned the state boards of California and obtained her Registered Dental Assisting license. Since obtaining this certification Katie has expanded her functions through continuing education. While being well-versed in the back office operations Katie also is a self-taught dental medicine cross-coder, utilizing all aspects of medical insurance to maximize benefits and reduce out-of-pocket costs to our patients.
In addition, Katie is also Dr. Buchanan’s Executive Assistant for his teaching laboratory, Dental Education Laboratories, where she coordinates with doctors from all over the world to come train under Dr. Buchanan.
Katie was born and raised in Santa Barbara County but has found her home in the Santa Ynez Valley with her husband Mario. When not working, she can be found operating her medical billing business, cuddling with their little dog Jasper, or cooking up a new dish.