Maria has been Dr. Buchanan’s chairside assistant for 14 years, and beyond this has an additional 7 years of experience assisting in various specialist practices. Maria ensures your consultation and treatment experiences are completed with confidence and comfort. Upon completing your patient registration, Maria will capture 3D images of your anatomy (if your appointment requires this service) and inquire about your dental history, as well as the reason for your visit. Once your consultation and treatment begin with Dr. Buchanan, Maria provides Dr. Buchanan with all of the tools he needs for success.
Maria is licensed as a Registered Dental Assistant in California. In addition to chairside assisting during patient procedures, Maria assists during Dr. Buchanan’s educational courses. Before working with Dr. Buchanan, Maria assisted both pediatric and general dentists. She also has experience educating other dental assistants on her expertise. Her earlier resume reflects a bright career in service, care giving, and teacher assisting.
Maria was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States when she was one year old. She graduated from Santa Barbara High School. She and her husband have three children, ages 2, 10, and 13. Maria enjoys culinary arts and outdoor activities; but most importantly, is passionate about helping her community.