Meet The Team

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 Marina Grins Dental Team

Elena Heredia, DDS

Dr. Elena Heredia is a native Californian who attended the University of California, Davis where she majored in Biological Studies. She obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The University of California, San Francisco. Upon her graduation she was recognized as the Dean's scholar for demonstrating outstanding academic achievement and community service. Since her graduation from dental school Dr. Heredia has strived to provide the quality dental care with genuine commitment to the overall well-being of her patients. Dr. Heredia maintains professional memberships with the American Dental Associat​ion, California Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and the San Francisco Dental Society. Dr. Heredia was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She later relocated to Sacramento where she discovered her passion for dentistry. She resides in San Francisco with her family.

Kathleen Marcelo, DDS

Dr. Marcelo grew up in Los Angeles, CA. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. She then continued her studies at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. Afterwards, she completed a General Practice Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA. During her residency, she participated in numerous dental public-health and community outreach events to serve the needs of the local community. She is also currently conducting dental research at the Department of Dentistry at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Marcelo provides quality dental care to help her patients achieve a healthy smile. More so, she holds great value and commitment to patient education, prevention, and comprehensive dental care. Dr. Marcelo is a member of the American Dental Association and the California Dental Association.

In her free time, she enjoys going on group hiking trips and currently resides in San Francisco.

Monica Armendariz, DDS

Dr. Monica Armendariz was born and raised in Turlock, CA. She completed her DDS degree at the University of California San Francisco. She fell in love with San Francisco during her four years of school and decided she wanted to stay and continue seeing patients in this beautiful city. As a child, Dr. Armendariz thought she was going to be a fashion designer, but one summer everything changed after a little incident involving her little sister and a croquet ball. When you come in for a visit, ask her about the magic she experienced as an 11-year-old with her dentist restoring her chipped front tooth. It’s quite a story! What she loves most about dentistry is being able to communicate with the patient about the care they need. “I can’t explain the joy I get from educating my patients about their oral health. My favorite part of the day is hearing a patient say 'Wow, I’ve never had a dentist explain something like this to me’. It makes me excited to come into work everyday, because I know there is someone's life I will make a difference in”-  Dr. Armendariz

Linda Kuo, DDS

Dr. Linda Kuo grew up in Kansas with midwest roots before moving to the west coast for school. She went to UC Berkeley for her bachelors and graduated with highest honors from the University of the Pacific, Arthur A Dugoni School of Dentistry. She completed her AEGD residency at Bay Pines Veterans Affair Hospital in Florida and came back to San Francisco for private practice.  She is always accepting new patients to improve their smiles and strives to better the dental health of her community and her patients. She teaches at UOP Dugoni School of Dentistry in pre-clinical courses and is a faculty member on the clinic floor. She is actively involved in her local and state dental societies and loves to stay busy within her professional career. Outside of dentistry, you'll find her outdoors somewhere hiking, backpacking, travelling or climbing.

Lorena Cubas- Alcala

Registered Dental Hygienist

Hello! I was born and raised in Lima, Peru. I got my dental degree in 2006 in Peru. I moved to San Francisco in 2007 and worked as a Dental Assistant for 7 years before becoming a Registered Dental Hygienist. I have been in the dental field for over 10 years and I am passionate about dentistry. I joined Marina Grins Dental in 2018. It’s important to me to make my patients feel comfortable and relaxed in the dental chair while they’re receiving their dental cleaning. I enjoy spending time getting to know my patients so I can customize their dental needs. In my free time, I love spending time with my two daughters and husband.

Cindy Dominguez

Registered Dental Hygienist

Cindy Dominguez grew up in Miami, Florida. She graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences. Shortly after starting graduate school, she took an interest in the dental hygiene and decided to pursue a career in the dental field instead. After practicing in Florida for a couple of years, she moved to San Francisco in 2017. Patients enjoy her compassionate approach in providing optimal oral health. On her free time Cindy enjoys working out, watching soccer matches and traveling.


Fabiola Mendoza

Registered Dental Assistant

Fabiola Mendoza was born and raised in the Bay area. Recently moved back to San Francisco after graduating from Carrington College Dental Assisting Program in Sacramento. She likes to keep the atmosphere light and fun to provide the ultimate care. You rarely catch her without a Smile on her face! She loves to spend her time outdoors going on adventurous hikes and camping throughout the bay. She loves to travel (hoping she can see as many countries as she can before parenthood) She is a dog lover! She has a Siberian Husky named Kona that she couldn't bring to the bay with her but she is living with her loving parents. She is Bilingual, fluent in Spanish. "Can't wait to see you in our office!" Fabiola Mendoza

Cristina Flemings

Office Manager

Cristina is dedicated to providing our patients with an amazing experience, beginning with the first phone call and continuing on through their visits. She grew up in Napa Valley and has been in the dental field for over twelve years and loves it! The best part of her job is helping patients understand how important oral care is. She is also a fabulous Dental Assistant. Cristina makes sure everyone feels at home and leaves the office with a smile. She loves to joke around. In her free time, she enjoys football and camping with her family and friends.


Kelly Wu

Assistant Manager

Kelly Wu grew up in China and moved to the U.S in 2010. She fell in love with San Francisco at first sight and decided to call it home. She has been dedicated to providing the best customer service possible wherever she goes. She enjoys helping patients understand the dental procedures they need. Her goal is to make every patient leave with a smile. In her free time, she enjoys exercising and traveling.

Raquel Gharrity

Insurance Coordinator

Raquel Gharrity, as a people person, her favorite part of the day is interacting with our patients and being able to facilitate a positive experience with them. She has been in the dental field for over 3 years now. She likes to keep the office atmosphere light and fun and work closely with staff and patients to provide the ultimate care. Her goal with every patient is to help them become comfortable with the office and feel like part of the Diente Dental/ Marina Grins family. She is a proud San Francisco native, and a huge SF Giants fan and in her free time, she loves to read, draw, and go to concerts with friends.

Lissette Oropeza

Patient Coordinator

Lissette was born and raised in Sacramento. She has over 10 years of customer service experience and she recently moved to San Francisco to join our amazing team where she takes pride in assisting patients with a warm welcoming smile from the moment they walk in to the moment they leave. With Lissette's outgoing personality she helps assure patients they've made the right decision in making Marina Grins Dental their dental home. Her goal is to make patients feel comfortable and happy with the smile they are wearing. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, being outdoors and has a passion for singing.

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