Meet Dr. Middleton

Riverside Dentist Dr. Middleton
When I was young, becoming a dentist was the last thing I saw myself doing. It was something my dad did, not me. So when I graduated high school, I set off to be a forest ranger. Many years and changes to what I thought I wanted to do with my life led me to a degree in Psychology and enough science classes to satisfy the requirements for dental school.

Yes, I spent a great deal of time figuring out what I wanted to do. And changed my mind many times. But as I matured and learned more about what dentistry was all about I fell in love with it. The teeth come alive before my eyes, and I’m able to combine function with art, creating a smile that not only looks good, but works well. I’ve learned that the mouth is the key to the health of the entire body, and I am always on a quest to increase my knowledge so that I can keep my patients healthy.

It feels like just yesterday that I saw a patient for the first time. But that first patient came in recently and reminded me that he’s been my patient since 1992. I’m humbled by the faithfulness of many of my patients. The relationships that have been made and continue to develop between myself, my awesome team members and our incredible patients are priceless.

This practice is not exactly the same as it was when I first took it over. At the time, we were contracted with numerous HMO plans. The prevailing advice on how to practice while participating in those plans was to cut costs or diagnose additional procedures that were not covered under the plan. I wanted to develop a relationship with my patients, use the best products possible and invest in a highly trained team, so I quickly terminated those plans. A decision I have definitely not regretted.

Aside from the time that I was in Dental School in Wisconsin I have lived in California my whole life. I thought about starting a practice somewhere else when I finished up at Marquette University, but felt it was important to stay close to family. California has a lot to offer, and I try to make the most of it – from biking along the coast to skiing the Sierras, hiking the local trails and exploring the National Parks. Not as a forest ranger though!

Meet Dr. Pavlisin

 
I am fairly new to California having been raised in Illinois, attending dental school at the University of Illinois and then practicing there for 26 years. During that time I continued to study advances in dentistry by attending The Pankey Institute and The Dawson Center as well as continuing to complete many courses to enhance my dental skills and to provide my patients with state of the art treatment techniques.

Since in California, I have been in private practice part time and am a Clinical Professor at Western University Dental School. I enjoy teaching and mentoring our new generation of dentists. I have also had the
opportunity to donate dental care for a women’s shelter in Ensenada Mexico and to the underserved at the Care Harbor events in LA. I feel privileged to be joining Dr Middleton’s team because of his commitment to dental excellence and his ethical practice philosophy. I admire the relationships he develops with his patients, as I value the relational aspect of dentistry as well. I also love the art of dentistry and how the beauty of a smile is supported by health and biology.

My husband and I will be celebrating 30 years of marriage this year. We have 5 children ages 27 to 19. My husband’s change of career prompted our move to California. Although it was very difficult leaving my wonderful patients and friends in Illinois, our family has been blessed in many ways here. I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, cooking, reading, and Southern California gardening!! Maybe even some travel now that we’re empty nesters!

riverside dental team

Meet Our Team

 
At Parkside Dental, our goal is to provide you with the finest dental care while establishing a caring relationship with each one of you. We pride ourselves on developing a relationship with our patients – we love being a part of your lives.

Carla

I graduated in 1976 from Golden West College, Huntington Beach, California. I received my registered dental assisting license in 1976 and my certified dental assisting license in 2000. My assisting career began in Garden Grove, eventually taking me to Santa Ana, then Corona, and in 2001 to Riverside with Dr. Middleton. During my career I have had the pleasure of teaching for Chaffey College and working with Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, as an affiliate with Chaffey College. Currently, I serve on the dental assisting advisory boards for Chaffey and Riverside Community Colleges. In 2006 I began speaking nationally, educating dentists and their auxiliary teams, in the area of implant dentistry. I am a member of state, national and international professional associations. Dentistry is not only a continuing evolving science, but an art that delivers health, smiles, and quality of life! I am honored to work with Dr. Middleton and a team of professional, caring individuals who are dedicated to your quality of life.

On a more personal level; I have been happily married to my best friend and husband, Richard, since 1976. We have three wonderful adult children, Ryan (married to Chyloe), Michael (married to Leah) and Elizabeth (married to Jonathan). 2014 is proving to be an epic year for us. Each of our children are contributing to our growing family with the birth of their 1st child! My greatest joy is spending time with my family! I also enjoy traveling, a variety of music, playing the piano, reading, gardening, nature and a hot jacuzzi! I love meeting new people and believe we are touched forever by the relationships we form. Whether on a personal or professional level, I will look forward to meeting you!

 

Denise

After almost 7 years of Dental Hygiene practice, I still love it more every day. Really!

I graduated from Riverside Community College, Moreno Valley Campus, Dental Hygiene Program in June 2005 and I started working with Dr. Middleton in August. Fortunately in 2007, I had the opportunity to return to school and graduated from Northern Arizona University in December 2008, where I received my Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene. I am so grateful for the opportunity to return to my alma mater as a part-time faculty member at Moreno Valley College, Dental Hygiene program where I currently alternate my time between teaching and working in private practice with Dr. Middleton.

I am also proud to be a member of my professional organization; I have served as a board member of Tri-County Dental Hygiene Society, a delegate for the California Dental Hygienists’ Association, House of Delegates in 2007, and a liaison to my students and the profession of dental hygiene.

In 2009, my husband and I welcomed our first child who has brought us so much joy and happiness – being a parent is my greatest reward. Together we enjoy cooking, gardening, and camping with our four-legged little boy (a toy poodle). Regardless of what we are doing, we feel so blessed to enjoy each other’s company and create memories!

Despite how busy I may seem, I am passionate about my role as a healthcare professional. I look forward to every appointment with my patients, each of you present the opportunity to learn something new about oral health. And I thank you for being such great patients.

P.S. Don’t forget to floss, brush, and use mouth rinse daily!

 

Lori

I have been working in the dental field for 37 years now. In the beginning I was an orthodontic assistant and went on to further my education and became a dental hygienist. I graduated from the dental hygiene program at Cypress College in 1981.

I joined the team at Dr. Middleton’s office in 2001. Each step of the way, I have enjoyed seeing the progression of dentistry and working for Dr. Middleton has allowed me to keep up with the latest in dentistry. Alongside my fellow team members, I volunteer each year for the Project Kind’s “Give Kids a Smile” program. It’s very rewarding to see the kids smiling faces once we help them out.

Away from the office, I enjoy spending time with my family. My husband and I have been married since 1980. We have two daughters and two grandchildren. We spend time watching our grandson play sports and love to camp whenever we have a chance.

All of us pride ourselves in taking care of you. I very much enjoy my role of helping our patients maintain a healthy mouth. I appreciate the caring work environment we have at Parkside Dental and developing a rapport with our patients gives me great joy and satisfaction.

 

Megan

I have been in dentistry since 1979. I originally worked as an assistant and in the front office. I later decided to become a hygienist, receiving my degree from Pasadena City College in 1999. I was class president and had a lot of fun being the oldest member of my class.

I am a member of the American Dental Hygienist Association, Keeping up with all the new things that dental hygiene has to offer keeps me quite busy. I don’t have a lot of free time, but I do enjoy volunteering with the Give Kids a Smile program.

My husband Paul and I have two children; Rhabecca and Daniel. In my spare time I love to watch Los Angeles Galaxy soccer and go out with my family, especially now that everyone is an adult.

I love everything about being a dental hygienist. I especially enjoy getting to know all of our patients. The conversations we have had are all so memorable. My job enables me to learn something new all the time, whether it is life experiences from patients or exciting advancements in the field of dentistry.

 

Nan

I received my Registered Dental Assisting license in 1975, from the Regional Occupational Program in Riverside. While living in Northern California, I worked briefly in the dental field before moving back to the Riverside area. I joined Dr. Middleton’s team in 2005 after working 18 years with a local dentist.

Dr. Middleton’s office is very progressive, with a strong emphasis in continuing education, which is very important to me. As the scheduling coordinator, it allows me to meet each patient and enables me to get to know you. Volunteering for Project Kind’s “Give Kids A Smile” day for the last few years has given me a lot of joy.

My husband Rick and I have been married over 30 years. We have 3 children, 5 grandkids (at this time the boys are ahead), 1 dog and 2 hives of honeybees. I enjoy spending my time reading, hiking, and taking trips to see this beautiful country.

 

Lorena

I received my Registered Dental Assisting License in 1997 and graduated from Cypress College in 1999. I began my dental journey in Buena Park, California where I worked for over 10 years. When I moved to the Riverside area I was fortunate to join Dr. Middleton’s team and thoroughly enjoyed my time with them, but after my son was born I decided staying home was a better fit for our family. Shortly after, we welcomed our daughter.

During my 7 year break, from dentistry, I remained active in the dental field by attending the yearly California Dental Association’s Scientific Sessions where I kept my license and skills up to date. It was important to me to keep my licensing status up to par, as I knew one day I would be back in the dental field. Now here I am, back at the office I had such a hard time leaving.

I have 2 children and have been married since 2004. Our kiddos keep us busy, busy, busy with their sports and activities; they are our greatest joy. I enjoy reading, movie nights and river trips in the summer. I love creating memories to last a lifetime.

So whether I’m saying “hello again” or “nice to meet you” I look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Monica

I joined Bryman Collage in Ontario and received my Diploma as a Dental Assistant in 2004. I completed my Registered Dental Assistant license in 2014 and I continue to educate myself with continuing education classes and volunteer work for Tri-County Dental Society.

I began my dental experience in San Bernardino and Redlands where I was able to contribute to children under sedation with special needs. I have donated my time to “Give Kids a Smile” 2008-2011 and love to work with elderly patients.

I joined Dr. Middleton November 2014 and love, love, coming to work every day. My passion in life is to see everyone with great oral health care.

I am married to my high school sweet heart and we have four wonderful children, Lil David, Ines, Annalise and Alescia. We love to spend time camping, swimming, visiting amusement parks, the beach and most of all just spending time together as a family with movie night every Friday.

 

Susan

I received my x-ray and coronal polish license in 1985 from United Health Careers College. My twin sister Sharon and I went to the same school at the same time, but she became a medical assistant while I chose the dental profession.

I have been a dental assistant for over 22 years, and have been working with Dr. Middleton since 2003. I enjoy being around people and working with them, helping them and becoming their friend. I love finding out about our patient’s families and interests.

My role in the office is Dr. Middleton’s back office assistant. I try to keep order in the back office, keep up with OSHA regulations, and keep Dr. on time. There is so much that I love about being a dental assistant that I can’t write it all here.

My husband and I have been married 26 years, with one son – we recently added a daughter-in-law and grandchild to the family! We enjoy being outdoors, and I am interested in art and painting. Volunteering my time each year when our office participates in the Give Kids a Smile program has been very rewarding for me.

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