Meet Dr. Rick Tabor
Dr. Tabor traded in a previous career in genetic engineering to take up dentistry. Graduating from of the University of Pacific Dental School, SF, he has now enjoyed his profession as a dentist for over 15 years. His extensive engineering and artistic background give him a truly unique approach to dentistry.
Your work is stunning! I am so happy.Jill Smith, Alameda, CA
I just wanted you to know how pleased I am.
His enthusiasm and friendly-yet-professional manner no doubt appeal to patients and put them at ease. The good dentist says he’s glad to have put 20 years of corporate life studying protein biochemistry behind him and is content with his new vein of work, especially the patient contact aspect of dentistry.
“Don’t hesitate,” he advises those who may be considering a career change - as long as the choice is clear “in your heart” and you have a supportive family.
Amanda Velez was born and raised in Alameda. Amanda began working for Dr Tabor in 2001. In 2008 she decided to take a couple of years off after the birth of her second child. She just couldn't stay away and came back Feb. 2011. Amanda is married to her high school sweetheart and they have two beautiful boys. On her days off, Amanda and her family love to be outdoors playing sports.
Teri Mull, RDH
Teri is a graduate of the 1986 Chabot College Dental Hygiene program. She has been working with Dr. Tabor since 1999. She was born in central California, raised in North Carolina and Central California and moved to the Bay Area in 1974 to take a job with an airline to travel the world. Always wanting to be hygienist, she went back to school in 1981 to fulfill that dream and has enjoyed her rewarding career for 25 years.
Pat Jeong, RDH
After 30+ years, I still enjoy practicing dental hygiene. Since 2001, I have enjoyed being part of Dr. Tabor's team, becoming "old friends" with many patients over the years. I received a BA in psychology from the State University of New York, then trained in dental hygiene at Chabot College. When not at work, I stay fit with yoga, occasional hiking and taking long walks in New York during visits to my family there. I indulge myself by reading biographies and gourmet cookbooks and by baking cookies. To celebrate a special occasion, I may attend a performance of the San Francisco Symphony.
Judy Blank, RDH
Born and raised in Jackson, Michigan, attended Butler University in Indiana for two years and transferred to University of Michigan where she received her BS in Dental Hygiene. Practiced in Denver, Colorado for a short time then moved to San Francisco. While practicing dental hygiene in a periodontal practice she received an MPA with a focus in Marketing. She married Gary in 1976 and they have two boys, Will age 27 and Ricky 18. During the time she was raising her boys she took a leave from dental hygiene and spent most of her time volunteering at her sons schools and for the Alameda Education Foundation, More then six years ago she started practicing in Dr. Tabor’s office .and really enjoys caring for his patients. When she is not working on Monday in the office she still volunteers for AEF, as well as Community Learning Center Schools and Young Audiences of Northern California.
Born in Quezon City, Philippines, Maria came to California in 1984. Raised both in the Philippines and California. Graduated from the Dental Assisting Program of the College of Alameda and became a Registered Dental Assistant in 2000. Maria started working for Dr. Tabor in 2000 through 2006. She left work in order to be a full time mom and take care of her new family. Came back to work part-time starting the summer of 2011. Maria loves going to Disneyland yearly and also enjoys travelling to new places and spending time with her family. Her hobbies are baking, papercrafting and collecting Starbucks novelties.
Gloria Flores, RDA
Gloria has been in the dental field for over 14years, completing the Dental Assistant Program at the College of Alameda in 1997. Shorty after, Gloria worked in a office in Berkeley working for a Dentist that did general and orthodontics. Gloria has been working with Dr. Tabor for the past six years. Gloria has resided in Alameda for over 20 years. She is fluent in English and Spanish. Gloria likes to spend time with her family and friends in her spare time.