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Bakersfield Dental Care - Gentle Family Dentistry

At the core of Gentle Family Dentistry in Bakersfield, CA is a friendly team of dental professionals that are dedicated to your utmost comfort and optimal oral health. We view each patient as a unique individual, and tailor each treatment to your specific needs. As part of our commitment to providing close, personalized attention to every patient, we want to encourage patient communication. Please know that we are here to provide outstanding Bakersfield dental care, and that we value the trust you have placed in us.


  Mona Garger - Director of Business Services

Hi, my name is Mona Garger. Upon coming to America from Korea when I was in Jr. High School, my career aspiration was to become a nurse like “Florence Nightingale.” Subsequently, this vision lead me to Loma Linda University and later, California State University of Long Beach. During the first two years of the nursing program, I realized, though I liked the patient care aspect of the healthcare, I much preferred the administration and financial part of the business. Therefore, I transferred my last two years of school to CSULB and changed my major to Political Science/Public Administration. My passion and understanding of the healthcare business landed me with numerous financial management career opportunities. The majority of my career had been spent managing and directing the financial offices, managed care contracts, admitting offices, and Business Development of several major acute hospitals in Los Angeles and Orange County areas in So. California.

A golden career opportunity to do some hospital financial consulting work brought me to Bakersfield in 2001. While I loved living in Naples in Long Beach, I moved to Bakersfield and, “yes,” it is at this point in my life that I met Dr. Garger! In July of 2002 we got married and my career got shifted from hospital healthcare to dental healthcare management. Although the procedures are vastly different between these two industries, the principle of the business of serving the clients and meeting their needs to the best of our abilities and making the process affordable and pleasant are still identical. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be involved in the dental healthcare business and be a part of the family at Gentle Family Dentistry.

I have so many passions in life but some of the primary ones are, reading, writing, hiking, downhill skiing, and if not the most, definitely cooking, “yes” cooking; trying out different recipes and “yum…” savoring the byproduct as well.

Most importantly, I am here at Gentle Family Dentistry to support Dr. Garger’s motto, “to deliver the highest standard and quality of dental care at the state-of-the-art facility where we offer the latest modern technology with “Trusted, Caring Dental Excellence!” Please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns regarding the finances or any exceptional cases that our regular staff may not be able to assist you with. I am here to serve you in any way I can!

  Valerie Grigsby - Registered Dental Assistant/Supervisor

Hello, I’m Valerie Grigsby and I have been a registered dental assistant since 1973.

I am a Bakersfield native and graduated from North High and Bakersfield College.

I have been with Dr. Garger since he purchased the practice in 1999. I do anything and everything in the office. I thoroughly enjoy working chairside but am equally at home talking with patients about their concerns. I never want to see any patient in pain.

I do my best to keep things running smoothly in the office and never have patients waiting longer than is absolutely necessary. I look forward to personally greeting every patient and take great pride in their dental education and health.

I’ve been married to my husband, Joe, for 25 years. I enjoy camping at the beach, the mountains, or the desert. I love NASCAR almost as much as my granddaughter, Lily.


Jessica Crutchfield - Registered Dental Assistant

Hello, my name is Jessica Crutchfield.  I am a Treatment Coordinator and Scheduler.  I am a true native girl to Bakersfield; I was born and raised in Bakersfield.  I attended North High School and graduated from San Joaquin Valley College with a certification program in Dental Assisting.  Since 2001, I have worked as a Registered Dental Assistance.  I started my career as a chair side Registered Dental Assistant, getting clinical work experiences.  However, I discovered that despite of my professional satisfaction in clinical aspect of the dentistry, I am much more passionate about handling the business aspect of dentistry.  I truly enjoy interactions with patients in the areas of accommodating patients’ schedules and educating patients with various dental procedures that correspond with their Treatment Plans.   In addition, I do take big pride in assisting patients’ with the coordination of insurance benefits and any additional financial concerns and needs they may have.  I am grateful that I am a Registered Dental Assistant with a clinical background as it certainly helps me to be proficient in what I do in the front office.

On a personal side of my life, I have two wonderful children.  My son is 13, going on 21, and my daughter is nine months old.  In my free time, I love to play pool, read and spend some quality time with my family.  I am exuberant to be a part of the “A-Team” at Dr. Garger’s Office that believes in the highest quality of dental care and delivery of dentistry that matches this philosophy.  I am here to assist you in any way I can to ensure your spectacular dental experiences every time you come to visit us at Gentle Family Dentistry by Dr. Garger.


Kendra Ross – Registered Dental Hygienist

Hello, my name is Kendra.  I was born and raised here in Bakersfield and graduated from Centennial High School.   While there, I so enjoyed being in the color guard that I decided to later become a color guard instructor.  During my formative years, I had an aunt who was a Registered Dental Hygienist.  She inspired me to become a Hygienist and as a result, I attended Taft College and completed Dental Hygiene Program in 2010.  I am proud to say I was the first recipient of the John and Dorothy Parrot Scholarship.

Of the many people who were positive influences in my life, it is my grandfather who helped shape the person that I am today.   My grandfather owned a Veterinary Hospital in Taft for all my life and even today, he still owns and operates it. I worked for him all throughout the time I was attending high school and college as a Vet Tech and learned a great deal about animals and operating a business.  Needless to say, I am a big animal advocate as a result. 

I love my career as a Licensed Dental Hygienist.  I enjoy interacting with my patients and helping them to improve their dental health. I love taking classes to stay on top of the latest advancements in dentistry so that I can be the best hygienist that I can be. Recently, I took several courses in laser dentistry to obtain a certification so that my therapies can be more effective than ever before.  I am proud to be a team member of Gentle Family Dentistry.  Working with Dr. Garger is awesome!

Lastly, on a personal note, my favorite activity outside of the work is to travel.  My goal to myself is to see a different part of the world every year.  The whole world awaits and I cannot wait to see as much of it as I can!

Christina Hutching - Registered Dental Hygienist

Howdy!  My name is Christina Hutchings.  I was born and raised here in Bakersfield, CA and I love our community.  I am a graduate of Liberty High School and I completed my dental hygiene education at Taft College.  I am also certified in CPR training and laser technology.

I enjoy my profession. I get to meet so many great people and truly help their dental health.
In my free time, I enjoy kayaking on the Kern River, music, and DIY (Do-It-Yourself) home improvement projects.  I love spending time with my fiancée Neal, my puppy Gibson, family, and friends.
It is an honor to work in such a great office with Dr. Garger and  so many wonderful people.

  Renee Hanoski - Registered Dental Assistant

Hello! I was born and raised in Vancouver, WA. After graduating high school, I moved to California and made Bakersfield my home in 1986. I began my career as a dental assistant in my senior year of high school and I became an R.D.A. in 1991. What I enjoy most about my career is the patients that I get to connect with. I enjoy conversations with people. I take time to get to know patients, allowing me to hear their concerns and answer questions. This helps a patient feel less anxious and allows me to educate them in the process.

I have 3 children Kayleigh, Kyle, and Michael. I have 1 grandchild by my daughter Kayleigh. I am so proud of all of my children and am super excited to have become a grandma. In my spare time I really enjoy reading and shopping. Lets not forget spoiling my new grandchild!

I can honestly say that I truly enjoy working with this team at Dr. Garger's. It doesn't any get better. This team will take care of all your dental needs. My number one priority is patient care and it is apparent the first time I introduce myself.

  Ronda Schnee - Certified Dental Assistant

Hello! My name is Ronda Schnee. I was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA. I graduated from San Joaquin Valley College in 1998 and have been in the dental industry for over 20 years. I enjoy working in the dental field very much; it has become a passion of mine. It’s the patient’s that make my job so rewarding. Being able to assist and educate patients with all their dental needs and concerns, is foremost in my job.

I have 3 wonderful children, Joshua, William, and Sara. I am also a grandmother to 2 children, Noah and Isabella. I enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends. My days off are spent enjoying all of my various hobbies such as, cooking, camping, computers, and trying my best to learn something new every single day!

I joined Dr. Garger and his team this year and what a great group we have here. It has become my second home!

  Christopher Coleman - Assistant

Hello, my name is Christopher Coleman. I was born in Riverside and raised in sunny Southern California. Computer technology always fascinated me so upon finishing high school, I went off to Westwood College in Anaheim and studied “Computer Technology” specializing in Graphic Art. After moving to Bakersfield, I attended New Horizons Computer Institute to obtain a license to become a Microsoft Certified Technician.

In the past decade or so I found another passion in my life. Initially what started off as just doing the maintenance work on my cars turned out to be going as far as custom modifying and building import race cars. Yes, I do have “One” in my garage that is what you call, “work in the process.” My other hobbies include scuba diving, baseball (currently in an Adult Baseball Team in Bakersfield), Broadway shows, classical music and marksmanship.

I am so honored to work for Dr. Garger as an IT and Sterilization Technician and be a part of his wonderful team! Every one of his team members are true professionals and caring human beings and it is a privilege to be here. Aside from my work, I am currently aspiring to become a Police Officer and taking some classes at Porterville College to achieve this goal.

Most importantly, I am so excited to meet all our patients and to serve each and every one of you in any way I can.