Meet the Team

We recognize that all our patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice.

We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.


Office Manager

Kathy joined Dr. Sands and our dental team in 1992, first as a registered dental assistant and the past 20 years as office manager. She is thankful to work in an office where everyone is family and truly cares about one another.

Kathy and her husband Eddie have three children, a dog, a cat, and a henhouse full of chickens. She enjoys world travel, winetasting, hiking, and cooking.


Office Manager

Nicole has been a dental office manager for 21 years, with seven years of experience at an orthodontist office where she worked as an assistant. She has been a part of the Cold Springs Dental team since 1996. Nicole’s favorite part of her job is the daily interactions with our lovely patients and working with the greatest staff ever!

Nicole is married to Steve and they have two children, Alexa and Christian, and a dog named Oscar. Her son keeps her very busy with outdoor activities and motocross.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Dianna attended hygiene school at Sacramento City College. Upon graduating in 1997, she moved to Placerville and became a part of the Cold Springs Dental team. Dianna regards it as an honor and privilege to work with such a great team, and provide quality care to our wonderful group of patients.

Besides her family and friends, her biggest loves are her grandkids, dogs, hiking, and popcorn!


Registered Dental Assistant, Extended Functions II

Hannah has been in dentistry for 22 years. She joined our dental team in 1999 and is responsible for cementing crowns, placing fillings, taking impressions, and assisting with patient care. She truly enjoys working here, especially keeping up with our patients year after year.

Hannah is married to her husband Travis, and they have two sons, Aiden and Brogan. In her free time she enjoys running, reading, and being with her family.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Jennifer has worked in dentistry for more than 16 years and has been a part of our dental team since 2002. She loves the positive vibe of our office and providing our patients with great hygiene care. Jennifer grew up in Placerville and enjoys working in her community, with our wonderful patients and fun-loving dental team.

Jennifer is married with two lovely daughters.


Registered Dental Assistant, Extended Functions

Maria has been an assistant with our office for her entire dental career, starting in 1997. She works hands-on with patient care, takes impressions, and assists our doctors. She loves the time spent in the office with her coworkers and all our lovely patients.

Maria has five wonderful children, a grandson, and a granddaughter. She loves to spend time with her family whenever she can.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Heather started in the dental field in 1994 as a junior in high school. She grew up here in Placerville and attended hygiene school at Sacramento City College. She loves volunteering in local community organizations and educating patients on dental health. Heather’s favorite thing about working in this office is how we work as a team, how we treat each other with respect, and most importantly, how much we love what we do!

Heather is happily married with three children.


Registered Dental Assistant

Joelle joined our team after completing her internship with us; we loved her and had to keep her here! She graduated from Nevada with a degree in Community Health Sciences, and completed her dental assisting at Sacramento City College. Joelle started as working chairside and now works in our front office. She loves our patients and working with such a fun and positive doctor and staff!

When not working, Joelle enjoys hiking, fishing, and swimming with her husband and her black lab, Boo.


Registered Dental Assistant

Shandra has been a RDA since 2008, and started in our office in 2016. She loves working in our office because everyone is so positive and she feels like we are a true team. Shandra is married to her best friend, has three boys, and two dogs. Her family loves to camp and garden. Shandra also loves to do crafts, sew, and she went to Fashion Design School before deciding to start in the dental profession. Her favorite part of being a dental assistant is helping the patients achieve their best smile.