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Meet the Staff


Gary Benedetti, DDS

A Native Californian, Dr. Benedetti obtained his Bachelor of Science degree at Santa Clara University and D.D.S. at UCLA School of Dentistry. He has been a Santa Maria resident for over twenty years. Dr. Benedetti was a family practice dentist for 30 years, the last eleven of those in Santa Maria as the next door neighbor of Dr. Kirk. He shares a common philosophy with Dr. Kirk regarding quality of care and approach to treatment. Although no longer practicing operative dentistry, Dr. Benedetti is applying his experience and knowledge to dental hygiene in Dr. Kirk's office. In his free time he enjoys wildlife photography and sketching, hiking, travel and is actively involved with helping to support his local church.

Lynne Maretti - RDA

Hello, my name is Lynne Maretti and I am Dr. Kirk’s Office Manager.  I am a Registered Dental Assistant and have been in the dental field for over 30 years.  I attended Allan Hancock College where I received my dental assisting certificate, coronal polishing and X-ray license.  I took the California State Board written exam and clinical exam to receive my Registered Dental Assisting license.  I began my dental career with Dr. Paul Nazario in 1974.  I continued working for him until 1986, when Dr. Kirk graduated from dental school and bought the dental practice from Dr. Nazario.  So as you can see, I have known many wonderful people over the years, and consider many of our patients as friends and family.  I still enjoy the dental field today as I did when I first began my career, as I have seen many new and exciting advancements in dentistry over the years.  Thank you for choosing Dr. Kirk for your dental care and placing your trust in us for your dental needs.  I look forward to meeting you soon!!

Jenny Stetz - RDH
Hello, my name is Jenny Stetz.  I am a Registered Dental Hygienist.  I attended Taft Dental Hygiene Program and graduated in 1997.  As soon as I completed the National and State Boards for California, I began working for Dr. Kirk. Working for Dr. Kirk since 1997 has been wonderful.  I enjoy working with patients on a regular basis to educate them about their periodontal health and see their progress.  The best part of my job is easing the fears of young children during their first visit and making it fun for them.  With each visit we see their confidence in us build.  It is nice to see them mature into young adults over the years. 
Kelli Regan - DA
Hi my name is Kelli Regan.  I am one of Dr. Kirk's dental assistants.  I started working here during my high school years part time and now I am a full time employee.  I really enjoy the dentistry field and learning all about the different aspects of dentistry.  We have a great staff and work well together as a team.  I look forward to meeting you and thank you for choosing our office to meet your dental needs. 
Victoria Ruffino-Kies - RDH

Hello, my name is Victoria and I am a Registered Dental Hygienist. I attended Taft College and I graduated in 2014. I have been working for over two years and I am loving my job more and more each day. I enjoy conversing with my patients and educating them on their dental health. I look forward to seeing my patients each day and helping them achieve the goals we set together in order to obtain the smile they want.

April Siemsen - RDA
My name is April and I have enjoyed working as a Registered Dental Assistant for the past 20 years. Working with Dr. Kirk and staff is a real honor, as they take pride in providing the best care possible for their patients. This is very important for the quality of care our patients receive and is also important to me. Outside the dental field, I enjoy spending time with family and friends and getting to know new people. My interests and hobbies include jewelry making, trying new recipes, hiking, going to the beach, gardening and going to museums.
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