Debbie Knutson – Scheduling Coordinator
Debbie is our Scheduling Coordinator. She came to work with us in 2005. As a Registered Dental Assistant with over 40 years of experience in the dental field she is able to use her knowledge of the back office to schedule patients so that they are seen with a minimum of waiting. We respect your time therefore we make every effort to stay on schedule.
Debbie and her husband, Tim, have been married for over 40 years and have two children. Their daughter, Jeneal and her husband Danny have two kids, Abbie and Brandon. Their son, Mike and his wife Mimi have three children, Hunter, and twins, Harrison and Gracie.
Whenever they can they like to spend time at their cabin in Big Bear.
Laurie McAvity – Hygiene Coordinator
Laurie has been our Hygiene Coordinator since joining our team in January 2017. It’s her job to make sure patients can be seen for their regular check ups and cleanings at a time that is convenient for them.
Laurie grew up in Canada where she received a Bachelor of Professional Arts degree.
Laurie her husband, Roman, have been married for 5 years and have a three-year-old daughter, Jozy, and a one-year-old son, Jett. They also have a guinea pig named Bubblegum.
In her spare time Laurie loves to run, bake, go camping, and spend time
with her family.
Mercedes Turrieta – Insurance Coordinator
Mercedes is our insurance coordinator. She collects all the information to submit claims for dental treatment. She makes every effort to help you get the most out of your insurance plan. She came to work in our office in August 2013 originally as a Dental Assistant and became the insurance coordinator in 2017.
Mercedes attended Charter College for Dental Assisting in 2009. In 2014 she earned Registered Dental Assistant license.
When she is not at work, Mercedes loves being with family, camping, and hanging out with her friends. She also loves hiking with the dogs, visiting parents in San Diego, going to Disneyland, working on DIY projects, and planning and decorating for parties.
Nancy Moeller – Dental Hygienist
Nancy is a Registered Dental Hygienist. She joined our team in 2005. She is very enthusiastic about making sure your mouth is as healthy as it can be.
Nancy started in dentistry in 1981. She went back to school and in 2005 and received her Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene from USC.
Nancy is married to Michael, and she has three boys, Kyle, Jake, and Keenan, and two grandchildren, Don and Santana.
USC football is Nancy’s passion. When not watching her favorite team, she has many interests including soap making, cake making, and remodeling. She is also a big movie buff.
Mehl Pruitt – Dental Assistant
Mehl is a Registered Dental Assistant and has been with our office since 1988, almost as long as the practice has been in business! She works closely with the doctors to provide the best treatment in the most comfortable way possible. After over 35 years in dentistry she says she still enjoys her job.
Mehl was born and raised in the Philippines and came to the US in 1975. In 1977 she became a US citizen.
Mehl and her husband of over 35 years have two children. Rachel and her husband Brad have two daughters, Kailey and Emily. Mehl’s son Michael works for a local healthcare organization. They also have two “granddogs”.
In addition to spending time with her sweet grandchildren, Mehl enjoys cooking. Her specialty is Filipino food.
Sandie Revelle – Dental Assistant
Sandie is a Registered Dental Assistant who joined our office in 2014. She works with the dentists to provide the best treatment in the most comfortable way possible.
Sandie attended Clarita College and attended continuing education classes at UCLA, where she earned certificate for Expanded Functions as a Registered Dental Assistant.
In June 2017, Sandie and her husband, Brian, were married. Their combined family is made up of Sandie’s four children and three grandchildren, and Brian’s four children and two grandchildren.
Sandie loves seeing new things, traveling, and spending time with family.
Jasmine Wijnen – Dental Assistant
Jasmine came to AV Dental Wellness Group in January 2018 as a new dental assistant. She attended the dental assisting program at Charter College here in Lancaster. There, she learned how to carry out infection control and take dental radiographs, as well as how to speak with patients in great detail about their dental hygiene. Before coming to our office, Jasmine worked as a dental assistant intern at a dental office in Palmdale.
Jasmine comes from a pretty big family with easily over 40 aunts, uncles and cousins combined. They are spread out around California, Texas, Mexico, and even Holland. Jasmine has been married to her husband, Kevin, since 2013, and they live here in the Antelope Valley with their puppy, Morty.
In her spare time, Jasmine loves to read, play video games, and travel when possible. She and her husband love to take road trips; a couple of their favorite places are Monterey, California, and the Grand Canyon.