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Meet The Team

Lisa Mendivil, RDA

Treatment/Financial Coordinator

Lisa has been with Dr. Kahle since 2006.  A " Jill" of all trades, Lisa is familiar with all aspects of the dental office.  Mostly you will see her working at the front desk, helping patients, but don't be surprised to see her helping out at chairside or taking an xray or two!  For 25 years Lisa has worked in the dental field in offices in San Francisco, Minneapolis, and Sonoma county.

Having been born and raised in Sonoma County, this is home.  When not caring for patients, Lisa spends time with her husband John, and two sons, Grayson and Garrett.  Lisa is an avid reader, quilter, walker and budding cyclist.

Cindy Spencer Lee

Scheduling Coordinator

Cindy moved to the bay area from Santa Barbara to attend the College of Marin Dental Assisting program.  Her career started in 1985 as an RDA. She then transitioned to the front office after several years.  Cindy joined Dr. Kahle's practice in September of 2015.  She has brought her organizational skills and attention to detail, managing a very busy and complex schedule. 

Away from the office Cindy enjoys yoga, hiking, gardening and being outdoors.


Judy Melendy, RDA

Lead Dental Assistant

Judy, Dr. Kahle's lead assistant, has been in the dental field for 41 years, 39 of them as a Registered Dental Assitant.  Judy has been with our team since October of 2015 but watching the way she and Dr. Kahle work together, you'd think she'd been here forever!  Judy has a passion for her work and helping to make each patient's experience a positive one, and it shows.

Judy was born in San Francisco and raised in Santa Rosa, she has 2 children, her son Cameron is a respiratory therapist and her daughter Kristen is a CNA working toward a career in fire fighting.  Outside of work Judy enjoys spending time with family, is involved in her church and is a member of a local car club.  She also loves camping, fishing, baking and drives to the coast.



Tonya Pignata, DA

Steriization Tech

Tonya worked as a pre-school teacher before her career change to dentistry.  Tonya joined our team in June of 2016 bringing an adaptability and eagerness to learn, not to mention a wonderful sense of fun!  She loves coming to work everyday, meeting new people and being a part of the health care profession.

Tonya is married with three smart, beautiful children.  In her spare time you can find her curled up with a good book, she also enjoys hiking, fishing, yoga and spending time camping with her family at Mt. Shasta, their favorite place.

Lynette Smith, RDH

Registered Dental Hygienist

Lynette has been a "local" of Sonoma County since 1964, and is especially fond of Sebastopol.  As a disaffected English major, she became intrigued by dental hygiene and never looked back, changing career paths from English Lit to Dental Hygiene at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz. Lynette first came to work in our office in 1986 when it was Dr. Luperini's practice.  She has now been practicing for over 30 years now (mostly in West County.)

The hearts and spirits of the patients have continued to be an inspiration.  Lynette loves hiking the beautiful trails of Sonoma county and still enjoys literature.

Paula Smith, RDH

Registered Dental Hygienist

Paula received her bachelor's degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of California San Francisco in 1988.  Her education also includes a bachelor's degree from the University of California Berkeley in 1980 in Conservation of Natural Resources.  Paula has worked part time as a dental hygienist  while simultaneously pursuing her passions for art and bicycling.  She dose her hygiene lectures with ecological analogies reaped from her study of ecosystems.

Lori Katnik, RDH

Registered Dental Hygienist

Lori joined Dr. Kahle's team in 2012 as their "Tuesday Girl".  As a UCSF graduate and 27 years of experience in clinical dental hygiene and as a clinical educator, she has the same passion for dental hygiene as she did on the day she graduated.  Lori's long time patients know that they are like family and will be treated with the best of care.

Lori's greatest joy is being a parent to her two grown children, Kaitlin (age 25) and Austin (age 21.)  If you have met Lori, you know of her endless energy and positive outlook for life.  She began the journey for her second life profession 8 years ago and is now a Nationally Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Besides work she enjoys traveling, exercise, good nutrition, and anything outdoors!

Amy Pittelkau, RDH

Registered Dental Hygienst

Amy has practiced dental hygiene with us since 2016.

Amy's passion is public health and alleviating poverty, she is currently earning a Master's degree in Global Health Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Amy graduated with a Bachelor's degree in 1985 from Virginia Commonwealth University, her home state, and received her California qualifying credentials from Loma Linda University 1987.

She has simultaneously owned/run three yoga studios in 14 years.. Amy loves to teach, practice yoga, and is an ambassador of cultures, languages and goodwill.

A globetrotter since birth/childhood in Cyprus and Greece, she also calls the Mediterranean home. Amy has visited, lived or worked in almost 35 countries. 


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Office Location

  • Sebastopol
  • 6800 Palm Ave, Suite F.
  • Sebastopol, CA
  • 95472
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