Nicole E Pagonis DDS
Dentistry in Los Gatos, CA

Meet the Team at Nicole Pagonis DDS

Welcome to the Los Gatos, CA dental office of Nicole Pagonis DDS, where every patient can feel at home. With continued communication and education, our goal is to empower our patients to achieve a lifetime of superior oral health and bring them into our dental family one smile at a time.

We focus on individualized care in our dental office using digital radiology and other technologies, along with intense patient education. All of our patients are well equipped to take good care of their oral health at home.

Dr. Pagonis believes strongly in:

  • Serving patients of all ages, including children
  • Emphasizing preventive care as the foundation for good oral health
  • Communicating clearly with all patients
  • Educating patients on how to best take care of their oral health

Continue reading to learn more about your dentist in Los Gatos, CA.

We look forward to meeting you and giving you the care that you expect—and deserve.

Nicole E Pagonis, DDS | Dentist Los Gatos CA

Nicole Pagonis, DDS

Hello; I am Dr. P and I look forward to meeting you!

I am a native to the South Bay, born and raised and now currently living in Saratoga with my husband and two daughters.

It has always been a dream of mine to give back to my community. After graduating from Saratoga High School, I went on to Cal Poly SLO and then to University of the Pacific Dental School in San Francisco. I have always had a love for people and interpersonal interactions along with a true intrigue for science and the human body. I have a constant desire to learn and an innate yearning to help others. I consider myself fortunate to have found a career in dentistry, which lets me mesh all of my true passions into something tangible.

Our practice philosophy is based on a commitment to listening to our patients and doing our best to deliver nothing but the highest quality of care and thoroughness to every individual young or old. We look forward to meeting you and giving you the care that you deserve.

Dawn Montillano Office Manager

Dawn Montillano

Office Manager

San Jose native Dawn has 21 years of dental experience. As the practice’s office manager for the past few years, she enjoys working with patients and building relationships with them. Dawn loves the challenge of clarifying dental benefits for patients and helping ensure they are maximizing them to get the dental treatment they need.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three beautiful children. Some of Dawn’s favorite pastimes including getting lost in a book, working on home projects, cooking, and traveling.

Irene Brizuela - Financial/Insurance Administrator

Irene Brizuela

Financial/Insurance Administrator

Irene was trained at Bryman College and has been working in the dental field for 18 years, four and a half of which have been with Dr. Pagonis. She loves being part of a great team that thrives on providing excellent patient care. “We all work so hard to give our patients the best,” says Irene. “I also enjoy getting to know our patients personally and connecting with them in their family life.” She goes on to say that she enjoys answering patients’ questions about insurance benefits as well as dental treatments.

Outside of work, Irene, a native of San Jose, enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys trying new restaurants with family and friends, as well as shopping for home décor and the latest fashion trends.

Registered Dental Assistant Javier

Javier Mendoza

Registered Dental Assistant

A graduate of Bryman College, Javier has been with Nicole Pagonis DDS for the past four and a half years. He cites the high points of his job as educating patients, building a rapport with people, working with kids on developing and maintaining great dental habits, learning about and providing high-end dentistry, and working with experienced and skilled team members.

When he’s not working, Javier enjoys running, shooting hoops, hiking, swimming, watching sports, traveling to San Francisco and San Diego, and doing crossword puzzles. He also cherishes family time and has been married to his wife Mimi for 17 years. Javier is the proud father of three children and six grandchildren.

Registered Dental Assistant Lauren

Lauren Gutierrez

Registered Dental Assistant

Carrington College graduate Lauren has been with Dr. Nicole Pagonis DDS for two years. She cites the best things about her job as meeting new people and making them feel comfortable while they are visiting the dentist, as well as educating patients about taking care of their oral health. Lauren is proud to work for a smart, passionate, strong female dentist, and she loves that she has the opportunity to constantly learn new things from Dr. Pagonis.

Hailing from San Jose originally, Lauren is a sports fan—Sharks, Warriors, Raiders, and A’s!—and she also enjoys spending time with her dog Beckham, volunteering with foster kids, and being an auntie. Lauren has a love for traveling and often devotes her free time by volunteering to work with Habitat for Humanity.

Amy Registered Dental Hygienist

Amy Silva

RDA, BSDH - Registered Dental Hygienist

Amy has a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene from Foothill College. In addition, she also graduated from Dental Hygiene Foothill College where she was also the recipient of the Colgate Student Total Achievement Recognition Award in 2015. This award is offered to graduating dental hygiene students who show excellence and commitment to the hygiene profession by:

  • Demonstrating true dedication to the profession
  • Exhibiting extraordinary compassion in patient care
  • Displaying enthusiasm and follow-through for community service
  • Demonstrating outstanding patient education and motivation skills

Says Amy about her career choice: “I became a dental hygienist because I love to serve others. I am able to help patients feel confident about their smiles and improve their overall health. I enjoy building relationships with patients, and I treat them like my own family. I love educating patients about their dental health to empower them to make educated decisions about their dental care.” Amy particularly enjoys working with patients who experience dental anxiety, using her naturally calm demeanor to help them feel comfortable in the chair.

Amy has been a part of Dr. Pagonis’s team for four years and claims Dr. Pagonis is the best dentist with whom she has worked.

Outside of work, this music lover is likely to be taking in a concert with her husband or hiking with their pit bull, Candy. Amy also loves traveling to other countries, exploring new cultures, and eating all the amazing food!

Danni Quinley

RDA, RDH, BS- Registered Dental Hygienist

I am the newest member of Dr. Pagonis' Team but I have been practicing dentistry as a clinician for ten years. I was the recipient of the Student Dental Health Allied Scholarship as a dental assistant and dental hygienist student. Being a dental hygienist allows me to meet new people. I get to work with all types of personalities and that helps me become a better clinician. It is important to me to help my patients feel comfortable in my chair. We are working in a close, personal space, so it nice to see a rapport and trust develop with each visit. One of my favorite things about my job is the friendships that form over the years with my patients. I like sharing my life with them and learning about theirs, it is what makes this job so fun. I was born in and raised in Turlock, CA. I moved to the bay area in 2000. I am currently living in Sunnyvale. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have two sons who I absolutely adore who keep me busy. I like to cook and learn new recipes that a quick and easy for a working mom, and I love to do Barre3 to help balance my life. 

Team Success Coordinator Mandy

Mandy McFarland

RDA, RDH, BS - Team Success Coordinator

Team success coordinator is a new role for Mandy, who, in her decade of working with Dr. Pagonis, has also served as both a registered dental assistant and a registered dental hygienist. In her current position, Mandy supports the entire team in their goal of providing the best quality dental care to each patient. She also supports other areas of the practice, including OSHA/infection control, human resources, and various projects. Mandy loves using her 20 years of dental experience within the practice in a fun, new way!

Mandy’s formal training includes a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Southern Utah University and the Foothill College Dental Hygiene Program. Mandy has been awarded the Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler Award, Santa Clara Valley Dental Hygienists Student Leadership Award and has served as the president for her professional organization. She is a licensed continuing education provider for the Dental Board of California specializing in infection control and the dental practice act. She has a passion for mentoring and pushing all boundaries for growth within Dr. Pagonis's dental team.

When she’s not working, this Moreno Valley native loves to cook, garden, read, practice yoga, and spend time outdoors.

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