Meet The Team

Araceli Ramirez, RDA

Araceli is our go-to gal for pretty much everything. You'll find her assisting Dr. Yi as well as helping Kari with hygiene and Maria up front. She has the patience of an angel and will always bend over backwards to provide you with the utmost comfort during your appointment. Araceli was inspired to pursue a career in dental hygiene when a dentist presented at her high school. She has now been in the dental profession for 13 years and loves everything about what she does.

Araceli is very active in her community, especially at her son's school and her local church. Every Sunday is a special family day when she, her husband, her 18-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son all attend church. 

Araceli received her Registered Dental Assistant degree from United Educational Institute in Southern California. She lives just over the bridge in Richmond. 


Kari Banks, RDH

Kari is our first-rate dental hygienist. Her soft touch is deceiving - never a more thorough and detail-oriented cleaning has been delivered with such gentleness. Kari will always check in with you to make sure you understand and are comfortable at every step. Like our other staff, Kari became interested in dental hygiene in high school when she assisted her aunt, a dental hygienist.  Twelve years later she is as passionate as ever about helping her patients achieve the radiance that comes from a great smile and a healthy body.  

In her free time, you can find Kari spending time with her husband Kevin and her 6-year-old son Spencer taking advantage of the unlimited opportunities Marin County offers to be active outdoors. Her favorite: biking, hiking, swimming and skiing in Tahoe.  

Kari received her B.S. in dental hygiene from UCSF and has been with our office since we started in Greenbrae 8 years ago. 


Maria Rapella

Maria is the friendly face you will see upon entering and leaving our office and the kind voice that will greet you when you call. She is our front office aficionado and we know you will feel as lucky to meet her in our office as we feel having her help.

Maria has worked for over 25 years in the dental profession and is a Jane of all trades - she can sterilize equipment, take x-rays, navigate insurance, but most of all she has an uncanny ability to help our patients feel comfortable and welcome when they walk in the door. 

Maria lives in Pinole with her thirteen year-old daughter, Jenna. She also has a twenty-seven year-old, Kristina. When she's not at the office, she loves spending time and making memories with her daughters, doing whatever it is that sounds fun.  

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