Meet The Doctor

Dr. Jennifer Brooks

Dr. Jennifer Brooks attended the University of Florida both for undergraduate (BS Zoology ’97) and dental schools (DMD 02); She joined the San Anselmo community in 2015 when she moved to the Bay Area with her husband Jason and two children, Ava and Miles; after living in Atlanta for 10 years, and most recently, London for 3 years. She and Jason are delighted to finally make Fairfax their permanent home.

In the practice, Dr. Brooks emphasizes open communication, conservative treatment, and beautiful, natural looking restorations to support optimal oral health. She enjoys the camaraderie of the dental practice setting among the doctor, patients and staff, and truly feels that being a dentist is the best job in the world!

She was named to Incisal Edge Magazine’s “Top 40 dentists under 40” a few (cough, clears throat) years ago; she is an active member of the Marin County Dental Society, and is a member of a local chapter of Spears study clubs, a group of dentists in the community who meet monthly to learn together, share complex cases with each other and generally support one another professionally. She enjoys attending roughly double the required continuing education courses per year, because, as her children like to remind her, she is a total nerd. She would call it commitment to providing her patients with the most advanced care and knowledge of latest research and techniques, but you know, kids…

Front Office Staff

Karin and Gina are the smiling faces greeting you as you enter, and the kind voices you encounter on the phone. They keep the schedule tidy to minimize waiting, help you navigate the maze of insurance coverage and make sure you understand any upcoming appointments. They keep the office humming!

Karin Charlton- Office Manager

I feel blessed to have more than 30 years experience in dentistry. I graduated from Orange Coast College – Dental Assisting in 1982 (yikes). I have been a Chairside Assistant, Surgical Assistant and Dental Assisting Instructor. I have had the opportunity to work along some very talented dentists and staff. Never a day goes by where I don’t try to learn something new.

I have, over the years, been able to live in wonderful places, like Alaska, Louisiana, Hawaii, New Jersey, Michigan and of course California, my home. I have three awesome adult children and two beautiful grandchildren. My interests are varied, from outrigger paddling, hiking, skiing and reading. Happily, most of my free time is spent playing with my grandchildren.

I look forward to sharing your dental experience with you and making it as comfortable as possible. You will find, as I have, this is an atmosphere of not only great dental care, but team support as well.

You may arrive as a patient, but you will leave as a friend.

Gina Johnstone, DA, OSA

My experience with dentistry began in 2003, when I joined the practice of an oral surgeon, working as an Oral Surgery assistant. I loved the excitement of Oral Surgery, but ultimately decided that my strength is communicating with patients, and putting them at ease. I have been with Dr. Brooks as her receptionist since 2015. I have two beautiful children, who keep me on my toes. In my spare time, I enjoy camping, day trips to the beach, hiking and spending lots of time with my family and friends.

Lisa Jackler, Dental Hygienist

Back in the day, I used to be an Accountant. All day long, I would analyze, calculate and interface with computers. Boring! So I chose to be a Dental Hygienist instead. People are so much more fun, and the work is so very rewarding that I look back to this day and thank my lucky stars I made such a fortuitous decision. I attended the University of California San Francisco Dental School, graduated with honors, and began my clinical practice in Marin County while continuing to work at the University. There, I became a Research Coordinator and a Clinical Instructor, but my heart was always in clinical practice. So, here I am, after ten years with David and now so excited to be working with Jennifer Brooks! I look forward to many years of continuing friendships and the opportunity to make a meaningful and tangible difference in peoples' oral health.

Hugs,

Michelle Sorensen, Dental Hygienist

I have been practicing dental hygiene for 25 years and have been with the practice since 2009. I originally hail from Canada but moved to the US after hygiene school. I pursued a degree in science in both Biology and Kinesiology at Acadia University and Dalhousie University, finally graduating with my associate degree in dental hygiene in 1994 from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. My interest in dentistry started at an early age, working in my father's dental practice on Cape Breton Island. I have been with the practice for 10 years (Dr Van Peursem since 2009 and Dr Brooks since 2015). I feel fortunate to work alongside such a wonderful team! What I love most about dentistry is the ability to develop long standing relationships with patients, and to work together with my patients in achieving optimal health. It’s very rewarding, and I’m so grateful I chose this profession!

In my spare time, I enjoy cycling, and being a busy mom to 2 teenage boys.

Erika Ortiz, Dental Hygienist

My dental journey started in Washington state back in 1999 when I graduated from dental assisting school! I enjoy dentistry so much that I decided to move to California to attend dental hygiene school. In 2010, I graduated with honors from the Dugoni School of Dentistry at the University of the Pacific with a bachelor’s in dental hygiene. Ever since, I have enjoyed helping people obtain optimal oral health! I enjoy getting to know my patients and their families!

In my free time I enjoy watching and attending live sports with my boyfriend ...Go Warriors! Catching the latest movies, trying different foods and hiking in Marin are also high on my list.

I am very excited to join Dr. Brooks, and her awesome team who strive to provide quality top-notch dental care.

Sue Parsons, Dental Hygienist

I have been a dental hygienist since 1991. After graduating from UC Davis with a bachelor’s degree in Biology, and a short time in research, I knew I wanted to be in healthcare, working with people to make a positive change in their lives. I graduated from UCSF School of Dentistry and directly moved to Marin. I enjoy trail running, hiking, and mountain biking with my husband and two kids in beautiful Marin. I am very excited to be a part of Dr. Brooks’ team, continuing to provide our community with the highest level of care and compassion.

Christina Tokuda, Registered Dental Assistant

I have been an RDA since 2003, and with Dr. Brooks since 2015. I love the constant interaction with my coworkers and patients. It makes my work days fun and lively! I enjoy every aspect of my job and really do appreciate working for such a close knit, family oriented practice.

When I’m not working, my family keeps me very busy! I live in Fairfax with my significant other and together we share 3 kids, a dog and a cat. There is NEVER a dull moment with them and I love every second of it. We love spending our free time out at Stinson Beach or in our yard, bbq-ing and listening to music. If the sun’s out, we’re out!

I’m a loyal lover of Philz coffee, Giants baseball and good food! We’re always looking for yummy places to eat or fun places to visit so please share those with me if you have any favorites!

Georgina Aleman, Sterilization Assistant

Hello, I am Georgina. I moved to the Bay Area in 1991 from Nicaragua, where I was an elementary school teacher. I started working in dentistry in 2005, in a variety of roles. I joined Dr. Brooks’ team in 2018, and I enjoy working with patients and making them feel comfortable.

My three children, Alan, Zoily, and Iliana are the light of my life. We enjoy dancing, listening to music, and attending concerts together. In addition to assisting Dr. Brooks, I work in an after school program in my community, where I get to fulfill my love of working with children.