Meet The Staff
DIANA SAHLI – OFFICE MANAGER
Diana has approximately 30 years experience in the Dental Field with the last 17 being with Oral Surgery Associates of Temecula Valley. She started as a DA in New Hampshire where she obtained her x-ray license. After moving to California in 1996, she completed her RDA licensing. Diana has worked in General Dentistry, Orthodontics, Endodontics, Periodontics and Oral Surgery. After starting with Dr. Pledger in 2003 as a Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery assistant, she moved to her current position in 2005 as Office Manager.
Diana was born in Wisconsin but has lived across the United States. This job enables her to consistently interact with people which she loves. Her favorite past times are ANYTHING outside, including house and yard upgrades, hiking, camping and swimming. Diana likes all sports but she says she master at none… She is blessed with three beautiful girls, one handsome son, an amazing granddaughter and is very proud to be part of Dr. Pledger’s amazing team!
KRISTINA – INSURANCE AND TREATMENT COORDINATOR
Kristina has been in the dental field for 30 years. Within that time, she has gained a lot of knowledge about the different insurance plans and enjoys educating patients about their insurance benefits. Kristina has been working for Dr. Pledger for the past eleven years and thoroughly enjoys being part of his team. Outside of the office, Kristina enjoys gardening and going to Art Festivals as well as spending time with her family.
SAIDY SMITH – FRONT OFFICE / SURGICAL ASSISTANT
Saidy graduated from Palomar Junior College in 1999 with her Dental Assistant Certificate and x-ray license and immediately started working in Oral Surgery. In 2000, she received her COMSA certification.
She has been part of Dr. Pledger’s team since March 2005. Saidy started as a back office Surgical Assistant and later added the title of Implant Treatment Coordinator . In 2014, she expanded her knowledge and moved to the front office.
Outside of work, you will find Saidy at the baseball / softball fields either cheering on her amazing son or playing herself.
JAMIE ORTIZ – RDA, OMSA, IMPLANT TREATMENT COORDINATOR
Jamie was born and raised in Southern California where she spent most of her childhood in Lake Arrowhead then moved to Temecula Valley in 1998. Family means everything to her. She has an amazing boyfriend and two boys who keep them busy. Some of their favorite things to do include dirt biking, mountain biking, BMX, hiking, baseball and going to the beach. Jamie’s personal escape is running.
She graduated from Concorde Career Institute in 1996. Immediately after graduation, she received her Registered Dental Assisting and X-Ray license. Jamie worked in General Dentistry for 12 years before staying home with her boys for 3 years. Upon returning to work, Jamie was fortunate to find this office. She has been here since July 2011 and can’t image working anywhere else. She works for 2 great doctors and is happy to be a part of this team. She absolutely loves coming to work everyday and looks forward in meeting and working with you.
RACHEAL LINARES – RDA, OMSA
Racheal graduated from Kaplan College with high honors and was accepted in to Alpha Beta Kapa. After graduating, she received her Registered Dental Assisting and x-ray license.
She started working with Dr. Pledger in 2014 and where she received her OMSA in 2015. Racheal currently lives in Moreno Valley and does not mind the drive to Murrieta because she loves her job and the people she works with everyday!
When Racheal is not working, you can find her with her husband, baking, shopping, trying new foods or playing with her three dogs – Loki, Ollie and Coco.
CARRIE LYON – RDA, OMSA
Carrie has 12 years of dental experience. After graduating from Bryman College in 2003, She spent 5 years working in General Dentistry. In 2007, she received her RDA license. Fortunately, while working in General Dentistry, Carrie had the opportunity to work closely with an Oral Surgeon and enjoyed it so much that she made the shift towards becoming an Oral Surgery Assistant. She now has 7 years of experience in Oral Surgery. Carrie began working with Dr. Pledger in 2009 and received her certificate for OMSA in 2010. She currently works as a back office Surgical Assistant.
Carrie enjoys working with Dr. Pledger and also enjoys helping patients feel at ease about their upcoming surgery as well as providing education surrounding their procedure. In her free time, she loves listening to music, laughing, going to concerts and spending time with her family in Utah. She is happiest spending time with her fiancé, stepson and baby kittens.