Dr. Craig A. Kinzer
Practicing Advanced Dentistry, Orthodontics, Implants, and More
A 1985 graduate of the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, Dr. Kinzer received advanced post-graduate orthodontic training from well renowned educator, Dr. Skip Truitt and through the American Association of Functional Orthodontics. He has most recently been working to add Botox and dermal fillers, as well as oral appliances for the treatment of sleep apnea and snoring, to the broad range of services offered at Jackson Creek Dental Group.
During the course of his dental training, Dr. Kinzer received numerous awards including the Omnicron Kappa Upsilon award, which is the highest award a dental student can attain. He also received an Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Academy of Operative Dentistry, the Stomatologic Surgical Award for advances in oral surgery and the coveted Gold Medal from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Dr. Kinzer joined the Jackson Creek Dental Group in 1988 and has been providing state-of-the-art comprehensive dentistry and transforming smiles here ever since. He enjoys building long-term relationships with his patients, and being able to practice in a rural, country atmosphere.
He is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the International Association of Orthodontics, the Loma Linda University Century Club, and the Sacramento District Dental Society.
Dr. Kinzer enjoys spending his free time with his family and can often be found wake boarding, snow skiing, golfing, fishing or hiking.
Dena, Registered Dental Hygienist, AP
Dena was raised in Amador County and has moved around always stayed close to home. Dena went to school for Dental Hygiene at Fresno City and went back to complete the courses to become an Alternative Practice Hygienist in 2002. Dena joined the practice in 2013 and has loved getting to know her patients needs and wants with their smiles. Dena connects with the patients to assist them in achieving their oral health goals.
Dena always strives to have the attitude to be happy, and have fun! When you meet her to see it radiate from her personality. Dena loves her patients, coworkers and all the Dentists here at Jackson Creek Dental Group. She feels every staff member has the same end goal for our patients. To give them a healthy smile free from disease to have a smile for life. Dena gives her time as much as she can in her community and in other countries. Dena has gone to Kenya, Dominican Republic, participated in Smiles for Kids, Celebrate our Children, etc.
Dena is a very active individual. She very rarely has a free moment outside of work. Dena is adventurous and loves to travel with her husband and dogs, hiking, biking, reading, playing with her dogs, getting her passport stamped at all the national parks she is at 45 so far, and hanging out with her family and friends creating memories.
Kayla, Registered Dental Hygienist
Kayla joined the team in January of 2022. Kayla studied at Sacramento City College for her pre-requisites then went on to Carrington College where she became a Registered Dental Hygienist. Kayla will take any opportunity to further her education. Kayla has been awarded a “Distinguished Dental Hygienist” from Carrington College and has even been Diode Laser Certified.
Kayla shares the love and care that the doctors here do, by providing quality preventive care. Kayla feels that building a positive patient and provider relationship is a key role in creating healthy impacts for life. Kayla just married her best friend in fall of 2023.. She enjoys to travel, camp, and cook. When she is not here she is probably out on a new adventure creating memories. When you see her she should have a story for you.
Susan, Patient Coordinator
A graduate of Heald’s Business College, Susan joined Jackson Creek in 1993. Susan is celebrating 30 years with Jackson Creek Dental Group! She finds the dental field to be an exciting and ever-changing challenge, and loves working at a practice that keeps up on the latest technology and where the doctors are constantly striving to improve patient services and the quality of their care.
Susan also loves the fact that over the years her patients have become her friends, and this brings a family atmosphere to the practice. “Our dentists see our family members, our neighbors, and our staff members. That’s what is so nice about being in a small community.”
In her free time Susan enjoys water and snow skiing, camping, gardening, travel, going to live music, being with friends and family.
Julie, Registered Dental Assistant with Extended Functions
Julie graduated from Galen College as a Registered Dental Assistant and then went on to the University of California at San Francisco to get her Extended Functions certification. She started with us as an intern back in 1987 and then came on staff in January 1988. Her goal is to always be the best that she can be for both her patients and for the rest of the staff. No wonder her fellow team members have given her the “Going the Extra Mile” award. Julie’s greatest pleasure at work is seeing a patient happy and confident about his or her new smile.
When not at work Julie enjoys spending time with her family, her friends and her cat. She also enjoys camping, traveling, photography, and gardening.
Julie still is passionate to provide world class dentistry along side of Dr. Kinzer. Julie is celebrating 35 years with the practice and is looking to retire within a few years to begin a new chapter in her life. She will always have a heart for her patients that is why she can’t just give it up.
Gabbey, Registered Dental Assistant
Gabbey joined Jackson Creek Dental Group in 2016, after completing the Dental Assisting Program at Carrington College in Sacramento. She plans to continue her education and become a hygienist in the future. Gabbey previously worked several jobs concurrently: Assistant General Manager at Jamba Juice in Martell and Beverage Server at Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort.
Many of Gabbey’s family and friends are patients here at our office so she was very familiar with our practice. When she found out there was an opening she asked her instructor if she could complete her externship with us because she thought it would be a good fit for her. “Everyone here is so nice, very welcoming, and the doctors are amazing,” said Gabbey. “It’s been a wonderful experience for me.”
Born and raised right here in Jackson, Gabbey and her family are long term residents of Amador County. She is a graduate of Amador High School where she played basketball, softball and volleyball, and continues to be quite the athlete.
When Gabbey is not at work you can find her working with other businesses in the community. Gabbey has a passion for animals but loves her dog Echo the most. She also loves anything Disney and her favorite in the Disney family is Minnie Mouse, of course.