Dr. Leon Roda, III
Practicing Advanced Dentistry, Orthodontics and TMJ Care
Dr. Roda received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Andrews University in 1987. After graduating from the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 1993, he went on to complete a year of comprehensive orthodontics and TMJ training with the International Association of Orthodontics, while practicing full-time at Jackson Creek Dental Group.
Dr. Roda joined Jackson Creek Dental Group in 2001 with the goal of providing exceptional dental care in a “seriously cutting-edge practice,” enhanced by continuing education and training. As an avid photographer, Dr. Roda is enthusiastic about applying his knowledge and expertise in this area to his dentistry.
He is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the International Association of Orthodontics, and the Sacramento District Dental Society.
Dr. Roda’s free time is spent with his family. His hobbies include computers and photography and he is proud of the fact that some of his photographs have been published in the Pacific Union Recorder.
Sierra, Registered Dental Hygienist
Sierra joined our practice in July, 2017 after completing her Bachelor of Science in Hygiene at University of Pacific in Stockton. She worked in our office as part of her ROP training in high school, where she shadowed one of our hygienists. It is because of her positive experiences here at Jackson Creek Dental Group, along with the exposure to dental hygiene and the true inner workings of the dental office, that she decided to move forward with hygiene school. Sierra is excited to develop one-on- one relationships with her patients and be able to provide them with the best dental care possible.
Born and raised right here in Ione, Sierra and her family are long time residents of Amador County. When she’s not at work, you might find her fishing in one of our nearby fresh water lakes for bass, or doing volunteer work with Camp Out for Cancer, the Ione Community Blood Drive and CDA Cares. Sierra might also be cuddling with her German Shorthair Lulu, who used to be an awesome hunting dog but has become a couch potato in her older years.
Star, Patient Coordinator
Star joined Jackson Creek Dental Group in 2008, bringing with her over 10 years in the banking industry. Prior to that, she worked as a supervisor at the Jackson Rancheria Casino and Hotel. Providing exceptional customer service has always been a top priority for Star, and she loves focusing on each and every patient that is part of our dental family.
Star joined Jackson Creek Dental Group because she believed it would be a great place to work and would allow her to pursue a new career in a field that is totally oriented towards servicing people. She also finds the staff here at the practice to be very kind and extremely personable. “Everyone is focused on making sure the patient has the best possible experience while visiting our office.”
Family is an important part of Star’s life. She spends a lot of time with her son hiking at local lakes and just driving around and doing whatever comes along. Star is an avid reader, spending many hours reading suspense and legal mysteries. She and her son are also movie buffs and theme park “junkies.”
Michelle, Registered Dental Assistant
Michelle is a graduate of Galan Dental Assisting College in Modesto, and has been working in the dental field for over 14 years. Prior to joining our staff, she spent eight years working with an orthodontist in Modesto. When her family decided to move to the foothills, she came to Jackson Creek Dental Group and was very impressed by how professional and friendly our office was and joined our team in 2006. Michelle takes a lot of pride in her work, and believes that she needs to get to know her patients so she can always deliver the best treatment and service possible.
Horses are a big part of Michelle’s life. In fact, her family built a home on property they had owned for 20 years that could accommodate their horses and other animals. You can also find Michelle volunteering at the Delta Blood Bank, and working with California Children’s Services providing orthodontic services.
Emelia, Registered Dental Assistant
Emelia graduated in 2012 from Kaplan College as a dental assistant, and went right on to get her RDA license. She tells us she originally started out going to school at Cabrillo Junior College in Santa Cruz with her sights on becoming a Spanish teacher. Well, her mom was a dental assistant in the Stockton area and wanted her daughter to enter the dental field as well. Guess mom won!
After obtaining her RDA license, Emelia began looking for a permanent home in dentistry. She said she was very excited about working here at Jackson Creek Dental Group because she had only heard good things about our office, and had a wonderful experience with the doctors and staff when she did her interviews. Emelia says “It feels so comfortable here and I am so looking forward to learning and growing.” After the birth of her daughter, Emelia took a year off to be a stay at home mom. Now she is back and we couldn’t be happier.
Emelia is a professed book worm and loves to read murder mysteries. She and her husband are also very interested in cultivating an organic vegetable garden. When Emelia isn’t reading or working, you will find her hanging out with her family, enjoying some great food and fun times.