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Our devoted and trained staff at Pearl Family Dentistry work every day to provide patients with a customer experience that is par none. We truly are a team in every sense of the word. There is a family dynamic among our staff, allowing our guests to feel more welcomed and comfortable receiving their dental care in Merced, California. To visit with our dentist, Dr. Jasvinder Badwalz, and the wonderful staff that accompany him, please contact us today. We look forward to meeting your oral healthcare needs with compassion and understanding.


Rinku – Office Manager








Alissa – Registered Dental Hygienist

Alissa joined our team in February of 2018 and graduated from Sacramento City College with an associate degree in dental hygiene. She was also a Colgate STAR Award recipient! Alissa enjoys the family environment at Pearl Family Dentistry and loves how everyone truly cares about the well-being of others. She always tries her best to make patients feel comfortable and at-ease in an environment where many feel anxious. By educating and talking with a friendly smile, she hopes patients will look forward to coming back to our practice. Alissa was born and raised in Merced and has two sisters who have gifted her with a niece and two nephews that she loves to spoil. When she’s not working, she loves to curl up on the couch with her nose in a good book.

Sochhan – Registered Dental Hygienist

Sochhan has been with our practice since 2009 and graduated in 2006 from Fresno City College’s accredited hygiene program with his associate degree. Sochhan likes that our team at Pearl Family Dentistry gets along and treats each other with respect. However, to him, the best part of our practice is that we are a family practice, meaning we treat our patients like our own family members, with honesty, sincerity and ethical decisions. Sochhan works well with team members to help us meet our goals, and as a hygienist provides care to our patients with a systemic approach to their continuing care and oral education. He is also bilingual in both English and Khmer.

Sochhan has been a hygienist for over 12 years and before that, worked some years as a dental assistant. His commitment to deliver the best care to our patients is important in order for them to achieve optimal oral health. However, giving the patients a calm and caring atmosphere in which their comfort and well being is maintained is his main concern. Sochhan has a son and comes from a big family himself as he has five siblings. His favorite hobbies are spending time with his family, watching movies, traveling, hiking and camping.

Yvette – Registered Dental Hygienist
Yvette joined our practice in 2012 and graduated in 2009 from Fresno City College with a degree in dental hygiene. She loves what she does, so she looks forward to coming into the office every day to see her patients and the great team we have here.

She also enjoys helping out patients maintain and improve their oral health with care and compassion. Yvette is married and likes to travel and spend time with her husband and their three beautiful daughters.

Alejandra –  Dental Assistant
In October 2017, Alejandra joined our team and has been a wonderful addition to our practice. She most enjoys how team-oriented the office is. Currently she is working to obtain her RDA License and by working for Pearl Family Dentistry she is gaining the valuable experience needed to pass the board. Alejandra is married with one daughter and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Angela – Registered Dental Assistant
We have had Angela as a member of our team at Pearl Family Dentistry since 2017. However, she has over 23 years’ experience in various positions in the dental field, including teaching dental assisting, proctoring for the Dental Board of California, working with children and volunteering at CDA Cares. Angela enjoys helping patients feel comfortable in the dental chair and giving them their smile back. She contributes to the teamwork of the practice, works well with the staff and doctors, and has the ability to calm patients if they feel nervous. She loves working with the staff on a daily basis and being involved in the community as an office. Angela has been married for over 20 years and has one daughter.

Gina – Scheduling Coordinator
Gina joined our team in 2013 and enjoys meeting new patients and getting to know them and their families. Her outgoing personality and high energy helps to motivate team members. Gina and her husband who happens to be her high school sweetheart have two children, who enjoy traveling to the beach, family gatherings, and movie dates. She enjoys spending time with her family and close friends.

Bryan – PR Executive

Since the beginning of 2017, Bryan has been with Pearl Family Dentistry promoting the practice at events and through social media. He has over six years’ experience in marketing, studied computers in college, and passed the board to be a certified medical assistant in 2009. Bryan currently is continuing his education in public relations. He enjoys the family atmosphere that we give here and appreciates how everyone works together so well that it makes it fun going to work every day. He says, “Every day is a new adventure here.” Also, if there is a 5K in the area, you will see him and our team there.

Bryan loves how community-oriented everyone is, whether helping with the local homeless shelters, attending community events, or supporting local businesses. Bryan is the oldest of six siblings and enjoys photography, traveling, playing and creating music with his guitar, and working out.

Brittany – Hygiene Coordinator
Brittany has been a part of our team since May of 2018. She graduated 2017 from Thomas Nelson Community College with her AA in social science. She is the person you will talk to regarding your cleanings, and will ensure that you are scheduled in a timely manner to maintain your oral health. She’s enjoys talking to patients and is passionate about dentistry. In her free time, Brittany enjoys staying active by going to the gym, hiking, running in local 5k’s, and spending time with her loving husband who served in the Navy, and their two amazing daughters.


Melody – Billing Coordinator

Melody moved to Merced in 2010 and joins our team with 24 years of dental experience, most of which was spent as an RDA. She offers her experience and dental knowledge to coordinate your insurance benefits and insure prompt responses from your insurance provider should any questions come up. Married for 28 years with 4 children (1 girl and 3 boys) and 1 grandson, so she keeps busy. In her free time she enjoys baking, reading, watching movies and biking with her family. She enjoys how nice the office is.

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