Our Staff

A ll our professionals at Dr. Avery's office maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.

Vaida Avery, Dental
Dr. Vaida Avery graduated with Honors from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior. After graduating from UC Davis, She spent a year doing a molecular biology research and together with other researchers in the field, she co-authored her findings in a prestigious Biochemistry journal. This prodigious desire to improve and study was noticed by The University of Southern California School of Dentistry and she was accepted into the Doctor of Dental Surgery program. Dr. Avery received her dental degree four years later and was invited to join the USC School of Dentistry faculty. Her commitment to learning continues in her bonded restorations course she facilitates in the Fall Trimester.

Dr. Avery enjoys learning from the best Dentists in each of the unique fields of Profession. She spends hundreds of hours attending continuing education courses taught by the most ethical, conservative and brightest international leaders in dentistry. She maintains her education on the cutting edge of the latest advances in esthetic, implant and restorative dentistry to ensure that her patients are offered the finest service, treatment, and technology available today.

Her memberships to professional organizations include American Dental Association, California Dental Association, San Diego County Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Avery is an active member of the community and enjoys yoga, modern art, travel and outdoor sports. She also loves to cook gourmet meals. When not at work, Dr. Avery loves spending time with her son Neil, daughter Paloma, and two dogs Soca and Nella.

A Personal Note From Dr. Avery
Many patients ask me, why I became a dentist? I absolutely love my work! I adore learning about people and earning their confidence. I also enjoy the intricate work that dentistry offers. My attention to details allows me perform beautiful work that my patients enjoy. It feels good when I create beautiful smiles or alleviate their pain. I take the time and energy needed to make my patients comfortable. The biggest compliment I receive from people is that they are not afraid to go to dentist anymore. All of us at my office try to make your appointment fantastic and fun. Stop by, meet me, the rest of my adorable staff and have a cup of coffee at the office! We would love to see you!

2011 Top Dentist in Pacific Beach



Deboragh Cook, Hygienist
I love to take care of people and provide the best dental hygiene services in a relaxed, caring environment. My goal is to educate and provide information so that Dr. Avery's patients can improve their oral health, thus contributing to the well-being of their general health.

  • I was President of the 1969 class of dental hygiene at The University of Hawaii
  • Former President of the San Diego County Dental Hygienist Society
  • Served on the California State Board of Dental hygiene Examiners for fourteen years
  • Licensed California Dental Hygienist
  • California licensed in expanded function of dental hygiene

Bebe, Financial Coordinator, DA
My name is Bebe and I am the Financial Coordinator at Dr. Avery's office. I have been in the dental field for over twenty-four years. At the beginning of my career, I started as a doctor's assistant. Throughout the years I've learned a lot about the business side of dentistry which involves scheduling patients, billing insurance on behalf of our patients, and managing the office.

Here at Dr. Avery's office, I strive on a daily basis to provide all our patients with the best and most comprehensive dental assistance available. I look forward to meeting and assisting you.



Ashlee Maestretti, Dental Assistant 

Ashlee Maestretti is a dental assistant whom just graduated and is the newest member to our team. Ashlee is from Sacramento and moved here three years ago to pursue her dental career. On Ashlee's free time, she enjoys cooking and socializing with friends and family.


Joanne Schlegel, Hygienist

Joanne Schlegel is one of our dental hygienist's with over 20 years of experience. Her passion for her patients and her career make her a great fit for our dental team. When not working Joanne enjoys time with her husband, Steve and her two Labrador retrievers. You can find her any weekend at the beach, walking with friends, family and her pups.

Dina Leon, RDA

Hi, my name is Dina. I have 26 years of experience as an RDA and joined Dr. Avery's practice in the fall of 2009. The ability to help and interact with our patients gives me great satisfaction and motivates me to give it my all. When I leave work I go home to my husband and our sweet dog Diggy, they enrich my life every day. I welcome the opportunity to meet you and provide you with a wonderful and caring experience.