Meet Our Salinas Dentists
3 Salinas dentists – amazing services you can trust.
Our TLC Dentists will Take Great Care of You
Get to know our doctors below.
Philip Lips DDS
Dr. Lips graduated from Saint Mary’s College, Moraga, in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Southern California in 1962 and opened his first practice of General Dentistry in Salinas. A member of the American Dental Association since his student years at the University of Southern California, he taught in the dental hygiene program at Cabrillo College.
Since childhood, Dr. Lips has loved trains and has become both a history buff, regarding railroads, and a master builder of model trains. He enjoys spending time with his family, especially his two young grandsons Nick and Christopher, with whom he shares his interest in trains. He has also appeared locally as a character actor with the Western Stage. He is fond of music and enjoys being a choral singer. A lover of birds, he has a bird bath and feeders visible from his dental operatory.
Sami Sreis DDS
Dr. Sreis graduated from the University of Montreal, after completing a Bachelors in Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University. He then decided to pursue a residency program across the country in San Jose, California, far from the icy cold winters of Canada. A year later, he decided to make California his home and moved to the Central Coast where he’s been practicing dentistry ever since. As a doctor, he keeps himself abreast of newer innovations, techniques, and technologies by taking numerous courses throughout the year. He is dedicated to providing exceptional patient care tailored to each and every patient that has entrusted him with delivering oral health care. He sees himself as a healer rather than a fixer, and he will always have his patients’ best interests in mind. He enjoys keeping an active and healthy lifestyle. He’s been playing soccer at a high level throughout his life, including semi-pro leagues along the way. He enjoys hiking beautiful trails and reading on the gorgeous beaches in the sun. He loves to travel around the globe, to destinations such as Brazil, Italy, and most recently, Thailand. He loves to share his travel experiences and would love to hear about yours! “Peace begins with a Smile” – Mother Teresa
Martha “Catalina” Payne DDS
Dr. M. Catalina Payne graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Biological Science, Major in Microbiology and Minor in Chemistry. She attended the University of Nevada School of Dental Medicine in Las Vegas and received her Doctor of Dental Medicine diploma in 2010. Dr. Catalina is a member of the California Dental Association, American Dental Association, and the Santa Clara Dental Association. She completed courses in implant dentistry, orthodontics, and pediatric dentistry. She continues to attend courses on a regular basis to stay updated on improvements in dental technology and procedures. Dr. Catalina donates a considerable number of hours to local schools and community programs supporting oral health for both kids and adults. With a laid-back, patient-centered approach to dentistry, her goal is to make every patient feel comfortable. Come in and meet the TLC Dentistry team. Dr. Catalina is excited to welcome you!
Providing Comprehensive Dentistry in Salinas, CA
Each dentist at TLC Dentistry believes all of our patients are family. That’s why they strive to provide the latest methods dentistry has to offer. From high-quality care to same-day dentistry, our TLC dentists will take great care of you. Some of the services our dentists offer include:
Thanks to the advancement in technology, it’s possible to receive your crown restorations in just one appointment!See How We Do It
Give your smile a second chance with dental implants. Our Salinas dentists can beautifully place and restore most dental implants to blend seamlessly with your smile.Learn About Implants
Are you ready to change the look of your smile? Smile loud and proud with cosmetic dentistry. We offer life-changing solutions, including Invisalign and professional teeth whitening.See How We Create Smiles
“TLC is exactly that! Best dental services delivered by an awesome team of attentive, trust worthy and caring professionals. I’ve been a TLC patient for 30+ years. My children have been patients through baby teeth and braces, never fearful of the “dreaded” dental visits. We can’t imagine going anywhere else.”
Mari B., Actual TLC Dentistry Patient