Meet Our Staff and Dental Hygienists

Meet our dental team in Salinas, CA

Meet Our Dental Staff


Front Office

Hi, my name is George. I am the eldest son of Dr. Philip Lips. I joined the team at TLC in October of 1997. I’ve enjoyed getting to know our patients over the years. Some of our patients remember me as a little one when my mom would bring me to the office with her. I have a deep appreciation for cars, especially Muscle cars from the 1960s and 70s.

Financial Coordinator

Hi, my name is Danae. I joined TLC Dentistry in 2017 and I’m very happy to be a part of this wonderful team. I have been in the dental field since 2010. By far the best part of my job is building a bond with my patients and helping them achieve their dental goals. I have been fortunate to have grown up in Monterey County. When I am not at the office I enjoy spending time with my husband Martin and our two boys Braden and Justus.

Registered Dental Assistant

Hi, my name is Mirna. I became a part of the TLC family in September of 2010. Born in Hollister and now residing in Salinas, I have a wonderful husband and two grown children. I became a dental assistant in 1997. I continually learn the new techniques and advances in dental restorative treatment, specializing in CEREC (Cad/Cam) restoration design. I am privileged to be able to utilize my skills to better serve and treat our clients.

Meet Our Dental Hygienists


Registered Dental Hygienist

Elizabeth Adams is a graduate of Cabrillo College. She joined TLC in September 2009. Her passion for Dental Hygiene stems from the bonding experiences she builds with patients while in her chair. Born and raised in the Monterey County, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and hiking.


Registered Dental Hygienist

“Hi, my name is Lorena. I grew up in the Central Valley in a small town called Chowchilla. I have three older siblings and four German Shepherds.

Why did you choose dentistry?

“I chose dentistry because I enjoy interacting and helping people, especially helping them love their smile. I believe in building great relationships with my patients.”

What is the best part of your job?

“The best part about being a dental hygienist is making you feel good about your oral health!”

What aspect of your personality adds the most value to the office?

“I believe my bubbly personality adds value and smiles to the TLC Dentistry office.”

What do you do outside of the office?

“Outside the office, I enjoy hiking, binge-watching Netflix, playing soccer, spending time with my family, and dancing. Believe it or not, sky diving in the Swiss Alps has always been on my bucket list!”

At TLC Dentistry, we're a passionate, professional dental team striving to provide outstanding comprehensive dental care utilizing state-of-the-art technology. We pride ourselves on creating lasting relationships in a safe and welcoming environment. Our mission is to change lives one smile at a time.

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750 East Romie Lane, Suite C
Salinas, CA 93901

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