Dr. Raymond Ramos grew up in Southern California skateboarding and surfing. He majored in Biology at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. While in college, he worked at a dental laboratory which sparked his interest in becoming a dentist. He moved to Northern California in 1990 and received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of the Pacific Dental School in 1993. On weekends, he would mountain bike in Sonoma County and knew it was where he wanted to live. He practiced as a general dentist in Sonoma County before attending the University of Maryland and receiving his certificate in Pediatric Dentistry. He joined Dr. Steigner in 1999. Dr. Ramos is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He met his wife, Dr. Cheryl Willett, at the University of Maryland where they were classmates and convinced her to move to beautiful Sonoma County. They have two wonderful daughters. When he's not at work or at one of his daughter's activities, he rides and races mountain and road bikes and snowboards. When asked what he likes most about being a pediatric dentist, he says "I love what I do and it doesn't feel like work. As a dad, I appreciate the trust the parents place in me and it's a privilege to watch their children grow up over the years. Even when the kids are old enough to graduate to an adult dentist, I still see their little face from their first visit with me when they were a toddler."

Dr. Austin Nuñez was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. He attended college at the University of Nevada and majored in Biology. During this time he volunteered at a dental clinic for underserved children. This experience lead him to what he wanted to dedicate his life to. He attended Creighton University School of Dentistry In Omaha, Nebraska and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2010. He then moved to Austin, Texas to practice general dentistry as a member of the National Health Service Corps. Dr. Nuñez really missed working with children. He returned to school and attended the University of California, Los Angeles and received his certificate in Pediatric Dentistry as well as his Master's in Public Health. He met his wife, Dr. Jennifer Nuñez, while they were in dental school in Nebraska. All of Dr. Jennifer's siblings live in the Bay Area and they are so excited to all be back together again. When not in the office you can find Dr. Nuñez rock climbing, skiing, or playing some golf. He is very excited to be apart of the dental team here in Petaluma.

Dr. Kim Whippy was born in San Francisco and raised in the East Bay. She completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Cell and Developmental Biology and graduated with honors in 2006 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She worked as a dental assistant in college and this lead to her path to become a dentist. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree cum laude at Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 2011 and was awarded the Silver Medal for scholastic excellence, along with several academic and performance scholarships. She completed a one-year General Practice Residency at The Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. During this residency she learned to manage patients with special behavioral and medical needs and realized her true passion was working with children. She subsequently pursued an additional two-year pediatric dentistry specialty training program at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. In her spare time she enjoys participating in community and global health mission trips, traveling, running, biking, hiking, snowboarding, and playing with her two beautiful nieces. Dr. Whippy is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Cheryl Willett was raised in the suburbs of Chicago. From the age of 8 she had an interest in pediatric health care. Growing up in a family of artists, she also developed a strong love of arts and crafts. One day while talking to her father about what exactly to do in health care, he suggested pediatric dentistry and called it a great combination of medicine and arts and crafts. She started shadowing dentists while in college and knew it was the profession for her. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Miami in 1993 and completed her Doctorate of Dental Surgery at Northwestern University in 1997 where she earned the Outstanding Service Award and the American Association of Orthodontists Award. She received her certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Maryland in 1999. She earned her Masters in Oral Biology from the the University of Maryland in 2001 with a thesis titled "Predisposing Factors to Pediatric Dental Anxiety." Dr. Willett is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She moved from Chicago to Sonoma County when she married Dr. Ramos. Dr. Willett serves as the current secretary and former president of the Sonoma County Chapter of Smile For A Lifetime. Dr. Willett works part-time and spends the rest of the time busy with their daughters. When not being a mom-taxi or working, she enjoys yoga, cooking, and making photo albums. Dr. Willett enjoys giving children a positive dental experience and can be found singing to the kids to comfort them. She also enjoys educating parents about prevention.

Dr. Martin Steigner Congratulations Dr. Steigner on your retirement I cannot thank Dr. Marty Steigner enough for being an awesome pediatric dentist, wonderful partner, and dear friend. In 1996, I was a general dentist in Sonoma County. I was seeing a lot of kids and started thinking that I might want to go to a pediatric dental residency to obtain the extra training necessary to specialize in treating children. I called Marty for advice. As you well know, Marty is so friendly and approachable. He told me to go for it. In 1999, I returned from my residency in pediatric dentistry and began working with Marty. We have had a great time practicing together over these past 15 years and I am honored to carry on his legacy. I hope that you will join me in congratulating Marty on his retirement next time you see him around Petaluma. You might even see him in the office, we love when he stops by! I am truly grateful to have had him as a partner, mentor, and friend. Sincerely, Dr. Ray Ramos


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