The Dougherty Dental Team

Dougherty Dental would not be complete without its highly dedicated and educated dental team. Half of our staff has been with us for more than 10 years, and they continue to implement Drs. Dougherty’s and Szotko’s philosophy. We focus on you as person and we do what we can to treat your entire overall health, not solely your smile.

“It’s very enjoyable to see our team have the same zest for dentistry as we do.” – Dr. Paul Dougherty

Year after year, our team proves their commitment to preventive and restorative dentistry by participating in countless continuing education courses and by teaching at aspiring hygiene schools, including the California Board of Dental Hygienists.

Doesn’t it make sense to have your dentistry performed by passionate dentist La Jolla with a team focused on longevity? We welcome you to get to know our dental team below:

Front Office Team

Janell J., Financial Coordinator

Janell is our Financial Coordinator. She has many years of dental experience as well as accounting and marketing in her background. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. 


Kathy W., Schedule Coordinator

Kathy is one of our newest team members here at Dougherty Dental. She and her family recently moved back to San Diego from Key West, Florida where they lived the last 4 years. Kathy has been in the dental field for over 5 years and truly enjoys making everyone’s dental experience stress free and enjoyable. When she is not at work Kathy spends her spare time outdoors camping or hiking.


Rosie R., Hygiene Coordinator

Rosie is the Hygiene Coordinator at  Dougherty Dental and joined the team in February 2016.  She has been in the dental field since 2007.  You may get a call from time to time as she follows up on appointments.  Outside of work she enjoys taking care of her family.

Hygiene Team

Heidi C.

Heidi has been with Dougherty Dental since 2003. She graduated with an Associate’s degree and Bachelor’s degree from the College of Southern Nevada. She is passionate about dental hygiene and is an active member of the San Diego Dental Hygienists’ Association and was recently nominated as a national delegate for the ADHA. In her free time, she enjoys wine, travel, and exercise – in that order.


Ashley A.

Ashley is a native Californian; born and raised here in San Diego. After graduating from USC, she spent time practicing dental hygiene in San Francisco, Lake Tahoe and Zurich, Switzerland. Family and the ocean called her back to San Diego where she met her husband and started a family of her own. Ashley joined the Dougherty Dental Team in 2014. She also is an adjunct faculty, teaching clinical dental hygiene at Southwestern College.


Adriane H


Adriane H.

Adriane has been in dentistry for the better part of a decade. Before she was a hygienist, she worked in the front office for both a periodontist and an oral surgeon. She is a native San Diegan and graduated from Southwestern College in 2013 with a degree in dental hygiene. In addition to helping patients achieve a clean, healthy smile, Adriane loves using the intra-oral camera to help patients visualize and understand their oral health needs. When she isn’t working, Adriane enjoys spending time with her husband, Eric, and bulldogs, Cricket and Laya.

Ashley B


Ashley B.

Ashley Barry, “Barry” received her degree in Dental Hygiene from Tunxis Community College in Connecticut. After vacationing in San Diego summer of 2016, she decided to make San Diego home! Since arriving, Barry has committed herself to continuing education in the hygiene field. While in school, Barry maintained Deans list, volunteered for Mission of Mercy, received her local anesthesia and laser certifications. Barry takes pride in making patients feel comfortable at the dentist. She looks forward to meeting you and building a trusting relationship. Barry enjoys the beach, traveling, cooking and photography.

Dental Assistant Team

Andrea H.

Andrea is a native of San Diego. An RDA since 1993, Andrea has worked with Dr. Dougherty since 2000. Andrea enjoys traveling, church activities, spending time with her family, cooking and baking!


Darlene H.

Darlene joined us in March of 2011. She is a native San Diegan and enjoys working with the Dougherty Dental team. She is happily married and has two grown children and one grandaughter. She enjoys gardening, photography, camping, and traveling.


Jeanette O.

Jeanette is an RDA who has been working in La Jolla for the past 28 years and recently joined the Dougherty Dental team in April 2012. Jeanette and her husband have two children, a 20-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son who are true blessings. She loves, loves, loves life, the ocean, the outdoors, gardening and family time.