Our Team

Dr. Monica Duarte

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Dr. Duarte attended The University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, CA. After 13 years in office, Dr. Duarte still loves coming to a practice that doesn’t feel like work, where staff and patients help create a family environment with trust and compassion.

Of all the fulfillments that dentistry has to offer, her biggest joy is getting the chance to improve her patients’ smiles while promoting dental health. For her, it is important to consistently provide caring, quality, and comprehensive treatments for all of her patients.

Passionate about staying on top of this ever-changing field, Dr. Duarte routinely attends the latest education courses and is an active member of the Spears Continuing Education Program as well as other dental study groups.

She is a devoted mother to her baby boy when she is not working. She loves staying active outdoors and traveling when possible.

Dr. Hernan Cardenas

Dr. Cardenas was born in San Jose and grew up in the Carmel area. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University and continued his education at Creighton University, where he earned his Master’s degree in Clinical Anatomy.

In 2009, he received his D.D.S. degree and graduated with honors from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. His interest in learning led him to complete a General Practice Residency at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs hospital with surgical rotations at Stanford University and Highland Hospital in Oakland.
Dr. Cardenas is fluent in Spanish. His interests include traveling, fitness, tennis, and spending time with his family.

Dr. Lesley M. Fox

Dr. Lesley Fox is a bay area native and lives in San Jose with her husband and their two young children. She attended UCLA for undergrad and earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University Of Southern California School Of Dentistry.

Dr. Fox is currently a member of organized dentistry and attends local dental meetings and the annual dental conference in San Francisco to improve her skills and keep up to date on the most current techniques and materials available in dentistry. While Dr. Fox enjoys practicing all aspects of general dentistry she is particularly fond of working with children. In her free time, Dr. Fox enjoys reading, hiking, Zumba dance classes and spending time with her family.

Jennifer O’Day

Office Manager

With 25 years in the dental field, Jennifer truly is an expert at what she does. From addressing dental concerns and treatments to planning financial steps, Jennifer works hard to ensure your visit to our office is an efficient and simple one. She understands the complexity of insurance to quickly help clarifying coverage and recommend the best options for you. Continuously updating her knowledge in higher education, she strives to maximize our office’s potential with excellent services and care.

Family and friends are important to Jennifer, and that’s how she enjoys most of her free time. A few of her hobbies include home-improvement, traveling, golfing, camping, and especially reading.

Michelle Yeider

Dental Hygienist

Bringing more than 20 years of dental hygiene skills, Michelle is committed to providing every patient with exceptional dental hygiene care and periodontal therapy. In her chair, you are her number one priority. Enchanted with a soothing personality and an ability to connect, she instantly makes you feel at ease and readily guides you through a pleasant experience. Armed with current industry knowledge and technologies, Michelle’s goal is to help you achieve excellent dental health and the beautiful smile for a lifetime.

Outside of the office, Michelle enjoys spending time with family, playing sports, reading, and doing volunteer work.

Christina Bell

Dental Hygienist

Christina graduated from Carrington College with her Dental Hygiene Degree in 2010. Her passion for being in the dental field started when she realized she had a strong desire to educate people on improving their overall oral health. She prides herself in her work and pays close attention to both being thorough and yet making sure her patients are always comfortable. In her off time, Christina is a busy Mom of 2 children but still finds time to enjoy her passion of reading and traveling with her family.

Anissa Garcia

Office Assistant

Always interested in the dental field from a very young age, Anissa joined a dental assistant education program and started internship at Dr. Duarte’s office during high school years. She now helps run front desk and all things operational since her graduation. Responsible and flexible, she is always eager to help everyone. Anissa plans to continue her education and become a dental hygienist in the near future.

Anissa is a sport enthusiast and loves playing soccer. Typically, most of her free time is well spent with her big family and friends.

What our patients say about us

“Signature Dental is exceptional! Everyone is very nice, helpful and informative. My options were explained completely and all the treatment has been easy and painless. Excellent experience!”
Tonya M.

“I really appreciate how everyone in the office is really on top of patient education. It really does seem that they care more about my dental health than their bottom line. That’s a great feeling!”
Kari K.

“Invisalign is so easy, no pain at all. Very minor inconvenience. It was a great experience!”
John S.

“I am a new person! Last tray today and I couldn’t be happier! People compliment me on my smile, that’s good!”
Andre V.