Katie is Dr. Buchanan’s Executive Assistant for his teaching facility, Dental Education Laboratories, where she coordinates with doctors from all over the world to come train under Dr. Buchanan. Katie is also the dental practice manager for Dr. Buchanan’s private practice and comes to us with over 11 years of experience in the dental field. Katie originally began working in the dental field as a receptionist while in high school and quickly found her passion in dentistry. After working as a dental assistant for two years, she petitioned the state boards of California and obtained her Registered Dental Assisting license. Since obtaining this certification Katie has expanded her functions through continuing education. While being well-versed in back office operations Katie is also a self-taught dental medicine cross-coder and biller, utilizing all aspects of medical insurance to maximize benefits and reduce out-of-pocket costs to our patients.
Katie was born and raised in Santa Barbara County but has found her home in the Santa Ynez Valley with her husband Mario. When not working, she can be found operating her medical billing business, cuddling with their little dog Jasper, or cooking up a new dish.