Meet The Staff
The Staff at East Bay Oral Surgery are a team of supportive and friendly medical care professionals. The staff are dedicated to providing patients with quality care prior, during and following your visit with Dr. Gronbach and maintaining your long term oral health. Dr. Gronbach and his team works closely with your family dentist during your treatment and follow up. East Bay Oral Surgery takes great care to provide the highest standard of care for patients in need of Oral Surgery.
East Bay Study Club & Financial Coordinator
Alison is a Bay Area Native and has been in the dental field for 15 years. Alison graduated in 1998 with a Certificate in Dental Assisting from Contra Costa College. She joined Dr. Gronbach’s practice in June of that year as Front office Coordinator. In addition to her office responsibilities, Alison also serves as the East Bay Study Club Coordinator, a pivotal role for dental practitioners in the Lamorinda area. The EBSC is a local chapter of a nationally accredited continuing education society for members of the dental community. Dr. Gronbach currently serves as its Director and President. In this crucial position, Alison manages all aspects of the group’s monthly meetings, secures guest lectures and ensures attending members receive proper credit toward their annual continuing education requirements.
Alison finds the science of dentistry fascinating and loves working with patients and partner dentists in the Lamorinda area. She spends her leisure time with family and friends, enjoying the outdoors with her husband and three children and watching her kids play organized competitive sports.
Joann has been working in the dental field for over 30 years. She became interested in the dental field while attending Albany High School. She had an after school job in a dental office and quickly realized how much she enjoyed working with the diverse group of patients , how captivated she was by the intricacy of oral surgery procedures and how good she felt seeing dramatic life-changing effects improved oral health had on the patients.
Following high school, Joann received her Certificate in Dental Assisting from the College of Alameda, then became Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Assistant (OMSA) certified, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certified. She also has her x-ray and CPR Licenses. She joined Dr. Gronbach in 1990, and loves working on challenging cases that require high level of technical proficiency.
A California native, Joann spends her free time with friends and family, including her husband and son and enjoys camping and sight-seeing across California.
Lead Surgical Assistant
Implant Coordinator &
Erin is a Bay Area Native. A graduate of Diablo Valley College, she received a Certificate in Dental Assisting in 2002. She joined Dr. Gronbach’s practice in the Summer of 2002. As an implant Coordinator/Surgical Assistant, Erin’s responsibilities include assisting Dr. Gronbach during surgical procedures, managing implant cases, and performing patient consultations and post-surgery follow-up appointments. Erin has continued her technical education in the field and has a Certificate for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Assistant (OMSA) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).
Erin says working in the dental industry is a fun, rewarding and challenging career that gives her the opportunity to interact with interesting people and help them by providing great dental care. It also enables her to enjoy a healthy work-life balance. She also enjoys traveling, outdoor activities and cooking with her friends and family especially with her daughter, Olivia.
Kimberly was born and raised in the Bay Area. After graduating from the Dental Assisting program at Carrington College in Pleasant Hill, Kimberly began working in a Family Dental Practice. This is where she got her first experience assisting in basic oral surgeries. Although she enjoyed working in a general office, Kimberly knew oral surgery was what she really wanted to do. Kimberly joined Dr. Gronbach’s team in April of 2016 and has loved it ever since! Kimberly’s responsibilities consist of performing patient consultations, assisting Dr. Gronbach during surgeries, and performing post surgery follow-up checks.
Kimberly says working in the dental field is both very interesting and rewarding. When not working, Kimberly spends her free time baking and cooking, as well as spending time with her family and friends.
Stephanie is a Bay Area Native. In 2007 Stephanie earned her Certificate in Dental Assisting from Western Career College. She became a Registered Dental Assistant in 2008, and in 2012 she became an AAOMS Certified Oral Surgery Assistant, following her CDA degree. Stephanie interned with Dr. Gronbach in 2007, and then gained experience in several areas of dental specialty. Over time, it became clear that oral surgery intrigued her the most, and in 2011 she joined Dr. Gronbach’s team. Stephanie also has experience with insurance coordination and treatment planning.
What Stephanie likes best about her job is that it combines patient care, attentiveness to technical detail and critical thinking, three elements that are a recipe for a highly rewarding career. In her leisure time, Stephanie enjoys exploring the great outdoors and spending time with her family.