Meet the Doctors of iSmile Santa Cruz
At iSmile, we are a team of caring, experienced dental professionals who use only the most advanced technologies, materials & procedures. At our community-focused practice, your comfort & satisfaction come first. We offer early morning, late evening & Saturday appointments, so you don’t have to miss work or school for your care, something our team feels strongly about.
We pride ourselves on taking the time to listen & get to know each patient as an individual. The entire team at iSmile looks forward to seeing you soon & developing a relationship with you to build the bridge toward long-term trust & successful dental care. See why our patients can’t stop smiling!
Dr. Michael Malek
Dr. Malek is a graduate of the University of Michigan with top honors in advanced prosthodontics. He has volunteered his services with the Boys and Girls Club as well as St. Elizabeth of Hungary. Dr. Malek has devoted himself to extensive training in the fields of periodontics, orthodontics, oral surgery, implantology, and aesthetic full mouth rejuvenation. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Orthodontic Society. When not caring for patients, Dr. Malek pursues his hobbies of horseback riding, boating, sculpting, and painting.
Dr. Malek is excited about being in a community that encourages health and wellness! As a man of the outdoors Dr, Malek is enjoying hiking, our amazing Monterey Bay, and the warmth of the people here in our community. Santa Cruz has become his home, a paradise to embrace, and serve!
Our exceptional, friendly staff is our greatest asset. All of our dental assistants & hygienists are licensed professionals who pride themselves on their current dental techniques & outstanding patient communication. With unmatched quality & integrity, they are dedicated to achieving the best possible results for you & your family.
Since your comfort & health are our top priorities, iSmile’s staff is glad to assist you in any way. If you have any questions at all, from treatment options & sterilization to insurance concerns & paperwork, we’re here for you! We can assure you that you’ll enjoy your dental visit!
Lorrie Ammann RDH, BS
Lorrie is our Registered Dental Hygienist. She is a graduate of USC School of Dentistry with a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene. Shortly after graduating, she relocated to beautiful Santa Cruz. She has been practicing in Santa Cruz County for 20 years, working in general & periodontal offices. Her interest in dental hygiene began while she was a dental assistant working in Santa Barbara. She offers years of experience in patient care & strives to make each patient’s visit informative & comfortable while helping them maintain their oral health. When not in the dental office, Lorrie enjoys spending time with her husband, son & daughter. Her hobbies are standup paddling, biking, hiking, camping, running (participating in local races including the Wharf to Wharf) & doing anything outdoors or by the beach.
Laura Luna − Patient Coordinator
Laura is our outgoing Office Manager! She has worked in healthcare for 5+ years. She has her B.S. in Healthcare Administration & her Master’s in Business Administration. She loves Santa Cruz & has lived in the area her whole life. When she’s not in the office, she volunteers for Shepherd’s Gate Homeless Children & Women’s Shelter & The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Laura has an optimistic, helpful, & intelligent attitude & will be glad to assist you with anything you need!
McKenzie Malek − Front Office Coordinator
McKenzie is our Administrative Assistant. McKenzie loves Santa Cruz! As the daughter of Dr. Malek she has grown up in the world of dentistry & is passionate about pursuing her career in the field. Everyday, McKenzie has a smile on her face meeting new patients & getting to know her new community more. She’s working her way through college & knows her future in dentistry is about service & making sure every patient knows how important they are to the Malek family at iSmile, Inc. When you call the office at iSmile, Inc. you will know that engaging young woman is there because she wants to help you!
Connor Malek − Office Manager
Connor is our Office Manager & Marketing Coordinator. Connor is a UCSC graduate with a B.S. in Biology for Pre-Dental. He fell in love with the Santa Cruz community! Being the son of Dr. Malek and a biology major, he has spent his entire life around the dental field and is very interested in healthcare & dentistry. Connor loves meeting new people & always has a smile on his face. He is passionate about seeing every patient leave the office happy & healthy! When you call the office at iSmile, Inc. you will know Connor by his upbeat voice!
Dacia Pruett − Patient Coordinator
Dacia Pruett is our Hygiene Coordinator and Registered Dental Assistant. She brings over 18 years’ experience to ismile, Inc., and we are fortunate to have such a caring, thorough, positive person on our team. As a Santa Cruz native Dacia enjoys all the wonderful aspects of our community. She is excited to be working here in her home town. Raising two sons and cheering on her youngest as he excels on our local baseball All-stars is her current passion! Come in and say Hi to Dacia, she will love meeting you!