Trunkey Dental

Dentist Donald Trunkey

A message from Dr. Trunkey

When I started dental school, I had a mouth full of broken-off teeth. I was very embarrassed, to say the least. The shame I felt about my own dental problems led to my first rule when dealing with patients…NO GUILT. So, on your first visit here, there will be NO lectures. In fact, we’re going to celebrate that you made it to the first step of having a “Healthy and Carefree Smile”.

I graduated in 1980 from dental school at Loma Linda, CA. What I learned really quickly is that patients would rather be anywhere than in the dental office, so that led to rule 2. LESS DENTISTRY IS BEST DENTISTRY. So, we show you how to avoid coming to the dentist any more than you have to.

After 33 years in dentistry I have found that my happiest patients are the ones that stopped the destruction of dental disease and then fixed their teeth as ideally as possible. Then they can live mostly a carefree life as it relates to their teeth. It’s a great place to be!!!

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Specialized Education Qualifications

After earning his bachelor’s degree from LLU, Dr. Trunkey earned his doctorate from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. Dr. Trunkey knew that there was much more to be learned and took many courses outside the scope of general dentistry to expand his knowledge base. He took an 8 year- in depth Advanced Dental Education course through the esteemed Pankey Institute in Florida. This course taught him how to effectively address bite issue and jaw problems, such as TMJ. He has since taken many other continuing education courses, including those in implants, orthodontics, digital diagnoses, teeth whitening & cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Trunkey is a member of the Kern County Dental Society, the American Dental Society, the California Dental Association & a Bakersfield-based study club.

Meet Our Wonderful Staff

At Trunkey Dental, our staff is dedicated to providing you with our “Five Star” service. Each member of our team works together to meet all the dental needs of our patients in a gentle, professional, and caring manner. We take great pride in our knowledge and experience and are committed to making your next visit a great one.

Kathy

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Kathy

Clinical Administrator

Kathy helps all our staff create a warm and caring haven for our dental family. She oversees development and training of our employees, provides back up for our wonderful Patient Coordinator, Brandi, and keeps everyone well fed!

Kathy met Dr. Trunkey while she was in Nursing school & he in Dental School. They got married two weeks after their graduations and, in January of 1981, they purchased a dental practice here in Bakersfield. Kathy loves reading and cooking but most of all, spending time with her grandkids. In fact, if you don’t see Kathy at her desk in the corner, she’s either exercising with her best bud or off to the beach visiting her very precious grandkids!

Brandi

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Brandi

Patient Coordinator

Brandi is the wonderfully friendly voice you hear answering our phone. She beautifully wears many hats, handling all our scheduling, financial agreements, & front office administration. She takes great pride in finding solutions to patients’ concerns & is an expert in figuring out ways to make dentistry affordable.

Brandi is a Bakersfield native who loves to entertain, vacation in Tahoe, & juggle 3 leashes while walking the dogs (or do they walk her?). She is a mother of 2 very spirited children & yet still manages to take great care of all our patients!

Dentist Front Office Team Leader

Brandi
Front Office Team Leader
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Pat

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Pat

Office Assistant

Pat was voted as the one person each of our staff would like to have at their back in a dark alley! Quite the spitfire, Pat moved to Bakersfield 47 years ago as a new bride. Her philosophy is “it takes a village” to keep an office running smoothly. This is where Pat’s skills are greatly appreciated. She has been in the dental field for over 26 years, 10 of them with Dr. Trunkey. Pat can handle any task, great or small, that’s thrown her way.

A multi-tasker extraordinaire, Pat also enjoys spending time attending the sporting events of any one of her 12 grandkids! She also loves reading, shopping and visiting with her 5 children.

Jessica

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Jessica

Doctor's Administrative Assistant

Jessica is an awesome asset to our staff. If something is broken, she’ll figure out a way to fix it! We all enjoy her quirky sense of humor, which is displayed daily on our Facebook page.

Jessica loves sci-fi, dogs of all kinds, and running obstacle courses. An Army wife for 20 years, they now enjoy living in Bakersfield with their 4 busy kids.

Dentist's Administrative Assistant

Jessica
Doctor's Administrative Assistant
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Melanie

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Melanie

Registered Dental Assistant

Melanie is an outstanding dental assistant with over 10 years of experience. Earning her RDA in 2003, she enjoys helping her patients have healthy smiles. Our patients appreciate her soft touch and know they are in excellent, caring hands as she has made the comfort of her patients a top priority.

Melanie & her husband Josh have three adorable daughters who want to be 'real' princesses when they grow up. She enjoys family movie nights, trips to the beach, gardening and creative art projects.

Melanie

Melanie
Back Office Team Leader
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Alissa

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Alissa

Hygiene Coordinator

Alissa has recently returned to our fair city and we were fortunate enough to find her before another office could snatch her up! Alissa finds that her patients’ comfort is first and foremost on the list of her specialties. She has been in the dental field for ten years and takes great pride in her relationships with her patients and coworkers.

When Alissa isn’t taking care of our beloved patients, she is spending time with her two little girls. You can also find her in church or traveling, reading or visiting with her friends and family.

Griselda

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Griselda

Registered Dental Assistant

Griselda is fairly new to Bakersfield, having moved here in 2010. She is a wonderful asset to our Trunkey Dental family. With 16 years’ experience, she loves to help others and enjoys making them smile. You will recognize Griselda as she is the one with the beautiful flowers in her hair!

Never one to sit still for very long, Griselda also enjoys swimming, skating, traveling and playing games with her husband and four kids. And if that’s not enough to do, she enjoys listening to music and spending time with her 4 sisters and 3 brothers.

Registered Dental Assistant

Griselda
Registered Dental Assistant
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Kim

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Kim

Registered Dental Hygienist

Kim has over 18 years of dental hygiene experience and has been helping our patients here for the past 15. Well known for her gentle & thorough touch, she makes sure all our patients have beautifully clean teeth.

Kim is a wife & mother of two daughters, and grandmother to a little girl. If you love hockey, you’ll have a lot in common with Kim, who is a major Bakersfield Condor fan. Kim also loves to travel to the beach and mountains.

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Kim
Registered Dental Hygienist
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Fatima

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Fatima

Registered Dental Hygienist

Fatima is brand new to our team and we couldn't be happier! She says she feels privileged to work with Dr. Trunkey and his team because she admires the respect, individual attention and compassionate care that each person receives when they visit. Fatima's most rewarding experience is her ability to provide delicate care to gain the trust and understanding of her patients.

Spending time with her husband Joseph and their two sons is Fatima's favorite hobby! When they aren't running to their son's baseball practices and games on the weekends, you can find them riding the sand dunes by the coast or desert.

Registered Dental Hygienist

Fatima
Registered Dental Hygienist
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