Meet Our 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.


Clinical Administrator

Kathy oversees Trunkey Dental’s day to day functions to provide our patients with a wonderful experience and our staff with an awesome place to work. Kathy met Dr. Trunkey while she was in nursing school and he was in dental school. They got married two weeks after their graduations and, in January of 1981, they purchased this wonderful dental practice here in Bakersfield.  

Kathy loves to cook, lead bible study, read and travel. With both her children and grandchildren living out of state, traveling has become a great adventure for her and Dr. T. She loves us all here at Trunkey Dental, which is why she always keeps our tummies happy with her delicious creations. Hungry? Stop by the office anytime and surely she’s got a lasagna here somewhere!


Treatment Coordinator/Front Office Team Leader

Brandi beautifully handles a variety of jobs, from scheduling and  financial arrangements to front office administration. She takes great pride in connecting with our patients and is an expert in assisting patients make their dental dreams a reality.

Brandi is a Bakersfield native who runs on coffee and country music. She recently married the love of her life, Tim, and together they are raising three children. Brandi is also a huge animal lover. Her two dogs run the show at home and that’s just the way she likes it!


Front Desk Coordinator

Emmie recently returned home from the central coast, and boy we are glad she did! She is the spunky voice on the other end of the line and the smile you see when you come in our office.

Emmie has 3 beautiful kids and is blessed with 7 grandchildren. In her spare time, she is teaching us how to make all sorts of cute crafty things and we love how she decorates our office with her creative touch.


RDAEF2/Back Office Team Leader

Melanie is an outstanding dental assistant, who’s been in the field since 2001. Earning her RDAEF in 2015, she enjoys helping her patients have healthy smiles and managing our back office with excellence. Our patients appreciate her soft touch and know they are in exceptional, caring hands as she has made the comfort of her patients a top priority.

Melanie and her husband Josh have three adorable daughters who love spending time with all the animals on their mini-farm. She enjoys family movie nights, trips to the beach, and making her back-yard look Pinterest-worthy. Melanie makes us all green with envy when she returns from her lunch hour with amazing thrift store and antique finds!


Registered Dental Assistant

Griselda moved to Bakersfield from Moor Park in 2010. In the dental field since 1996, she continues to be a wonderful asset to our Trunkey Dental family as she loves to help others and make them smile.


Griselda never sits still for very long. She stays busy on her family ranch with every farm animal you can imagine! She has a very large extended family, so the family festivities never end. If you need to plan a party in less than 5 days for 350 guests, Griselda is your gal!


Dental Assistant

Kelsey moved back to Bakersfield after working in beautiful Alaska for 4 years, coordinating services for busloads of eager tourists. She left the wilds of Alaska to return home to raise her little girl close to family. She has been a dental assistant since 2009, but with hospitality in her background, she is no stranger to going above and beyond for her patients’ comfort and happiness.

When Kelsey is not working, she is probably lost somewhere outdoors with her daughter. Her passion for the outdoors has taken her to some beautiful places. She enjoys the slow days of summer spent with family, especially when there’s some good music and good food.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Fatima is one of our very talented hygienists and has managed to capture the hearts of her many loyal patients. Aside from her sweet disposition, she is also exceedingly gentle and approaches her craft with a delicate hand.

Spending time with her two boys is what Fatima loves most. They keep her running between soccer, baseball and orchestra. You will never meet a more genuinely nice person than our dear Fatima.