Our Philosophy

The mouth is a complex system, not just teeth. When teeth are treated individually, it results in never ending dental treatment. In order to have good oral health, the system must work in harmony. This is why treating each problem with a systematic approach creates lasting results.

Our values express traditional training while also taking advantage of modern technology. Together we form a balanced team with a common vision and a unique skill set.

Our Doctors

Pablo Fernandez DDS

Dr. Fernandez was born and raised in Argentina. After graduating from The National University of Cordoba, School of Dentistry in 1993, he relocated to California and became a board certified dentist in 2006 at the University of Pacific Dental School in San Francisco. Driven by his dedication for Dentistry with guidance from prominent dental experts, he continues to expand his knowledge by taking additional courses in Bone and Periodontal Regeneration, Implants and Dental Aesthetics. His extensive educational background has laid a strong professional foundation that allows him to provide each patient with personalized and modern dental care. Dentistry has become more than just a profession for Dr. Fernandez; it is something he takes great pride in. In his free time, Dr. Fernandez enjoys traveling with his family. His favorite thing to do when traveling is being able to go snorkeling with his two sons.

Gabriela Torres DDS

Dr. Gabriela Torres was born and raised in Argentina. After graduating from the National University of Cordoba, School of Dentistry in 1992, she relocated to California and became a board certified dentist. In 2011 she started the two year International program to become a dentist in the U.S. She completed her boards at the University of Pacific Dental School in San Francisco in November 2012. Dr. Gabriela Torres joined her husband Dr. Pablo Fernandez in their private practice. Both united by the passion they share for dentistry and the pursuit of excellence in the treatments they provide to their patients. Outside of the office, Dr. Gabriela Torres enjoys yoga, relaxing by the beach, and going to the movies with her family.

Our Hygienists

Kim Gawlick RDH

Kim Gawlick is one of our outstanding dental hygienists.  She loves the dental field, she was an assistant for 2 yrs and has been a dental hygienist for about 7 years now. She is proud to have attended Carrington College in San Jose for dental hygiene. Kim is quick to put our patients right as ease and is very kind and gentle.  She strives to practice pain free dentistry and has several ways she can work with patients to achieve this.  Kim loves educating patients with their homecare and finding ways to customize homecare for each patient. She has lived in Santa Cruz county for 20 years and has been with the Scotts Valley office since day one. She started in this office over 6 years ago and was happy to continue when Smile Dental Care came to town. In her time outside of the office she loves reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Marisa Engle RDH

Marisa has been practicing dental hygiene for several years. She grew up in Oregon and got her bachelor degree in Dental Hygiene from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California. Marisa’s favorite part of her job is getting to connect with patients while giving them excellent care so they can have a healthy mouth. Her main passion in dentistry is prevention. Marisa lives in La Selva Beach, CA. In her free time she likes to watch sports, explore outside with her husband, read, do art, and spend time with her 3 cats and 2 dogs.