With over 30 years of combined dental experience, our dental team is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable in the area. They work hard to make sure that your visit runs as smooth as possible and that you receive the utmost in care. They truly enjoy seeing a smile on your face as you leave our office.

Dr. Brian M. Assael

Our StaffDr. Brian Assael graduated from the State University of New York Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in 1988. He completed a General Practice Residency at Peninsula Hospital, Queens, New York in 1989. He practiced general dentistry in the New York City area until 1992, when he relocated to California.

Dr. Assael has practiced in Berkeley since 1993. He is a graduate of the prestigious PAC-LIVE continum, a teaching institute dedicated to functional natural aesthetics, a philosophy adopted and implemented in the treatment of patients.

Dr. Assael is a member of the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, The Academy of General Dentistry, The American Dental Association, California Dental Association and The Berkeley Dental Society.

Dr. Assael’s wife is Melissa. They have two beautiful children, Katie and Lauren.


Theresa Feorino – Office Manager

theresaTheresa has 15 years of experience in the dental field, 10 as the office manager for Dr. Assael. She is the first contact with the office and is friendly and eager to make your appointments as smooth as possible. She also handles insurance and billing issues. She is excited to welcome new and existing patients as part of our growing dental family.


Renee E Lee – Office Assistant

Renee is an undergraduate student studying Integrative Biology at the University of California Berkeley. She is currently a pre-dental student who is serving as a administrative assistant at this office. Renee has a goal to further her studies in dentistry by applying to dental school after she receives her Bachelor’s degree. She hopes to utilize this experience in order to expand her knowledge on dentistry since she aspires to become a dentist one day. Renee is extremely approachable so if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask her anything when you see her at the front desk.


Marrina Ran – Office Assistant

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Marrina is a student at University of California, Berkeley studying Molecular Environmental Biology. She is happy to help Theresa as an office assistant. Her goal is to be a dentist one day and to be as skilled and inspiring as Dr. Assael is. She hopes you feel comfortable in our office and wishes you a pleasant experience with your treatment!


Becky Nicolas – Registered Dental Hygienist


Becky graduated from Contra Costa College as a Dental Assistant in 2010 and from Diablo Valley College as a Dental Hygienist in 2015. She is extremely passionate about oral health and education because dental treatment has improved her own smile and self-esteem, and now she wants to help her patients in the same way. She loves meeting new patients, providing caring, gentle, and individualized quality care, and helping people smile!


Sarah Cromwell – Registered Dental Assistant


Sarah is Dr. Assael’s dental assistant. She graduated from the Diablo Valley College dental assistant program where she earned her certification. Sarah takes pride in her skills as an assistant and provides the best experience for every patient. She enjoys painting, baking, and running.