At Mowry Dental, our patients are our number-one priority. We are happy to have a fully-staffed, state-of-the-art facility with an exceptional dentist to make it possible for you and your family to receive the high-quality, compassionate, and convenient dental care you deserve. We also create a friendly and inviting atmosphere to ensure that you are always comfortable during your visit. To help you feel more like a part of our family, we invite you to get to know us before your visit with Dr. Thi Hoang. You can do this by reviewing the following pages:


Thi Hoang, DDS


Dr. Thi Hoang graduated from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 2007 and continued her training at their Advanced Education in General Dentistry in Union City. She has practiced dentistry for nearly ten years now and is very passionate about being a dentist.

Dr. Hoang is passionate about her career and life, and it shows through to all her patients, family, friends, students, and especially her dental team. With her compassionate and outgoing personality, she treats all patients as if they are family. She believes good first impressions are essential in creating a long-lasting and trusting relationship. It is very important to her that patients are comfortable and satisfied in their visit, whether it is their first time in the dental chair or a veteran. Dr. Hoang thoroughly enjoys being a dentist. She loves coming to the office and working with the team that she has built over the past few years. But what she loves most is how many lives they have impacted. It is a fulfilling feeling for her to see the trust patients put in her and her team, and how their recommendations have led patients to achieve great oral health.

Dr. Hoang's continued passion for dentistry has also lead her to take on an exciting role as one of UOP's radiology faculty members since 2011 and is known to be a tough instructor. She teaches students proper techniques to take digital radiographs in order to minimize radiation and helps them interpret X-ray images, detect cavities, abnormalities, lesions, etc. She also hopes to inspire her students to become great dentists in the future.

Outside of dentistry, she is a loving mother of three beautiful and rambunctious children. As a family, they donate their time to various non-profit programs such as SF Food Bank, Project Open Hand, and more. On the side, she loves to attend music concerts and is always enthusiastic about trying new restaurants. Recently she has been spending her spare time at home in the crafts room making unique projects for family, friends, and the office.


Sharon Daco, RDH

Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)

Sharon received her Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from the University of California, Davis. After working a few years as an administrator for a biotech company, she realized her heart was in patient care and decided to continue her dream of becoming a dental hygienist.

She completed her second bachelor's degree at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's dental hygiene program. She is very passionate about providing her patients with optimum dental care in the most comfortable and friendly environment. She truly enjoys cleaning teeth and helping patients take care of their teeth and gums. She feels successful at what she does when patients leave with clean teeth, and no cavities or gum problems! If you have any questions about your oral health or how to best take care of your smile, ask her, she has plenty of information she would love to share with you!

Sharon grew up in Union City and currently resides in the Ardenwood area of Fremont. She has a lot of family in the area and has always considered the Bay Area her home. When Sharon isn't busy playing with her daughters, she enjoys doing arts and crafts, photography, recreational volleyball, cooking, and going to Disneyland!


Janelle Cruz, RDH

Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)

Janelle received her Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. She also holds an Associate of Arts degree in Spanish.

Patient care is Janelle's number one priority and with her gentle touch, she ensures every patient in her care is comfortable. Being very thoughtful, she also provides great hospitality and is a great listener. Janelle is very sweet and detail oriented, which makes her a great fit for our office and to our patients.

Janelle grew up in Redwood City and currently travels from San Mateo to care for her patients here. When not in the office, her son keeps Janelle on her toes! In her free time, she enjoys crafts and photography. One of her goals in life is to learn as many languages as she can and travel the world with her family.

Kawelona Doctolero-Tolentino, RDH

Registered Dental Hygienist

Originally from Hawai'i, Kawe was born on the island of Kaua'i and raised on the island of Oahu. She moved to the Bay Area in 2001 and currently resides in Fremont.

Kawe received her associates degree in dental hygiene at Chabot College. During her spare time, Kawe enjoys going to the gym, walking her dog around lake Elizabeth, attending sporting events (especially baseball and basketball), and seeing her favorite bands in concert. She wants to start traveling the world, and is currently looking for new hobbies, starting with rock climbing.

Diana Hoang, RDH

Registered Dental Hygienist

Diana received her associates degree in dental hygiene from Carrington College in San Jose. Diana first started her career at our office as a dental assistant. Diana has an obsession with teeth! From time to time she catches herself staring at people's teeth during a conversation.

Diana is great at putting patients at ease before any dental procedure with her quirky sense of humor. She enjoys making people laugh and smile. Since a child, Diana loved going to the dentist to get her teeth cleaned. She only hopes that a patient feels the same way upon receiving care from the staff at our office. Diana is a San Jose native and loves exploring different cities and trying new food, especially different types of sushi! To keep the pounds off, she enjoys hiking and staying fit. Her favorite hobby is modifying cars and going to local car events. In her spare time, Diana is an avid video gamer and frequently watches documentaries on Netflix.

Front Office

Amanda Strief

Office Manager

Amanda is our bubbly and friendly office manager. She is always ready to greet patients with a warm hello and sweet smile. Amanda is currently working toward her associate degree in business management to broaden her managerial skills.

She specializes in treatment planning as well as insurance coverage and benefits. If a patient has any questions or concerns, Amanda is always willing to help. Her favorite aspect of working at our dental office is being able to see patients leave with a big grin and sparkly teeth.

Born and raised in Union City, Amanda is very family oriented and is not afraid to try new things or be adventurous. She has many interests and hobbies. She was previously a nanny for several years and her passion to care for children attributes to her sense of warmth and kindness. On the weekends, Amanda loves to dance and explore new restaurants. She is up for trying any delicious food and takes any recommendations.

Crystal Gallardo

Hygiene Coordinator

Crystal is a James Logan High School alum that's currently working towards her associate degree at Ohlone and Chabot college. She developed a love for teeth but her first love would have to be music.

If you hear someone singing in the office or humming along to some tunes, it is probably her! She's been in choir since kindergarten. Her current passion is musicals, and recently starred in Ohlone College's musical production of Hairspray and The Phantom of the Opera. She also had the honor of singing the National Anthem at the Oakland A's game against the Texas Rangers! In her spare time, you'll most likely find her hanging out with her family, binge watching tv shows on Netflix, or watching musical videos on YouTube.


Joyce Aquilizan

Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

Joyce obtained her associates in dental assisting from Carrington College. Joyce has exceptional skills in patient care and always accommodates to their needs.

Her infectious laugh brings joy into our office. Joyce has been known to always put others first, and it shows in how she treats her peers and patients.

Joyce commutes from Manteca everyday but our patients and staff make her long commute worthwhile, without any complaints. Family means everything to her and she enjoys working with children. When they come in for their routine visits, Joyce turns into a big kid herself and keeps them well entertained. Joyce has an obsession with trendy and fashionable shoes; if you happen to be wearing a cool pair of kicks, she probably will compliment you! In her free time, Joyce enjoys outdoor activities and weekend getaways.


Theresa Hoang

Dental Assistant

Theresa achieved her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Washington and is currently enrolled in a post baccalaureate program at CSU East Bay.

She is one of our spunky dental assistants who is always ready to tend to patient needs and bring a big smile to their face with her kindness. Theresa’s fun personality and positivity is an asset to our office; she makes the days go by faster and is always ready to lend a helping hand, even when not asked. Theresa admires the caring, family friendly environment at our dental office and is heavily inspired to become a dentist in the future.

In her spare time, Theresa enjoys binge watching Netflix shows and babysitting her four baby nieces. On the weekends, you can probably catch Theresa watching her favorite bands in concert or going to other music events.


Kayla Cabanayan

Registered Dental Assistant RDA

Kayla achieved her associates of science in dental assisting from the College of San Mateo. She loves the dental field and hopes to become a dental hygienist in the near future.

Kayla is always eager to learn new techniques that she can implement into her patient care. It is important that a patient is comfortable and always at ease which makes her understanding and approachable for any questions or concerns. Kayla's bright smile and enthusiasm gives her the ability to create friendships with each patient in order for them to feel right at home. Her main goal is for every patient to be happy and confident with their smiles!

Kayla has two beautiful daughters whom keep her life exciting and entertaining! She loves going to local concerts or festivals and adventures to new cities. You can usually catch Kayla eating chocolate because she has an obsession with sweets! Since she was a child, Kayla loved anything sweet, which meant frequent visits to the dental office. Those visits stemmed her love for the dentist, hence the motivation for her to become a part of the dental world.

If you have any questions about our team or dental practice in Fremont, California, we invite you to contact us today. We are excited to meet you, and to give you another reason to smile!