Meet The Team

Diente Dental Team 

Elena Heredia, DDS

Dr. Elena Heredia is a native Californian who attended the University of California, Davis where she majored in Biological Studies. She obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The University of California, San Francisco. Upon her graduation, she was recognized as the Dean's scholar for demonstrating outstanding academic achievement and community service. Since her graduation from dental school, Dr. Heredia strives to provide quality dental care with genuine commitment to the overall well-being of her patients. Dr. Heredia maintains professional memberships with the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and the San Francisco Dental Society. Dr. Heredia was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She later relocated to Sacramento where she discovered her passion for dentistry. She is fluent is Spanish and resides in San Francisco with her family. 

Alicia Hazdovac, DDS


Dr. Alicia Hazdovac is a general dentist in San Francisco, CA.  As her patient, you will receive comprehensive, evidence-based dental care with a gentle touch.  She treats each patient as a partner when developing treatment plans to meet individual needs.

Originally from Southern California, Dr. Hazdovac moved to the Bay Area to earn her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco.  In addition to striving for dental excellence in daily practice, Dr. Hazdovac enjoys cooking, learning about different cultures, and spending time with family.

Dr. Hazdovac is a member of the California Dental Association, American Dental Association, San Francisco Dental Society, American Society of Forensic Odontology, and Association of Croatian American Professionals.


Office Manager

Cristina is dedicated to providing our patients with an amazing experience, beginning with the first phone call and continuing on throughout their visits.  She grew up in Napa Valley and has been in the dental field for over nineteen years and loves it! The best part of her job is helping patients understand how important oral health care is. She is also a fabulous dental assistant. Cristina makes sure everyone feels at home and leaves the office with a smile. She loves to joke around. In her free time, she enjoys football and camping with her family and friends.


Registered Dental Assistant

Helen Alfaro Ruiz was born and raised in the Excelsior District of San Francisco and graduated from San Francisco State University. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and later pursued science which motivated her to become a Registered Dental Assistant. Helen is bilingual in Spanish and is a wonderful translator to our Spanish speaking patients. She has a passion for dancing and has been a part of the Brazilian group called Fogo Na Roupa for many years. In her free time she enjoys running, music, art and traveling.  



Dental Assistant

Ana Guadalupe Calero was born and raised in Nicaragua. She graduated from UNIJJAR in Managua, Nicaragua as a Dentist and managed her own clínic for a year. She recently moved to San Francisco where she is able to keep working in the field as a Dental Assistant. One of her goals is to continue learning in the dental field so she can continue educating our patients. Ana is bilingual in Spanish and she loves serving her community by helping others. Her hobbies include spending time with family, listening to music, dancing, and traveling to new places.


Patient Coordinator

Lissette was born and raised in Sacramento. She has over fourteen years of customer service experience. She moved to San Francisco to join our amazing team where she takes pride in assisting our patients. She welcomes every patient with a warm smile from the moment they walk in, to the moment they leave. With Lissette's outgoing personality she helps assure patients they've made the right decision in making Diente Dental their dental home. Her goal is to make patients feel comfortable and happy with the smile they are wearing. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and has a passion for singing.