Meet Your San Marcos Dentists

Miller family portrait

Meet Dr. Nicolle Miller

Dr. Miller grew up in Whittier, California. After earning her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of California, Irvine, she went on to complete her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at UCLA. While at UCLA, Dr. Miller served as class president for two years and was named a Regents Scholar of the University of California. She also received a number of other awards and recognitions, including:

  • The California Dental Association Recognition of Outstanding Academic Achievements and Contributions
  • The Naval Health Professional Scholarship
  • Achievement Award in Endodontics from the American Association of Endodontics
  • Award in Excellence from the American Academy of Orofacial Pain

Dr. Miller - Mission Hills Family Dental San MarcosDr. Miller completed her General Practice Residency at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. She has over ten years of experience as a general dentist, many of which were spent in the US Navy where she served as a dental officer for four years, including a 2 ½ year tour on the USS Ogden. She then spent three additional years in the US Naval Reserve completing medical humanitarian missions in Haiti, Arkansas, and Hawaii.

For Dr. Miller, one of the most rewarding aspects of her career is that it enables her to give back both locally and internationally. Through K.I.D.S. International Dental Services, she has provided free dental treatment to underserved children in Guatemala and Cambodia. She also participates in CDA Cares, an annual free dental event sponsored by the California Dental Association.

Spear Dental LogoDr. Miller understands that continuing her education is important in order to stay up to date with the latest techniques and treatments in dentistry. She is a proud affiliate of the Spear Study Group, a small group of elite dental professionals who collaborate on dental cases and build clinical skills.

When she’s not at the office, you’ll find Dr. Miller spending quality time with her husband James, whom she met in the Navy. She also loves traveling, hiking, running, walking her dogs (Sweet Dee and Charlie), and doing Sudoku puzzles.

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Meet Dr. Kathleen T. Doppenberg

Dr. Doppenberg - Mission Hills Family Dental San Marcos, CADr. Kathleen T. Doppenberg was raised in Southern California and earned her B.S. in biochemistry/cell biology from the University of California, San Diego. In 2005, she obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery at Creighton University’s School of Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska. After graduating, she went on to work for the U.S. Navy as a general dentist in San Diego and Camp Pendleton, where she provided quality dental care to the men and women of our Navy.

Dr. Doppenberg joined Mission Hills Family Dental in October of 2015. She is dedicated to providing her patients with outstanding care in all aspects of general dentistry. Dr. Doppenberg adds to our practice her wealth of experience and commitment.

Dr. Doppenberg continually attends seminars and hands-on workshops to stay current with the latest techniques and advancements in dentistry. She is an active member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Orange County Dental Society, and the United States Dental Institute. Dr. Doppenberg also gives her time and volunteers with the American Red Cross and CDA Cares.

Dr. Doppenberg and her husband, Lt. Col. Bryan James Doppenberg (USAF), have two young boys, Blake and William. They enjoy golfing, traveling, and being involved in their church and their children’s school and extracurricular activities.

Meet the Mission Hills Family Dental Team

Meet our dental team

Marisol Office Manager

Marisol started with Mission Hills Family Dental in 2020. She has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and has a history of medical management. She’s a San Diego native and has three amazing kids. She loves music, dancing, and loves going to concerts and comedy shows.


Liz Patient Care Coordinator/Insurance Specialist

Liz has been on our team for 2 years now and is an outstanding team player. She has worked in dentistry for 4 years now and enjoys growing in this field. Liz enjoys going to Disneyland, concerts, traveling, and most of all hanging out with her cute little Corgis.


Maria Patient Care Coordinator

Maria has also been here 2 years now and is a delight to work with. She provides excellent care since she has a strong background in child development and working with families. She likes learning new facts about dentistry. Her favorite pastime is spending quality time with her son and her husband.


Vanessa Lead Dental Assistant

Vanessa is our happiest lead dental assistant. Her positive energy and enthusiasm are contagious. She has been working in the dental field for almost 5 years and makes sure every patient has a great experience. She loves spending time with her 5-year-old son.


Jayson Registered Dental Hygienist

Jayson is our amazing full-time hygienist and has over 20 years’ experience. He loves making people happy and is known to be very gentle. Our patients love him! He enjoys spending time with his family and playing basketball.


Rei Registered Dental Assistant

Rei has recently joined our Mission Hills Family and has been a great addition to our team. She started out in Pediatric Dentistry and is passionate about the dental field. She enjoys discovering new places to eat and spending time with her son.


Elizabeth Dental Assistant

Eizabeth is our newest dental assistant and has been a joy to work with. She joined dentistry because she loves making people happy and creating lasting relationships with patients. She strives to improve herself and her dental knowledge daily. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with friends and family.


Angie Registered Dental Hygienist

Angie is our part-time hygienist that has served in the US Navy for over 21 years. She is passionate about hygiene and dental health. She enjoys spending time with her husband and young kids.


Ki Wan Kim, DDS MSD

North San Diego Endodontics

3601 Vista Way Suite 202
Oceanside, CA 92056


Matthew Madsen, DDS MD

North County Oral & Facial Surgery Center

839 East Grand Ave.
Escondido, CA 92025


Robert H. Miner, DDS

Dove Canyon Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

16918 Dove Canyon Road Suite 207
San Diego, CA 92127


Alan Shelhamer, DDS PC

Shelhamer Oral & Maxillofacial Oral Surgery

6221 Metropolitan Street Suite 103
Carlsbad, CA 92009


Rich Hardie, DDS MS

Hardie Orthodontics

910 E. Grand Ave. Suite E
Escondido, CA 92025