Center for Invisalign, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry


Viorela Bauer, DDS


I received my Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University Of Southern California in 1999, where I was awarded the “Golden Hands Award” of my graduating class.

Before opening my private practice on the Central Coast in 2002, I began my career in Los Angeles, as an associate dentist in a group practice with emphasis on cosmetics and full mouth rehabilitation. Early in my career I decided to practice dentistry from an integrative perspective, where a comprehensive treatment is the key factor in achieving long term results and overall health.

I love learning, and I believe that one should never stop growing, searching for answers and developing new skills. So, after graduating from USC, I continued my education through intensive training in advanced dental porcelain cosmetics, periodontal surgery and grafting, dental implants surgery and prosthetics, sleep apnea, Invisalign, Botox for dental therapeutics and TMJ.  With over 800 hours of documented continuing education hours, I am committed to excellence for my patients.

Some of my surgical training has included implant surgery and prosthetics at the University Of Miami School Of Dentistry and Harvard School of Dental Medicine, the Implant Seminars Continuum in San Francisco, and training from Dr. Pat Allen for periodontal plastic surgery. I also participated in teaching and organizing the Implant Seminars Continuum in Los Angeles, focusing on bone grafting and dental implants surgical techniques.

Throughout my career, I made it my mission to bring all aspects of dentistry together in order to best design comprehensive treatment plans for my patients to achieve full mouth rehabilitation and overall health and customized smile designs. 

 - Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology
- Member of the American Association of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Member of the American Association of Implant Dentistry
- Member of the Academy of Osseointegretion
- Member of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics
- Member of the American Dental Association



I’m Marie Loughead, I have been the hygienist in this office for over 15 years. I stayed with Dr. Bauer when she bought the practice in 2002. I graduated top of my class from Fresno Dental Hygiene Program. My husband Jeff and I have 2 radiant children, Nicholas, 12 and Ava, 10. I have been on the central coast all my life. Like you, this is where I have chosen to live, work and raise my family. I will be here to keep your oral heath maintained with a gentle touch and answer any questions you may have.  



I am Joanne Cespedes, Financial and Treatment Coordinator at Creekside Dental Care. I have been with Dr. Bauer for over 15 years. I come from a financial insurance administrating background with over 30 years experience. I am the very proud mother of Courtney and Blake. I raised my family here on the Central Coast, and fondly continue to call it home. It is my pleasure to assist you and your family with everything from navigating the insurance claim process to scheduling the next appointment. 





Thank you for calling Creekside Dental Care this is Whitney, how can I help you? I am the scheduling and marketing coordinator at Creekside Dental Care. I am a graduate of Central California School of Continuing Education’s Dental Assisting program. I am the mother to Lydia, a spunky 11 year old. I am here to make your visit one of comfort and ease. I am committed to learning all that I can, so I can better answer any questions you may have. 




My name is Britnee Thompson. I am a graduate of Allan Hancock College Registered Dental Assisting Program. I have been a patient of Dr. Bauer’s for several years, and she is actually the one who encouraged me to go into the dental field.. I am a new mother to an amazing little girl, Gracie. My husband and I are born and raised on the central coast and we love raising our family here. I am excited to be a part of your dental team, and my upbeat personality will help ease any tensions you may have about visiting the dentist.  




Hi, my name is Cherie Garcia, I’m the new girl to the office. I have been with Dr Bauer for a little over a year now. I graduated Kaplan College in Bakersfield in 2012 as a registered dental assistant. I have 2 beautiful children, Callie and Caleb. I was raised on the central coast and plan to raise my family with the same small town values we all have. I look forward to helping Dr Bauer treat you.








I’m Katie Ricketts, one of your hygienists. I graduated Taft College in 2015 as Secretary of my class. I have extensive training in periodontal treatment, soft tissue laser and piezetomes. I have always loved the central coast, so as soon as I graduated; I packed up and moved out here. I am excited to build my life here and couldn’t be happier about joining Dr Bauer’s team here at Creekside Dental Care. 


Hi, I’m Ashten Dibbern. I am the newest addition to the team. As a Dental Assistant, I strive to be a careful listener to our patients. Within my family, I am the fifth generation to grow up within San Luis Obispo County. I am currently a student at Cuesta Community College studying to become a Dental Hygienist. Despite my young age, Dr. Bauer has encouraged me to stretch my capabilities and be confident within my profession. This opportunity to be a part of the office is an amazing and joyful learning experience.

Creekside Dental Care
121 W Branch St
Arroyo Grande, CA 

(805) 481-6617