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At the core of our dental practice is a friendly team of professionals that are dedicated to your utmost comfort and optimal oral health.  We view each patient as a unique individual, and tailor each treatment to your specific needs.  As part of our commitment to providing close, personalized attention to every patient, we want to encourage patient communication.  Please know that we are here to provide outstanding patient care, and that we value the trust you have placed in us.

Office Manager

Ben Ibarra has been an itegral part of the Gallatin team since 1998. Ben’s dental experience began at the early age of 16, which he applies to running the Gallatin Dental office today. Ben enjoys spending time with his son, daughter's and wife, Diana. Ben spends his free time in the great outdoors and is an avid sports fan.


Judy has been a hygienist at Gallatin Dental Group since 1989. She earned her degree from USC. Judy is a first class hygienist with tremendous experience. She helps a large number of our patients keep their teeth looking sparkling new. Judy enjoys spending time with her twins and husband.


Insurance Biller

Lorena Rodgers has been with Gallatin Dental Group since 1990. Lorena is assisted by our caring staff to greet each of our patients. She also assures each customers adminstative work and appointment runs smoothly. Mrs. Rodgers enjoys spending time with her children. Her hobbies include playing softball and travel.



Maria Arciniega                                                                                                                                              Treatment Coordinator      


Maria is our Treatment Coordinator with 16 years of dental experience and has been a part of Gallatin Dental Group since 2007.

She enjoys helping patients and strives to make sure all feel welcome.

In her free time she enjoys being with family and taking Zumba classes at the Downey YMCA.                                                                                                                               



LORI LERMA                                                                                                                                                  Hygiene Coordinator

Lori has worked in the dental industry for 16 years.  She has been a member of our team at Gallatin Dental Group for 10 years.  Taking on front desk work, she works with patients to answer questions.  She also helps patients schedule appointments with our hygienists to get that bright and shining smile!  

In her free time, Lori enjoys spending time with her family and friends.




JOANNA PETERSON                                                                                                                                         Marketing Director

Joanna Peterson, a graduate of Rancho Santiago College and Lawton Dental Assistant School, has been involved in the dental field for many years.  Gallatin Dental is happy to have had her on our team since 2004 as our Marketing Director.  Joanna is married and enjoys spending time with her four children and four grandchildren.  Outside of work and family life, she is extremely involved in the community.  From being a Downey Lion and Kiwanian, to serving as President-Elect of the Downey Chamber of Commerce this year, Joanna is always on the run.  We are happy that wherever she goes, she takes Gallatin Dental with her!