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.
Registered Dental Assistants:
Caron Peffer, R.D.A.
Caron believes it has been a blessing and an honor to be a part of Dr. O'Connor's dental team since February 2016. She never grows tired of helping the patients feel more comfortable with their dental needs. She has worked for many dentists in her career and believes Dr. O'Connor's expertise surpasses them all. Outside of the office, she enjoys gardening and teaching Sunday School to 3-5 year olds.
Rene Bell, R.D.A.
Rene has been an R.D.A for almost 6 years and absolutely loves what she does. She feels so honored to work with such a compassionate team that strives to give each patient an exceptional dental visit, and complete their treatment with high standards! Rene enjoys spending time with her beautiful daughter Roxane and their dog Daisy in her spare time. They love to hike and swim around all the beautiful areas that we are surrounded by.
Registered Dental Hygienists:
Cathy Beall, R.D.H.
Cathy attended Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, CA where she graduated with an Associates of Science Degree in 1981 in Dental Hygiene. She also attended San Jose City College and received an Associates of Science Degree in Dental Assisting and worked as an R.D.A. and a C.D.A. for five years in San Jose prior to that. Cathy has 6 daughters and her husband has 3 daughters. They welcomed their 12th grandchild in November, 2017. Cathy and her husband recently moved from Santa Cruz County. She and her husband are tremendously enjoying their relocation to the Greenhorn Creek Area. Cathy enjoys their two dogs Otis and Macy, and their three cats: Harley, Elliott, and Bella. She also enjoys gardening, walks and hikes, quilting, and cooking.
Lora Flowers-Kling, R.D.H.
Lora lives in Jackson, CA with her husband, their three children, and their many furry family members. The community Lora lives in is important to her as she is grateful to have the ability to raise her three children in the lovely foothills of California. She appreciates the outdoors, traveling, and continuous learning. In addition to working for the awesome Dr. O'Connor, Lora is also a professor at Sacramento City College in the Dental Hygiene Department. In her practice of hygiene, she focuses on prevention, overall health, and to address any necessary concerns. Through her 18 years of practicing dental hygiene, she feels confident in her skills and provides care with attention to detail to each individual patient. Lora looks forward to seeing you in our friendly and professional office in Murphys!
MaryLou Alvarado, R.D.H.
MaryLou attended UIC at Chicago Dental School where she graduated in 2005. She has been in dentistry for almost 30 years. She started as a dental assistant in Chicago and went back to school for her hygiene degree. She enjoys traveling and has lived in numerous cities. She loves meditating, running, loving on her rescue pup named Rook, and being present in the moment. She has a daughter who currently lives in Chicago. MaryLou is of Puerto Rican descent and is fluent in Spanish. She is proud to work for Dr. O'Connor where it feels like home. She is very passionate about dentistry and loves her patients. She is a big hugger!
Vicki O'Connor, R.D.H.
Vicki attended Foothill College in
Los Altos, CA where she graduated in 1983 with an Associate of Science Degree in
Dental Hygiene. She is a proud recipient of the “Golden Scaler Award”
which is given to the top clinician of each class. She has been working
in the dental field since 1984, beginning in the Bay Area working with several
general dentists, and has worked alongside her husband Tim O’Connor since 1997.
She has been happily married to Dr. O’Connor since 1986, (they dated all through
their dental schooling)! Their daughter Katie graduated the University of Oregon with a degree in Sports Marketing in June of 2015, and is currently living in Texas. Vicki enjoys exercising,
boating, and cooking/entertaining for their friends and family.
Front Desk Personnel:
Becki Strawn, Office Coordinator
Becki graduated with honors from Andon College in Stockton, CA in 1994 and obtained her Registered Dental Assistant license shortly thereafter. She has worked in a variety of General and Orthodontic offices, as both chair-side assistant and a front office coordinator. Becki began working for Dr. O'Connor in 2003 as an R.D.A. in the back office for 3 1/2 years before transitioning to the front office, where she specializes in all aspects of dental insurance. She and her husband Dale have five grown children: Marissa, Madison, Kali, Brandon, and Andi, and a grandson named Dean. Outside of the office, Becki enjoys working in the yard, fishing, spending time with family and friends, and changing up her hair color!
Donna Finley, Office Coordinator
Donna is a Registered Dental Assistant and Office
Coordinator. She was born in New Jersey and grew up in the Bay Area. She
graduated from UC Berkeley in 1983, and attended College of Marin for their Dental
Assisting Program. Donna has been in the Dental Field since 1985 and has been
working for Dr. O’Connor since 2001. She has two daughters: Kailyn who graduated from Sonoma State University, and Lauren who graduated from Chico State. Kailyn is currently working as a CNA, DA while applying to grad school. Lauren is currently working in HR in San Jose. Donna enjoys reading,
camping, scrapbooking, photography, gardening, playing with her golden retriever, and spending time with her family and friends.
Andrea Fine, Front Office Assistant
Andrea is our front office assistant. She joined the team in 2016. Andrea grew up in the Bay Area and moved to Murphys in 2003 and then she and her family became patients of Dr. O'Connor's. Andrea and her husband Matt have five children: Christian, Brendan, Dominick, Anthony, and Gabriella. Family is everything to Andrea and she is happiest when all of her kids are home together.
Please contact our Murphys dental office with any questions or to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you!