Dentist in Santa Barbara, CA
All our professionals at Mesa Dental maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.
Walter C. Dukes, DDS
Santa Barbara, CA Dentist
Dr. Walter C. Dukes is a graduate of Santa Ynez High School. He received his D.D.S. degree from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, in May 1978 after receiving the Mosby Scholarship Award as one of the top five students of his graduating class. He has been in private dental practice in Santa Barbara, California, since that time. In addition to his full time dental practice he was a faculty member of the UCLA School of Dentistry, Department of Oral Medicine and Facial Pain from 1983 until 2002 and he was the director of the Santa Barbara Periodontal Study Club for 12 years. Dr. Dukes and his wife have been married for 36 years and have three children and are actively involved in community, church and local charities.
Dr. Dukes has lectured and been published internationally. Dedicated to his continuing education and providing his patients with the most current and finest dental care and techniques, he was the first general dentist in the Santa Barbara area to incorporate microscope assisted precision dentistry, biomimetic dentistry and LANAP Laser gum therapy into his practice.
Dr. Dukes is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and Fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain. He is a certified provider of Obstructive Sleep Apnea oral appliances is member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and has been actively treating this condition for over 15 years.
Front Office Coordinator
Andrea has 5 years of front office experience and has been with our office for 2 years. She is experienced in treatment planning, insurance coordination, scheduling, and OSA/TMJ billing. Andrea is dedicated to making sure that our patients are able to maximize their insurance benefits and help make their dental treatment affordable. Andrea enjoys working with our patients to insure that they have a wonderful experience in our office. In her past time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, exercising and walking her two small dogs.
Katie is one of our treatment coordinators. Her smiling face and outgoing personality will greet you as you come into our office. She is always happy to help you decipher your dental policy or schedule your appointments. She has been in the dental field for nine years as both a front and back office coordinator and a Registered Dental Assistant. In her spare time you will find her cooking, working out, or playing with her little dog Jasper.
Lisa is a Santa Barbara native, graduated from SBHS and received her dental certification from UCLA School of Dentistry. Lisa has been a member of Dr. Dukes dental team since 2011 and has 18 years of dental experience. Lisa enjoys working in such a pristine office setting alongside Dr. Dukes and feels that her passion for dentistry has grown due to having such amazing patients. In Lisa’s free time she enjoys yoga, reading, gardening; soft sand runs on the beach and cheering on the Dodgers with her husband.
Marisela Balcaceres has been a dental assistant for 9 years after she graduated from Bryman College. She has a warm friendly personality and strives to give the patients a most pleasant visit at our office. Marisela’s interests outside of the office include photography and travel. She enjoys meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures.
Secilia Garcia- RDH
Secilia is originally from Cocoa Beach, Florida and has worked in the dental field since 2008. She started her career as a Dental Assistant and Certified Orthodontic Assistant, further pursuing her education in Dental Hygiene at Eastern Florida State College. Secilia’s passion in dentistry involves preventive, periodontal, and comprehensive dental care. She is a board member of the Santa Barbara Dental Hygiene Association, the California Dental Hygiene Association, and the American Dental Hygiene Association. Secilia enjoys traveling, vigorous workouts, hiking, and being a “foodie”, enjoying Santa Barbara’s vivid collection of eating options. She looks forward to meeting and developing long-lasting relationships with her patients and delivering the proper oral hygiene needs with you and your family.
Lynett Chen Esau
Lynett Chen Esau grew up in Santa Barbara where she attended SBCC then UCSB earning an AA with an emphasis in biology and a BA in Linguistics. She continued her education with a degree in Dental Lab Technology. She began working as a dental assistant in 2002. She became part of Dr. Dukes office in 2008 as a Dental Hygienist after completing her education and licensing in dental hygiene. She lives in Buellton with her husband and daughter. She enjoys outdoor activities with her family and an occasional half marathon.