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.
Mary Tourtlotte, DDS
Dr. Mary Tourtlotte is a 2005 graduate of the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni, School of Dentistry. She was born and raised in the Central Valley, graduating from Oakdale High School before venturing off to college at UC Davis and San Jose State University on a tennis scholarship. Dr. Mary is a dental officer in the Unites States Naval Reserves, where she proudly dedicates one weekend every month and 2 weeks every year as a general dentist for our Marines and Navy Sailors. Dr. Mary is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Stanislaus Dental Society, and the American Dental Implant Association. She has also completed a fellowship and associate fellowship with the American Dental Implant Association and the World Class Laser Institute. She loves practicing dentistry in the area where she grew up. She enjoys the time spent with her patients and getting to know them and their families.
Her favorite time away from her patients and team members is spent with her family. Dr. Mary is married with three children, which keep them very busy. She enjoys kickboxing, running, ski and snowboarding, and watching her kids grow and excel in life. Dr. Mary and her husband, Deonce, love adventurous family outings and they all might be seen at a Tough Mudder event or other local obstacle course races.
Katherine Kucera, DDS
Katherine Kucera, DDS FAGD, known as "Dr. Katie" to her friends and patients, has been practicing dentistry in the Central Valley since she graduated with honors from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in 1983. Dr. Katie was the first and only female dentist in the county. She is thrilled to now see so many women who have joined the profession and is honored to join Valley Esthetics Dental Group in Modesto.
Dr. Katie is dedicated to furthering her dental education and attended a Mini-residency in Esthetic Dentistry at UCLA. She has been a member of the International Academy of Laser Dentists, the ADA, CDA and the local Dentist Society, where she has served on the Peer Review Board for many years. She has served as a Board Examiner for the certification of Dental Assistants and has her Teaching Credential from the California State Community Colleges. She was awarded a Fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry in 2009.
She has participated in countless "career day" events at local schools and over the years has perform thousands of dental screenings for elementary schools and Head Start programs all over the valley. She has been a member and an officer in Soroptimist International. Dr. Katie was named "Woman of Distinction in Healthcare" by Soroptimist International, as well as "Soroptimist of the Year" in 1999.
Dr. Katie sold her private practice in 2013. She loves volunteering in the undeserved areas of California and especially for International programs such as "1000 Smiles" in Jamaica.
For recreation, Dr. Katie enjoys riding her Selle Francais dressage horse, Hercules. She also enjoys traveling with her husband Charlie Menghetti and their Italian Greyhound, Enzo.
Jonah Friedrich, DDS
Dr. Friedrich has always had a passion for helping others and it shows in his approach to care. Patients often describe Dr. Friedrich as a compassionate, personable and honest doctor. He takes time to get to know each patient and places emphasis on their experience. As a practitioner, Dr. Friedrich values his patients' relationships by maintaining open communication and creating an environment that empowers the patient. His patient-centered approach will help you feel comfortable in the dental office!
Dr. Friedrich is from Oakdale, California. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Science-Business. He is a graduate of University of The Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry where he learned excellent, conservative dental care and the importance of prevention.
Dr. Friedrich is an active member of the American Dental Assocation, California Dental Association, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is exceptionally driven in his career and strives to keep up with the latest in dental education and patient care.
In his free time, he enjoys playing basketballl and keeping up with his favorite team, the Golden State Warriors. He is an avid traveller and hopes to one day make it to Japan where he can enjoy his favorite food, sushi! Dr. Friedrich is happy to meet with you and looks forward to taking care of your cosmetic and general dental needs.