Dr. Erela Katz Rappaport
Dr. Erela Katz Rappaport grew up in New York City and attended State University of New York at Binghamton, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. She then continued on to receive her dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. After dental school, Dr. Rappaport worked in dental practices in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. While in private practice, Dr. Rappaport conducted research in a various areas of dentistry including a technique to remove decay through chemical means. She also was instrumental in setting up a dental implant registry for the Office of Veterans Affairs.
Dr. Rappaport maintains a membership:
- American Dental Association
- California Dental Association
- San Diego County Dental Society
- American Academy of Sleep Dental Medicine
- San Diego Academy of Systemic Health
- Spear Education
Dr. Rappaport came to San Diego in 1991. She has two sons, Jonathan and Brandon. When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Rappaport is an avid gardener as well as enjoying traveling with friends and family. She is passionate about supporting organizations that empower and educate women in need of assistance.
Our staff is caring, friendly, efficient and professional. We enjoy providing excellent customer service and strive to make our patients as comfortable as possible at each visit. We make it a point to ensure that our patients become well educated about their needs, so that they can make good informed choices towards their dental health. Meet our staff:
Christina, Office Manager
Christina is a California native, who has lived in Poway since 1982. She has worked in dentistry for 15 years, and particularly enjoys interacting with patients and working with the staff. In her spare time, Christina loves spending time with her children and granddaughters. She also enjoys watching football, especially the Chargers. Christina is part of the Spanish worship team at her church that helps others in their times of need.
Nicole, Treatment Plan Coordinator
Nicole started in dentistry 5 years ago in order to help people improve their overall health as well as their smiles. Nicole handles all insurance questions, schedules appointments and helps with financial arrangements. She is your advocate to help you get the maximum benefits from your insurance company. When Nicole is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two golden retrievers and one dachshund.
Angelica, Scheduling Coordinator
Angelica began her career in dentistry because she wanted to help people have a beautiful smile. After 4 years as a dental assistant, Angelica decided to make the move to the administrative side so you will first “meet” Angelica on the phone. Angelica will help you find the most convenient time for your dental appointment. In her free time, Angelica enjoys the sun, surf and tranquility of the beach with her husband and son.
Richell was born and raised in San Diego. She has a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine, where she focused on studio and digital arts. Richell studied oral hygiene at the San Joaquin Valley College, receiving an Associates of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. In recognition of her excellence, she received the Colgate Oral Health Advisor S.T.A.R. award – an award for total achievement. During her free time, Richell likes to do arts and crafts, serve at her church, travel, and spend time with friends and family. She enjoys being a dental hygienist and takes great satisfaction in providing her patients with excellent oral health care and educating them about dental hygiene.
Cora has worked in the dental field for the past 20 years. During the first 15 years of her career, she was a Registered Dental Assistant. Then she decided to go back to school to become a Dental Hygienist. Her hard work paid off, as she has been successfully and happily working in her new position as Hygienist. Cora has also been able to find a balance between work, family, and personal interests. She loves her work because she knows that she is helping patients obtain the best oral health care.
Esmeralda, Registered Dental Assistant
Esmeralda first came to our office three years ago as a trainee from her dental assisting program and
has been with us ever since. Esmeralda loves learning new subjects in dentistry and implementing them
to help our patients live healthier lives. When not at work, Esmeralda coaches her brother’s soccer
team and loves spending as much time as possible with her daughter.