At Bay Park Dental Group, putting patients first is our top priority. We inspire and improve the lives of those we serve through excellent dentistry and oral health care. We provide high quality comprehensive dentistry in a compassionate, family friendly, positive environment.
Our never ending pursuit of knowledge and excellence enables and empowers patients to make educated decisions regarding their own oral health. Our patients value and trust our treatment recommendations. We are a dedicated team committed to building lifelong, trusting relationships with people we are privileged to care for.
Meet Our Dentists
Dr. Tessa Miller
Dr. Tessa Miller initially joined Bay Park Dental Group in 2011 as an undergraduate pre-dental student working as a dental assistant under the mentorship of Dr. Kenny. After completing her dental school training, she rejoined the Bay Park Dental team and became the proud owner in September 2017.
Dr. Miller was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She moved to San Diego for her undergraduate studies at UC San Diego where she graduated in three years with Cum Laude Honors with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Biology and a Minor in Economics. During her time at UCSD, she was heavily involved in the UCSD Student-Run Free Dental Clinics, volunteering as a clinic manager weekly at the Pacific Beach Clinic. It was there that she met Dr. Kenny, who recognized her strong work ethic and offered her a job at his office as a dental assistant. She worked full time for Dr. Kenny for a year prior to starting dental school. Under his mentorship, she was able to get a head start on her dental education, while also learning about private practice and quality patient care.
Dr. Miller returned to the Bay Area and obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from UC San Francisco. During dental school, she was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) National Dental Honor Society and presented with the Willard C. Fleming Award for Excellence in Patient Service as well as the Academy of General Dentistry Senior Student Dental Award.
After graduating dental school, Dr. Miller pursued an additional year of training at Bronx Lebanon Hospital in New York where she completed her General Practice Residency. After completing her residency, Dr. Miller returned to sunny San Diego and rejoined the team at Bay Park Dental Group.
Dr. Miller believes in taking the time to get to know each and every patient and addressing all their questions and concerns so they feel completely comfortable with their care. She focuses on patient education, prevention, and conservative dental treatment. It is Dr. Miller’s ultimate goal to make every patient’s visit a positive experience.
Dr. Miller is committed to lifelong learning in order to provide the best care for her patients. She regularly attends continuing education courses and is a member of a Spear Education study club that meets on a monthly basis. She is also a member of the San Diego County Dental Society, California Dental Association, and the American Dental Association.
Aside from helping patients maintain their beautiful smiles, Dr. Miller enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, hiking, and trying new restaurants. She works together with her husband to treat patients of all ages in her practice to make them feel like a part of the Bay Park Dental Group family. Dr. Miller is grateful to call San Diego home and have the opportunity to provide you with excellent dental care!
Dr. Ankur Gandhi
Dr. Ankur Gandhi joined Bay Park Dental Group at the beginning of August 2018. He grew up in the Los Angeles/Orange County area in the city of Cerritos. He then graduated UC San Diego with bachelor’s degree in Human Biology and a minor in Economics. He completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at UC San Francisco in 2016. Dr. Gandhi then pursued his passion for pediatric dentistry and completed a residency program in New York at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Dr. Gandhi is committed to creating a positive environment for his patients by taking his time to make everyone feel welcome. His goal is to provide his patients & their parents with dental education and easy access to dental care so families will be more aware of the importance of disease prevention starting between the ages of 6-12 months. With positive reinforcement, “tell-show-do” among other behavior management techniques, and getting to know each individual and their needs, Dr. Gandhi is a firm believer in working with each child and parent as a team to address how to improve overall oral health. He always treats his pediatric patients the same way he would treat his own children – with care, respect, and compassion.
Dr. Gandhi is extremely excited to be back home to southern California and more specifically San Diego. He and his wife feel blessed and fortunate to be working together to impact the lives of families in a positive light. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring San Diego by trying new foods and events, playing basketball and volleyball, traveling, hiking, and enjoying new or old TV shows and movies!
Dr. Alexis Louie
Dr. Alexis Louie joined the team at Bay Park Dental Group in 2012. Dr. Louie was born and raised in northern California but decided to explore the east coast for college and dental school. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Tufts University and then attended the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. After graduating in 2007, she then completed a General Practice Residency at the VA hospital in Long Beach, where she further advanced her medical and dental training.
Opportunity and adventure brought Dr. Louie to beautiful San Diego where she met her husband and now calls home. As a strong believer in life long education, Dr. Louie is constantly attending study clubs and seminars on topics such as CAD/CAM technology and implant dentistry. Proper patient education is also a top priority for Dr. Louie. She always takes the time to discuss with patients their diagnosis as well as their treatment needs and options.
Dr. Louie has made it her professional and personal goal to create a welcoming, relaxed dental environment where her patients feel comfortable, at ease, and in good hands. Whether it’s preventative, restorative, maintenance, or elective cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Louie strives to fulfill all of her patients’ needs while providing quality dentistry above all else.
In her free time, Dr. Louie loves swimming, running, hiking, skiing, yoga, and enjoys the challenge and excitement of triathlons, adventure races, and mud runs. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons. Every day she appreciates living in a place that so many people travel to for vacation.
Dr. Sussi Yamaguchi
A Los Angeles native, Dr. Sussi completed her dental training at the University of Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco in 2006. She received her Bachelor of Sciences degree from UC San Diego and was an avid pre-dental student volunteer for the UCSD Student-Run Free Dental Clinics (FDC). Currently, she is the Assistant Clinic Director of FDC, running and partaking in the daily operations of the dental clinics.
As a mentor to the pre-dental students, her hope is to inspire and instill in them the importance of giving back to the community and making an impact on the underserved population. Fluent in Japanese and Spanish, Dr. Sussi is frequently combating dental disease both locally and globally. She has participated with the US Navy’s humanitarian missions onboard the U.S Naval Hospital Mercy and Comfort Ships.
Aside from helping people, Dr. Sussi enjoys spending quality time with her patients, often making lasting friendships with those around her. Her experience working with the pre-dental students as an educator and mentor is evident. Her ability to teach dentistry combined with her enthusiastic energy always makes her patients excited to see her.
After spending numerous hours practicing dentistry day in and day out on humanitarian missions, in the FDC clinics, and in private practice, her well-roundedness makes her an excellent attribute to the team. Dr. Sussi enjoys clinical dentistry- her favorite procedures consist of restorative and treating young families.
In her spare time, Dr. Sussi enjoys the outdoors from surfing, swimming, hiking, biking, playing tennis, and climbing. She loves to travel and learn about new cultures, meet people, eat, and play the guitar. She is someone who is extremely happy and is always looking for adventure.
Dr. Holly Aguigam
Dr. Holly Aguigam is native of San Diego and grew up in Poway. As a recipient of the Heath Professions Scholarship Program with the Navy, Dr. Aguigam attended UCLA School of Dentistry.
Upon graduation in 2014, she completed a 1-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. She completed 3 years onboard the Amphibious Transport dock followed by her final tour at the Marine Base in Camp Pendleton.
Dr A is a mother of two daughters and enjoys running, hiking and spending time with her husband and daughters. She recently separated from the Navy in 2023 and is looking forward to settling into private practice and savoring family life.
Dr. Anthony Opilka, Periodontist
Dr. Opilka specializes in surgical placement of dental implants, gum and bone replacement surgeries, gum reshaping surgery for esthetic enhancement, and extractions. He works very closely with his restorative team to create outstanding outcomes for the patients under his care.
He received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Science degrees from the University of Illinois. After 6 years practicing as a general dentist, Dr. Opilka completed a demanding 3 year periodontics residency at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School in Bethesda, MD. He achieved Diplomate status ( Board Certification) in the American Board of Periodontology in 2002.
Dr. Opilka was a periodontics faculty staff member at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School from 2006-2009 mentoring periodontic residents and has given numerous lectures on many of the clinical techniques he has honed. Throughout his career as a Naval Officer, he treated many of the finest patients including pilots of Marine One (the President’s helicopter).
Dr Opilka provides both oral and IV conscious sedation. He is a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, American Dental Association, San Diego County Dental Society, and the American Society of Dental Anesthesiology.
Dr. Opilka is married with two children. They enjoy the outdoors, swimming, spending time with friends, and discovering great food!
Meet Our Team
AlanaRegistered Dental Assistant/Office Manager
Alana is a San Diego native who graduated from El Capitan High School. She has been an RDA since 2006 and joined Bay Park Dental Group as a Dental Assistant in 2009 . Alana became the office manager of Bay Park Dental Group in 2018. She is very well versed in all aspects of dentistry, and is very good at helping patients understand their needs and helping to put them at ease.
Whether it is helping patients understand the restorative process or helping them understand their financial obligation she is empathetic and compassionate about patient care. In her spare time, Alana enjoys going to the beach and spending time with her husband and three children.
Debbie was born and raised in Los Angeles. After high school, she moved to San Diego and earned her degree in Dental Assisting. She worked as a registered dental assistant in Point Loma for 10 years. She then decided to stay at home with her daughter and run an in-house daycare for a few years before she returned to the dental field. She continued working as an assistant and then became the front-office manager for an office in Pacific Beach for 5 years.
Debbie joined Bay Park Dental Group in February of 2018 as our patient coordinator. In her free time, Debbie enjoys camping, hiking, and spending time with her granddaughter.
AmandaRegistered Dental Hygienist
Amanda has worked in dentistry since 1998 and has been a hygienist for 8 years. She enjoys reading, rollercoasters and trying new things! She has two children and three dogs.
JenaeRegistered Dental Hygienist
Jenae is a San Diego native who graduated from Grossmont College with a double major in Biological Science and General Arts. She is passionate about advanced education and received her degree in Dental Hygiene from San Joaquin Valley College in Ontario at the top of her class. Her goal as a hygienist is to build long-lasting relationships with her patients and provide a comfortable and informative experience.
Aside from her hygiene career she is also a professional make-up artist, extending her passion for making people look and feel good. In her spare-time she loves exercising, the beach and spending time with her family.
DanaeRegistered Dental Hygienist
Danae is from San Diego and has been a hygienist for 4 years. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, painting, traveling, watching movies and spending time with friends. She also loves learning new languages and cultures and does volunteer work with refugees from Iran and Afghanistan.
KellyRegistered Dental Hygienist
Kelly is active in the San Diego community and is a Board Member of the San Diego County Dental Hygienists’ Society. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of California, Santa Barbara, and was the Valedictorian of the Dental Hygiene Program at San Joaquin Valley College.
She enjoys giving back by volunteering with organizations such as the Flying Samaritans providing free dental hygiene care and services to underserved populations. In her free time, Kelly enjoys spending time outdoors and being with her son.
JessicaRegistered Dental Assistant
Jessica is a San Diego native and has been a registered dental assistant for over 10 years. Jessica is very passionate about her dental assisting career; her top priority is helping to put the patients at ease when they struggle with dental anxiety.
Her favorite thing about dentistry is helping the patients to smile. In her spare time, she loves to go hiking, camping, going to the beach and volunteering at her children’s school for their extra-curricular activities.
JoshLead Registered Dental Assistant
Joshua was born and raised in San Diego. He has been a registered dental assistant since 2003. It is his goal to treat others with kindness and respect. He loves helping others, putting a smile on their face and he is known around here as being the office comedian.
When he is not working, he enjoys kayaking, biking and doing some hiking. He is also a foodie who enjoys trying different foods and restaurants.
PatriceRegistered Dental Assistant
Patrice has been in the dental field for over 25 years. She loves assisting the doctor to help the patients to achieve a beautiful smile, and making sure that they are comfortable; especially when they are anxious. Patrice was born in Little Rock Arkansas and moved to San Diego when she was 5 years old.
In her free time, she enjoys music, dancing and spending time with family and friends. Her favorite past-time is spending time with her grandson who keeps her busy and up to date on the latest technology!
TranRegistered Dental Assistant
Tran was born in Vietnam, but grew up in San Diego. She has been a registered dental assistant expanded functions for over 23 years. Tran is the first RDAEF that we have had at our office. Tran has enjoyed getting to know all the patients and helping the doctor to brighten their smiles.
In her spare time Tran enjoys road biking and shopping.
TatumRegistered Dental Assistant
Tatum was born and raised in San Diego. After High School she grew interested in dentistry. Not too long after completing her dental assisting program and working as an assistant at our office, she received her Registered Dental Assistant License.
She is passionate about helping the patients feel comfortable while in the dental chair. It is her goal to take the next steps to pursue a career as a dental hygienist and is continuing her education to accomplish this dream.
Tatum enjoys the beach and loves spending time with her family and friends.