The dental services are provided by a cadre of KCCDHN staff including:
Dr. Stacy Eastman, DDS
Dr. Eastman’s education began at West Hills and Cabrillo Colleges where she earned her certificate in dental hygiene. . After working as a hygienist and having the vision of becoming a dentist, she returned to college at the University of Southern California where she earned her doctorate in dentistry.
In addition to the directorship of the Taft College Dental Hygiene Program, Dr. Eastman directs the Kern County Children’s Dental Health Network. The program is in partnership with the Kern County Superintendent of Schools and Taft College Dental Hygiene Program whereby dental hygiene services are mobilized to preschool and elementary school sites. Dr. Eastman is a member of the Kern County Dental Society and also has a private dental practice in Coalinga, CA.
Dr. Daniel Purdy, DMD
Dr. Daniel Purdy graduated from University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in History. He then continued with his education at the University of Louisville in Kentucky and received his D.M.D. In addition Dr. Daniel Purdy completed two years of post-doctorate training at U.C.L.A. where he received his certificate as a Pediatric Dental Specialist.
Prior to joining his father in their Bakersfield dental practice, Dr. Daniel Purdy spent two years as an associate in a large pediatric practice in Redding , California. Along with practicing in Bakersfield he recently has expanded his expertise and opened a new pediatric dental practice in Santa Barbara , California where he resides with his wife Meg Purdy. More…
Dr. Robert Bang, DDS
Robin Shaffer, RDHAP
Robin began her career in the dental field over 40 years ago as a dental assistant. She later attended West Los Angeles College and UCLA where she earned a certificate as a registered dental hygienist. Robin now utilizes her professional skills in private practice with Jerry Gassaway, DDS. She also works with the Kern County Children’s Dental Health Network where she was an early participant in it’s’ development. Robin is an active member of the Kern County Dental Hygienists’ Society and in her spare time, travels and spends time with her family.
Susie Rodriguez, RDHAP
Susie Rodriquez has devoted the last 30 years of her life to the dental health profession. She was introduced to the field of dentistry beginning with a job as a dental assistant. In 1993, she graduated from the University of Southern California Dental Hygiene Program as a registered dental hygienist. She also earned a Bachelor of Science degree. Later, in 2005, she furthered her education by earning a Registered Dental Hygiene Alternative Practice certificate from West Los Angeles College.
Susie currently works in private practice with Jerry Gassaway, DDS and in the public health care setting with the Kern County Children’s Dental Health Network. As a RDHAP in the public setting, she assesses children at their school site for tooth decay in addition to applying fluoride varnish treatments.
Susie’s passion for dental hygiene and public health is continually motivating and satisfying. She is involved in many professional organizations and attends workshops that enable her to be knowledgeable of the latest trends and best practices in the profession.