Our Dental Team in Castro Valley

Meet the Doctors at Castro Valley Dental Home

At Castro Valley Dental Home, we love taking care of our patients! Our team works together closely with the common goal of making sure that you have an exceptional experience each time you visit us. We all genuinely value the relationships we build with our patients that often turn into friendships. You will indeed be considered a member of our dental family at our Castro Valley dental practice.

Dr. Matthew Yuen


Dr. Matthew Yuen grew up in Alameda and studied Exercise Biology at UC Davis. He graduated near the top of his class at the prestigious University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry then went on to further his clinical enrichment through a General Practice Residency at the McClellan Veterans Affairs dental clinic. He enjoys all facets of dentistry and believes dental care is a high priority in taking care of your overall health.

Dr. Yuen loves reading, learning, and teaching. He'll play/watch any sport, likes going on outdoor adventures, and loves aquariums and Disneyland. He just recently got married and also enjoys being an uncle to his niece and nephew.

Dr. Ava Chen


Kind and well-respected, Dr. Ava Chen graduated from UCLA with a bachelor's degree in Biology. She went on to earn her dental degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry, one of the top three dental schools in the nation.

Dr. Chen has been practicing dentistry since 1999. She lives and works in the Castro Valley and actively volunteers for local schools and communities.

When she's not taking care of patients, Dr. Chen enjoys traveling with her husband and three children. She also likes to read and spend time gardening.

The Team

Janice Young

Registered Dental Hygienist

Janice lives in Castro Valley, and she received her training at Chabot College. She has been a hygienist at our dental practice for over 17 years, and she says, "I love having the opportunity to encourage people to take care of their oral health as well as their overall health."

When she's not taking care of patients, Janice enjoys reading and exercising.

Kasia Janikowski

Registered Dental Hygienist

Kasia lives in San Ramon, and she received her training at Chabot College. Kasia has been a hygienist with our dental practice for over 24 years, and she loves meeting new patients and seeing her long-time patients. She provides individual attention to every patient she sees and genuinely enjoys the conversations she gets to have with her patients every day. In her free time, Kasia likes to travel, and she also enjoys reading and gardening.

Kyla Watson

Lead Chairside Dental Assistant

Kyla lives in Castro Valley, and she received her training at Western Career College. She's been an assistant with our dental practice for over 15 years, and she feels that the best part of her job is helping people. She also loves making her patients smile and laugh so they can have a good time even while they visit the dentist. In her free time, you'll find Kyla spending time with her children and family. She also loves music and going to parks and beaches.

Nancy Cisneros

Chairside Dental Assistant

Nancy is from Hayward, and she received her training at Carrington College. She's been an assistant to Dr. Chen for one year, and her favorite part of her job is talking with patients while helping them to feel calm and relaxed during dental procedures.

When she's not at the dental office, Nancy enjoys taking naps, playing with her dog, and watching movies.

Nayelli Blanco

Treatment Coordinator

Nayelli lives in Castro Valley, and she has been our treatment coordinator for over 15 years. Her number one goal is to gain the trust of her patients by providing excellent customer service. She also appreciates working each day with a fantastic team of smart and caring professionals.

When she's not taking care of patients, Nayelli can be found spending time with her family. She also enjoys hiking.

Crystal Pestana

Front Office Receptionist

Crystal lives in Hayward, and she's the newest face at Ava Chen, DDS. Her goal is to make every patient visit smooth, and she loves getting to know our patients.

When she's not taking care of patients, Crystal spends her free time with family and friends.

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