Our Doctor & Dental Team
The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff's training, professional credentials and work experience.
Mussie Sibhatu, D.D.S., M.S.
Dr. Sibhatu received his Doctorate degree from the prestigious dental school, University of Michigan School of Dentistry. While in dental school he was awarded for his outstanding achievement in the field of Prosthodontics from the American College of Prosthodontics. He then continued at the University of Michigan for his three-year Prosthodontic specialty training, graduating with Specialty Certification in Prosthodontics and a Master's of Science in Biomaterial Science.
Dr. Sibhatu has excellent training in order to deliver high quality of general and specialty dental care. He gained advanced training in full mouth rehabilitation of complex dental cases, placing and restoring implants, removable dentures and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Sibhatu is a caring, gentle, and very welcoming dentist who strives to give his patients the best dental care available in modern, state-of-the-art dentistry. His top priority is helping you achieve your best smile. His value to work with other specialist so that his patients get the best dental care is what sets him apart from his fellow dentists. He recognizes that your optimal dental health is a collaborative effort between himself, the Dental Care Team and you. His goal is to provide comprehensive preventative, restorative and cosmetic solutions based on your individual wants and needs.
Dr. Sibhatu is a fellow of the International Congress for Oral Implantologists and is active member of the American College of Prosthodontics and American Dental Association. He enjoys providing lectures in local study clubs and dental conferences. In his spare time, Dr. Sibhatu enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing soccer, diving and meeting people of different cultures.
Hana Solomon, General Dentist
Dr. Solomon grew up in Ethiopia and the U.K. before settling in the United States during high school. She has called the San Francisco Bay Area home for the past 15 years with a brief hiatus in the greater NY area during dental school. She obtained her DDS at New York University, College of Dentistry. It was there where she honed in on her passion to teach others through her experience as a peer mentor, anatomy tutor and a general dentistry teaching assistant. She exemplifies that same level of passion in addition to an acute knowledge of dentistry through effective patient counseling with respect to dental health, prevention and treatment. Her friendly and peaceful demeanor makes her very approachable as she continually strives to treat all patients with the same care and attentiveness as her own family.
Dr. Solomon is a member of the Southern Alameda County Dental Association, California Dental Society, and Punjabi Dental Society. Through these organizations, Dr. Solomon spends hours on continuing education in order to stay on top of the latest dental technology and techniques. Outside of dentistry, Dr. Solomon enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids as well as traveling and outdoor activities.
Lisa Kanellis, Registered Dental Hygienist
Lisa has been our dental hygienist for 20 years. She was born and raised in the Oakland/Hayward area. After she graduated from Chabot College's dental hygiene school, she continued to take classes at Cal State East Bay. She also attends a variety of continuing education courses to be current on the dental trends and practices. Lisa helps all patients appreciate and maintain their oral health for a lifetime through education. She is committed to a high standard of care, always values patient's comfort, and is known to have that "gentle touch". Outside of work, Lisa enjoys cooking, golfing, and spending time with her family and friends.
Esther Reyes, Registered Dental Hygienist
Esther is a motivated and outgoing professional who finds joy in meeting the needs of each patient. She has been part of Dr. Sibhatu's team as a Front Desk Administrator since 2010. In 2014, Esther graduated from Carrington Collge School of Dental Hygiene and received her license to practice dental hygiene. Soon after her graduation, she became certified to practice Laser Surgery. She has also attended dental lectures, meetings and conventions that have equipped her with the experience and knowledge needed to meet the needs of each patient. She is bilingual in both English and Spanish. As a member of FireLight Church, she does outreach work and is very compassionate about helping other people. Her ultimate goal is to see every patient satisfied with their experience and denal care received here at Laurel Smile Dentistry.
Ashlie Manning, Registered Dental Assistant
Ashlie is our practice dental assistance and has worked closely by Dr. Sibhatu’s side since her graduation from Heald College in 2011. She had grown tremendously in all areas of the dental office. Ashlie keeps our practice up to date with the highest measures of OSHA regulations and well organized for our day to day treatments. She has taken many continuing education courses along side of Dr. Sibhatu to learn new dental techniques and explore the many angles of services in our field. Ashlie’s spunk and youthful energy brings cheer to our patients. She is very enthusiastic about her life long career in dentistry and she is recognized for her gentle touch. Ashlie enjoys her quality time away from work, exploring local activities with her close friends and beloved son, DeAngelo.
Ramika Thomas, Practice Coordinator
Ramika’s journey started over 17 years ago as an industry professional. With passion for providing the highest quality patient care, she sees patients through their dental experiences and strives to make every visit to our practice, a great one! Ramika is dedicated to implementing Dr. Sibhatu’s vision of unsurpassed dental excellence. Ramika’s effort ensures that our patients are always cared for, kept in close communication and are very satisfied with their treatment and results. Ramika’s enthusiastic about raising the bar and providing the best dental experiences to our community. She looks forward to not only improving our patients health and smile, but especially how they feel about coming to the dentist. When away from the office, Ramika enjoys spending time being creative in arts. She enjoys travelling, visiting museums, live sporting events and concerts with her husband, friends and family.
Sonia Alvardo, Dental Assistant
Sonia is our practice Dental Assistant and began her career in the dental field in 1999. The early years of Sonia’s career were heavily focused on cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery, orthodontics and Invisalign; making her an expert in the field. Sonia has since continued her learning in restorative dentistry as well as training in prosthodontics here at Laurel Smile.
Sonia is a long time Oakland resident who enjoys spending her time with her family, friends and has a passion for soccer. You can find her cheering for her adorable son when she is not at the office! Her lively and friendly
personality,flexibility and appreciation of the team structure make her a true joy to work with.
Michelle Crump, Financial Coordinator
Michelle has been working in the dental field for 16 years, and truly enjoys helping patient's treatment plans become a reality. She works to find the most affordable payment solutions for each person based on their individual needs. Michelle strives to be organized, detail-oriented, does her very best to provide excellent customer service. She is in constant relationship with dental insurances to insure quick and easy transactions. Michelle grew up in Berkeley, and adores the Bay Area. She comes from a large family, and on her off time she and her husband enjoy quality time with their four kids. She loves attending community events, and is very participatory in her children’s education.