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Dr. Tornabene


University: University of California, Davis.  Graduated with a Bachelors in Science in Botany and a minor in Spanish in 1996.

Teaching Credential: University of Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont, CA in 2000.

Dental Education:  University of the Pacific, Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco graduated with a DDS in 2000.

Residency in Pediatric Dentistry: University of California, San Francisco,  completed in 2006.

Masters in Oral and Craniofacial Science:  University of California, San Francisco, completed in 2006.

American Board of Pediatric Dentistry: Board Certified in pediatric dentistry in 2008.


I love being a pediatric dentist!  While teaching high school for four years prior to dental school, I realized that I wanted a career with children.  In dental school, I discovered pediatric dentistry and it is a perfect combination for me.  Pediatric dentistry includes oral care for infants and children as well as education for the patients and their parents.  My goal is to provide a warm, fun and effective dental home for our families.  I am well trained to treat infants and children as well as patients with growth and developmental problems, trauma and minor orthodontic interventions.  With a patient and gentle approach, I work to provide quality care and alleviate any apprehension and fears.  I want the child to enjoy coming to the dentist! 


I am so thankful for our wonderful patients and families and honored for the trust you give our office in treating and maintaining oral health.  I am so happy to be a part of this special community and I love my job!  I look forward to seeing you in our office and around Chico.


I met my husband, Eric Barnes, an oral surgeon in Chico, during dental school and we moved to Chico in 2007.  We have three young children: Elia, Joshua and Weston.  As a family, we enjoy the outdoors and spending time together.  My husband and I are both white water raft guides and we still love going on rivers.  We camp, hike, and bike and also enjoy swimming and cooking as a family. 

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