We welcome you to check back here and meet our dentist and his terrific dental team, who is available to take care of your family’s dental health needs, in Palo Alto, California. At McKenna Family Dentistry, we are proud to offer our services and hope you will contact us for an appointment!
David L. McKenna, D.D.S. (aka “Dr. Dave”)
A Palo Alto native, Cubberley High School graduate and life long Stanford Cardinal sports fanatic. I earned a degree in Biology at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Then it was on to U. O. P. school of Dentistry in S. F.; where I was able to complete my childhood dream of becoming a dentist, enabling me to work with my dad, JB McKenna for 17 years.
Bringing a new meaning to “Family Dentistry” I’ve also been enjoying working with my sister, Judi McKenna Edwards. She is without a doubt a dynamic and energetic force in our practice. I’m grateful for the opportunity to team up with her providing an energy, knowledge and care which I am very proud of.
I have three wonderful children: Kelly, Holly and Mitchell. We love to play games, compete in athletics and hang out with our friends. Who knows, perhaps one (or more?) of my kids may choose to carry on the McKenna family tradition of providing high touch, high quality dentistry!
Mimi Salkola (aka “Dr. Mimi”)
I have been very fortunate to have chosen a career where I look forward to coming to work every day since 1998. Seeing my patients in the office is like seeing “Old Friends”.
I grew up in San Jose and graduated from UCSF where I received many awards for academic excellence and earned a place on the Dean’s List. I have been a long time member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association and Mid-Peninsula dental society. My love for dentistry shows through when I am treating my patients. I strive to be as gentle as possible while creating beautiful and “perfect” dentistry. My motto is “fun, friendly and exceptional dental care”. My goal is to make every one of my patient’s visits pleasant and enjoyable.
In my spare time I enjoy watching funny movies with my 9 and 12 year old sons. Our favorite is “Dumb and Dumber”. I also volunteer in their schools where I teach the children about dental health and help raise funds for the schools. I love music and will sing all day if I am allowed. My Karaoke parties are well known in my neighborhood. I also enjoy going to the opera with my husband and take long, long walks, especially in the rain. In addition, I can bake bread that will make a grown man cry, a skill I learned from Eske, a friend who used to be a patient in this office until he moved back to Denmark. My latest passion is hula dancing which I’ve been learning mostly from YouTube videos. Who knows…. you might just get a hula performance instead of a filling the next time you are in the office. Aloha!
Meet Our Team
Judi McKenna Edwards, Registered Dental Hygienist
I grew up here in Palo Alto with a loving family and wild times. I went to the University of New Mexico, Las Vegas and got my dental hygiene degree from Foothill College. I enjoy keeping the legacy of my father, Dr. JB’s practice going.
My passions are my husband of 23 years, our daughter and my dog Cassie-Jo. I love spending time with my family, going on walks, friends, cooking and being out doors. I enjoy my family; most of you know my father J.B. who started McKenna Family Dentistry back in 1958. He is one of a kind and has the biggest heart. He is a teacher of love and life. He retired and moved with his dogs to the mountains in Placerville, CA. I still see him quite often and he is doing well. We miss our daily hugs though.
Kristi Leal, Registered Dental Hygienist Extended Duties
I graduated from Foothill College dental assistant program in 1990 and attended UCSF for Extended Functions Program in 1992. Shortly after graduating from dental assisting I attended the Hygiene program at Foothill College and received my license in 1995. I joined the family at McKenna’s in 1991.
I am a mother of two, Alexis and Joey and also have a puppy Coco. I love to be with my family. I also love the outdoors, cooking and going to our cabin at Clearlake where we enjoy water skiing, wake boarding and tubing.
Diana Brinkman, Registered Dental Assistant
I have been apart of the back office staff for 11 years and a Registered Dental Assistant for over 26 years. My first priority is patient comfort and I am always striving to be one step ahead of the doctors to make each patient appointment smooth and efficient as possible.
When I am not at work I enjoy gourmet cooking, entertaining, and spending time with my family. I also enjoy playing online games where I meet people of all ages and from all around the world.
Beverly Reyes, Hygiene Coordinator
My name is Beverly Reyes and I have been working at McKenna Family Dentistry for over 6 years now. I am the hygiene coordinator and handle all of the hygiene schedules, so if you call to schedule a cleaning appointment you will probably to talking with me.
On some days you will not see me in the office and that is because I also work as a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (MFTI). I am working towards my 3000 hours in order to become licensed.
My boyfriend and I have been in a relationship for almost 5 years and we have a 2-year-old daughter named Alana and a dog named Sandy. I need a balance of spontaneity in order to keep me sane. I love to travel, go snowboarding, and spending time with my family and friends. I’m trying to simplify my life and am trying not to concentrate on the material things in life. I’ve learned that spending my time and energy on making long lasting relationships and memories is what matters the most.
Yvonne Cantrell, Treatment Coordinator
Hi my name is Yvonne Cantrell; I joined the McKenna Family in 2008 as the Treatment Coordinator. I’ve been n the dental field for over 15 years, my experience ranges from Hygiene coordinator to Office Manger. I love working with people and creating a happy and friendly environment for the patients and my co-workers throughout the day.
I pride myself on my friendliness and keeping those around me smiling. I can be a bit of a smarty-pants at times but it’s all in love. I have two boys, 17 and 8 who keep me on my toes. I enjoy cooking, hiking, writing poetry and watching good movies. I aspire to travel around the country and learn more about our nation.