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The Team

The Team

Our Team Welcomes Patients Like Family

Our team takes the time to get to know you and listen to your specific needs. We treat every patient like one of our own in an environment built on trust and support.

The Team

The “Mastermind Group” Behind Your Best Smile


Dr. Leslie and Dr. Scott’s passion for excellence means being continuously inspired by the talent, knowledge and empathy that the team at New Image Dental shares in their collaborative environment. Whether attending annual seminars or hosting our own, our small dental family learns the best tools and methods of modern dental care as a way to show our patients that we take to heart the relationships we build and the memories that we share together. We believe in being there for our patients every step of the way, to listen mindfully and to offer the best steps towards success with their health and comfort in mind.

The Doctors


Leslie Strommer, DDS


UCLA Dental Graduate, KOIS Center Graduate, and Secretary of the Board of Director at San Diego Health Foundation.

Leslie Strommer, DDS, had to make frequent trips to the dentist a kid in Cupertino, California, but she always enjoyed interacting with her dentist. Now, some years after attending dental school in UCLA, she’s had the opportunity to build many long lasting relationships and watch some of her younger patients grow up into healthy adults–who still think going to the dentist is exciting and fun! Travelling, hiking, and doing pilates brings Dr. Leslie joy, but she is still happiest when her care has had an influence on changing the lives of her patients for the better. She is an active volunteer to promote dental health in the community.

Learn more About Dr. Leslie

Scott Strommer, DDS


UCLA Dental Graduate, KOIS Center Clinical Instructor, CEREC Advanced Trainer, Professorship at UCSD Student-Run Free Clinics.

Teamwork and a passion for knowledge drive Scott Strommer, DDS, every day at New Image Dental. Born in San Diego with a lifelong passion for soccer and building teams, his love of the game doesn’t stop in the office. When you sit down at your first appointment with Dr. Scott, you’ll be inspired by his genuine interest in dentistry and commitment to helping you find the best care options. Dr. Scott has been dedicated to bringing top quality certifications, tools and equipment to his practice for the last 25 years. When you come in for your checkup, you’ll know you’re on the A-team. Dr. Scott is also an active volunteer to provide dental health options for the community.

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John Y. Kim, DMD


Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program & Specialty Training in Prosthodontics at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Dental Implant Surgical Training Program at New York Dental School

John Y. Kim, DMD was born to be a dentist. His father, grandfather, cousins, uncles and brother-in-law are all in the family business. After years of dental school, continuing education, and specialty programs at prestigious schools along the East Coast, he started his own practice back home in Seoul, South Korea – and then opened two more practices over the next seven years. Now he’s in San Diego to live a less hectic lifestyle and enjoy his new family while pursuing his dreams.

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 The Staff


Marisela – Dental Assistant

My name is Marisela, many know me as Chela. I am the Lead Dental Assistant at New Image Dental and have been in the field for almost 7 years. I was fortunate to have been taken in, trained and mentored by Dr. Scott and Leslie Strommer at the age of 19. I didn’t always love dentistry; in fact I am extremely fearful when it comes to my own dental treatment. Being able to relate to patients and help them overcome their dental fears is what I love most about dentistry. Our office is equipped with top notch technology and cool gadgets that add to my love for dentistry because I am able to utilize my creative side. When I’m not at New Image Dental, I enjoy spending time with my family; and anyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed with my babies (two cats and a dog) Mambo, Milo and Chloe. I love taking Mambo to the beach and playing “Chuck-It” with him.

Melissa – Dental Hygienist

Hi there, I’m Melissa. I’ve been a hygienist at New Image Dental since 2011. I achieved my bachelors degree in foods and nutrition from SDSU in 2003 and then graduated from Southwestern College dental hygiene program in 2009. I’ve always had a passion for teeth and knew at a young age that I wanted to be a hygienist. I thrive on helping my patients achieve optimal health and really take pride when we both see results. I love working at new image with all of the amazing technology and awesome coworkers that are all so willing and excited to learn more and work together as a team. I’ve also met some truly great patients and I genuinely look forward to their appointments. When I’m not at work I keep busy with my always entertaining kiddos; son Dylan born in 2010 and daughter Riley born 2013. In 2005 I married my best friend and high school sweet heart Matt. As a family we love to vacation, have picnic dinners on the beach, attend sporting events or just hang out with friends and family in the backyard.

Brayan – Dental Assistant

Hi everyone! My name is Brayan and I am the newest member to the New image dental team! I have three quality years as an experienced Dental Assistant. My favorite part of Dentistry is that it involves a great deal of science and technology which I love. However, it isn’t just the science I enjoy, I get total satisfaction from seeing patients feeling happy and brand new after they walk out our office door. Apart from being a dental nerd, I enjoy running along the beach, playing soccer, and traveling!

Erica – Dental Assistant

Hi, my name is Erica and I am going on my 22nd year as a Registered Dental Assistant. I have been part of the New Image Dental team for almost six years now! Being part of such an amazing team not only makes work fun but continues to challenge me. I love that even after all these years I still continue to learn something new on a regular basis. I must say, what I enjoy most about working in the dental field is the connection I make with my patients. Whether I see them on a regular basis or it has been years possibly due to poor past experiences, I take pride in making them feel comfortable and safe! A little personal info about me: I am a California native, have been married for 15 years and have two boys (12 & 10) who keep me very busy with football, the beach or just going to the movies.

Using only the Finest Technology and Experienced Care

Serving our clients’ needs in general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, sedation dentistry, and more.

“We help our patients achieve their highest level of health”

As we get older we realize that our teeth are one of the most valuable assets to our health. By practicing conservative care and encouraging regular visits to the dentist, our team at New Image Dental makes it easier for patients to enjoy healthier, stronger smiles in a calming and friendly atmosphere.

Leslie Strommer, DDS
Scott Strommer, DDS