The Amazing and Caring Team At Ocean Dental


Front Office + Registered Dental Assistant

I was born in West Texas, moved to California in 1962. In 1970 my family moved to Lompoc where I graduated high school. I am #8 in a large family of 10 children with 4 boys and 6 girls from the same parents.

I started my career in dentistry in 1972, working with several dentist offices. I am a Registered Dental Assistant and have worked both front and back positions for the past 15 years. In January 2019, I celebrated 30 years at my current office. I’ve always enjoyed working in dentistry because it gives one a sense of accomplishment by seeing how our work helps our patients become healthier, and happier with their appearance. I enjoy learning more about the dental industry and at Ocean Dental we stay up to date with new procedures, through our continuing education. I enjoy working with my team members to provide our patients with the best of care.


Front Office

Hello my name is Melissa Garife, I have worked front office at Ocean Dental since August of 2018. I am a registered dental assistant and have been in the dental field for 22 years, I love being in the dental world and helping our community. Being a part of Dr. Dahlquist team has been a great experience; I am still learning every day and enjoy the new technology that our office provides.

I was born and raised in Lompoc, only left for a few years. I am married to my best friend we love camping, spending days at the beach and playing board/card games with our friends and family. I am also a mom, my amazing daughter is currently away in college and will graduate this winter. If I could be anywhere at this moment I would be in Maui!


Registered Dental Hygienist

Welcome to Ocean Dental! I believe quality care is personalized care. My goal for every patient experience is to ensure you feel comfortable, confident, and informed during your time with me. I’m eager to discuss your overall oral health and will genuinely enjoy guiding you through a satisfying dental appointment. I’m proud of my roots growing up in Oregon, but after moving to Lompoc 15 years ago I realized this is the perfect place to live and do what I love! Outside of the office I enjoy live music with my husband and spending time with family and our beloved senior dog. With enthusiasm, I look forward to taking care of you and your smile for many years to come.


Registered Dental Assistant

Hi everyone I’m Autumn and I am a Registered Dental Assistant. I have been a Registered Dental Assistant for 18 years. I’ve been apart of Dr. Dahlquist’s team here at Ocean Dental for roughly 3 years now and have been at this location for over 11 years now with the previous Dr.. I strive to ensure patients have the best possible dental experience. A little more about my self outside of the dental field, I am married and have two amazing kids. I enjoy watching my kids play sports, going on bike rides and beach days with my family and friends.  Thank you and welcome to Ocean Dental!