Karen S. Potter, DDS
Dr. Potter was born and raised in San Clemente. After studying in-state as well as across state lines, she has returned to South Orange County with an expertise that has earned the respect of dentists across the southland. Dr. Potter’s educational and professional accomplishments have impressed her colleagues as well as her patients.
- Magna Cum Laude at USC with a degree in Spanish
- Summa Cum Laude at UCLA School of Dentistry, graduating #1 in her dental class
- Certificate of Endodontics from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, one of the leading Endodontic Residencies in the United States
- Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics
- Multiple published articles in peer-reviewed journals like the Journal of Endodontics, the Journal of the California Dental Association, and the Journal of Evidence Based Dental Practice
- Conversational in Spanish
Dr. Potter and her husband recently moved back to San Clemente from Dana Point. They welcomed their first daughter in 2012 and in 2014 they welcomed their second daughter. They enjoy spending time with their kids, watching college football, jogging and walking along the beach, traveling, and live music. On Dr. Potter’s days out of the office, when Dr. Bergquist is holding down the fort, she participates in MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) at her church. Dr. Potter and Sean also have a firm belief that giving back to their community is vital.
Craig R. Bergquist, DDS
Dr. Bergquist has been practicing dentistry since 1979. He practiced as a general dentist for 15 years before completing his endodontic residency in 1992. His undergraduate degree was earned at Washington State University, his dental degree from Baylor College of Dentistry in Texas, and his endodontic residency was completed at the VA Hospital in Long Beach. Dr. Bergquist enjoys lecturing on Endodontics, and is a speaker for Tulsa Dental, a very prominent endodontic supply company.
Laguna Beach is home for Dr. Bergquist and his family. He has been married for over 30 years to his beautiful wife, Sheryl, and has two children: Carly and Cole. Dr. Bergquist enjoys traveling, skiing, snorkeling, water skiing, good food, fine wine, and jazz music. He has recently returned from a 2-year sabbatical traveling around the world.
Before you even step foot in our office, you will encounter Taylor, our resident insurance expert. Between finding you an appointment that fits into your busy schedule to confirming your insurance benefits before treatment, Taylor works hard to make the process of checking in and out as seamless as Dr. Potter’s procedures.
Interests: “Like all of our team at San Clemente Endodontics, I live, work, and play in San Clemente. I enjoy being outside, going out dancing, reading a good book, crafts, and spending time with my friends.”
Pam is our dental assistant that has been with the practice for over 22 years – through Dr. Oglesby, Dr. Bergquist, and now with Dr. Potter! She is the MacGyver of our office, fixing anything and everything that needs repair. Pam has 3 great kids: Ashly, 29, a graduate of Cal State Fullerton; Jayme, 27, a graduate of MMI as a certified Marine Mechanic; and Emily, 20, a student at Saddleback. Ashly, Jayme, and Emily all graduated from San Clemente High School.
Interests: “I enjoy camping, boating, and cooking. We love taking cross-country driving trips to enjoy all the beauty and adventure that our front door offers. I also enjoy spending time with friends: sharing good food and a glass of wine.”
Our dental assistant, April, is the perfect answer for an anxious patient because she has a remarkable sense of humor and a calming nature to boot! She has been a dental assistant with the office for over 14 years. She is the proud mommy of an amazing 13-year old son, Christopher. She really enjoys working in the dental industry, particularly in endo and for Dr. Potter.
Interests: “I love spending time with my son, fiancé & our sweet puppy, Kona. We are always off doing fun things together. I also enjoy cooking & the great outdoors, whether it’s stream fishing up in the Eastern Sierras or relaxing at the beach. I love good friends, good food, and good music.”