Meet Our Team
Adriana Ramirez, Registered Dental Hygienist
Adriana graduated from West Los Angeles College in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene. She started in the field of dentistry as a Registered Dental Assistant before continuing her education to become a hygienist. She has worked in the areas of general, pediatric, and periodontics for over 27 years.
Adriana brings a fresh attitude and a passion for providing high-quality oral health care, disease management, and education for long term prevention.
After many years of experience in the field, she knows the importance of customer care and building relationships with patients. She considers the mouth to be incredibly important in the systemic function and overall well-being
Adriana prides herself on staying current with the latest research in preventative oral health care. Her professionalism and commitment are noticeably reflected in her positive attitude and compassionate delivery of care.
Adriana is bilingual being fluent in English and Spanish. She enjoys traveling, family time, friends, adventuring outdoors, photography, hiking, visiting the beach, and different culinary experiences.
She is laser certified and has completed courses in Invisalign. Adriana is a member of the American Dental Hygienist Association.
Kelly Protzmann, Registered Dental Hygienist
Kelly is originally from Wisconsin and her family all still live there. Before relocating to Los Angeles, she also lived in Chicago and Denver.
Kelley went to hygiene school in Wisconsin and graduated in 2010. She is licensed in dental hygiene and local anesthesia.
She is certified in performing hygiene laser treatments. Kelly is continually learning and has consistently exceeded continuing education requirements to maintain her dental hygiene license.
Kelly wants to make her patients aware of everything going on in their mouths and finds tips or tricks that work for them. Maintaining the healthiest smile for life is her highest priority.
While not at work, Kelly likes spending time with her family, especially her nephews and nieces, catching shows and new movies and she loves game nights with trivia and board games!
Nancy Gonzalez, Registered Dental Assistant
Nancy is the Patient Care Coordinator and has worked at Beverly Hills Aesthetic Dentistry for 19 years.
She stays up-to-date with the most current dental technology and techniques to help patients have a comfortable and easy experience while under our care.
Her favorite part of the day is when patients compliment Dr. Hanam-Jahr and herself on how “great we work together.” She likes to make sure the patients understand all aspects of their treatment before we start working.
In her spare time, Nancy likes to spend time with her 11-year-old daughter, April. They love to shop and explore all new things.
Karen Refkin, Registered Dental Hygienist
Karen grew up in Canton, Ohio where she attended McKinley High School and graduated as the Salutatorian. She attended Ohio State University and graduated as a Registered Dental Hygienist and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Education.
Karen has been incredibly involved in the dental community. She has been an Assistant Professor of Clinical Dentistry at U.S.C for over 46 years, co-chaired the effort to assemble the Los Angeles Dental Hygiene Associate newsletter helping fellow hygienists keep abreast of the things that influence their professional careers, and volunteered for almost thirty years as a camp counselor, providing floss and toothpaste to children with life-threatening illnesses.
In her spare time, she enjoys going to museums, theaters, and the symphony. She loves teaching and interacting with her students as well as all of her patients.