AboutRio Del Mar Dental

Rio Del Mar Dental is a Aptos based family dentist practice that treats patients of all ages. We are committed to delivering the highest quality dental care and do so using advanced dental equipment. We are a cosmetic dentist that offers services like checkups, teeth cleaning, crowns, veneers and more.

We also perform emergency dentist services that include bonding, root canals, crowns, and bridges. As a local dentist, we create lifelong relationships with our patients and their families and work to ensure that they receive treatments in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Dr. Tod C Anderson and our staff invite you to schedule an appointment by calling 831-580-1142 and experience why our patients think Rio Del Mar Dental is the best dentist in Aptos.

Dr. Tod C Anderson

Dr. Tod C. Anderson has a diverse background working in technology, health care, and pharmaceutical sales. After working in Silicon Valley in the late nineties for six years, Dr. Anderson wanted to be in a profession where he felt like he was making a difference in people's lives and decided to go to Dental School at age 33. A graduate from USC dental school, his training provides him with skills at the highest level and an eye for detail which he uses to treat his patients from a whole body approach. In addition to his patients comfort and care Dr. Anderson strives to treat every patient as he would members of his own family.

Dr. Anderson is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Society and Monterey Dental Society. He is very active in Dental Training for the All on 4 implant procedure as well as researching and developing new dental technologies that can make dentistry easier for everyone.

Dr. Anderson is an avid surfer and enjoys the outdoors as well as family time with his wife and two young children, Quinlan and Cooper. He grew up in Los Gatos and enjoys having all his family and friends in the Santa Cruz area.


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Meet The Team

Dr. Tod C. Anderson is happy to announce our new logo and business name Rio Del Mar Dental. Our team felt very lucky that this name was available and reflects our commitment to the Aptos community and in line with upgrades to the Rio Del Mar area signage. We want to ask you a question: What is most important when you see a dentist? I think most people would say, I sure hope it doesn’t hurt and cost a fortune to fix my teeth. Dr. Anderson is very aware of these issues with dentistry, and finding ways to make it better for patients and small business owners.

Dr. Anderson feels every patient experience is an opportunity to improve someone’s oral health and decrease the anxieties that can be associated with dental care: Dr. Anderson’s response “We are very lucky in this age of dental care, because dental work can be very comfortable with the numbing that we have available, and in combination with sedation protocols that are easy for patients to use and implement.” After a 6 year high tech career in Silicon Valley in the mid 90’s Dr. Anderson felt a draw to go back to school and attended USC dental school from 2003 to 2007. Going back to school at 33 was like a second chance, and it was exciting time to learn a new profession that combines healthcare, art, hand-skills, people-skills, and being your own boss. All big draws for Dr. Anderson, but the bottom line was he really wanted to give back to his community and provide service to others. After graduation from USC Dental School in 2007 Dr. Anderson continues to take as many dental education courses on Invisalign, Conscious Sedation, Implants, Implant dentures, CAD/CAM dentistry and restorative courses to increase his skill set. He also enjoys developing new products to enhance oral health knowledge and care. Our team is dedicated to our patients and we take the time needed to provide the best oral health care modern dentistry can offer. Dr. Anderson quoted: “Good dentistry should not be rushed and every patient has a unique situation and their own individual needs, providing a custom oral health care plan for each patient is our goal.”

Dr. Anderson and Team are thankful to live in such a great place and have a dental office that is a fun place to work. Understandably our area can be an expensive place to live as well, so Dr. Anderson is providing individual and group Quality Dental Discount plans for patients without insurance and payment plans so that patients can afford the oral health care that they need. Since 2013 we have noticed a big change in dental care benefits added with the recession of 2008, out of pockets costs have gone up, as well insurance companies have decreased payments to providers, in fact some providers need to see twice as many patients to make the same income they made five years ago. This seems unfair to the patients the providers, and in our view decreases the quality of care. Our office is doing everything it can to fight this trend. Dr. Anderson is thrilled to be living with his wife and two great kids in Aptos, and have a dental practice that he and his team can be proud of. Please come on by and say hello, you can meet the team and see the office.

Tanya

RDA - Registered Dental Assistant

Tanya is our RDA (registered dental assistant) here at Rio Del Mar Dental. She loves our patients here at our office. She treats each one as if they are a member of her family, whether it's sharing some laughs with them or genuinely listening to their concerns making sure their comfort comes first. It is important to her, that each patient gets the utmost care and that they are at ease during their appointments.

Tanya is an Aptos native. She grew up here in Santa Cruz County and attended Aptos High School before attending Bryman College for her pursuit in dental assisting. She has been working in the dental field for 20+ years, with experience in all fields such as oral surgery, cosmetic, and general dentistry. In Tanya's free time, she loves spending time with her two beautiful children Jenna and Josh. She also enjoys being outdoors, camping, being around music and dancing.

Sara

Sara is our amazing office manager. You are sure to notice the confident, kind nature she instills when you enter our office.

Sara brings several years of varied dental experience to our office. She is an accomplished dental assistant, a skill that she incorporates into her role as manager. With a keen understanding of dental procedures, Sara Is able to explain treatment plans and financial arrangements clearly in a very relatable manner.

She enjoys our wonderful patients and loves being part of our amazing team, "It feels like family here!"

Mari

Hygienist

Mari is one our fabulous dental hygienists. Her beautiful smile and sunny disposition quickly makes her patients feel at ease.

Mari graduated from USC with a Bachelors Degree in Dental Hygiene. That degree, coupled with her prior experience as a dental assistant gives her a broad knowledge of the dental field. Her goal is to make her patients feel comfortable and well cared for during their visits with her. She has a special interest in nutrition and the overall health of the patient and loves educating them as it relates to their dental needs.

Mari appreciates the high level of integrity and genuine spirit in our office. We are like a second family to each other...it feels like home.

Lisa

Hygienist

Lisa is one of our valued Dental Hygienists. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our dental practice.

Lisa graduated from Cabrillo College with a Degree in Dental Hygiene. A short time later she joined our office and has enjoyed enduring relationships with many of our wonderful patients. Her kind and caring attitude is incorporated with excellent clinical skills to provide a positive experience for each person she sees. Her concern for the overall well being shines through at each visit- she loves to make each patient feel special.

Lisa has been known to say that "her profession has never felt like work - she is so blessed to love her job." She loves being part of the team and the laughter that resonates so easily through our office. It reflects a comfort and easy going atmosphere that makes Rio Del Mar Dental a very wonderful place!

Brandi

Brandi is the face of our front office here at Rio Del Mar Dental. She greets all patients with a warm smile and pleasant conversation. Her goal is to make sure every patient leaves our office feeling confident in our practice and like they are a part of our dental family.

In San Jose, Brandi attended the RDA program in 2011 at Carrington College and later obtained her RDA (registered dental assisting) license. She assisted for five years and has experience in oral surgery, endodontics, and cosmetic dentistry. For the past two years, she has worked on the admin side of dentistry. She is currently working toward getting her AS degree at Cabrillo College and has a 7 year old daughter, Rory. In Brandis free time, she enjoys hot pilates, running, baking, and spending time with her family and boyfriend.