Our Team

Dr. Mercedes Heitman, DDS

Dr. Mercedes Heitman has been practicing periodontics since 1982. Dr. Heitman received her dental degree from the University of Honduras in 1979 and then proceeded to complete a Certificate in Periodontics from the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center graduating in 1981.

Dr. Heitman relocated to California where she was an assistant professor at UOP Dental School (now Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry) from 1982 to 1987. During this time period Dr. Heitman also practiced in the faculty practice at UOP.

In order to stay current in her profession Dr. Heitman takes multiple continuing education courses every year and is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, The California Society of Periodontology, The American Academy of Periodontology, The American Academy of Osseointegration, The Western Society of Periodontology and the Redwood Empire Dental Society.

Dr. Heitman moved to Petaluma in 1987 where she lives with her husband Jeff and are now empty nesters. She enjoys working and living in this most beautiful part of the country. Dr. Heitman’s hobbies are golf, hiking, motorcycle rides with Jeff and participating in dental community outreach in Mexico and Honduras. Dr. Heitman is now a proud grandmother of a little boy with a second grandson on the way.

Our Staff

Teri Brogioli  – Office Manager

I was born and raised in Marin County and moved to Petaluma 20 years ago when we bought our home. I have worked in a dental related field for 16 years. 1 joined Dr. Heitman’s team in 2012 and enjoy working in a periodontal practice committed to excellent patient care. I enjoy all of our patients and I am always ready with a smile when they come through the door. My husband Bob and I have 5 children and 6 grandchildren. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, gardening, reading and especially walking the trails of Petaluma with my dog GZ. I LOVE being a part of Dr. Heitman’s team.

Patti Peterson  – RDA, Financial Coordinator

I was raised in Marin County and moved to Sonoma County in 1979. I went through the Dental Assisting program at the College of Marin and have been in the dental field for 44 years. I have been with Dr. Heitman’s practice for 4 years and I am very proud to be a part of her wonderful team. Our office is one of the happiest places to be, very warm and welcoming. We do our best to provide excellent care to all who come to see us. I live in Petaluma and love to travel, garden and spend time with my family.

Carol Truong Peppers, Registered Dental Hygenist

I graduated from San Joaquin Valley College in 2000 with my dental hygiene degree and have been a part of Dr. Heitman’s periodontal practice ever since. I perform periodontal maintenance and scaling and root planing treatments and have over 10 years experience using the endoscope.

I enjoy working with patients one on one, helping them improve their oral health and teaching them how to maintain a healthy smile..
I feel very fortunate to have been born and raised in beautiful Sonoma County. Now I get to raise my family here as well. When not working, I enjoy working on my home improvement projects with my husband, gardening, anything crafty and chasing after my sons.

Mary Johnson,  Registered Dental Hygenist

I am a native of Illinois and was raised in Hinsdale, a suburb of Chicago. I attended Lakeland College to study dental hygiene and graduated in 1972. I started practicing hygiene with 2 general dentists on Michigan Ave. in Chicago. I moved to Californiain 1974 where I married and raised three children. I have been a dental hygenist for 37 years and have spent most of that time practicing with periodontists. I have learned invaluable lessons from my patients and receive tremendous satisfaction from educating them about their oral health. I enjoy gardening, hiking, traveling, listening to live music and spending time with my family and friends. I have been with Dr. Heitman for 11 years and enjoy every moment.  Dr. Heitman’s honesty, integrity and professionalism is unmatched. I am honored to be part of her team.

Camille Faircourt, Registered Dental Assistant

I was born and raised in Ventura, CA and moved to Sonoma about 10 years ago. I have worked in the dental field for the last 12 years and joined Dr. Heitman’s team in 2014. I’m so glad to be part of an amazing practice with such excellent patient care. In my spare time I love watching movies, painting, long walks, hiking and billiards. I also enjoy cooking, classic car shows, very eclectic music and I am an animal lover.

Madelyn Sweeney, Registered Dental Assistant

I was born and raised here in Sonoma County. I received my certificate in Dental Assisting from Santa Rosa Junior College in 2016 and have been a licensed RDA for 2 ‘A years now. I’m truly honored to be working for such a caring and hardworking periodontist like Dr. Heitman. I enjoy making our patients feel comfortable and calm when they come in. I enjoy the challenge periodontics and implants give me and I like expanding my education whenever given the opportunity. I live in Santa Rosa and enjoy spending time with family and friends. I enjoy exploring the sights, food and wine that this beautiful area we live in has to offer.

Susie Briones, Registered Dental Hygenist

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