Office Team


Dr. Atwal

Dr. Atwal has over 12 years of experience practicing dentistry in Northern California. Dr. Atwal also currently serves as faculty at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Dentistry and is involved with many study clubs promoting oral health and education. Dr. Atwal has extensive experience in full mouth reconstruction, presenting different options and guiding/educating patients to the best option suitable for their given condition. His office in Discovery Bay and Tracy, CA, has a very friendly team and has the latest state-of-the-art equipment including CAD/CAM Cerec , Dental Laser and the most current methods of strerilization.

Dr. Atwal is happily married and has a 4 year old son. In his spare time he is a private pilot who travels, hikes, plays acoustic guitar, practices & teaches Kundalini yoga and keeps involved with community projects especially involving young children.


Dr. Malina Bankiewicz, DDS

Dr. Malina Bankiewicz graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry in San Francisco. Being a third generation dentist, following her mother’s and grandfather’s footsteps, Dr. Bankiewicz has seen many transformations of dentistry and has herself been practicing for over 20 years. She was born and raised in Poland, and has been living in California for the past 12 years. Dr. Bankiewicz treats every patient like family, always providing quality care with upmost attention to detail. Her motto is : “Truth above all else,” believing that every patients deserves to have their dental desires heard, as well as dental needs met. Providing quality, love and compassion for her patients, Dr. Bankiewicz is a high quality dentist, cherished by her patients.

In her free time, Dr. Bankiewicz enjoys the outdoors with her family and friends in the great Californian weather!


Nora – Business Personel / Receptionist

Nora has been on Dr. Atwal’s team for nearly 10 years. She’s been in the dental field for over 15 years. She works in the front office and specializes in insurance. Nora and her husband have three beautiful children. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and watching her daughters play softball.


Melissa – DA

Malissa has worked in the dental field for 8 years, with the last year being here at Comfort Dental Care. She has worked in both clinic and private offices and enjoys the everyday excitement of meeting new patients and helping to assist in a variety of dental procedures. She’s a single mother of two and enjoys spending time with her kids, snowboarding and taking long motorcycle rides to get away!


Lavada – RDA

Lavada has been a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) for over 20 years. She has worked at Comfort Dental Care with Dr. Atwal since the office opened in June of 2000. Comfort Dental Care has a very friendly and professional atmosphere where all of your families dental needs are thoroughly addressed. In her spare time, Lavada enjoys crafts, scrapbooking and spending time with her family.


Jeri – RDA

Jerilyn has been a Registered Dental Assistant for 16 years and has been with Comfort Dental Care for 9 years. Jeri is always learning new things and continues to grow with our office. When she is not working, she and her husband are parents of three teenagers. She also enjoys playing softball and reading a good book.



Heather – RDH

Heather graduated from the University of Hawaii, School of Dental Hygiene in 1997. She takes pride in getting to know her patients and their individual dental hygiene needs. During her career, she has experienced working with children, the elderly and patients with special needs. In the past 13 years, she also continues her education in periodontics, local anesthetic and teeth whitening. In her spare time, Heather is a proud wife and mother of three. She enjoys family time, cooking and gardening.


Lacey – RDH

She has been in the dental field for over 10 years and has been practicing dental hygiene for the last three. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and dog Lilly, working on home improvement projects and being outdoors soaking up the sun!


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