Meet The Doctors


Dr. Roger Hanawalt

Dr. Roger Hanawalt

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Roger M. Hanawalt, D.D.S. has been lucky enough to live in La Verne for most of his life. Born and raised here, he graduated from Bonita High School in 1972. Moving on to an education at La Verne College (now the University of La Verne) he enjoyed playing intercollegiate football and tennis while pursuing his interests in science. A Bachelor of Arts in Biology was realized in 1976, followed by four years in Atlanta, Georgia, at Emory University School of Dentistry. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree in 1980 and immediately returned to La Verne to pursue his career.

Dr. Hanawalt’s proudest moments in La Verne have involved raising his daughters Paige, Peri, and Polly with Mary, his wife of over 35 years. His special joy is spending time with his 5 grandchildren.

Dr. Hanawalt has been blessed and nourished by a large Hanawalt family that has called La Verne home for over 100 years.

Community service and involvement have been key elements of living in La Verne. Dr. Hanawalt has been a member of the Rotary Club of La Verne since 1981 and served as President in 2003/2004. His duties in Rotary Club have included organizing a High School All Star basketball game for more than 28 years, as well as coordinating Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and Teacher Mini-Grants in addition to other community service projects. Dr. Hanawalt has enjoyed many years of coaching his kids on youth sports teams. He has been a lifelong member of the La Verne Church of the Brethren. Involvement with the Los Angeles County Fair Association and other local projects has added to his sense of enjoyment and community pride. Dr. Hanawalt’s best expression of his pride in La Verne is providing quality dental care since 1980.

Dr. Peri Hanawalt Wes

Dr. Peri Hanawalt Wes

Doctor of Dental Medicine

Peri L. Hanawalt Wes, D.M.D. was born and raised in La Verne. She graduated from Bonita High School in 2003, matriculated at Scripps College, and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Biology in 2007. While at Scripps, Dr. Peri participated in the intercollegiate volleyball team and met her husband, David Wes, who attended Claremont McKenna College. She then moved to Boston to continue her education and pursue a career in dentistry at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. In May 2011, Dr. Peri received her Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree. She and Dave were married in August 2010 and moved to La Verne. In August 2012, the Wes family was blessed with the arrival of their beautiful son, Dylan and in August 2015, they were further blessed by the arrival of their lovely daughter, Logan.

Dr. Peri is an active member of the La Verne Chamber of Commerce and sits on the parent advisory committee of the Child Development Center at Fairplex.

When not at the office, Dr. Peri enjoys spending time with her family, camping at the beach and being outdoors. She is happy to be back home and is thrilled to be working alongside her father, Dr. Roger Hanawalt, in his La Verne practice.

Meet The Team


Chris

Chris

Practice Coordinator

Chris is the facilitator of our practice, the one who implements and oversees administrative functions of the practice from patient care to computer system management. Chris’s position in our office is an ever changing one. As new technologies become available it is she who spearheads installation, training and implementation. Chris has been in the healthcare profession since 1984 and has been with Dr. Hanawalt since 1998. Chris loves traveling to tropical destinations with her husband. She is a dedicated musician and vocalist, performing with a community band as well as with a 40’s style combo which features an "Andrews Sisters" style trio.


Tina

Tina

Appointment Coordinator

Tina has been with Dr. Hanawalt since 2006, bringing with her over 25 years of dental experience. Her caring personality greets you with your first phone call and her smile bids you farewell. Tina works diligently to coordinate both Dr. Hanawalt’s and Dr. Peri's patient schedule as well as the schedule for our hygiene department. She works hard to efficiently maximize patient and provider time. Her calm and friendly demeanor puts our patients at ease. Tina enjoys traveling, hiking, going to concerts and movies, and trying out new restaurants with her husband and 2 children.


Vivian

Vivian

Insurance Coordinator

Vivian is the newest member of our family. She is a welcome addition to our front office staff bringing with her 15 years of expertise in the dental field. Vivian has worked as a registered dental assistant as well, but moved up to the front office some time ago.

Vivian enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, son, and their dog Yogurt. She also enjoys music, reading and cooking for her family. In her spare time she loves looking for new, fun recipes to cook for her family. She also enjoys going on family hikes and going to the local Farmers Market with her husband and children.


Kary

Kary

Registered Dental Hygienist

Kary began her career in dentistry in 1973 as a dental assistant and returned to school to pursue dental hygiene. She has been working as one of Dr. Hanawalt’s hygienists since 1986. Kary loves helping patients understand how to care for their teeth and gums. Patients instantly feel at home with Kary because her care and concern for them is obvious from the first moment. Kary is married with two daughters and has one grandson and one granddaughter. She loves to camp and travel the world with her husband and wide circle of friends.


Pam

Pam

Registered Dental Hygienist

Pam started her career in Illinois prior to moving to sunny California. She has been one of Dr. Hanawalt's hygienists since 1989 and enjoys educating patients in periodontal therapy and ways to maintain a healthy mouth. Pam is always eager to continue her education and keep our patients informed of the latest dental care products. Currently, Pam is building her business as a Certified Myofunctional Therapist. She is finding this new endeavor very rewarding! Pam is married and has two children. When she isn't working she may be found puttering in her garden, reading, or working Sudoku puzzles.


Shelby

Shelby

Registered Dental Hygienist

Shelby has been in the dental field for over 15 years. She started out as a registered dental assistant and went back to school to complete her degree in hygiene. She has 2 beautiful daughters with whom she loves to spend time.

An avid hiker, Shelby can be found in many local hiking hot spots. Perhaps you have run into her!!


Jennifer

Jennifer

Registered Dental Assistant

Jennifer has enjoyed working with Dr. Hanawalt since 1994. As an RDA she has used every opportunity to expand her dental knowledge and apply her amazing talents in patient care. Jennifer's bubbly personality and smiling face are well known and loved by our patients. She enjoys interaction and sharing with patients while providing top notch dentistry. Jennifer has two sons and enjoys watching them participate in water polo as well as taking weekend camping trips.


Carole

Carole

Registered Dental Assistant

Carole has been in the dental field over 30 years since graduating from Chaffey College. She has an absolute wealth of knowledge in dentistry and has been one of Dr. Hanawalt's assistants since 2000. Carole can be found humming her favorite tunes throughout the day. Her calm approach puts our patients at ease. Carole enjoys all aspects of dental assisting and patient care. Carole is now retired, but remains available to us in case of need. She now has more time to enjoy with her daughter, son in law and two grandchildren.


Janene

Janene

Registered Dental Assistant

Janene has been in the dental assisting field for numerous years. She enjoys being a registered dental assistant and interacting with both Doctors and patients. Her calm demeanor has a positive effect on all who come to our office, including the staff! In her spare time Janene loves spending time with her husband and 3 girls.


Polly

Polly

Assistant

Polly enjoys helping out in the office wherever necessary. When not at work or at Hillcrest volunteering or horseback riding, Polly can be found playing with her dog or indulging in a favorite pastime, reading a good book.



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Hanawalt Dental is a La Verne based family dentist practice that treats patients of all ages. We are committed to delivering the highest quality dental care and do so using state-of-the-art 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. Roger M. Hanawalt, DDS and Peri L. Hanawalt Wes, DMD and our staff invite you to schedule an appointment by calling 909-593-4581 and experience why our patients think Hanawalt Dental is the best dentist in La Verne.