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.


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


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.


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. 


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.


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!!


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.


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 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.