We strive for integrity by choosing courage over comfort, by choosing what's right over what's fast and easy, and by making patient comfort and good dental health our highest priority.


- Aaron B. Pitts, DMD

Meet Our Team
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The team members at the office of Aaron B. Pitts, DMD have been a part of our practice for many years, and we continue to grow! We get along very well, almost like family, so our patients feel very comfortable and welcome during their visit. We pride ourselves in providing dentistry in Pine Valley, California, that is more of a personal service than a doctor’s appointment.


Dr Aaron Pitts
Aaron B. Pitts, DMD

Dr. Aaron Pitts completed his undergraduate degree in psychology at Brigham Young University. He then attended dental school at Boston University, from which he graduated in 2009. Dr. Pitts completed a one-year General Practice Residency at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, NY, and a one-year oral surgery internship at the V.A. Hospital in Long Beach, CA.

As a dentist, Dr. Pitts is dedicated to serving those in need and providing the highest quality of dentistry available. He completes extensive continuing education training each year. He is certified in IV sedation and has received advanced training in implant placement and restoration for both single-tooth implants and crowns as well as overdentures and implant-retained restorations.

Dr. Pitts has been married to his best friend and college sweetheart for more than 15 years. He is the proud father of three boys and one baby girl, and his family is the focus and joy of his life. Outside of the office, he enjoys outdoor activities, anything on the ocean, music, good books and movies, and spending time with his family.


Katie Hayes

Front Office

Katie Hayes has been employed by Pine Valley Dental for more than seven years. Katie has done everything from sterilizing instruments to managing the front office. Whatever your questions or concerns may be, Katie is here to ensure that all patients receive the best customer care; whether it is helping them with finances, going over treatment or simply putting a smile on their face. Katie enjoys building relationships with all her patients and strives to provide the best experience possible for each patient!

During her free time, Katie loves having fun with her husband and 2 children. Her family activities include jeeping, hiking, spending time on the river and riding dirt bikes.



Heather Valdez

Office Manager

Heather Valdez joined Pine Valley Dental in 2016, after more than seven years in the event planning business. This experience has translated well to her current position, where she strives to put patient care above all else, personalizing your visit to accommodate your needs. She strives to provide the best possible service to our patients, and make their experience a pleasant one from the very first phone call.

Heather spends her free time with her husband and can often be found at the movie theater, continuing her decade long tradition of seeing a movie every Friday. She also enjoys cooking, working out and hiking with friends.



Michelle Butts


Michelle Butts graduated with honors from Apollo College Dental Assisting School in Spokane, Washington, in 2005. She expands her knowledge in the dental field by completing continuing education courses. She is committed to providing superior clinical support and a comfortable patient experience. She amazes our patients with the natural-appearing temporary crowns that she fabricates!

Outside the office, Michelle enjoys hiking and camping with her family, spending time out on her boat and watching her grandchildren grow.


Kyla Lennox


Kyla Lennox takes pride in providing quality patient care. She enjoys continuing her education and expanding her knowledge in the dental field. You will find Kyla chairside assisting Dr. Pitts. Kyla is committed to providing every patient with a positive and comfortable experience.

When not at work, Kyla enjoys spending quality time outdoors with her family, at the beach or playing in the snow at Cuyamaca. She also enjoys spending as much time as possible visiting her grandchildren in Hawaii.



Avelia Chavez

Sterilization Technician

Avelia Chavez is Pine Valley Dental’s sterilization technician. Cleanliness is her top priority to ensure patient safety. She sterilizes our dental instruments and our treatment rooms, sets up everything Dr. Pitts or our dental assistants will need before your appointment and keeps us running smoothly.

In her free time, Avelia loves spending time adventuring with her two beautiful daughters, helping them grow and learn. As a longtime local resident, enjoying the peace and nature with her family is a perfect day.



Judi Richardson


Judi Richardson has been a registered dental hygienist for over 50 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene from Loma Linda University. Judi began working with our office in 1986. She is very personable and enjoys empowering each individual patient with the skills necessary to maintain excellent teeth and gum health.

Outside of the office, Judi enjoys traveling the world, hiking and climbing mountains, jogging, and spending time with friends and family.



Briana Coombs


Briana Coombs is a Registered Dental Hygienist and has been in the dental profession for more than six years. She received her degree from Southwestern College in National City, where she graduated at the top of her class. While in school, Briana received a prestigious award for special interest and proficiency in Periodontics and was also inducted into the Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society. Briana’s love of dental hygiene fuels her desire to provide an important service to our patients.  She enjoys the opportunity to help our patients understand why complete oral care is so beneficial to their overall health.

During her free time Briana enjoys spending time with her daughters and husband.  She enjoys cooking, traveling, and exploring all San Diego has to offer.