Meet Our Team

Bruce R. Baumann, DDS, FAGD

Staff_BruceProviding preventive, esthetic and advanced restorative dentistry to the Palm Desert area, Dr. Baumann believes that his dental patients deserve the finest and most advanced dentistry available today. He has received advanced training at the Las Vegas Institute (LVI) for Advanced Dental Studies and Loma Linda University, completing a one year residency in Implant Dentistry. He is the only dentist in Palm Desert to do so. Dr. Baumann has attained fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry, and is a long-standing member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Striving to provide exceptional dentistry for even the most phobic dental patients from the Palm Desert area, Dr. Baumann provides sedation dentistry and is a member of Doctors Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS). With his many hours of advanced training, Dr. Baumann is able to provide his dental patients the latest in dental services such as preventive/oral health, whitening, porcelain crowns and bridges, dental implants, orthodontics and treatment of TMJ. He is committed to implementing the latest technologies to improve comfort, accuracy and esthetics, and decrease treatment time. Please review Dr. Baumann’s expertise in smile design and restorative science and his dental and personal background.

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Nicholas S. Baumann, DDS

Staff_NicholasDr. Nicholas Baumann was born and raised in the Coachella Valley and came back to practice in his hometown after graduating from New York University College of Dentistry in Manhattan. Dr Baumann loves to do procedures in all facets of dentistry and has completed numerous post-graduate courses in multiple disciplines including neuromuscular dentistry (directly under the guru of NMD, Dr. Clayton Chan), fixed and removable prosthodontics, and oral conscious sedation. Dr. Baumann feels continuing education is vital for him to provide the highest quality dentistry for his patients in the most comfortable environment possible.Outside of dentistry, Dr. Baumann is a golfer (this should be a given considering he and his brother Palmer are named after two of the greatest) and an avid world traveler. He hopes to one day make it to 100 different countries. He is always enthusiastic to talk at length about any of his hobbies he has in common with his patients.
Dr. Baumann’s Memberships
• American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)
• Founding member- Coachella Valley Dental Society (CVDS)
• Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)
• Doctors of Oral Conscious Sedation (DOCS)
• American Dental Association (ADA)
• California Dental Association (CDA)
• Tri-County Dental Association (TCDS)

Our Front Office Staff


Staff_LupeLupe is the Office Manager for our practice. She has been with Dr. Baumann for over 30 years. Lupe is an expert manager. She does our appointment scheduling and is an excellent resource for insurance questions and financial arrangements. When not working, Lupe enjoys reading and working in her garden.


pic of jessica[1]Jessica is our Hygiene Coordinator and is in charge of our hygiene department. Jessica also manages the finance options, which includes Compassionate Finance and Care Credit for the office. The fun part of her job is posting on our Social Media such as Facebook (palmdesertsmiles) and LinkedIn. Her hobbies outside of the office are lifting weights, football, baseball and she enjoys listening to country music. Jessica’s son Hunter attends Palm Desert High School.

Our Hygienists


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Michelle earned her Bachelors Degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of San Diego prior to pursuing a career in dentistry. She completed the Dental Hygiene program at San Joaquin Valley College in 2008. She is passionate about helping her patients achieve and maintain oral health as a way to improve their overall health and well-being. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her two children, playing board games and staying active outdoors. They also enjoy traveling and seeing what new adventure is around the corner.


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Brix RDH, is a graduate of Loma Linda University. During her time in dental hygiene school she graduated Sigma Phi Alpha and received the Colgate STAR (Student Total Achievement and Recognition) award. Subsequently, she returned back to Loma Linda University for her Bachelors of Science and Dental Hygiene Degree and graduated Summa Cum Laude at the top of her graduating class. When she’s not working, Brix loves to travel all over the world but in particular, going back home to Portland, Oregon, where she grew up.


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JoNette has been in the dental field for over 20 years. She began her career in 1994 as a dental assistant before deciding to further her education into dental hygiene. She is passionate about providing gentle, individualized, comprehensive care and helping everyone understand the importance of their dental health. Outside of the office JoNette enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, reading and traveling.

Mary Ellen - Emeritus

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Mary Ellen was a part of our practice for 30 years and is now retired. She is living up North but will always be a part of our family even in retirement.

Our Highly Trained Assistants

We are very proud of our staff of well-trained clinical assistants. They too are committed to learning the latest techniques of patient care. The assistants often travel with Dr. Baumann to continuing education classes throughout the country. These ladies attend on average more continuing education courses than most dentists in the country do.


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Lorena, RDAEF is our head clinical assistant and is a Registered Dental Assistant with an Extended Function license. She attended an eight-week course at UCLA to obtain her EF license. She is an expert in the fabrication of beautiful temporary restorations. While the laboratory is crafting your permanent restorations your temporaries will look great courtesy of Lorena’s artistic ability. Lorena also enjoys dental photography, traveling, shopping, and an occasional party! Lorena’s three children, JO’seff, Xavier, and Jizelle keep her busy.


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Sabrina, RDAEF joined our dental practice in April 2007. She is a Registered Dental Assistant with Extended Functions license. Sabrina has also been trained in Oral Surgery and has assisted the doctor with patients that have been under sedation. Her dedication and kindness makes our patients feel very comfortable and at ease with her. Sabrina acquired her dental education at the University of California Los Angeles and has 19 years of dental experience. Her hobbies are swimming, baking, gardening and being outside enjoying Mother Nature.


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Kari is a registered Dental Assistant with an Extended Functions license. She attended a 9 month course at the EFDAA in Fullerton to obtain her RDAEF 2 license. She been in the dental field for over 10 years. She enjoys doing sleep and nueromuscular dentistry.
When not doing dentistry she enjoys going to the beach, reading, traveling and cooking for friends and family.


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Abby has been in the dental field for two years. Currently, she is in the process of achieving her RDA. Abby is excited about learning as much as possible in the dental field. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, playing soccer and spending time with family.

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