The Highland Dental of Hayward Team

Highland Dental of Hayward

At Highland Dental of Hayward, we strive to meet our patients’ needs through a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere, a professional and caring staff, and dentists trained in the latest dental procedures and technologies. When you visit our dental office, you are in good hands.

Each member of our team is dedicated to creating a comfortable environment for our patients. Our dentists have extensive post-degree education in a variety of dental procedures, and we love to work with our patients to create the treatment plan that is right for you. Drs. Tran and Villas will make sure you understand every step of your treatment, and answer any questions you may have along the way.

Meet Our Team

Dr. Josh Tran, DDS

Dr. Josh TranDDS

Dr. Tran is one of the owners and founders of Highland Dental of Hayward. He attended the University of California, San Diego and got his dental degree from the University of California, San Francisco. Originally from Montebello, CA, he lived in Arizona for five years before returning to the Bay area where he had attended dental school to start his practice here and build roots.

Dr. Tran has kept current on dental procedures through extensive continuing education in many areas, including implants, periodontal surgery, and cosmetic dentistry. He loves blending art, science, and engineering in dentistry to restore patients’ smiles.

Dr. Tran likes to make dentistry fun and enjoys taking the time to talk to his patients. Patient care and satisfaction is his number one priority. In his free time, he enjoys working on cars, snowboarding, mountain biking, and eating good food with his wife.

Virna Villas, DDS

 Virna VillasDDS

Dr. Villas was born and raised in Vallejo, CA. She attended California State University, Sacramento for her Bachelor’s degree and the University of California, San Francisco for her dental degree. She and her husband, Dr. Josh Tran, lived and practiced dentistry in Arizona but decided to return to the Bay area that she loved, to serve the people in their community.

She is passionate about making dentistry as comfortable as possible, especially for those with dental anxiety and fear. She puts her patients at ease by listening to them and explaining everything and practices dentistry with a gentle touch. Dr. Villas has over 500 hours in advanced continuing education, covering topics such as Invisalign, sedation, and cosmetic dentistry.

For Dr. Villas, the best feeling is watching someone who came into the office nervous or fearful leave their appointment smiling and happy. When she’s not at work, she likes to read, hike, play with her fat cat, and spend time with her family and friends.

 Navreena SahotaDDS

Dr. Navreena Sahota received her Bachelor's in Science degree from University of the Pacific (UOP) in Stockton and then proceeded to obtain her dental degree and training at Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry (UOP), in San Francisco.  

She grew up in Fremont and had to make frequent visits to the dentist and it was those positive experiences that influenced her career path, as her own dentist helped her become more confident with her smile and she wanted help others feel the same way. Dr. Sahota tries to make every visit a positive and fun experience to help patients feel more comfortable while skillfully taking care of their dental needs.  

She enjoys traveling, playing soccer and watching sports, cooking, and spending time with her family and puppy Toby.  

Rudy Puzon, RDH

 Rudy PuzonRDH

Rudy received his Dental Hygiene training at Carrington College in San Jose, and his Bachelors degree at University of California, Davis.  He grew up in the Bay Area and lives on the Peninsula.  

Rudy spends a lot of time getting to know his patients, so he can best help them stay or become healthier free of periodontal (gum) disease.  Patients rave that they've never had a more comfortable cleaning.  

Rudy enjoys hanging out with friends and family, and can often be found going to concerts, especially if its his favorite type of music EDM. He also regularly practices Jiu Jitsu on his free time.  

Chau Ly - Office Manager

 Chau Ly

Chau is a native of San Diego, and she received her bachelor's degree at University of California, Irvine.   She moved to the Bay Area in 2011 and has been working in the dental field since, becoming an insurance pro.  

She loves chatting with patients and getting to know them, and she is always trying to work with them to find the best plan for them to take care of their dental needs. She is currently studying to become a dental hygienist to further serve our patients.  

Chau loves to travel, try new experiences, and can be found exclaiming over cute kids and dogs. Most of her down time, is spent devoted to her puppy Mozzie :)

Caitlin Whitsitt - Treatment Coordinator

 Caitlin Whitsitt

Caitlin's friendly personality and positive attitude helps to keep the practice a fun and comfortable atmosphere for our patients.  She started in dentistry as a surgical dental assistant after attending the Eden ROP Dental Assisting Program, and now as our scheduling coordinator she makes sure that the office schedule, patient flow and experience stays top-notch. 

Caitlin grew up and currently lives in San Leandro, but on the weekends she goes out and is a bit of a daredevil as she loves dirt bike racing and wake boarding. 

Vanessa Jardin - Financial Coordinator

 Vanessa Jardin

Vanessa enjoys getting to know and taking care of patients.  Her warm and friendly personality helps patients feel comfortable during their visit and her attention to detail makes her great at her job, as she keeps all of our insurance and billing running smoothly.  

Vanessa grew up and lives in Vallejo, CA and she received her Bachelors of Science degree from University of California, Davis.   She loves cooking, reading, watching sports and spending time with her husband and two kids.

Priscilla Zuniga - Insurance Coordinator

 Priscilla Zuniga

Priscilla is originally from Costa Rica and moved to the Bay Area in 2009.   She has spent years in customer service and always strives to listen and be attentive to people's needs. She joined the dental field because she liked being in healthcare taking care of patients, and she has plans to continue her training and education to become fully versed in all aspects of the dental practice, front and back.

Priscilla can sometimes appear soft spoken and shy, however she is very kind and caring.  During her time off she enjoys working out and relaxing reading a good book.

Samantha Sin - Registered Dental Assistant

 Samantha Sin

Samantha is a licensed Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) and completed her training with Heald College here in Hayward, CA.  She has been in the dental field for several years in the area and is currently studying at Chabot College to become a Dental Hygienist.  

She take a lot of pride in her work, pay close attention to detail, and loves helping patient's feel comfortable and at ease.  

On a personal level, Samantha is very sweet and friendly, and she enjoys spending time with her family and working on hair, makeup, and nails.