Our Mission To You
Our commitment to you, our patient is to provide an experience in our practice that exceeds any you have had at other offices.We aim to provide a clean, warm and welcoming environment, to help you feel comfortable and at ease and to provide you with knowledge and care, to relieve you of any concerns. Our office is fun, positive and down to earth. We want you to feel as if you are at home with friends when you are with us. Going to the dentist is not always easy, but we are committed to making it a better experience and changing how you feel about coming to the dentist.
Josh Tran, DDS
A native of Montebello, CA, Dr. Josh 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. He lived in Arizona for five years before returning to the Bay Area with his wife, Dr. Virna Villas, 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, eating good food, and spending time with his wife and son.
Virna Villas, DDS
Dr. Virna Villas was born and raised in Vallejo, CA. She earned her bachelor’s degree from California State University Sacramento and her dental degree from University of California San Francisco. 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.
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 husband, Dr. Josh Tran, their son and friends.
Rudy Puzon - RDH
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 in his free time.
Chau Ly - Office Manager
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'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 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 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 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 takes 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.