Dr. Russell

Dr. Spencer Russell, has been a great addition to our practice. He graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina, College of Dental Medicine. He expanded his education in the Foundry Dental Center in Birmingham, Alabama where he was a resident in Advanced Education in General Dentistry.

Dr. Russell provides patient services for extractions and implants along with all other restorative dental care. While Dr. Russell’s skills are vast, he emphasizes quality treatment for patients, using only the highest quality dental implants that restore both form and function for years to come. To make your visit even more comfortable, Dr. Russell is licensed to perform oral and intravenous (IV) sedation. Whether you’re seeking a dental exam or dental implants, Dr. Russell and our team are ready to take care of your every need.

Dr. Martin

Enjoy small town dentistry with the advanced technology of a metropolis from Derek L. Martin, DMD. Your entire family can enjoy the best in patient care, restorative dentistry, and hygiene cleanings. Dr. Martin graduated from UCLA and The Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health. It is there where he had the opportunity to be surrounded by the latest in Dental Technology as they pride themselves in the latest and greatest. Prior to opening his own practice, Dr.Martin several years in the surrounding North County area serving Encinitas, Oceanside, Rancho Bernardo, Escondido. San Marcos seemed the perfect place to settle down.

At The Hills Family Dentistry, your treatment revolves around you. Dr. Martin truly will take the time to get to know you, your dental health and your goals and priorities. Our dental office is located in the San Elijo Hills neighborhood of San Marcos. It is comfortable and relaxing and in a friendly neighborhood. We will treat you with the best San Marcos family dentistry available, putting your comfort first. (Read our San Marcos dental testimonials)

Front Desk Coordinators


Born and raised in Los Angeles, I moved to San Diego in 1976 to attend SDSU, where I received my BS Degree. I have been in the dental field for 30 years, in many capacities, except for when I took a 2 year hiatus to pursue my passion for baking; owning and successfully operating a dessert catering business. My husband and I recently celebrated 33 years of marriage. Together, we enjoying traveling, kayaking, strength training, and most of all, spending time with our family, especially our baby grandson. Since September 2017, when I began working at The Hills Family Dentistry as the Patient Coordinator, I have enjoyed getting to know many of you. Customer service is of utmost importance to me, therefore I hope to make your calls and visits to the office a very pleasant experience.


Insurance Specialist

Maria Hannawacker

I have 17 years of experience as a dental office administrator, patient care coordinator and insurance specialist. I joined the awesome Hills Family Dentistry team in 2014.

I love interacting and getting to know our patients. The opportunity to see our patient’s smiles transform throughout their treatment is so rewarding and fulfilling. I strive to provide the best customer service possible to ensure our patients have all their needs met.

I moved here from Seattle in 2013 and am enjoying this beautiful sunny state of California. I love the outdoors, exercising, playing tennis and going to the beach. I also enjoy playing the piano and cooking. I live in Carlsbad and have 2 grown and amazing children.




Born and raised in North San Diego County, I started my dental career in 2003 as a Registered Dental Assistant. I continued my education and became a Registered Dental Hygienist in 2009. My passion for a holistic, integrative approach has lead me to become an Orofacial Myologist and educating patients on how orofacial structures relate to airway health. I am passionate about the oral and systemic connection, keeping up to date with the latest research and comprehensive approach to overall wellness. Outside of the dental setting, I run my virtual Orofacial Myology practice, volunteer with animal rescues, hike with my dogs and spend time with my husband and family.


I was born in Denver Colorado (go Broncos!), grew up in Lompoc California, and moved to San Diego to pursue my dental career. After 4 years working as a Registered Dental Assistant with an emphasis in front office management, I went back to school, and achieved my Registered Dental Hygiene license in 2017. Since then, I have fostered a passion for the Dental Hygiene profession, and love educating the public on dental health. I strive to stay current with the most recent and accurate research to provide the highest standard of care for my patients’ health and wellbeing. I enjoy spending time with my husband, friends, and family. Also, staying active, snowboarding, and exploring San Diego’s beautiful beaches.


Charlene has been with our team at The Hills Family Dentistry for 5 years but her journey in the dental field started before that. Charlene graduated from the USC School of Dental Hygiene in 1993. She worked in L.A. for about 17 years doing both Periodontal Hygiene and General Dental Hygiene. Charlene moved to San Diego in 2010 with her husband and 3 kids and lots of chickens. On her days off, Charlene enjoys gardening and raising chickens.




Carlo has been in the Dental Field since 2000. He graduated from Dental Tech School in 1996, which is the same year he moved to San Diego from Brawley. His tech experience gives him the knowledge and skills to create the best fabricated teeth for our patients. He has been with The Hills Family Team since 2012. In his spare time he likes to ride his bike and enjoy the outdoors.