Dentists

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)


Dr. Sorge

Dr. James E. Sorge attended BYU and completed his Doctor of Medical Dentistry with Honors from Oregon Health Sciences University in 1998. Shortly thereafter, he moved to the San Diego area of Southern California. For the past 21 years, he has practiced in the ‘Avocado Capital’ of the world, Fallbrook, CA

Along with providing Family and General Dental Care, Dr. Sorge has furthered his career by studying advances in Cosmetic Dentistry, Implantology (dental implants), Orthodontics (braces), TMJ Disorders and Dental Sleep Medicine. He has lectured to various Medical and Dental organizations.

He has received the San Diego Reader’s People Choice “Best of the Best” award and is a leader amongst his peers receiving the San Diego’s “Top Dentist” Award, 13 consecutive years, 2007-2019.

He is an active member of several professional affiliations, including the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Sorge and his wife, Katherine have 4 children, 3 of which have or are attending BYU. They enjoy spending time with family and friends, trying new foods, golfing, snorkeling and quiet time with a good book or puzzle.


Dr. McMaster

Dr. Zach McMaster grew up right here in San Marcos, California. As a third-generation dentist, he has always had an interest and love for the field of dentistry. After graduating from Mission Hills High School, he attended Brigham Young University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. He then attended University of Maryland School of Dentistry where he finished in the top quintile of his class. Dr. McMaster received many honors during school, including admittance into the Gorgas Odontological Honor Society, Gamma Pi Delta Prosthodontic Honor Society, and the highly competitive Oral Surgery Clerkship. He was also awarded the prestigious Leonard Rapoport Memorial Prize granted to one senior student who demonstrated outstanding academic achievement in pharmacology related to oral science.

Dr. McMaster has been married to his wife, Chaille, for 6 years. They have two children, Chase (4) and Kate (2). His hobbies include weightlifting, hiking, wakeboarding, and camping with his family. Dr. McMaster is committed to providing his patients with an ethical and personal approach while continuing to learn and stay updated with the latest trends in dentistry.


 

 

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.


 

 

Hygienists

Tamara

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.


Selina

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

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.


 

 

Assistants

Carlo

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.