AboutRaymond A. Ramos, DDS & Associates

Our practice was founded in Petaluma in 1974 by Dr. Martin Steigner. Dr. Ray Ramos joined the practice in 1999. Our wonderful team has always been dedicated to children’s oral health. Several of our team members began as pediatric patients of our office! The office is designed especially for children with bright colors and child-friendly activities.

Our office philosophy focuses on prevention, education, and positive experiences to promote a lifetime of good oral health. We follow the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and recommend establishing a dental home by a child’s first birthday. We understand that each child is unique. We strive to provide a positive and relaxing dental visit for each child. We offer many different behavior management options from “TLC” to “Tell-Show-Do” to “Distraction” to pharmacologic options including “laughing gas,” oral sedation, and general anesthesia.





What Sets Us Apart



Fun & Friendly Environment

Our Petaluma Pediatric Dental office is especially designed for kids. We have designed our office for fun! Visit our game room, read books, play with toys or watch a movie. Check Facebook for our fun contests and events!

Individualized Care

We believe that every child is unique. We tailor our pediatric dental care to the individual needs of your child. Our goal is to provide positive pediatric dental visits for your child.

Mission

Our mission is to provide children and their parents with the tools to achieve optimal dental health. We greatly value every child entrusted to our practice as if they were our own. Your family is family to us. We support your child from infancy through the teen years. We embrace the opportunity to make your child's dental visit fun, exciting and educational.


Board Certified by the ABPD

All of our pediatric dentists are Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Becoming a diplomate is a voluntary, yet rigorous process of studying and examinations. Being a diplomate shows a commitment to education and excellence in pediatric dentistry.

Cutting Edge Technology

Our office features the latest technology to keep your child safe. We use digital imaging. Our digital x-rays provide lower radiation to minimize exposure for your child. We use top of the line sterilization procedures to ensure our instruments and water lines are safe. We also offer Silver Diamine Fluoride as an alternate to filings for small cavities.

Dedication and Convenience

We have served Petaluma’s children as Board Certified Pediatric Dentists since 1974. Many of our team members were patients before they became a part of our pediatric dental team! We support the Petaluma community through events like the Butter and Eggs Day Parade, Petaluma Mother’s Club Halloween Fairs, and the Kid Fondo, pre-school visits and sponsorships of schools, sports teams, the Petaluma Education Foundation and more.

Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Raymond Ramos

Dr. Raymond Ramos grew up in Southern California skateboarding and surfing. He majored in Biology at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. While in college, he worked at a dental laboratory which sparked his interest in becoming a dentist. He moved to Northern California in 1990 and received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of the Pacific Dental School in 1993. On weekends, he would mountain bike in Sonoma County and knew it was where he wanted to live. He practiced as a general dentist in Sonoma County before attending the University of Maryland and receiving his certificate in Pediatric Dentistry. He joined Dr. Steigner in 1999. Dr. Ramos is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He met his wife, Dr. Cheryl Willett, at the University of Maryland where they were classmates and convinced her to move to beautiful Sonoma County. They have two wonderful daughters. When he's not at work or at one of his daughter's activities, he rides and races mountain and road bikes and snowboards. When asked what he likes most about being a pediatric dentist, he says "I love what I do and it doesn't feel like work. As a dad, I appreciate the trust the parents place in me and it's a privilege to watch their children grow up over the years. Even when the kids are old enough to graduate to an adult dentist, I still see their little face from their first visit with me when they were a toddler."

Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Austin Nuñez

Dr. Austin Nuñez joined our team in 2016. He was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. He attended college at the University of Nevada and majored in Biology. During this time he volunteered at a dental clinic for underserved children. This experience lead him to what he wanted to dedicate his life to. He attended Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2010. He then moved to Austin, Texas to practice general dentistry as a member of the National Health Service Corps. Dr. Nuñez really missed working with children. He returned to school and attended the University of California, Los Angeles and received his certificate in Pediatric Dentistry as well as his Master's in Public Health. Dr. Nunez is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He met his wife, Dr. Jennifer Nuñez, while they were in dental school in Nebraska. All of Dr. Jennifer's siblings live in the Bay Area and they are so excited to all be back together again. When not in the office you can find Dr. Nuñez rock climbing, skiing, or playing some golf. He is very excited to be apart of the dental team here in Petaluma.

Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Cheryl Willett

Dr. Cheryl Willett was raised in the suburbs of Chicago. From the age of 8 she had an interest in pediatric health care. Growing up in a family of artists, she also developed a strong love of arts and crafts. One day while talking to her father about what exactly to do in health care, he suggested pediatric dentistry and called it a great combination of medicine and arts and crafts. She started shadowing dentists while in college and knew it was the profession for her. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Miami in 1993 and completed her Doctorate of Dental Surgery at Northwestern University in 1997 where she earned the Outstanding Service Award and the American Association of Orthodontists Award. She received her certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Maryland in 1999. She earned her Masters in Oral Biology from the the University of Maryland in 2001 with a thesis titled "Predisposing Factors to Pediatric Dental Anxiety." Dr. Willett is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She moved from Chicago to Sonoma County when she married Dr. Ramos. Dr. Willett works part-time and spends the rest of the time busy with their daughters. When not being a mom-taxi or working, she enjoys yoga, cooking, and making photo albums. Dr. Willett enjoys giving children a positive dental experience and can be found singing to the kids to comfort them. She also enjoys educating parents about prevention.

Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Martin Steigner

Dr. Martin Steigner Congratulations Dr. Steigner on your retirement! I cannot thank Dr. Marty Steigner enough for being an awesome pediatric dentist, wonderful partner, and dear friend. In 1996, I was a general dentist in Sonoma County. I was seeing a lot of kids and started thinking that I might want to go to a pediatric dental residency to obtain the extra training necessary to specialize in treating children. I called Marty for advice. As you well know, Marty is so friendly and approachable. He told me to go for it. In 1999, I returned from my residency in pediatric dentistry and began working with Marty. We have had a great time practicing together over these past 15 years and I am honored to carry on his legacy. I hope that you will join me in congratulating Marty on his retirement next time you see him around Petaluma. You might even see him in the office, we love when he stops by! I am truly grateful to have had him as a partner, mentor, and friend. Sincerely, Dr. Ray Ramos (Feb. 2015)

Kendra

RDA, Practice Administrator
Kendra was a patient and began working in our office after graduating from Petaluma High School. She then attended College of Marin and received her Dental Assistant degree. Kendra loves spending time with her husband and their son. She also enjoys cooking, baking, yoga and hanging out with friends and family. She says, “I really enjoy working with all the kids and their families. I love the days I’m in the office because my co-workers are like family and the kids always make me laugh.”

Stacy

RDA, Patient Coordinator
Stacy also started out as a patient, worked part-time while attending Casa Grande High School, and then interned in the office during her Santa Rosa Junior College Dental Assisting program. She graduated from SRJC with an Associates of Science degree and began working with our team in 1995. She likes to spend her time with her husband and their two boys, she also enjoys gardening, baking, and camping. Stacy enjoys working with kids and says, “they are so much fun. Every day there is something new and the kids always make me laugh.”

Bella

Patient Coordinator
Bella began working for our team in 2018. She has been interested in the dental field for several years and fit in immediately. She loves working with the kids and their families and has had a lot of fun learning all things dental. In her spare time she likes to sleep, eat (total foodie here), work on her Jeep and spend time with her son, Kayden.

Nina

RDA, Patient Coordinator
Nina was also a former patient of our practice. She attended Santa Rosa Junior College, received a degree in Dental Assisting in 2004 and worked as a Registered Dental Assistant for 13 years. She has been a stay at home mom for the past 4 years but made the choice to get back into the dental field and joined our team as Patient Coordinator. Her interests include water and snow skiing, golfing and traveling. She enjoys spending time with her children, family and friends, cooking, gardening and reading. “I find great reward in building long lasting relationships with patients and families!”

Melinda

Lead RDA
Melinda started working after high school in a general dental office in Petaluma and became an Registered Dental Assistant in 2009. She moved to Alaska and worked with children in a Pediatric Dental Office. She loved the atmosphere and the cheerful personalities of the kids so when she moved back to California, she continued in this profession. Melinda enjoys camping, working out and spending time with her family and her dog. “I love my co-workers, the doctors and all the fun we have.”

Sandra

RDA
Sandra was also a former patient of the practice and returned to us as an intern while attending the Dental Assisting program at Santa Rosa Junior College. She graduated in 2016 and received the Award for Clinical Excellence from her faculty. Sandra previously earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration on children and families from San Francisco State University in 2001. Sandra says, “It is great to be able to combine my interests in child development and oral healthcare into one profession; having the opportunity to do so in my hometown is such a bonus.” Sandra enjoys spending her free time with her husband, their dog Max, and their new baby girl, born in the Spring of 2018.

Patricia

RDA
Patricia has worked in Pediatric Dentistry for 15 years, she loves her career in Dentistry. She studied at SRJC while working as a certified nursing assistant with a focus on nursing when she changed her mind and switched to the RDA program. Tricia Says, “Kids are amazing and make my job fun and interesting every day, I love making them feel safe and comfortable.” She lives in Petaluma with her husband and 2 children, and likes to cook, garden, hike, take camping trips with her family.

Tiffany

RDA
Tiffany was born and raised on Petaluma. She was a patient in our office and was so excited to come back as an intern while attending the Dental Assisting Program at Santa Rosa Junior College. She has always loved working with kids and the happy, fun atmosphere they provide. She loves spending time with her friends and family, traveling, and hanging out with her French Bulldog, Gus.

Linda

RDA
Linda has worked in dentistry since she was in high school. She attended the Santa Rosa Junior College Dental Assisting Program and received her Registered Dental Assistant license. She started working in this office in 1989, which she loved, then moved to sunny San Diego in 1996 when her husband was transferred for work. She continued working in dentistry until returning to Sonoma County in 2009 after her husband retired. She now works part time. She has two young, wonderful grandsons who are also patients here. Linda loves spending time with her family, babysitting her grandsons, taking adventures with friends and making cards. She has always loved children, so working with them is wonderful.