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Jacob Russell, D.D.S.

Cosmetic & Implant



Dr. Jacob Russell strives for perfection with each appointment. Whether you’re visiting us for a routine cleaning or cosmetic dentistry treatment, our dental team is committed to providing you the best service possible so you can enjoy high-quality improvements for your smile.

Please call the La Jolla office of Jacob Russell, DDS, today at (858) 459-4113 to schedule your appointment. Our dental team will make sure you’re comfortable throughout your visit and treatment is customized to your needs and aesthetic goals.

Read more about our team members below.

Cheryl Yamamoto, RDH BS


Cheryl was born in Reno, Nevada. She attended the University of Nevada – Reno for her undergraduate studies and received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Idaho State University in Poctaello. She has been practicing dental hygiene for 30 years.

Cheryl is passionate about educating her patients and partnering with them to achieve optimal oral health. A perpetual student of life and dentistry, she has certifications in human nutrition, advanced periodontal therapy, myofunctional therapy, and is in the process of laser certification.

Cheryl moved to the San Diego area three years ago and loves her new life her. She enjoys being a mother to her teenage daughter, hiking, skiing, cooking, and fly-fishing. She is happy and excited to be a part of Dr. Russell’s awesome team.

Guiselle Herrera


Guiselle was born and raised in beautiful San Diego, Ca. After graduating from high school in 2004 she started volunteering as a dental assistant and happily found she wanted to pursue a career in the dental field. After moving to Mexico, Guiselle was accepted into dental school and was blessed to graduate and finish the program in 2009. She did a one-year residency at a local hospital and discovered how much she loved helping people.

Guiselle has been part of several dental/medical mission trips since 2005. She is looking to become a dentist here in San Diego in the future.

Her hobbies include playing the piano, bike riding, running, and reading. She loves to travel and meet new people.

She is enjoying working with Dr. Russell and the amazing and professional team at his office!

Karen Zupfer


Karen was born in Northern California and moved to San Diego to pursue her education in the dental field. She worked as an RDA for 10 years while attending college.

After achieving her AS degree, Karen then moved into office management. She has been an Office Manager for 19 years.

Karen is the mother of three children: Nick, Cory, and Julia. Her hobbies are hiking and cooking. She also enjoy spending time with her boyfriend, Robert.

Dr. Russell is a dynamic dentist and provides the quality of care for his patients that Karen admires. She appreciates being a part of his team and looks forward to giving our patients the best of care!

Olga Shakalova


Olga was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. After high school she became a nurse, and worked in nursing for a few years while her fascination with dentistry developed. In 2001 she moved all the way to California to explore the world and pursue a dental hygiene career.

After receiving her Associate of Science degree in biology, Olga applied to the School of Dentistry at Loma Linda University. After graduating with honors and receiving her Bachelor of Science in 2009, she followed a calling to move to Saipan, a small island in the North Pacific Ocean). There, she volunteered as a missionary dental hygienist. For several months she practiced her new profession and refined her skills.

For the last five years Olga has been applying her high professional standards at work as a very compassionate dental hygienist. While being friendly and knowledgeable, her goal is to provide no less than the best care for every patients she meets.

In her free time Olga devotes her attention to family and improving her personal and spiritual growth. She also enjoys many outdoor activities in beautiful San Diego.

Recently she started working for Dr. Russell and his great team, which has been a true pleasure.

Please contact Jacob Russell, DDS, to learn more about our services and the care provided by Dr. Russell and our dental team. Proudly serving the La Jolla area for over 35 years.