Meet Our Friendly Dentist and Staff



Dr. Bassam Michiel grew up in Fresno where he attended Fresno State for his undergraduate studies in Molecular and Cellular Biology. He then went to U.C. San Francisco to study dentistry where he was awarded the Kellogg Scholarship. Dr. Michiel then returned to the Central Valley to do his dental residency at Fresno’s CRMC. Dr Michiel is committed to excellence in dentistry through continuing education, investing in technology, and working with patients to prevent further disease using the risk model. He continues to be involved in dental mission trips to Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua to provide much needed dental care to the people of Central America. He enjoys spending his free time with family and friends, playing drums, watching sports, and working on cars.


Front Office Patient Coordinator


Angela Barajas was born and raised in Fresno. She moved to Madera in 1999 and has been in the dental field for over 12 years. During her spare time she loves spending time with her two children where they enjoy off roading, playing softball , or a watching sports. What she likes the most about working at Dr. Michiel’s dental office, is the family atmosphere.

Dental Hygienist


Kathy Yamamoto was born and raised in Fresno, and moved to Madera in 1992. She got her Associate in Arts degree and an Associate in Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Fresno City College in 1990. Her interests include family activities like camping and weekend travel to the coast. Kathy looks forward to her family’s yearly summer trips. They are also supporters of the Special Olympics, and are members of the Central California Chapter of the Autism Society of America.

Dental Hygienist


Norma Ramirez was born in Oaxaca, Mexico and moved to Kerman in 2002. She earned an Associate in Social Science from the Madera Center Community College in 2013. In 2016, she earned another Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Fresno City College. Norma enjoys hiking, painting, and spending time with her family. She is planning to further her education by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the near future.

Dental Assistant

Patricia Ruiz has been working in the dental field as a Registered Dental Assistant for over twenty years. Patty was raised in Southern California and moved to Madera twenty years ago. She enjoys working with a variety of people and loves helping others through the services our office provides. Patty is involved in her Church community in different ministries and especially enjoys her involvement with the youth. She also enjoys spending her leisure time with her husband and family.

We invite you to come for a tour of the office and meet everyone. Call now for an appointment!