Sten M. Ericson


Erin Baer


Jennifer Paxton

RDA/Office Manager

Tara Adams


Lisa Wilcher


Cynthia Maez


Kristian Pacheco


Edith Woolfolk


Sten M. Ericson, DDS

madphoto1Since graduating from USC School of Dentistry with academic honors, Dr. Ericson has been obsessed with furthering his knowledge and scope of practice. He completes up to 6 times the required amount of continuing education per year. Dr. Ericson has completed two residencies in implant surgery; one while at USC and the other at the California Implant Institute, which he felt to be the most valuable learning experience he has had to date. Dr. Ericson has continued his drive to learn more by starting another post-graduate programs for advanced prosthodontic dentistry at the prestigious Kois Center in Seattle. In addition to this, Dr. Ericson has been training tirelessly at perfecting his orthodontic skills and teaches orthodontics nationally.

Dr. Ericson is an enthusiastic advocate of sedation dentistry, and believes that making sure his patients are relaxed and anxiety free is a major factor in the success of many of his cases. He completed the immense amount of extra work to qualify him for an IV Sedation Permit, which allows him put his patients in a much deeper and more comfortable state during their procedures.

Prior to USC, Dr. Ericson attended UCSB and graduated with a degree in Molecular Biology. He practiced in Manhattan Beach and ran a large dental practice in Long Beach before deciding to move back to Santa Barbara where he and his wife first met.

Dr. Ericson has traveled extensively with philanthropic organizations that set up dental clinics in some of the most remote corners of Latin America. These missions have been the most eye opening experiences for him, both from a dental and cultural standpoint.

Along with many other outdoor sports, Dr. Ericson is a lifelong waterman and continues to work one week a year as a Los Angeles County Fire Department Ocean Lifeguard where he has been on the force since 2000. In the past, Dr. Ericson was an EMT for the LA County Lifeguards and continuing his involvement keeps him current with many emergency medical procedures that carry over into his dental career. Dr. Ericson is a devoted long distance paddleboarder and has competed for 20 years in numerous races in California and on the east coast including three times in the storied 32 mile Catalina Classic. In addition to paddle-boarding Dr. Ericson is an avid surfer, which has taken him to many exotic places around the world.

Dr. Ericson and his wife, Katrin have 2 boys, Jan and Sebastian. They travel to Austria at least once a year to visit family, ski, and hike. Katrin has a PhD from UCLA in Stem Cell Biology and currently works at Amgen in Thousand Oaks.

Professional Affiliations and Recognition:

  • American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Awarded Fellowship in 2012
  • Instructor with Progressive Orthodontics
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • American Academy of Oral Systemic Health
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists
  • Elected Member of Professional Education Committee
  • Elected Member of the University Relations Committee
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Society of Anesthesiology
  • California Dental Association
  • Santa Barbara Ventura Dental Society
  • Santa Barbara Rotary Club
  • Honorary Paul Harris Fellow
  • Honored and Given a Grant for Continued Work with Local Foster Youth

Erin Baer, DDS

A-madphoto1Dr. Erin Baer was raised in Danville, California and earned a General Science degree from the University of Oregon with minors in Chemistry and Business Administration. After college, Dr. Baer returned to the Bay Area and attended the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco. She graduated with honors and received a Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2005.

Dr. Baer then completed an Advanced Education Residency in General Dentistry from the University of the Pacific. This residency focused on advanced training in treatment of patients requiring comprehensive dental care. Dr. Baer enjoys the challenges of comprehensive dental care along with the professional and personal relationships that develop with her patients while providing the best dental care available.

Dr. Baer practiced in the Bay Area for 7 years before relocating to Santa Barbara with her husband Joel. They have two young daughters, Abby and Charlotte. Dr. Baer loves spending time with her family. They enjoy the outdoors and family vacation to Oregon. Dr. Baer also loves baking with her girls.

Professional Affiliations and Recognition:

  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Santa Barbara/Ventura County Dental Society

Lisa Wilcher, RDH

Jennifer Paxton-RDA/Office Manager

Jennifer PaxtonJennifer started her career in dentistry in 2000 and has loved it ever since. She enjoys the variety that each day brings, helping patients through what is an often nerve-wracking experience for them and seeing the positive impact excellent dental health can have on someone’s life. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from UCSB and she will be starting the dental version of a nurse practitioner program at UCLA this summer.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys writing, baking and spending time with her four legged furry daughter Sabrina.


Lisa WilcherLisa graduated from UCSF’s dental hygiene school in 2002 and enjoys working in the dental field. She has been with our practice for almost 10 years and loves the relationships and friendships she has made with her co-workers and patients.

Lisa loves living in Santa Barbara with her husband, son, daughter and dozen chickens! Her third baby is on the way and due this spring.

Kristian Pacheco, RDH

Kristian PachecoKristian has been one of our wonderful hygienists for many years. Kristian received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire before she studied abroad in San Sebastian, Spain. When she returned, she obtained her dental hygiene degree from Forsyth in Boston.

As a Santa Barbara local, Kristian was happy to return home in 2008 when she joined the practice. She married her husband in 2013 and welcomed her first son Jesse in the summer of 2014. With their dog Luke, Kristian and her husband reside in Santa Barbara.

Edith Woolfolk-RDH

Edith WoolfolkEdith was born and raised in Mexico City and has been living in Santa Barbara for twenty-six years. She attended SBJH and SMHS. Edith majored in both Biomedical Science and Spanish at SBCC and received her Dental Hygiene degree from Taft College. Edith has been in dentistry for twenty years, first working as a Registered Dental Assistant and then as a Registered Dental Hygienist for the last ten years. She is a member of the Dental Hygiene Association and keeps up her dental education with continuing education classes.

Edith and her husband have two children and are expecting their third child soon. Edith is involved with her son’s Pony League and YMCA Basketball. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, walking on the beach and staying fit.

Tara Adams, RDH

Tara AdamsTara is one of our Registered Dental Hygienists here at Ericson Dental. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from UC Santa Barbara in Sociology and continued her education at West Los Angeles College where she received her dental hygiene license.

Happy to be back in the area again, Tara is grateful to be working with such wonderful doctors and staff who love helping people and educating patients. In her spare time Tara enjoys being outdoors in our beautiful town of Santa Barbara, spending time with friends and family, listening to country music, and of course flossing.

Cynthia Maez, DA

Cynthia MaezCynthia was raised in the Southwest where she began working in the dental field at the age of sixteen. She moved to Santa Barbara in 1976 to attend college. She has always had a love of dentistry and was fortunate to branch out in the dental field in a variety of ways. She was employed as a Dental Health Educator for the SB County Health Department where she implemented the dental disease prevention program in the SB County School district. She was also an instructor for the Santa Barbara City College dental assistant program. Her love for dentistry is demonstrated by her desire to learn and expand her knowledge in the field at all levels.

Cynthia enjoys sharing her knowledge of the healing benefits of vegetable juicing with her friends and family. She loves to hike, bike and enjoys doing yoga. She enjoys her work as a world peace activist for over 20 years. Her and her husband are also thoroughly enjoying their first grandchild.