Vicky — Front Office Manager

I was raised in Lakeside and went on to raise my family there. My career in the dental field began in 1996, and to this day, I love it! Spending time with my two beautiful daughters and my amazing grandsons is my favorite thing to do; however, Disneyland and sports are both close seconds! I will go the extra mile for you, our patient, in attending to your insurance needs, scheduling and providing caring support. I truly enjoy the unique opportunity I have as the front office manager in the dynamic and welcoming office of Dr. Laurel and Dr. Paul Morello.


Shelby — Registered Dental Hygienist

I’m originally from Georgia, and I graduated dental hygiene school at Georgia State University. I recently moved to San Diego in June 2022 with my husband and our mini Australian shepherd puppy. Dental hygiene has been a passion for me since childhood when I had an amazing experience with the dentist and staff. They made seeing the dentist less of a chore and opened my eyes to the importance of oral care in an interesting and fun way. I strive to apply that same comfortable atmosphere to each of my patients by providing a gentle and thorough cleaning and periodontal assessment. I’m certified in laser periodontal treatment and recently have employed the use of a “Pain Eraser” tool that numbs shot free! I enjoy the innovative, cooperative and upbeat atmosphere here at this office! In my free time I enjoy hiking, sewing and exploring Southern California.

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Hager A. — Receptionist & Marketing Coordinator

I received my associate degree in science at San Diego State University (SDSU) and went on to California College San Diego (CCSD) to specialize in respiratory therapy. During that time in 2011, I started working in the dental field and have not left since. I have done everything from office managing, treatment coordinating, billing and insurance coordinating, and back office assisting. Being born in Iraq, I grew up traveling all over Asia, Africa and Europe and ultimately came to the U.S., San Diego, in 1999. I have been here ever since. I have an adorable son, Milo, who is almost 2 years old. Dr. Morello’s office has taken me in and made me feel right at home! It is the best atmosphere here and I feel so lucky to be part of the team.



Since having completed my dental assisting education in 2009 my passion for my career has only grown stronger with every passing year. To me it presents limitless opportunities in its diversity. As dental a patient in my early years I always had a fear of the dental office which as hence instilled in me the desire to give comfort and safety to my patients and to support the best experience possible. I have worked in all aspects of Dentistry and was so happy to become part of the Morello Team where I am able to put all my knowledge to work.

When not in the dental office you can find me and my wonderful husband supporting our 3 kiddos either on the soccer field, baseball field, or attending a high school concert. If we aren’t at sporting events we are camping out at the desert, riding quads and making great memories with family and friends!