Here at Pediatric Dentists in Monterey: Dr. Bayless: J. Mark Bayless DMD and Jack Bayless, MS, DDS, we are proud to specialize in pediatric dentistry. We truly believe in starting children off right when it comes to their dental health. It is our goal to ensure that each visit goes well so that they think of the dentist’s office as a good place. Our entire staff is wonderful with children, allowing them to relax while we care for their teeth.

We love our patients; you are our friends and family. We strive very hard to provide the highest level of personal service, from scheduling with our efficient and friendly front desk, to our cheerful and kind dental assistants. At each appointment we demonstrate brushing and flossing, discuss healthy eating habits, and develop individual strategies to prevent decay. Our fun and magic in our office ultimately produces happy and comfortable children who actually look forward to going to the dentist! We believe that there is great value in these aspects of our practice and hope you feel the same!

Our dentists and staff have received extra training for primary teeth. Our goal is to protect your children’s teeth so they can eat and speak correctly. We will do whatever we can to help your children have the bright smiles they deserve.

We are also here for you, the parents. We know how important (yet difficult) it is to take care of your children’s teeth at home. During your appointment, we will go over the care that you need to be providing at home and look for problems as well. If needed, we will work with your child’s pediatrician.


Dr. J. Mark Bayless

I have always loved working with kids. I started working with kids when I was 15 years old at the city pool in Anaheim. I taught swimming lessons every summer all the way through high school, college, and even during dental school. When I applied to dental school I already knew that I wanted to specialize in pediatric dentistry. I wanted to combine my love for science during the school year with my love for working with kids in the summer.

My goal is to have as much fun as possible in the office and make the children want to come back. I do magic tricks and try to laugh a lot with both the children and the parents. My team makes every effort to place the kids at ease with video games, iPod touches at the chairs, and movies if they need any treatment. Believe it or not, you can have fun in the dental office and I have many kids who can’t wait until their next dental appointment!

Dr. John E. Bayless

I was born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula, where I attended All Saints Day School and Robert Louis Stevenson School. I then graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a B.S. in Biology. I earned his M.S. in Oral Health Sciences from Boston University and D.D.S. from UCLA. I completed my training at UCSF, receiving a certificate in Pediatric Dentistry.

I look forward to joining the pediatric dental practice of my father, Dr. Mark Bayless, in October. As a third grader, I was first introduced to the fun and rewards of pediatric dentistry while volunteering as an assistant to treat the dental needs of children in developing countries with International Health Emissaries. After numerous missions to developing countries assisting my father, I fell in love with pediatric dentistry and helping children, and subsequently decided that I would also become a pediatric dentist!

After 12 years of higher education, I am excited to return to the Monterey Peninsula and start the next phase of my life as a pediatric dentist!

When I am away from the office, I love to surf, golf, fly fish, tend to his garden, and take my Miata out to Laguna Seca Raceway.

Kristin – Financial Coordinator

I have worked in the dental field for 26 years. I started in general then moved to oral surgery, but nothing compares to pediatrics. I came to work for Dr. Bayless in 2002 and have enjoyed every day since. The energy level in our practice is amazing. I live in the San Benancio area with my husband and son. The great outdoors is our playground for motorcycle riding, swimming, bike riding and long walks on the beach.


I was born and raised on the Central Coast. I enjoy working in pediatrics and making strong connections with our families. In my free time,  you can find me spending time with friends & family.


Tabatha – Receptionist

I am a military spouse of over 19 years; Monterey is the 7th place my family has had the privilege of calling home over our Marine Corps journey. I have two wonderful daughters, Mailie and Lou, who have quickly integrated themselves into the Monterey community through school and church youth group. I am a Disney fanatic, a character trait I share with my daughters. I enjoy spending time with my family, whether it be vacationing at Disney destinations, or exploring all of the sites in and around our new home.

Angela – Registered Dental Assistant

I am a former patient of Dr. Bayless and have, now, been working for him for 17 years! I live here in Monterey with my 3 kids: Giuliana, Brooklyn, and Tyson. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family.

Jamie – Registered Dental Assistant

I’ve been in the dentistry field since 2013 and I’ve enjoyed everyday of it! I’m also a local here on the peninsula. I love spending time with my new family weather it be a beach day or a family hike.

Johnna– Registered Dental Assistant

I graduated from Carrington College’s Registered Dental Assistant Program (San Jose) in 2015 and have loved every moment of this career since, especially working in Pediatrics. With such an amazing team, giving kids and adolescents a positive dental experience is my ultimate goal. Born and raised in South Monterey County, I enjoy hiking, swimming, camping, and anything with sunshine. For indoor activities, cooking, video games, or a good movie on my couch with some popcorn is the way to go. I also always have a shadow, my 9 year old Pitbull-Chihuahua mix, Bandit!


If you have any questions or would like your children to be seen, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (831) 375-9232.