As a general Wenatchee dentist, I have chosen to devote my career in dentistry to the care of children. I love the pure joy of working with children and being able to impact their oral health and self-esteem as well. I have had the great opportunity to practice in this area since 1996. It makes me so happy to see the smiling faces of both the parents I have treated when they were children and their own new little ones as patients.As a woman and a professional, I love that my position allows me to mentor and be a role model to young women. It is not uncommon to have students from junior high through college in our office observing and learning about dentistry. What a smile it brings to my face when a little one says to me, “I want to be a dentist when I grow up!”
Education and Continuing Education
Prior to going to dental school, I earned my Master’s degree in counseling from Boston University, focusing on the needs of children, anxiety, and behavior challenges. This advanced education has greatly enhanced the gift I strive to give to all my patients — a happy trip to the dentist! Following the completion of my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Ohio State University, I enrolled for additional training in children’s dentistry in the Pediatric Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. To keep abreast of the latest developments in dentistry for children, I have always exceeded the continuing education requirements for the state of Washington.
In the Office
Our Wenatchee childrens dentist office is a place where laughter and having fun is one of the core business values. We get to be silly, laugh, tease, and bring joy to children all with the underlying foundation of professionalism, expertise, and being the best at what we do.
Our experienced staff is especially interested in making all of our patients feel right at home! An exceptional group, they have a collective experience, education, and knowledge base in the dental health field that is a credit to our practice. Friendly smiles, humorous ways and patient attitudes are responsible for their success in calming fears and turning frowns into smiles.
Outside the Office
I was born in Wenatchee and my grandparents were homesteaders in Waterville. In fact, my great grandfather was one of the original surveyors who mapped out the town. I love this community. Driving down and seeing the Valley for the first timebrings me an indescribable feeling of contentment every time. Having lived all over the United States as well as in Europe for 15 years, I have had the chance to see the world. What I have learned is there is no place like home.
My husband, Cordell, and I have been married for 27 years and I look forward to many more happy years together. I went back to dental school at age 30 and it was Cordell is who encouraged and supported me through the process. We have built a wonderful life together with the same ups and downs that everyone has! During my last year of dental school, we were blessed with our a daughter. Since then, we have added to our family through the wonderful experience of adoption. Our plan involved Russia and three beautiful siblings; who became a part of our family at ages six, four, and two, making us a complete family of six! Of course, I can’t leave out our furry family members; Angel our dog and Cola and Patches, our cats.
At this point in my life most of my free time is spent with my four children and their activities. However, if I happen to have time alone, going antiquing is an adventure, interior decorating is a passion, and reading a great book with a blanket and a fire on a rainy day is heaven.
I also love that my business affords me the opportunity to give back by contributing to the community, a key component of our mission statement. Initiating, participating in, and sponsoring activities for kids bring me great joy.