Meet the Dental Team – Lacey, WA
Meet Our Friendly & Compassionate Team
Our team is what truly makes our practice special. They strive to create a welcoming and warm environment for patients to be treated in. They want to flip the script on the traditional cold, clinical feeling that patients get whenever they visit the dentist and instead aim to create a family-friendly feeling that eases any nerves or anxieties patients may have. By providing personalized and attentive care, they’re able to truly connect with patients and help determine their unique needs better. Learn more about some of the friendly faces you’ll see around our practice by reading below.
Monica, Office Manager
Monica may be new to our team, but she’s been a part of the dental world for well over 25 years. She goes the extra mile to create a wholeheartedly positive experience here at the office!
At home, Monica is happily married with three children. In her spare time, you can usually find her hunting, dancing, or watching the kids play sports.
McKenzie, Scheduling Coordinator
McKenzie has been working in dentistry for nearly five years so far. She studied at Clover Park Technical College and is trained as a Registered Dental Assistant. What she likes most about her position is being able to form wonderful connections with the patients.
Outside of the office, McKenzie is super close with her parents and her sibling. She currently lives with her boyfriend and their three dogs. Some of her favorite hobbies include watching movies, being outside, and skiing! In fact, she thinks she can ski better than she can walk.
Donna, Dental Hygienist
Donna has been working in dentistry for an amazing 35+ years so far, and she’s always ready to help our patients feel welcomed, comfortable, well taken care of! She studied at the Fort Steilacoom Dental Hygiene School and has additional training in BLS, First Aid, and suicide prevention.
Away from work, Donna has two children and one grandchild, as well as several family members who live in Germany. On the weekends, one of her biggest hobbies is riding her horse in dressage, show jumping, and cross-country jumping events. She also has two Boston Terriers who go EVERYWHERE with her.
Susie, Dental Hygienist
Susie studied dental hygiene at both Savannah Technical College and Augusta University. She also has valuable experience in pediatric dentistry. Today, she’s been working in this field for over five years. She has a true passion for the field and strives to help her patients meet their health-related goals while also building trust with them that will last!
At home, Susie and her husband William have three dogs: Max (a Pomeranian), Ruger (a German Shepherd), and Yuki (a miniature Shi Tzu). Outside of working hours, you can typically find her working out, binge watching TV, baking, tackling home projects (with William’s help), and traveling.
Erika, Dental Assistant/Sterilization Technician
As one of our assistants, what Erika enjoys most about her work is getting to have new experiences every day! She loves interreacting with patients and seeing their happiness as their smile gets better and brighter from treatment.
When Erika isn’t busy at the office, she enjoys hanging out with her family, going on long walks and hikes, trying new things, traveling, and learning all about different cultures.
Dawne, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
Dawne moved to Lacey in 1995 following her husband’s military service, and she has been a part of our team since 2001. Since becoming a certified dental assistant in 1994, she has garnered over 23 years of experience in dentistry. In September 2010, she completed her Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary training at South Puget Sound Community College. She works hard to ensure that patients receive the very best care. When she’s not at the office, Dawne enjoys spending time with her family. She is married and has two daughters and four grandchildren. Her hobbies include bowling, golfing, hiking, and painting.
Fun Fact about Dawne: She loves painting, but admits she cannot draw.
Kelley, Registered Dental Assistant
Kelley joined our team in April of 2018, bringing with her three decades of experience in the field of dentistry. She loves having the opportunity to get to know her patients and help them with their dental needs. Kelley earned a two-year certification in health occupations at Anderson Career and Technology Center, and she has also studied at Greenville Technical College. She maintains HIPPA and Washington Industrial Safety and Health Administration certification. She is also certified in CPR and has completed an advanced tooth whitening course. Originally from West Pelzer, South Carolina, Kelley is married to Owen, and the couple has a cat named Gibbs. They have lived in Olympia since 2001. Kelley loves crocheting and she taught herself to crochet to make warm clothing and blankets for those in need. She also enjoys fishing, clam digging and belly dancing.
Amy, Registered Dental Assistant
After graduating from the Lake Washington Technical Institute of Technology, Amy gained 7 years of experience before joining us at our practice. She especially enjoys helping patients feel at ease and comfortable in the dentist’s chair. As a mom of four children, Amy spends a lot of time with her family and friends. Her hometown is Salmon Arm, British Columbia in Canada, and she enjoys growing orchids, doing yardwork, organizing, and trying new things.
Lanette, Accounts Receivable
Originally born in South Dakota, Lanette moved to Washington as a toddler. She received her dental assistant training from Puget Sound Institute of Technology and started working as an assistant in 1983, eventually transitioning to the front office in 2002. She joined our practice in September of 2015 and is very happy to be part of a team that’s made up of fun professionals who are passionate about providing quality dentistry! She has one grown son and now lives in Lacey with a long-lost love from 30 years ago. Her hobbies include fishing, camping, target shooting, and cooking.
Fun Fact about Lanette: She can say the alphabet backwards faster than most people can say it in order!