Meet The Team

Our office is operated by a staff of industry experts. With more than 130 years of combined experience in dentistry, we are more than just friendly faces! You can rest assured that you're getting the highest quality care and treatment advice you can trust.

Our Team

Angelica

Angelica, RDA and sterilization technician.

Originally from Eastern Washington, I’ve lived in the beautiful city of Gig Harbor since 2014 along with my husband, our daughters, and our fur-son Jax. I graduated from the Dental Assisting program at YVCC and YV-Tech in 2013.

Why did you choose dentistry?

My priority as a dental assistant is to maintain a comfortable atmosphere and experience for our patients.

What’s the best part of your job?

Seeing patients overcome dental fear and become comfortable visiting our office knowing they are getting great quality care and attention.

What aspect of your personality adds the most value to the office?

Organization and attention to detail. I am responsible for a variety of background functions which are essential in keeping staff and patients safe.

What do you do outside of the office?

Spending time with family and friends, working on my jewelry collections, and playing board games.

Share an interesting fact about yourself.

I knew how to read in Spanish before I could fluently speak it.

Angelica, RDA and sterilization technician.

Angelica

dental assistant

Celina

Celina, insurance coordinator.

I’m originally from Southern California. My husband is currently serving in the U.S. Navy and after living in Oahu, Hawaii, we received orders to Washington in 2017. We have two kids and one good looking dog.

Why did you choose dentistry?

Having braces as a teenager inspired me to go into dentistry. I found it interesting how you can move teeth and create a beautiful smile. I also had family members who worked in the field and encouraged me to pursue dental assisting school. After a couple of years assisting, I was interested in the administrative side of dentistry.

What’s the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is helping patients understand and utilize their dental benefits. I treat my patients as if I was helping my parents understand insurance coverage. It can be stressful and confusing but I try to help to the best of my knowledge.

What aspect of your personality adds the most value to the office?

Although I’m little, my spunky personality and being the “Office Mom” brings value to the office. I like to be around a positive environment and try to make the best out of situations by making jokes and telling stories and making sure everyone is ok.

What do you do outside of the office?

I enjoy exploring our small businesses and restaurants WA offers along with the beautiful scenery. However, I do enjoy being a homebody and making my house clean and cozy for my family.

Share an interesting fact about yourself.

I hated moving around as a child, and then I ended up marrying a military man!

Celina, insurance coordinator.

Celina

INSURANCE COORDINATOR

Crystal

Crystal, dental hygienist.

I have a beautifully blended family of four awesome adult children and one amazing grandson!

Why did you choose dentistry?

Not knowing what I wanted to be when I grew up, I was lucky enough to fall into dentistry in 1991 as a dental assistant. Being a lover of education I completed my dental hygiene associates degree in 2001 and then went on to complete my bachelor’s in dental hygiene.

What’s the best part of your job?

I enjoy building relationships with my patients to help guide and coach them to a state of whole body health through improved oral health.

What aspect of your personality adds the most value to the office?

I like to stay on top of the newest interventions of dental hygiene practices and study regularly. I actively support and promote my profession through volunteer leadership with our local chapter of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association.

What do you do outside of the office?

Outside of the office, I enjoy golf, family game nights, music concerts and travel.

Crystal, dental hygienist.

Crystal

DENTAL HYGIENIST

Amanda

I was born and raised in Tacoma, and I still live there with my husband and our 2 dogs.

Why did you choose dentistry?

I have dental anxiety, which kept me out of the dental chair for a long time. My goal is to help patient’s reduce dental anxiety to help prevent oral diseases down the road.

What’s the best part of your job?

Educating patients by building rapport with them so I can help them understand that their oral health correlates to their overall health.

What aspect of your personality adds the most value to the office?

I’m a punctual team player!

What do you do outside of the office?

I enjoy being active! I practice hot yoga, love to stand up paddle board and spend as much time outside as possible. I also love continuing my dental education through podcasts, articles and classes whenever I can.

What’s an interesting fact about yourself?

I’m the oldest of 8 kids!

Best quote you've ever heard?

“A good plan today is better than a great plan tomorrow”

Amanda

DENTAL HYGIENIST

Lou

I grew up in Modesto, CA. I am a triplet & also have an older sister.

Why did you choose dentistry? What’s your motivation, inspiration, etc. ?

I knew I wanted to go into healthcare. I loved my hygienist whenever I went to the dentist. I pictured myself being one of them and decided to go for it! I also wanted a stable job that provided me w/ flexibility and a good work-life balance.

What’s the best part of your job?

Making a difference in my patients’ lives! It’s so special to see them happy about their oral health and striving to improve it.

What aspect of your personality adds the most value to the office? Provide details of one or more:

I get along with everyone! I just want to learn more about others and create meaningful bonds. I’m a little shy but once I get to know you, I really do come more alive!

What do you do outside of the office? Briefly explain what you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love to read books on my kindle! I enjoy going on walks or hikes. I also enjoy going out to eat or grabbing drinks.

What is one item on your bucket list?

I want to visit Ireland, Scotland, and England!

Lou

Dental Hygienist

Jackie

I am lucky enough to call the PNW home and grew up on beautiful Fox Island. I graduated from Gig Harbor High School and went right into the dental field. After High School, I attended Clover Park Technical College and earned my Dental Assisting degree. From there I continued right on with dental hygiene, and was accepted into Seattle Central College.

While taking my dental hygiene classes, I was able to work as a dental assistant and continue learning in the field in real time. On the weekends I stayed extra busy working at the local coffee shop in the harbor- Some of my patients may recognize me from my days working as a barista!

After receiving my Dental Hygiene degree, I decided it was time for another adventure and decided to move to Europe. I was able to work as an RDH in Germany for a few years before coming back home stateside. I decided I wasn’t ready to move back to the PNW, so decided to give San Antonio, Texas a try for a few years. It was there where I continued my education into Myofunctional Therapy.

Since 2018 I have been helping patients with Myofunctional therapy needs. I have continued educating myself in the field of airway and Myofunctional therapy and have taken many other courses.

Why did you choose dentistry?

There is something about being able to help others with their health that is the most rewarding feeling.

What’s the best part of your job?

I love being able to help patients get to the root cause of a problem. I am so happy to be in the health field and educate my patients. Through dental, I have been able to volunteer and share my expertise to many deserving populations.

What do you do outside of the office?

Besides being a devoted RDH and Myofunctional therapist, I am a devoted Pacific Northwestern!

I love all things outdoors. During the summer time you can find me hiking, wakeboarding, shopping at the local farmers markets and winter time you will find me on the mountain snowboarding. Although I love where I am from, nothing fullfills my soul more than travel. I love traveling the world, meeting new people, trying new foods and being part of the local culture.

Jackie

MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPIST

Rosario

Born and raised in Seattle, WA with roots from Guadalajara, JAL. My family recently moved to Tacoma from Redmond, WA.

Why did you choose dentistry?

Although I love dentistry, it wasn’t my first choice! I was interested in marketing and worked in a sales office at a Hilton hotel, but was laid off during the pandemic. I coincidentally met the owner of the dental office where I was a patient and I started working there, you could say it was love at first sight!

What’s the best part of your job?

I love helping people! I’m one of the stepping stones for patients to be able to come in for their treatments, so something as simple as scheduling an appointment or explaining treatment to a patient makes me happy, and makes me feel like I’m making a difference in their health.

What aspect of your personality adds the most value to the office?:

My lively personality! I keep all my co-workers on their toes.

What do you do outside of the office?

Working out and watching anime are my top activities! I’m also a big foodie, so I’m always trying to find a new place to eat especially now that I moved to Tacoma.

What's one item from your bucket list?

Go to China to eat good Chinese food, go to Italy to eat pasta, the list is endless but they all involve food.

Share an interesting fact about yourself.

I love learning languages! I speak English, Spanish and Chinese fluently.

Rosario

Treatment Coordinator

Tia

Tia, dental assistant.

Born and raised in gig harbor. I’m married with two kids who are the highlight of my life!

Why did you choose dentistry?

Growing up I loved going to the dentist so finding a career in the dental field was exciting!

What’s the best part of your job?

Getting the opportunity to know my patients personally, as well as being able to treat their diverse dental needs. I enjoy the challenge of each new case and helping my patients feel comfortable and well cared for.

What do you do outside of the office?

I love to cook and feed people.

Tia, dental assistant.

Tia

DENTAL ASSISTANT

Patricia

I was born and raised here in the PNW and love getting to live here with my husband and daughter.

Why did you choose dentistry?

I find the human mouth fascinating!

What’s the best part of your job?

Getting to know patients and helping them feel more comfortable in the dental chair.

What do you do outside of the office?

I spend most weekends riding/racing dirt bikes with my family. We are always off exploring our next adventure! I also enjoy gardening when I’m home.

Share an interesting fact about yourself?

I love to bake!

Patricia

DENTAL ASSISTANT

Erica Dickinson

What is your job title?

Dental Hygienist

Tell us about you, include info about your family, hometown, etc.

I live in Gig Harbor with my husband and two daughters

Why did you choose dentistry? What’s your motivation, inspiration, etc. ?

I started out as a pediatric dental assistance. I found i enjoyed helping kids create good, life long habits in their oral healthcare. I furthered my education at Seattle Central College to become a dental hygienist in 2015. I continue to love helping people understand their oral health and creating an understanding to their oral/systemic link.

What is the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is creating connections with patients and my co-workers.

What aspect of your personality adds the most value to the office? Provide details of one or more:

I have a calm and comforting demeanor. I love to create a peaceful atmosphere while being a good team player.

What do you do outside of the office? Briefly explain what you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love spending time with my family. We love to be outdoors, especially boating on the Puget Sound in the summer.

What is one item on your bucket list?

To see the Northern Lights from Norway

An interesting fact about yourself

I am a Lymphoma Cancer Survivor!

Erica Dickinson

Dental Hygienist

Our Office

"Your safety is always our top priority, so we go above industry standards for sanitation and sterilization."

Our dental office has a relaxing, welcoming vibe to keep you calm, comfortable, and relaxed while receiving the care you need.