Meet the Smiles @ Southcenter Team
With more than 29 years of experience in the dental profession, our amazing Office Manager Margaret is an essential part of our Smiles @ Southcenter team. She received her Dental Assisting Degree from Bates Technical College in 1984 and joined our practice in 1985. Margaret’s passion is to help others and dentistry has allowed her an avenue in which to do this. The best part of her job is having a very fearful patient come into our practice and being an integral part in helping that patient transform and become comfortable with receiving dental care. She enjoys spending time with her husband and son Isaac, going on long hikes, biking and exploring new places. Margaret is a wealth of knowledge, highly dedicated and has touched the lives of many of our patients.
Patient Care Coordinator
With a long history in the dental profession, Amy, our Patient Care Coordinator became an integral part of our Smiles @ Southcenter team in 2008 and has been in dentistry for 22 years. You will often hear her friendly and calm voice when you call our office. Amy loves to spend time with her daughter Cedar, her family, and friends. Her hobbies include hiking, exploring beaches, and watching movies. It’s on Amy’s bucket list to one day go up in a hot air balloon. We are confident you will appreciate Amy’s kindness, deep sincerity, and vast knowledge as she strives to always serve our patients with excellence.
Patient Care Coordinator
Fun-loving with a contagious laugh, Blanca, our Patient Care Coordinator joined our Smiles @ Southcenter Team in 2009. With over 21 years of experience in the dental environment, Blanca brings a strong understanding, compassion, and lightheartedness to your patient experience. She has had an amazing time meeting fantastic people and growing those relationships with our patients and her fellow teammates. When she is not working, she cherishes her time with her family and especially values the moments with her nieces and nephews. Blanca will always greet you with a friendly smile and caring welcome as soon as you step through our doors.
Patient Care Coordinator
With more than 17 years of experience in dentistry, our patient care coordinator Joy, is an integral part of our Smiles @ Southcenter family. Her calm nature, compassion, and caring approach to patient care makes her a wonderful complement to our team. Joy’s favorite aspect of her job is having the opportunity to be able to truly get to know and build lasting relationships with her team and patients. Joy is our Seahawk Crossfit queen who enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 children, as well as her large extended family and group of friends. She hopes to be able to travel to Africa and Australia and complete a marathon in the near future. We are sure that you will enjoy Joy’s relaxed and fun spirit each time you visit our office.
Jenny received her Dental Assisting Degree from Highline Community College in 1994 and her Hygiene Degree from Pierce Technical College in 1999. With over 23 years in the dental field, she has spent 18 of them with the Smiles @ Southcenter team. Jenny’s calm nature, gentle approach, and caring attitude shines through with each patient she cares for. The best part of her job is the amazing relationships she forms with our patients and being an integral part in improving a patient’s oral health. Jenny is a wonderful photographer, enjoys watching movies, reading books, and spending time with her husband and 2 beautiful daughters. We are confident that you will embrace Jenny’s knowledge, sincerity, and honest nature.
Receiving her Dental Assisting Degree from Highline Community College in 1994, Shelly went on to Pierce Technical College and achieved her Dental Hygiene Degree in 2000. Joining the Smiles @ Southcenter family in 2000, she has been thriving as a hygienist and providing meticulous care for our patients for 22 years. Shelly is passionate about her job and loves the wonderful relationships she forms with her patients and the level of trust they place in her. Shelly has a busy family life which she shares with her husband and 2 adorable girls, Sienna and Brooklyn. Her patients and our team appreciate her gentle manner, great clinical skills, and high level of integrity.
Nancy received her Dental Hygiene Degree from South Central Community College in 2008 and shorly after joined our hygiene team at Smiles @ Southcenter. She has been part of the Smiles @ Southcenter team for 9 years. The best part of Nancy’s job is her ability to help our patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health. She values the amazing relationships she has developed with her patients and feels fortunate to be able to share in the milestones of their lives. Nancy enjoys spending time with her husband, hiking, cooking and taking her Yorkshire Terrier, Sadie to the dog parks. Nancy is a wonderful asset in our practice and patients welcome her sweet, gentle nature as she cares for each and every patient.
Jennifer (Jen) received her Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene from Eastern Washington University in 2010. Jen has been a hygienist for 9 years and has spent 7 of those years as part of the Smiles @ Southcenter team. Jen’s fun personality, easy demeanor, and excellent clinical skills won us over and she became a permanent member of our team in 2013. Her favorite part of being a hygienist is meeting new patients every day and having those relationships evolve into great friendships. Outside of work Jen enjoys traveling abroad and spending precious time with her identical twin nieces. We know that once you meet Jen you will love her and understand why she is a great compliment to our team.
Full of spirit and over 23 years of experience, Lorri, received her Dental Hygiene degree from Clark College in 1990. She was an integral part in helping to serve our patient’s during another hygienist’s maternity leave. Our team and patients fell in love with her fun nature and amazing clinical skills and she became a permanent part of our Smiles @ Southcenter family in March of 2013. Lorri loves coming to work every day because the contacts she has with her colleagues and patients greatly enhance her life. Outside of work she enjoys scrapbooking, biking, and memorable moments with her husband and 3 children. We are confident you will welcome Lorri’s great personality and high standards of patient care.
Teresa graduated in 1995 with a Dental Assisting Degree from Eton Technical Institute and shortly after joined our team. With more than 22 years of experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge, consistency, and compassion to your dental experience. Teresa enjoys being a part of a patient’s smile makeover because the transformation is rewarding and patients are so excited about their new smile. She enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 daughters, and 2 grandchildren. She’s passionate about reading and loves being a grandma. We know you will enjoy Teresa’s fun personality and amazing clinical skills.
Dental Assisting for more than 20 years, Belinda’s experience and enthusiasm is very evident as she enjoys connecting with her patient’s and ensuring they are comfortable and well taken care of during their visits. She received her Dental Assisting Degree from Lake Washington Technical College in 1992 and has been an integral part of the Smiles @ Southcenter Team since 2010. She loves spending time with her family & friends, exercising, and cooking. Belinda is always a positive and motivated team member who constantly strives to serve our patients and give them the very best care!
Mark is a new member of our team but brings a wealth of knowledge in regards to assisting oral surgery and implant procedures. We are also proud to share that he earned his certification to monitor IV sedation cases, which entailed countless hours of preparation to pass the exam. His goal is to advance his career and return to school to achieve a degree as a Dental Hygienist. You will find Mark’s easy-going and compassionate nature a great compliment to your dental visit. He strives to make every patient’s experience an exceptional one. Outside of work, Mark is an avid hunter, fisherman, and volleyball player. He also cherishes time with his wife and new baby girl Myra and finds fatherhood to be amazing. We enjoy having Mark as part of our team and are confident you will appreciate his great clinical skills.