I like getting to know each of our patients and hearing about their families and interests. I learn so much from them, and appreciate it when they choose to confide in me. My days are spent providing patient care and assisting them during their visits. I sit chairside while Dr. Gundersen performs various dental treatments, ensuring he has everything needed, At the same time, I am concentrating on our patient. I tell them what the doctor is doing, how well everything is going, and offer encouragement if needed.
I’ve been a Certified Dental Assistant since graduating from South Puget Sound Community College in 1990. Each year I take multiple continuing education courses to keep my certification current and because I enjoy learning.
I’ve been happily married for more than 20 years and have three daughters. Away from work, I love spending time with my family and friends. I’m an active volunteer and enjoy camping and bowling, too.
As a dental hygienist, I focus on preventing disease to protect teeth, gums, and my patients’ total health. In addition to treating patients directly by providing quality services in cleaning their teeth, I perform oral healthcare assessments, oral cancer screening, and patient education on home care. I am certified in CPR/BLS training and continue to further my knowledge through yearly CE courses in order to provide patients with the utmost care. My favorite part of my job is making a difference with my patients. I love seeing them succeed by encouraging and helping them achieve their best oral health.
I graduated in 1993 from Pierce College in Lakewood Washington with an associate’s degree in applied science. In 2009, I joined the Gunderson Dental Care team with 16 years of experience in dental hygiene. I love being a part of our team. We work exceptionally well together with high respect for one another. Our team provides caring and exceptional dental care with our patients and we strive hard every day to make our patients’ dental visits with us as enjoyable as possible.
I am married to a wonderful man, have a daughter who lives in Glasgow, Scotland, and a son who is a senior at Capital High School. On my off time, when I’m not at my son’s sport events, I enjoy traveling, boating, hiking, biking, snow skiing, and staying fit by living a healthy lifestyle through healthy eating and exercise. I love spending time with family and friends. I am very blessed to have them in my life!
I spend my days working one-on-one with each patient. While I am scaling and polishing their teeth, taking digital films, and administering anesthetic, I talk with them about oral hygiene. It’s important a person understands why they need to keep their mouth healthy, and how to do so. When a patient returns for a recall visit, and I see a healthy smile, I’m thrilled.
I’ve been working as a dental hygienist since 2000, following my graduation from Oregon Health Sciences University with a BS in Dental Hygiene. It’s a joy to provide care that improve the health of our patients, and become friends with them in the process. Working in a practice where my teammates feel like family is equally wonderful.
I live in Tumwater with my husband, daughter and son, and our rescue dog. My free time is spent shuttling my children to various activities, and attempting to sneak in time to relax. I grew up in Oregon and we frequently visit family there.
I enjoy our patients, and how all our team members are happy to go the extra mile to assist them: whether we’re answering questions, addressing concerns, or providing support, we’re here to help. I handle a variety of tasks that keep our office running smoothly. In addition to accounts receivable and payable, I’m also our insurance manager and referral coordinator. Additionally, I oversee scheduling and marketing.
I’ve been with Gundersen Dental Care since 2005, and have worked in the dental field for more than 15 years. Prior to working in oral healthcare, I was in the medical field, concentrating on Medical DME, Medical billing, and Medical IME. My degree was awarded at Eton College of Technology, in 1999.
My husband and I have been married for 24 years, and we have two sons. My husband is an engineer and a high school soccer coach. I’m a true soccer mom, with my life organized around watching the three men in my life play soccer. My sons are also involved in other sports. When I have the time, I enjoy being with friends, hiking, and lounging on a warm beach.
I have always been a social butterfly so I thrive on positive conversations and interacting with our patients whether that means discussing scheduling, questions regarding care, or finances. I knew even in high school that I wanted to work in the Dental field, so After I graduated from Tumwater in 2014 I started as a dental assistant in 2015 after graduating from Everest in early 2015. I just recently moved to the front office of Gundersen Dental care in 2019 after being Dr. Arne’s Assistant for 2 years. So sometimes you might see me in the back as a fill in or taking a payment at the front! You just never know where I will be, but I promise you’ll see me around!
In my off time from work, I am a wife and a mom I enjoy spending as much time with my Son as possible and going on adventures. My husband and I have been together since we were 15 years old, and got married by Elvis in Vegas December 8th 2019! I also very much enjoy cooking and traveling!