Meet the Team

We recognize that all of our patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice.

We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.




I received my AAS in Dental Hygiene from the College of Southern Nevada and began working at this practice in 2005. As a hygienist, I coach patients on home care that can have a positive influence on oral and overall health. My favorite part of the job is being involved in changing patients’ lives for the better by spending time with them.  What I love about working at Dentistry NW is that our team has a sense of humor, respect and compassion for each other and for the patients we work with daily. When not at work, I enjoy baking and cooking, as well as hiking.




I received my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Eastern Washington University.  I have been working as a hygienist for 11 years, with another 6 years of dental assisting.  My role as a dental hygienist is to help patients achieve evidence-based dental hygiene care that is compassionate and most appropriate for their needs. 

What I love about the Dentistry NW team is that everyone has a positive outlook on all aspects of life, whether it is their own families, the patients or the team.

I love boating and simply anchoring in the middle of nowhere with my son, Nate.  I also love staying physically fit through kickboxing and yoga. 




I entered the dental field in 2007 and worked at the front desk answering phones, scheduling appointments and planning treatment.  After earning my Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene and EFDA certification, I joined Dentistry NW in December 2018.  As a hygienist, I love creating bonds with patients and helping people improve their overall health by raising awareness about the oral-systemic connection. 

I really enjoy working with everyone at Dentistry NW.  Everyone is passionate about the dental field, they have a great work ethic and are amazing with patients.  This team makes going to work exciting!  

I have been married to Julio for ten years.  We have two children, a boy aged 9 and a girl aged 6, as well as an Australian Shepherd named Oso, and they all keep us busy and active.  As a family, we enjoy hiking, camping, traveling, gardening and cooking.  I love volunteering and I try to find opportunities to serve and give back to the community whenever I can.  In the last couple of years, I have volunteered at the King County Seattle Clinic, church activities and school events, coaching my kids’ cross country team.  I also went on a dental hygiene mission trip to Peru in 2019.



Dental Assistant

I began working in this office and in the dental field in 2012, after receiving my dental assistant certificate.  My primary duties include assisting Dr. Smith chairside in dental restorations and oral surgery, as well as taking all the necessary steps to support Dr. Smith in creating successful implant restorative outcomes.  This entails communicating with referring offices and implant manufacturers to obtain the right parts, and ensuring the parts are on-site and ready for patients when they come in for their restorations.  Oh, I’m also tasked with making fun of Dr. Smith!  

I love bonding with our patients, sharing stories, and swapping ideas and recipes!  One of the most gratifying aspects of my job is seeing the happiness on a patient’s face after a complex anterior restorative case.  It’s also heartwarming to witness patients with prior negative experiences progress from needing every available sedation to not needing anything at all, because they trust us completely.

Our team shares the same mission when it comes to the care of our patients.  We help each other ensure that our patients are comfortable in their chairs and their concerns are addressed.

I was born on the beautiful island of Guam and moved to Tacoma at the age of eight.  I’m a mother to a gorgeous little girl who is a black belt in karate and pet parent to a one year old bully puppy named Blitz.



Dental Assistant

I received my RDA certification from Everest Technical College in 2014 and joined Dentistry NW in 2015.  My primary duties include preparing the operatories and ensuring that all the necessary instruments and materials are ready for procedures, bringing patients into the treatment rooms, as well as seating and informing them of their treatment so that they know what to expect.  I also provide chairside assistance to Dr. Smith and perform an extensive array of laboratory work, including fabricating in-house retainers, night guards, sports guards, study models and temporary crowns.  

My favorite part of the job is getting to know the patients and building relationships with them.  I also love that our entire team is highly motivated by the goal of giving our patients the best dental care in a warm and friendly environment.  

Outside of work, I love sports, taking walks, listening to music and playing the piano.  I have an amazing little boy who means the world to me and we also have a dog.  Family time is precious and I love cooking family dinners and going on random weekend getaways with them. 


Dental Assistant

I have been working intermittently at Dentistry NW since 2002.  I started working as an office assistant in 2002 and I became a dental assistant in 2005, after attending Bryman Collge for dental assisting and Tacoma Community College. 

My job entails assisting Dr. Smith with restorative work, endodontics, crowns and bridges, oral surgery and lab work.  I love connecting with patients and providing them with the best care to help create beautiful, happy and healthy smiles.  I also love the teamwork at Dentistry NW; it feels like family here! 

I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest.  I am engaged to a wonderful man, William, and we have a little boy who is currently 2 1/2 years old.  We are also expecting another boy in January 2021.  In our spare time, we love being outdoors and spending time with our families. 



Treatment Coordinator

I started working in the dental field in 2011 and I have an AA degree in dental assisting, as well as an orthodontic assistant certificate.  I joined Dentistry NW in 2019.  As treatment coordinator, my job entails outlining dental options for patients, providing payment plans, answering phone calls and emails, scheduling treatment, verifying insurances, managing digital X-rays and doctor correspondences.  However, my favorite part of the job is interacting with the patients.   

I love working at Dentistry NW because I love the team’s upbeat and positive attitude.  They keep the office fun and professional, and they are always putting the patients’ care as their number one priority. 

I was born and raised in Tacoma, where my parents and sibling still reside.  I have been blessed with an amazing son, Gavyn.  When I am not at work, my son and I spend a lot of time with family and friends going camping, playing sports and enjoying the great outdoors. 


Scheduling Coordinator

My dental journey started six years ago as a dental administrative specialist.  From a young age, I already knew I was going to spend my life taking care of others; I love to bring a smile to whomever I can!  So, naturally, being in the dental field was just the right step for me.  I have learned so many new things and continue to learn every day, as we practice new and more efficient technology.  It is a career in which there is never a dull moment.

As a scheduling coordinator, I am the first and last face you see when visiting our office.  I handle incoming calls, schedule patients, update patient information and check insurance benefits.  I might have even gotten to speak with you on the phone.  Being at Dentistry NW gives me the opportunity to work with a team of intelligent, strong and unique individuals.  Each person builds you up and lends a helping hand whenever necessary; it's the perfect team.  I love getting to know all the patients and believe the relationships you make through kind and honest care last a lifetime.  I am truly humbled daily to see how many people just need a smile and some encouragement.  My job empowers me to be a cheerleader, a friend and a confidante to my patients.  If that's not a reason to get up in the morning, I don't know what is.

When I'm not at work, I love to hang out with my yellow lab named Bentley Bahlou.  He is 7 years old and a neverending ball of energy.  I enjoy reading, listening to music and camping at Ocean Shores or Cannon Beach.  My dream is to travel the world, learn about new cultures and experience life through the eyes of others.

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