We recognize that all 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.
My job entails more than just a teeth cleaning; I evaluate each patient individually to screen for oral health conditions such as gingivitis or periodontal disease. I perform a variety of oral procedures that allow me to detect things such as oral cancer, decay, gum disease, and many other health conditions that can affect the mouth as well as the overall health of the patient. I collaborate with Dr. Yao to create the most comprehensive individualized care to each patient. I strive to provide preventive care by educating my patients on how best to care for their teeth.
I began working in the dental field more than 17 years ago, after graduating from Shoreline Community College dental hygiene program. I fell in love with it! I enjoy working with people, as well as being in the health industry. My goals are to provide every patient with a gentle touch, give honesty in regards to treatment needs, and to make patients feel completely at ease at their dental appointments.
I am a current resident in Shoreline. I am married and have two children, one who recently graduated from Shorewood High School, and one who is attending the local elementary school, Meridian Park. I love working and providing care for my local neighbors and community.
I work as a liaison between Dr. Yao and our patients, coordinate insurance and billing collections, schedule appointments, and in general, make sure the office runs smoothly and efficiently. I started working many years ago in a periodontal office, then took time off to expand my family. Then I began working as an office administrator for general dentists. My husband and I moved here from South Dakota so he could go to graduate school at UW. I’ve worked in the dental field since then, more than 30 years, and could not imagine a better career.
My favorite part of my job is working alongside such an amazing team, meeting all the interesting people who come into our office, and getting to know those who also live in our Shoreline community.
When I am not working, I enjoy my three children and their families. I also enjoy reading and crocheting. I have had various pets through the years and presently have a cockatiel!
Dental Assistant / Treatment Coordinator
I assist Dr. Yao with clinical procedures and always strive to make our patients’ dental experience as comfortable and pleasant as possible. I also educate patients about their treatment plan, answer their questions, and give them alternative treatment choices when applicable. I love my job helping people and promoting health. I like to help our patients relax and feel at ease during their time in our office. You will find your experience here full of fun and caring people with lots of smiles and concern about your dental health.
When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have many interests, including going to the movies, cooking, and baking. I like gardening and am a member of South Whidbey Garden Club and the American Legion.
I graduated from Lake Washington Technical College (now Lake Washington Institute of Technology), and have been in dentistry for 28 years. I assist Dr. Yao in all aspects of dentistry, from greeting patients to putting them at ease through different treatments. I love our team in this office. We work very well together to make our job fun and professional.
In my spare time, I like to cook, work in my yard, and play with my six-year-old border collie Lola. I’ve lived in Shoreline for 25 years and love this community!