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Front Office - Member since 2017

David was brought up with an enthusiasm to help others from a young age. From making sandwiches to solving complex financial issues, he’s always enjoyed creating positive interactions with those around him. When you walk in our door, David’s primary goal is making sure that your visit is an exceptional experience. What drew him to Light Dental Studios was the sincerity of his friends and family testimonials regarding their time spent with us. Outside of the office, you can find David hiking about Washington with friends, and camping with his dog Indie. He also loves cheering on the Seattle Sounders, trying as much new food as humanly possible, and checking out random movies and books.

Crystal at Lacey Office


Front Office - Member since 2015

Hi my name is Crystal and I have lived in Washington my whole life and grew up in Shelton. Light Dental Studios has become an exciting part of my life. My first contact was as a patient and I loved how welcome the team made me feel. I am so blessed to be a part of this amazing dental family and am eager to provide the most compassionate care. Welcome and I look forward to meeting you!I have two amazing and crazy kids who are my whole world. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, painting, and doing pretty much anything outdoors. "The beginning is the most important part of the work." ~Plato

Kristina at Puyallup Campus


Front Office - Member since 2018

Kristina is one of the newest members to Light Dental studios joining Olympia’s amazing front office team in 2018. She has always enjoyed dentistry and is excited to be apartof such an amazing team that provides excellent dental care to all their patients. Her top priority is ensuring that all patients feel welcomed during their visit, and leave with an even bigger smile. She enjoys working with her team to provide the best and most affordable dental care and looks forward to assisting you on your journey with Light Dental Studios!Kristina has lived in Washington her whole life, and just recently moved back to Olympia from Pullman, where she attended college “GO COUGS!” She enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and cat Luna. And loves to travel and attend football games and concerts.

Maddie at Puyallup Campus


Front Office - Member since 2018

At a young age Maddie developed a passion to assist those around her and spend time exploring the outdoors. Growing up in a small town on Mt. Hood she learned how important community is and the definition is more than just helping your neighbor. She spent many hours dirt biking, hiking, and rafting however, when she started volleyball she learned how much she appreciated being on a team! Being apart of Light Dental Studios has given her more than just a career, it has allowed her to grow, learn and become apart of something bigger. A team that believes that dentistry is more than just promoting oral health.

Amity at Lacey Office

Amity, RDH

Dental Hygienist - Member Since 2015

Hi my name is Amity and I am very excited to join the Light Dental Studios team! I enjoy helping patients improve their oral health through education and one of the great joys of my job is treating and preventing periodontal disease. I firmly believe when you understand what is going on in your mouth, it is much easier to make decisions about your oral health. I am happy to join Light Dental Studios where patients have the benefit of multiple locations with the feel of a small dental family. I hope you'll smile at every visit to see me at the Lacey office. I was born and raised in Tacoma and love living here in the Pacific Northwest! I love our rain, but when the sun it out, so am I! In my spare time I love going on long drives along the water, dancing ballet and I enjoy volunteering at my mom's preschool.

Melissa at Olympia Dental Office

Melissa, RDH

Registered Dental Hygienist - Member Since 2017

Melissa, or “Mel” for short, graduated at the top of her class with her Bachelors in Dental Hygiene in Vancouver, WA. She believes that every patient is unique and strives to provide individualized care to everyone. She is dedicated to helping others meet their goals for oral health, and knows this happens when you apply empathy and listen to the needs of the patient. Melissa aims to give each person a comfortable experience, and looks forward to each smile that sits in her chair. In her spare time, Mel enjoys riding horses, hiking, and traveling with her family.

MIchelle at Lacey Dental Office

Michelle, RDH

Registered Dental Hygienist - Member Since 2017

Michelle graduated from Pierce College in Lakewood, Washington with an Associates in Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene in 2002. Before that she completed her Bachelors of Science Degree in Community Health Education from Central Washington University in 1995. She started working for Light Dental Studios in 2017.

Michelle’s favorite part about being a dental hygienist is getting to meet so many incredible people. She loves forming relationships with patients and providing an enjoyable dental experience. She is very passionate about dental hygiene and strongly believes in educating her patients in order to help them improve their overall oral health and quality of life. Michelle loves working at Light Dental Studios because it is clear from the moment you step in the doors that Light Dental Studios values patients and makes them and their care the priority.

Michelle is a Washington native and grew up in Lakewood. She is married to another Washington native, Mike, and together they have two sons and a little poodle. She enjoys kayaking, walking, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle and her family love living and working in the Pacific Northwest.

Krista at Lacey Dental Office

Krista, RDH

Registered Dental Hygienist - Member Since 2018

Krista is a native of southeast Georgia. She recently moved to Washington from San Antonio, Texas. Krista has been a hygienist for 23 years and loves the relationships she builds with her patients. She believes that if you do what you love for a living you will never work a day in your life. She and her husband Gary have 3 fur babies and have a passion for rescuing animals. She also is a die hard Georgia Bulldog fan.

Shaylea at Lacey Office

Shaylea, RDA

Dental Assistant - Member since 2011

Hello everyone and welcome to the Lacey Light Dental Studios. I'm Dr. Collins' dental assistant. I have been working as a dental assistant for over four years, but found my home with Light Dental Studios in 2011. I am thankful every day to have found such a wonderful and exciting company to work for. I am passionate about dentistry and seeing my patients' new smiles. It's the patients that make me excited to go to work every day. I love every part of dentistry, but my favorite is seeing the transformation of fearful patients become more and more comfortable with each visit.I was born and raised in Shelton and now live on the west side of Olympia. I am a PNW girl at heart and cannot see myself living anywhere else. In my spare time I enjoy photography, traveling, live music, hiking, and going to baseball games with my boyfriend and family.
**2014 Outstanding Team Member of the Year

Bri at Ruddell Road Office

Bri, RDA

Dental Assistant - Member since 2017

Briana graduated from Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, WA. She has always wanted to be apart of the medical field. It was about 2 years ago when she decided the dental field was really for her. She was born and raised in Washington State. She has one younger sister. In her spare time she loves being outdoors whether its hiking, camping, or kayaking. Mt. Rainier is one of her favorite places. Briana says she is blessed to be apart of the Light Dental Studios and the welcoming dentists and staff. She is excited for years to come and the growth possibilities with this company.

Fernanda at Lacey Dental office

Fernanda, RDA

Dental Assistant - Member since 2018

Maria Fernanda has a Guatemalan background and had to postpone her goal of working in dental a few years ago due to life circumstances. For a lot of her life, she was self-conscious about her own smile and that has carried over to her dental career. She has a passion for making someone else feel happy about their self, especially their smile. She loves how a simple dental visit can make all the difference in the world for that one patient and loves to utilize her Spanish speaking skills to remove that barrier for many of her patients. She proudly speaks of dental care in the Spanish-speaking community to maintain a beautiful and healthier outcome for everyone. Fernanda is a very kind and humble human being who loves to enjoy her family, traveling and exploring new things.


Savannah, RDA

Dental Assistant - Member since 2018

It's always interesting when asked to tell about yourself. Who should know more about you, than YOU. In her 30 something years, Savannah has found that knowing yourself is a ongoing lesson. So far, one thing she's learned is that she have a genuine passion for people and their human experience. She believes that passion has lead her to this career field.

Savannah has been with Light Dental Studios since September of 2018. She studied dental assisting at Clover Park Technical College where she worked part-time as a "peer ambassador" for the Student Leadership and Service Center. Prior to that she worked varying jobs ranging from hardware stores to child care. When she's not in the office assisting, she spends her free time doing different things. Most favorably she enjoys live entertainment. She loves a good concert with one of her favorite artists or even a local band. Either way, she just loves to hear the music and be among other people who enjoy the same. If she's not "fan-girling" out at the nearest concert, she likes to acrylic paint or take a road trip. She love a good meal, especially if it involves some sort of potato dish. Most recently she has chosen to follow her "people passion" outside of work and began volunteering time with a youth group through her church. Her heart is with the youth. Their tenacity and curiosity inspires her.

She is committed to living by a saying she once heard, "Instead of trying to make a better world for our children, let us make better children for the world."

Kelsie at Puyallup Campus

Kelsie, RDA

Dental Assistant - Member since 2018

Kelsie is a graduate from PIMA Medical Institute in Colorado Springs. Prior to working in the dental field, she served four years in the U.S. Military. Although she is currently in her first year working as a Dental Assistant, Kelsie says, “I can confidently say I am learning from the best dental office in Washington State. I am honored and privileged to be a part of such an incredible dental family. They have welcomed me with open arms and are constantly teaching me how to be my best self in and out of the office.” Her personal mission is to make sure each of her patients feel confident and comfortable with the treatment they receive before, during, and after their appointments. Outside of the office, she is enjoying time with her amazing husband and three beautiful dogs.

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