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JaclynFront Office - Member since 2017
Jaclyn has recently joined the front office team with Light Dental Studios of University Place. After earning her Dental Assisting certification with Clover Park Technical College, she worked for two years as an assistant in a pediatric office before moving to the front desk. She has always had an interest in teeth and believes that a person's smile says the most about them! Jaclyn was drawn to Light Dental Studios not only for their amazing patient care but also for their gratitude to their employees. Outside of the office, she enjoys exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her Siberian husky and making art projects with her daughter. She is very grateful to be learning so much with such an amazing team!
ElloraFront Office - Member Since 2017
Ellora initially began with Light Dental Studios as a patient and has joined the team/family as Olympia's Front office team member in 2017. She has always admired dentistry and is excited to be working in the dental field. She aspires to make every patient feel at home when they walk through the door. Full of energy and always ready to take on a new challenge, Ellora is dedicated to making sure all patient needs are met. She loves being a part of putting a smile on someone's face.
Ellora is a military spouse who resides on Joint Base Lewis-McChord with her family and very active German Shepherd. She enjoys time with family and friends, hiking in the evergreen state "playground" we are blessed to live in, biking, reading, and travelling.
TiffanyFront Office - Member since 2017
Tiffany started her journey with Dental on Guam in 2013 as a Dental Assistant and Front Desk. She loves meeting new people. Building trusting relationships with every patient is what drives her. Being with Light Dental Studios has given her a new perspective to patient care. Light Dental Studios thrives on helping patients with the best care possible and she is overjoyed to share that passion. She looks forward to having many more years with the company.
Tiffany likes to read books and collects starbucks tumblers as a hobby. She enjoys new adventures on exciting life moments with her husband.
Sarah, RDHDental Hygienist - Member since 2012
As a child I spent a lot of time in the dental chair and the seed was planted for my passion for dentistry. I have compassion for every patient I work with to improve and maintain their oral health. I graduated from Pierce College in 2009 where I received the Outstanding Student Award. I continued my education at Eastern Washington University where I received my bachelor's degree and graduated with honors in 2011. I have a beautiful daughter named Jadyn aka JJ who loves soccer and American Girl dolls. Our four legged family members include a 3 year old chihuahua and a 7 year old fat and happy grey cat. Welcome to the Light Dental Studios family, I cannot wait to help improve your oral health!
Colleen, RDHDental Hygienist - Member since 2014
Several years ago, I started filling in at Light Dental studios as other hygienists needed time off. I was immediately impressed with how friend and professional the teams were.In 2014, I was invited to be a part of the regular Friday and Saturday crew in University Place and I jumped on the opportunity. The teamwork, caring and family atmosphere is unparalleled. I am so proud to be a part of this terrific group.
In my time off, I enjoy spending time with my wonderful husband Andrew and our daughters. Kelsey is in college in Australia and Courtney is a senior at Curtis High School.
Amity, RDHDental 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, RDH, BDSDental Hygienist - Member since 2016
Hello, my name is Melissa. I am happy to say I have finally found my dental home in Light Dental Studios. It is so rewarding to be apart of a team that truly works together for the patient. I enjoy giving patients the tools they need to achieve optimal oral health and the confidence back in their smile. One of the main reasons I got into dental hygiene was my love for helping people. I love getting to know my patients so I can better treat each patient individually based on his/her needs and wants. It is so rewarding working with such great staff and knowing that every patient that walks in any of our offices is going to get quality care and treatment while feeling comfortable throughout the whole appointment. I graduated with my associate degree in dental hygiene from Yakima Valley Community College in 2011 and continued on the get my Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene at Eastern Washington in 2012. I continue learning throughout the year with continuing education classes to stay up to date on the latest and greatest in the dental field. I grew up in the Yakima Valley and just recently moved to the Puyallup area with my husband and our dogs. We are still adjusting to the west side of the mountains but are enjoying exploring all that it has to offer!
Valerie, RDHDental Hygienist - Member since 2016
A hygienist with many years experience in a variety of dental practice settings, I am excited to join the Light Dental Studios team. I am particularly thrilled to be working with staff members that hold themselves to such high standards and take pride in a job well done. Employing a gentle touch, gaining patient trust, and seeing improvement in a patient’s oral health inspire me on a daily basis. A graduate of Yakima Valley Community College’s Department of Dental Hygiene, I recently completed a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington.
On a personal note, I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend Alan and watching his son Dylon blossom, as he leaves home to attend Virginia Tech University. I also enjoy reading, bike riding, and escaping the rain of Western Washington to enjoy the beautiful sunshine of the Wenatchee Valley and Lake Chelan areas.
Emily, RDHDental Hygienist - Member since 2017
Emily earned her Bachelor of Biology degree from Oregon State University and her dental hygiene degree in 2013 from Carrington College. She grew up in Portland, Oregon and moved to Washington where she married her husband. Emily enjoys dental hygiene and prides herself in being gentle yet thorough. It is gratifying for Emily as a hygienist to give care to patients in a calm and caring atmosphere where their comfort and wellbeing is the main concern. She is excited to be part of the Light Dental Studios. Emily strives to provide excellent dental care to patients to promote overall health wellbeing.
Away from the office, Emily favorite hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, and reading.
Paige, RDHDental Hygienist - Member since 2017
Having been born into a military family then finding true love to a military man, Paige has lived in 9 different states and 3 different countries. Getting her start in the dental field at Luke AFB as an assistant, she soon found that Dental Hygiene was her true calling. "I love the relationships and the influence for better oral care that I can affect." Seeing the quality of work that Light Dental Studies exhibits and the care for the community such as "South Sound Free Dental Day" makes me proud to be a member.
Her passions in life are her Lord, Family ( proud mother of 4 children and 8 grandchildren) gardening/quilting ( depending on the weather) and hiking with her lab Coco.
Jennifer, RDADental Assistant - Member since 2014
I first want to say that I am so thankful to be working for the best company in the world! It's such a pleasure to love what I do and to work with such amazing dentists, staff, and patients. Meeting new folks and getting to care for them is my favorite part of my job. It is also one of my favorite things outside of work too! Hope I get to see you in my operatory soon!
Maliah, RDADental Assistant - Member since 2015
After working for several dental companies upon graduation from Dental Assisting school, I was excited to find a company I could call home. I could start building my career with amazing co-workers and patients. Light Dental Studios has been that for me and I have already started to build wonderful and life-long relationships with my teammates and patients. Every day at work I am happy to be there, helping create the best experience for all our patients. I am so blessed to be a part of such a great dental family!
Heather, RDADental Assistant - Member since 2017
Heather is a new graduate and a new member to the Light Dental Studios team! She is a Texas native, YA’LL, who moved to the area a few months ago with her husband to start a new life together. Heather found her love for dentistry during her time in school at the Dental Assistant Training Center, because of the strong influence from the instructors and the bonds she made with her classmates. Additionally, Heather serves in the Army National Guard as a Medical Services Officer. In her spare time Heather enjoys to powerlift and play in a local adult soccer league on the weekends. Her favorite thing about being a dental assistant is being able to go to work every day and provide quality treatment that has a long-lasting impact on the patients.
Jen, RDADental Assistant - Member since 2007
I work alongside Dr. Gossler as his assistant, helping with anything he needs to create beautiful smiles for each and every one of our patients. I have always loved teeth, and believe that a healthy, beautiful smile can really make a person happy. I’m so lucky to be doing what I’ve always wanted to do! When I have free time, I love staying fit and working out.
Leigha, RDADental Assistant - Member since 2017
Leigha is a graduate of Pima Medical Institute, and a Registered Dental Assistant here at Light Dental Studios. Prior to going to school at Pima Medical, Leigha attended Tacoma Community College where she played basketball while taking classes to receive her general AA. She is excited to find her new team and home here at Light Dental Studios, and work alongside our amazing staff we have here. Leigha is passionate about making it a comfortable and caring atmosphere for her patients, and doing her part in making sure each patient is confident in the treatment they are receiving. Knowing that patients are happy with their experience, and leaving here with a smile is the most important part. Leigha enjoys getting to know each patient she meets here at Light Dental Studios, and looks forward to seeing new faces each day. Leigha loves to go on adventures, travel, play basketball, and spend time enjoying life with her family and friends in her free time.
Marissa, RDADental Assistant - Member since 2018
Marissa is a recent transplant to Washington State recently moving here from California to be closer to her family and already feels right at home with her Light Dental Studios family. She is enjoying the greenery and the friendliness of the state as it is reflected in the dental practices of Light Dental Studios. She graduated from high school class of 2013 and attended Chaffee Community College. Her favorite classes were physics, astronomy and philosophy. Eager to start her career, Marissa enrolled at Concorde Career College to earn her degree as a Registered Dental Assistant. Dental assisting is the perfect match for her. A place where learning and fun go hand in hand, and where her love for science was nurtured and could be explored. Patient care is a very important part of her work bringing people happiness and joy and of course a better smile!
Marissa spends most of her free time binging documentaries on Netflix, drawing, exploring nature and spending time with loved ones.
TerriSurgical Coordinator - Member since 2018
Terri recently joined the front office team as surgical coordinator for the University Place l location. She has worked in the dental field as well as Oral and maxillofacial Surgery as a surgical assistant for 18 years.She enjoys helping and caring for patients on a level that provides them with the reassurance that they are receiving the best care available.Believing that there is always a reason to smile and take the time to show kindness to others.
She is proud to be a part of a company that provides excellent service to patients in a way that they feel right at home.Outside the office Terri enjoys working out ,hiking, and spending time with family and friends.
Address: 7210 40th St W #320, University Place, WA 98466
Phone: (253) 565-1145
Fax: (253) 565-5228
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I have never been a fan of dentist they scare me! But from the second I walked in every staff member made me feel welcome and they all made sure my experience was second to none!!! Is it weird im looking forward to going back!
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I am kind of a fearful patient. They talk to me and treat me like a person explain everything well. They are reassuring, and let me know if I need a break. They manage my fear.
Light Dental seems to be much more efficient, with up to date tools and technology than other places my friends go to. I am happy to find a place that can handle both kids and adults, and make our dental experiences easy, and stress free.
Great place to go to have your dental experience. I'm relocating to another state and I'm considering flying back to the state of Washington to see this dental office for any future work, cleaning or recommendations. I trust this place and I wouldn't want to go anywhere else.
The doctor and the staff are very courteous and extremely professional. They do everything they can to make me feel comfortable during my appointments.
I am very happy with their services they provide me. I have been to several other dentists but they are the best, I really enjoy my visits in their office.