Meet The Team
Our Southridge Dental Team
Your best choice for dental care and services in the Tri-Cities
Working in dentistry since the age of 17, Katie started as a Dental Assistant while perusing her degree in Dental Hygiene from Columbia Basin College. As a Dental Hygienist, Katie strives to make all her patients comfortable by providing gentle and compassionate care, while educating them on their oral health.
In her free time, Katie enjoys spending time with her family, friends, exploring the local wineries and playing with her chocolate lab.
Valerie has been a dental hygienist for 18 years and has been involved with dentistry for 23. She followed in her mother’s footsteps who recently retired from a 32 year career as a hygienist.
Val graduated from Richland High School and the Yakima Valley Dental Hygiene Program.
She enjoys spending time with her family and their favorite activity together is traveling. Cancun is their favorite destination and they try to make it there once a year. She also enjoys spending time outdoors either at their cabin or camping. Val strives to give her patients the best experience possible through a combination of comfort and humor.
Nicole was born and raised in the Tri-Cities. She started her dental career as an assistant over 13 years ago. She then went on to hygiene school and graduated 8 years ago from Columbia Basin College. She enjoys every aspect of her career as a Dental Hygienist, but most of all she loves getting to know her patients and aims to make them feel as comfortable as possible while providing excellent care.
Nicole spends most of her free time with her family. They are very active and love watching their son play multiple sports. You can either find them on a golf course, working out, or at a child’s sporting event.
Originally from Seattle, I moved to Richland in 2017 with my husband, Jowed. I’m now a mom to two tiny humans, Harvey and Stella, as well as two tiny felines, Keke and Rico. I have been in the dental field since 2012 and I hold a bachelors degree from Central Washington University in addition to my Dental Hygiene degree from Seattle’s Pima Medical Institute.
I love empowering my patients to take control of their oral and systemic health. My favorite procedure to perform is local anesthetic injections, because I know it is a source of fear for many patients and I am confident in my ability to make it a positive, comfortable experience for them. I am passionate about ensuring that every patient is comfortable, happy, and healthy.
I received my dental assistant license in 2014 from charter college. Originally from Grandview WA, I love being in the dental field being able to help patients achieve their dental goal and building friendships are my favorite of many that come along with being in the dental field. I am currently working on pursuing a career in dental hygiene.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, my dog and trying new things whether it’s restaurants or fun activities.
Born and raised in the Tri-Cities, Tori has been a registered dental assistant since 2012 when she completed the Tri-Tech Dental Assisting course. She has enjoyed learning all aspects of general dentistry and loves working closely with patients to achieve their dental goals.
Tori is married and has two beautiful daughters. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling around to watch her husband race his hydroplane, and being outdoors.
Amy always enjoyed going to the dentist, even when she was a little girl. Becoming a dental assistant just seemed natural. After graduating college and obtaining her Dental Assisting certificate in 2018, she jumped into the dental field. She sees everyday as an opportunity to learn and grow as an assistant. She is dedicated to seeing patients happy and helping make a difference in their smiles.
Amy’s little family is her world! In her free time, she likes spending time with them, reading, being outdoors and traveling.
Sienna received her dental assisting certificate from Tri Tech in 2014. As a child she experienced great dental anxiety as many do, however after overcoming this with the help of a dental assistant at her family’s dental office, when it became time she decided this was the career for her. Her favorite part of dentistry is helping those with similar anxieties to put them at ease. She strives to do this by thoroughly explaining procedures, helping to educate about oral health and being a supportive friend to each and every patient.
For fun she loves dancing, painting and swimming in the ocean. She spends most of her free time with her family and friends, and serving additionally in community volunteer work.
Maryssa started her career in dental in 2016. She completed her Expanded Functions Dental Assistant certification at Blue Mountain Community College. She loves to get to know patients on a personal level and help patients have a positive experience at the dental office.
Maryssa has 2 sons who keep her very busy. In her spare time you can find Maryssa in the mountains hiking around with her boys and boyfriend.
Miranda was born and raised in the Tri-Cities. She started in the dental field shortly after graduating high school. With over 15 years of experience in the dental field, Miranda loves getting to know her patients and building relationships friendships along the way. She strives to make sure every patient has a great experience!
Outside of work, Miranda spends most of her free time with her two daughters. They are very active playing multiple sports year-round. You can either find them on the softball field or basketball court.
Chelsy was born in Salem, Oregon but moved to the the Tri-Cities at a young age. She attended Southridge High School and the Dental Assisting program at Tri-Tech Skills Center. She made a few career pit stops in the veterinary and medical fields, but has come full circle back to the dental field. Ensuring that each patient has a positive experience is the top priority for Chelsy. The relationships created with patients along the way makes her job even more fulfilling.
In her free time, you can find Chelsy at the gym, in the beauty section at Target, or at one of Tri-Cities local wineries, or cheering on the Mariners at T-Mobile park.
Nichole started in dentistry 13 years ago but took time off to start her family. She loves getting to know her patients and seeing their smile change. The relationships she creates makes her job very rewarding. Each patient at Southridge is like an extension to our family. She is very blessed to have a job that she loves and works for a boss that makes the family a top priority.
Outside of work, she lives life every day enjoying the small things, finding the “great” in every situation. She loves spending her free time with family, either outside enjoying mother nature or Friday Family Movie Night.
Kristina, or Krissy as she’s known by patients and friends, was born and raised in the Tri-Cities and has been in the dental field since 2004. Having worked her way up in the field, she started her career as a dental assistant. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration/Business Management, she furthered her dental career in practice management. Krissy focuses on delivering the highest quality of care and compassion to our patients. Her experience in all aspects within the dental office ensures that everything goes smoothly at every visit allowing our patients to have a wonderful experience in which they look forward to seeing us again.
Krissy is married with three wonderful children who keep her busy. In her free time, you will find her with her family or on the soccer field cheering on our local teams!