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.
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.
Kassia is well-rounded in the dental setting as she began working as a front office receptionist at the age of 17 and later transitioned to dental assisting while working on her dental hygiene prerequisites. Serving in dentistry, she finds her work impactful and rewarding, especially with the opportunity to influence patients in establishing healthy oral hygiene habits for long-term overall health.
She was born and raised in California and later moved to the Seattle area, where she obtained her Bachelor’s in Dental Hygiene/Allied Health from Seattle Central College. After graduation, she and her husband decided to move their family to the Tri-Cities for warmer weather and a more family-oriented environment. Outside of maintaining beautiful smiles, Kassia enjoys going to parks, boating, and wine tasting.
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.
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 was born and raised in Eastern Oregon. She graduated from Hermiston High School and went on to attend Blue Mountain Community College to obtain her Associates degree and Expanded Functions Dental Assistant certification. She has been in the dental field for 7 years. She strives to create a comfortable and trusting environment for her patients.
In her free time you can find Maryssa chasing after her two sons and enjoying outdoor activities.
Originally from Hermiston, Oregon, Cierra found her place in the Tri Cities. She finished Charter College in 2017. One of her favorite things in dentistry is working on long term relationships with patients and working towards patient goals as far as teeth go. She loves to see the happy process patients go through and achieve said goals. One of her favorite things to do on her free time is keeping herself busy with her four little sisters. She loves spending time with family and friends, but most of her free time is spent at Target or Hobby Lobby.
Born and raised in the Tri-Cities, Tori has been a dental assistant since the age of 18. She is well trained in all aspects of dentistry. She enjoys connecting and creating friendships with all of her patients and ensuring they are well informed with their oral health. She believes knowledge is power. When asked her favorite part of dental assisting, she said, “empowering my patients to overcome their dental anxieties”.
Tori is a busy mom of three. You can usually find her at her daughter’s cheer gym or Target. She enjoys drinking iced coffee, spending time with friends and family, and traveling; her families’ favorite destination is Disney.
Giselle received her Dental Assisting certificate from Tri-Tech Skills Center back in 2016 and began working as a Hygiene Assistant shortly after. Over time she developed an interest in working more directly with patients on the restorative side of dentistry, where she’s been for the last couple years. She has been thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to expand her knowledge of dentistry, care for patients needs, and forming bonds with them along the way!
Outside of the office, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and volunteering in our local community.
Jessica is one of many skillful dental assistants here at SRD. She attended Columbia Basin College in 2014 and has been working as a Registered Dental Assistant ever since. Jessica is exceptionally talented at educating patients concerning their dental needs, answering questions, and assuring that everyone receives the absolute best dental care possible.
Born and raised in the Tri-cities, welcome her first child in 2019. In her free time Jessica enjoys baking with her daughter and making sure her husband and cat stay out of trouble!
Sharon is one our newest members to the Southridge family! Recently relocated back from North Carolina Sharon received her Dental Assistant Certificate in 2018 at the University of North Carolina while her husband served for the United States Marine Corps. Her passion for dentistry, and strengthening bonds with her patients has helped her recently make the decision to go back to school for the dental Hygiene Program at CBC. She enjoys making patients laugh & help ease patients with high dental anxiety.
On her free time you Can catch Sharon doing Karaoke, or doing fun activities with her two children! Or watching one of her feel good shows !
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!
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.
Heidy graduated from Tri-Tech Skills Center with her Dental Assisting license in 2017, and has been in the dental field ever since. While working as a Dental Assistant, she gained knowledge in front desk and has enjoyed the transition. She is currently working towards completing her prerequisites and applying for the Dental Hygiene program at CBC. Building lifelong friendships with patients is what she finds the most rewarding. While it can sometimes be a bit nerve-wracking coming to the dentist, she strives to make sure every patient has a happy and comfortable experience.
On her free time you can catch her doing a Harry Potter movie marathon for the billionth time, or watching The Office.