Meet The Team

Our Southridge Dental Team

Your best choice for dental care and services in the Tri-Cities

Katie

Dental Hygienist

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.

Valeria

Dental Hygienist

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

Dental Hygienist

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.

Porsche

Dental Hygienist

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.

Monica

Dental Assistant

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.

Tori

Dental Assistant

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

Dental Assistant

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

Dental Assistant

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.

Sierra

Dental Assistant

Sierra is relatively new to the dental field. She completed her dental assisting externship with Southridge Dental and joined our team after graduation. She loves taking time to better herself and expand her knowledge within the field. She loves helping make the patient experience better in all ways and is a huge help in all areas of the office. Sierra is a crafty one! She likes to make all sorts of things from t-shirts, blankets, water bottles, etc.  She also loves being outside and enjoying the fresh air whenever she can.

Maryssa

Dental Assistant

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

Front Desk

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.

Brianna

Front Desk

My name is Brianna or you may call me Bri, I was born and raised in Milton-Freewater and I have been a Dental assistant since 2019. I love being able to work with patient’s and help them understand that their oral health is an important part to their overall health. I recently made the transition to the front office as a Patient Advocate to be able to work with our patients more. I am a people person and I love being one of the first faces patients see when they walk through the door and establishing a connection with every patient. My goal is to make every patient who comes through the door feel like they are family, and they can come to us with any concerns or fears and know that we care.

Outside of work, I love spending time with my boyfriend and 6-year-old son. You can find us BBQing, camping, hiking, fishing, or any other outdoor activities.

Nichole

Patient Coordinator

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.

Krissy

Office Manager

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!