Thank you so much for visiting our website and specifically our blog. My purpose in creating this blog is to provide our patients with an additional resource, where they can find access to information about dentistry, and about our office.
Maddie joins us from Texas with her sweet Southern accent. She has a history of clinical experience as a dental assistant. Her bright and bubbly personality will make anyone feel at ease. She is in charge of scheduling, insurance questions and patient care. She loves animals and is excited to see her first snow in Seattle!
Natalie has been with Crystal Springs Dental since 2016 as an assistant. She pursued her dream of being a dental hygienist and graduated from Lake Washington in 2019. Her vivacious spirit and love for patient education makes her an exceptional hygienist. Patients love Natalie’s gentle touch and kind demeanor! When she is not at work, she is a dog mom, plant lover, art and outdoor enthusiast.
Born and raised in Washington, Lisa loves the outdoors. She enjoys hiking, snowboarding, scuba diving and just being around the water. Lisa graduated from Shoreline Community College Dental Hygiene Program in 2006. Her favorite aspect of her job is getting to know her patients and being able to treat their dental needs accordingly. She enjoys taking continuing education and sharing the knowledge she gains with her patients. Lisa keeps busy with her two little ones when she is not at work!
Amy handles billing, claims, and payments and is also very knowledgeable in both the front and back office. She too was a trained dental assistant in her past and is a graduate of the Lake Washington Dental Assisting Program (2009). Amy is a very kind and caring person who has a great sense of humor and has a lot of funny stories to share about her cat “kids.”
Denise has been with Crystal Springs Dental since 2018. After earning her BS in Dental Hygiene from Eastern Washington University in 1981, Denise has had many years to develop her gentle and effective approach to patient care. Two of her favorite parts of dental hygiene are connecting with her patients, and working with patients to improve their oral and systemic health through education. Denise is married, and has one son. She enjoys working out, hiking, gardening, reading, and quilting.
Jenia has been a dental hygienist since 2004. She loves to provide patient education on their dental health. She is always full of joy and brings laughter whenever she is in the office. In her spare time, she has two boys and loves to stay healthy and fit!
Stefany received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Eastern Washington University. Her laughter is contagious and she is a jack of all trades! She is a certified yoga instructor, health care enthusiast, and competitive water skier. When she’s not at work helping people improve their oral hygiene, she enjoys spending time in the sun, preferably on the water or spending time with friends and family.
Linda recently joined our team of hygienists. After starting a family, she went back to school to pursue her passion for Dental Hygiene. She received her degree from Lake Washington Institute of Technology in 2012. Her greatest satisfaction comes from being able to gain the trust of her patients and build long term relationships. She is married to her husband who, by the way, is the Stadium Announcer for all of the Seattle Sounders home games! They are empty nesters with two grown kids and two furry kids.
Barb is our part time hygienist. She once worked for us many years ago then after getting married moved to Wisconsin, had 3 kids, but deep down wanted to move back to Washington to be near her extended family. As luck would have it she and her family are now back and she is working for us again! We welcome her back with open arms. You will find Barb to be a gentle and caring individual, and an excellent dental hygienist!
Victoria is our part time expanded duties dental hygienist and a graduate of Yakima Community College Dental Hygiene Program (1992). She not only has exceptional skills but also has a very outgoing and friendly personality which puts even our most fearful dental patients at ease. Victoria is very involved in her church and is an avid runner.
Cathy knew from age 6 that her career would be working in a dental office. She graduated from the American Institute of Medical/Dental Technology in 1994, and spent several years gaining valuable experience working as both a Dental Assistant and Orthodontic Assistant before returning back to school and earning her Dental Hygiene degree from Shoreline Community College in 2001. She loves to listen to people, help ease their fears, and work in partnership to address any concerns they may have. Cathy volunteers in both her church and with the Girl Scouts and stays busy with 3 kids, one dog, and an amazing guy she has been married to for over 20 years.
Nastassia is our expanded duties dental hygienist. She has worked for us as a dental assistant for many years then went back to school to earn a degree in dental hygiene from Lake Washington College in 2011. While working for us Nastassia also earned a BS degree from Eastern University in 2013. Nastassia is also the creative artist behind our holiday cards. She has a very nice chairside manner and excellent clinical skills. Nastassia is married and resides in Bothell with her husband, son Zion and her rescue dog, Boone.
Liane has been with us since 1999. She has been in the dental field since 1986, first working as an orthodontic assistant then earning her hygiene degree from Lake Washington Dental Hygiene School in 1999. Liane is married with two grown daughters and her faithful pooch, Pippa. She is very knowledgeable and has a charming and caring chair side manner. She is known for her gentle touch and easy going nature. Liane spent her college days in Hawaii and has since graced our office with her Aloha spirit! She makes everyone feel like family!
Emily grew up on the Oregon coast and received hey Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Oregon. She moved to Seattle and married her husband and started a family. She worked as a nurse technician at Seattle Children’s Hospital for 5 years before going back to school to become a dental hygienist. Emily earned her Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene from Shoreline Community College. When Emily is not at work she enjoys skiing, boating, fishing, crafting and baking. Being a hygienist gives her a chance to serve her community and provide education to her patients on how to be the healthiest version of themselves!
Karina went to Lake Washington Tech for her assisting. She is the newest addition to our team but it feels like she has been here for years. When she is not at work, she is with her daughter. She is passionate about cleaning, organizing and watching movies! She also works in a daycare and has been there for many years. All of our pediatric patients love Karina!
Lila has worked as a dental assistant for us since 2011. She received her training at Sno Isle Dental Assisting program while still in high school. Lila grew up in Seattle and Shoreline areas. She also worked as a coffee barista at Starbucks and always enjoys a good cup of Joe. She is an avid Seahawks fan and a runner. She has excellent assisting skills and is instrumental in making the clinical area run smoothly.
Laurel has been working for us since 2000 after graduating from the Lake Washington Dental Assisting Program. She later continued her dental education at Seattle Central Community College where she earned her Expanded Function Dental Assisting Degree (EFDA) in 2010. Laurel has also passed the prestigious Certified Dental Assisting Exam. Not only is she a knowledgeable and skillful dental assistant, she is also very personable and entertaining. Let’s face it going to the dentist can be a dreaded experience but Laurel has a way of making you feel at ease and she may even make you forget where you are.
Michelle joined us full time in 2015 and has been with us part time for several years prior. She helps us manage phone calls, scheduling patients, reviewing treatment plans, and answering questions. She is also well versed in both the front and back office procedures. For many years Michelle was a dental assistant in Hawaii before moving to Washington. Michelle brings that Aloha spirit to our office! We are so happy to have her as part of our team!
Paidyn was born and raised in Washington. She recently got married and is looking forward to raising a new puppy. She is an extremely fast learner and handles patient care, scheduling and insurance questions. Patients always feel at ease with Paidyn’s kind demeanor and professional attitude. When she is not working hard at work, she is at home crafting, watching movies or playing video games.
Lori has been with us since 1994. She is very knowledgeable regarding insurance matters and also know a lot about the various dental procedures since she started off as a dental assistant and a graduate of Lake Washington Technical College Assisting Program (1994). Lori handles our insurance claims and does the billing, track claims and payments. She has a very fun loving manner that will immediately put you at ease. Lori is also a very avid Seahawks Fan!
The gold standard for Sleep Apnea treatment is a CPAP machine that uses positive pressure to keep the airway open. CPAP users must wear some type of facemask which is connected to the CPAP machine itself. Certain individuals may find these machines awkward to use and difficult to tolerate.
In mild to moderate cases, a dental appliance for sleep apnea can be made similar to a mouth guard in order to hold the airway open. The dental appliance works by holding your jaw in a more forward position in order to limit obstruction. These dental appliances can also be used as a snoring treatment. We offer free consultations so that you can discuss all the options available to you.
We are able to perform minor oral surgery at our office. For these procedures, we offer excellent anesthesia and pain management options. Our staff works to make certain you feel confident prior to the procedure and comfortable after. Should you require complex surgery, we will refer you to an area specialist.
Root canals are usually necessary when a cavity is too deep, or if there is trauma to the tooth. We always try to save our natural teeth but every patient is different. Should a root canal be necessary, we will refer you in the right direction. We work with some very talented specialists in our area!
Periodontal disease is a major medical concern. Those who have it are more prone to heart disease, strokes, and diabetes. In general, this is seen in adult patients, though it can sometimes present in children. We offer deep cleanings to address periodontal disease. After this cleaning, patients must come in three to four times a year rather than two, allowing us to ensure their gums and bones stay healthy. Should you have advanced disease, we will refer you to an area specialist.
We offer both in-office and at-home tooth whitening, giving you a safe, predictable, and permanent way to achieve a brighter smile. In-office whitening is faster and more dramatic, while at-home whitening helps the process feel more natural. We only use FDA-approved products that do not damage your teeth.
In the past, crowns and veneers could come close to matching your teeth, but not quite, leaving people feeling as if something was a little off with your smile. Now, we can perfectly match the color of the surrounding teeth, allowing the crowns and veneers to blend in with perfection.
We know—most people think dentures are a subpar solution. And in the past, that might have been true. Now, we are able to craft dentures that fit perfectly and look 100% natural. No one around you will need to know that they aren’t your real teeth. When you work with us, your smile gets the second chance you’ve been wishing for.
We believe that restoring the function of your teeth should not equal compromising your aesthetic vision. With our natural-colored fillings, implant crowns, and bridges, we can restore your teeth without unsightly metal fillings or colors that do not blend with the rest of your smile. You should look and feel good after dental treatment.