We recognize that all of our patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice. We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.
Melinda - Office/Financial Manager
Melinda was born and raised in the Seattle area. She has been in the dental field for over 27 years. Starting out as a Dental Assistant, she has gained experience in numerous areas of dentistry during her career. From being an instructor in a dental assisting program, assisting at UW Hospital and eventually migrating to the front office in an oral surgery practice, she brings many years of experience to the team. She enjoys helping patients understand their insurance benefits and claims information and strives for maximum accuracy when working with your accounts. Melinda has 3 grown sons and in her free time enjoys traveling with her husband, gardening, reading and spoiling her 4 year old “puppy”.
Erin - Scheduling/ Treatment Coordinator
Erin is a Pacific Northwest native. She has a background in dental assisting but developed a passion for working at the front desk helping patients achieve their dental goals. Erin Says, “I was drawn to the dental field because I felt that I could really help make a positive impact in people’s lives. I am driven by the satisfaction of knowing I can help people be able to smile without using a hand to cover their mouth.” Erin is detail focused and happy to help all of our patients understand their insurance benefits! Outside of the office Erin enjoys spending time with her fiancé Jake and her kitty Peaches, paddle boarding, camping in Eastern Washington and watching Netflix.
Joan - Dental Hygienist
Joan is a Seattle native and received her degree at Shoreline Community College in 1999. Joan has been working in our office since 2001. Having been born and raised in the Wallingford neighborhood, Joan feels pleased and honored to now return to her neighborhood to provide excellent dental care. She prides herself in being very skilled and thorough with a focus on patient education in a down-to-earth manner that creates a more relaxed and fun experience for her patients, including those with dental fear. Joan is an avid cyclist who participated in the 2012 STP Seattle to Portland bike event and can often be seen riding her bike on the Burk-Gilman trail. While dedicated to keeping the ivories of a smile bright and healthy, she also loves to tickle the ivories of her piano.
Lisa - Dental Hygienist
Lisa grew up in Spokane and moved to Seattle in the 1980s to complete her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene at the University of Washington. She has several years’ experience in private practice dentistry in the Seattle area. A few years ago, she decided to return to school and earned a Master of Public Health degree from UMass – Amherst. She spent time working with a nonprofit organization called Smile Partners to help set up mobile dental clinics in public elementary schools in So. King Co, sometimes from the back of a converted RV or school bus! She is an avid cyclist and also enjoys skiing and family vacations at Priest Lake, Idaho.
Michelle - Dental Assistant
Born and raised in Spokane, Washington. Graduated from Washington State University in 2016. Michelle has been lucky enough to travel to many places worldwide and has a strong interest in experiencing new people and cultures. She always had a passion for customer service and find great joy in helping others. Working in dentistry has been a goal of hers since she was little.
Mika - Dental Assistant
Mika made the move from California to Washington state in order to pursue dental assisting and feels lucky to have ended up being a part of the team here at Wallingford Smiles. She admires the excellent quality of dental care provided by the doctors and is glad to be able to support and aid in patient treatment. Outside of work she likes to travel every chance she gets as well as indulge in all things matcha that she comes across.