Meet the Team

Front Desk

Dental Assistants

Registered Dental Hygienists

Carley

Receptionist / Registered Dental Assistant

I enjoy welcoming new patients and catching up with those we’ve been seeing for a while. We have amazing doctors, and my teammates are some of the best people. Everyone is supportive and friendly, and genuinely cares about our patients as people. I started working in the dental field in 2010 as an assistant, and joined our team in 2012.

Working at the front desk, I greet and check in patients, and update their records. I also process insurance and payments, answer the phones, and schedule visits.

Outside of work, I like being with my kids and Shane. We enjoy hiking, camping, and taking fun day trips with our three dogs. I like volunteering at the school on Fridays, too.

Karen

Registered Dental Assistant

I look forward to coming to our work. This is my second home, and our doctors, team members, and patients feel like part of my extended family! After starting in the field in 1985, I joined Airway Heights Dental Center in 2009 and immediately knew I was in the right place. Everyone here is kind and gentle, and makes sure each patient is provided with excellent care.

My days are spent in the clinic, where I set up the operatories, prepare patients for their procedure, and explain what will happen. I stay at their side, assist the doctor throughout the process, and support our patient and make sure that everyone’s relaxed and comfy.

My personal life revolves around my husband Russell, two children Kristen and Nicole, and horses, reading, and art.

Christine

Registered Dental Hygienist

I enjoy interacting with patients: building lasting connections while helping each develop and keep a healthy smile. I started in the field in 2000 and joined Airway Heights Dental Center in 2006. It’s fulfilling to work with a great group of dental professionals who make patient education a priority!

I partner with my patients, and assist them as they develop stronger oral health. While providing thorough cleanings, along with preventive and maintenance care, I teach patients. I explain how what happens in the mouth affects the body and vice versa, and how taking care of one improves the other. I want patients to enjoy beautifully healthy and functional smiles!

I’m a Spokane native and love spending my free time with my husband, two sons, and our friends and family.

LeeAnna

Certified and Registered Dental Assistant

I enjoy working with our knowledgeable, fun, and caring staff, along with our wonderful doctors, as we provide optimal care. We have a compassionate environment and are devoted to patient comfort and wellbeing. My experience in the field started in 2002 and I joined our team in 2007. This is, simply put, the best practice!

I welcome and prepare patients for treatment, take X-rays, and also take impressions to make temporary crowns. I assist the doctors and other team members, polish teeth, handle infection control and sterilization processes, and am the safety officer.

I grew up in Whitman County and enjoy spending my free time with my husband and three girls.

Lesa

Registered Dental Hygienist

I love working with each patient: helping them improve and maintain their oral health. I started working at the practice in 1989 as a dental assistant, then returned to school, became a hygienist, and returned in that role in 1996. Our doctors and my coworkers are very supportive of each other and our patients. The office is full of smiles and laughter!

As a dental hygienist, I provide a range of preventive and maintenance care that’s always tailored to the patient’s unique concerns. I also perform a lot of education, to encourage everyone to take care of their teeth so they’ll have a lifetime of great smiles.

My free time is spent with my family and friends. I’m married and have four children and four grandchildren. I love traveling to visit my family and taking walks with my dogs.

Inna

Registered Dental Assistant

I am so happy to work side by side with our doctors and my coworkers. We’re united in our desire to provide quality, comfortable dental care and keep our patients smiling! My career experience started in 2013 and I found my professional home at Airway Heights Dental Center in 2016. We have a relaxed, family-oriented atmosphere, where everyone is positive and smiling.

I prepare the treatment rooms, seat and prep patients, and explain what we’ll be doing. Sitting chairside, I assist the doctors with different procedures, and act as a second pair of hands. At the same time, I talk with our patients and make sure they’re comfortable.

When I’m not working, I love time with my husband and our toddler. I also enjoy baking delicious treats!

Becky

Registered Dental Hygienist

I love being part of an amazing dental team: sharing the goal of putting our patients first in all we do. I’ve worked in the field since 1972 and been part of Airway Heights Dental Center since 1980. During that time, I’ve become friends with many remarkable people while helping them improve their oral health!

I work closely with patients: assessing their oral health, looking for signs of dental disease, and understanding their personal concerns. During cleanings, preventive, and maintenance processes, I educate each person about oral hygiene. I want people to understand the connection between a healthy body, mouth, and smile, and how to keep everything in great shape!

I was born and raised in Spokane. My three adult children, along with their spouses and my eight grandchildren, live here too. Family gatherings keep me busy, but I make time to camp, garden, read, and travel. I also enjoy yoga, hiking, and biking.

Joan

Financial Coordinator / Registered Dental Assistant

I enjoy talking with and getting to know patients and their families. Everyone has stories to share, and I am always happy to hear their latest news and what’s happening in their world. I started here back in 1978 as a dental assistant, and have loved every day. We have wonderful doctors, a compassionate team, and a friendly environment.

Working with patients as the treatment coordinator, I walk them through their treatment plan. Together we discuss options, their expectations and concerns, and how everything works. Once we’ve agreed on an approach, I schedule everything. I also handle all of our office accounting processes.

My time off is spent volunteering with my church, experimenting in the kitchen, quilting, gardening, and meeting with my book club. My husband Doug and I love to travel, and photography is a shared hobby. Our son and his wife, who live in Pullman, are our constant joys, and we treasure time with them.

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