Meet the Team

Laurie

Patient Care Coordinator

My responsibilities our treatment planning, collecting copays, scheduling patients next treatment, insurance, and answering the phone. I have been working in dentistry since 1983 and began working at Kirkland Dental in 2014. I majored in speech communications from Oregon State University in 1991. My father was a dentist. I worked with him starting at age 15 until he retired in 2013. I love making a difference in someone’s day. If I can make someone smile, it truly makes me happy.

I have been a Kirkland resident since I married the man of my dreams in 1995. We have three teenage boys Noah, Elijah, and Jackson. I spend most of my time going to my kids sporting events. When not at the ballpark, track meet, wrestling match, swim meet, basketball game, etc. We love going to the movies. Life is good!

 

Tina

Dental Hygienist

I love being a dental hygienist at Kirkland Dental! Dr. Yagi, Dr. Ma, and our team are warm, friendly, and professional. We all want what’s best for our patients and to help each person achieve healthy, beautiful smiles! My patients and their families are my friends and I look forward to catching up during visits just as much as I look forward to meeting new people and learning who they are.

I work one-to-one with patients, providing a range of preventive care. In addition to thorough and gentle cleanings, I take X-rays, apply fluoride and sealants, and administer local anesthetic. A lot of my day is focused on patient education: I teach people about the connection between oral and overall health. Together, we develop a homecare plan, including developing good habits and making healthy nutrition choices, so they can improve their smile’s health. Seeing a healthy, bright, happy smile at a recall visit makes my day!

My husband Craig and I have been married for more than 30 years. We met at a dental convention. He currently works in the dental implant field. We have two adult children, Garrett and Akemi, just rescued two dogs, Blanca and Shiro, and have a cat named Mitzi. I love to entertain family and friends, and am an avid cook and gardener. I also love to travel, dance, and snow and water ski.

 

Julie

Dental Assistant

I am a chairside dental assistant helping our doctors provide dental care to our patients and sterilizing our dental instruments. I started working in dentistry in 1989 and have been here at Kirkland Dental since 2009. I graduated in 1989 from Lake WA Technical Institute with a certificate in dental assisting. I have worked with Dr. Teresa Yagi from 1989-1994 and returned in 2009. I enjoy getting to know our patients and helping them with their dental fears and goals. The doctors at Kirkland Dental are passionate about their job and the staff all care about each other on a personal level making it a great place to work.

I enjoy spending time with my four kids and grandson. In my leisure time, I love working out, dancing, learning guitar, and worshipping the sun.

 

Jody

Lead Dental Assistant

I provide chairside assistance to all our doctors during dental procedures, order supplies, maintain equipment, and help ensure our back office runs smoothly. In 1998 I began working part time as a sterilization technician and made it my full-time career in 2000. I happily joined Kirkland Dental in 2014.

My favorite part of my job is getting to establish relationships with patients and their families. I love working with the Kirkland Dental team because everyone here is very knowledgeable about their work and have fun doing it.

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband Mike and our two children Jordan and Nicole. Did I mention I love food!?

 

TJ 

Dental Assistant

As a dental assistant I provide chairside assistance to our doctors and the sterilization of instruments and operatories. Through a three month based dental assistant training center in Bothell, I learned the necessary skills to provide meaningful care to patients.

After joining Kirkland Dental in the summer of 2018, I was able to gain new experiences and meet a wonderful group of staff and patients. In my free time I enjoy playing video games, fiddling with technology and hanging out with friends.

I am currently studying pre-dental at UW with my current goal set on dental school. 

 

Anna

Patient Care Coordinator

 

Jen                               

Dental Hygienist

Jen completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Washington and later the Dental Hygiene program at Shoreline Community College. Dentistry and all its connections to systemic health and quality of life are deeply meaningful to Jen. She has become passionate about empowering patients through understanding of their oral health and endeavor to make it a relaxed, supportive, and maybe even fun or happy experience at the dental office!

Born and raised in Maine, Jen has made the northwest her home with her husband and daughter and loves all things outdoors, including horse-back riding and mountain biking. 

Kami

Dental Hygienist