Patient Care Manager
My responsibilities include treatment planning, insurance claims, scheduling patients, credentialing, payroll and many other front office duties . 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!
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!?
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.