Meet the Staff
Erin Office Manager
I have been working in dentistry for 18 years and joined the amazing team here at RKD in 2012. I started out on the clinical side and loved working with children from the very beginning. Helping kids to overcome their fears and challenges has been incredibly rewarding. I have migrated through the dental field to the administrative side and find great satisfaction in balance the needs of the patients with those of the practice.
What I love the most about working at RKD is that we laugh every single day!! In my free time I love to read, hike and explore the region and spend time with family, friends and my dog Lucy.
John Dental Assistant & Marketing Manager
I am originally from Hawaii and have been here in Seattle for 12 years and have worked in the dental field for 10yrs. I worked at a general practice for 2yrs after graduating an RDA program at Pima Medical Institute.
I have been with Redmond Kids Dentistry since March 2008 and I absolutely love working with kids and my awesome :) personality makes it easy for me to interact with our patients making their dental visits so much fun!
Besides dentistry, I love to eat!!! :) I love to enjoy life, traveling and spend lots of time with my friends and family.
Staci Dental Assistant
Hi! I have been with Redmond Kids' Dentistry for about 2 years after finishing school. I have always had the passion to work in this field along with working with children. I enjoying working beside such an amazing group of co-workers and being able to provide excellent care for our patients.
I grew up in California and have lived in the Bellevue/Redmond area since I was 14. When I'm not at work I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and my fiancé. Boating, traveling and the movies.
Vanessa Dental & Administrative Assistant
I have been in the dental field for the last six years. A majority of that time has been spent working with children of all ages. I feel the best part about working in pediatric dentistry is building a solid foundation for kids overall oral hygiene health. I graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in psychology, but decided to try something a little more hands on and fell in love with dental assisting.
When I'm not in the office, I enjoy spending time with friends, hiking, going to the gym, and enjoying all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. I am married and have an English bulldog named Stella.
Courtney Dental Assistant & Tooth Fairy
Hey y'all! I am a transplant from Tennessee, but call Washington home. Growing up I came here for the summers to my grandparent's house. I knew this is where I wanted to live. I have a husband, 2 crazy boys, and a 100lb lapdog. We are a Seahawks and Redwings family. Game days are LOUD at our house with good food and fun. Needless to say, we love the fall and winter months. My husband is in the Coast Guard as a Mechanical Engineer, the oldest can build anything out of Legos and the youngest plays hockey for Sno-King.
I have been in the dental field 13 years, with the last 7 being here, at Redmond Kids' Dentistry. I have worked with kids my entire life, so it is fun for me. I love how satisfying it is to watch them grow through the years and to build great relationships with them and the parents.
Andrea Clinical Manager, Dental Assistant
Hello, I have been with Redmond Kids’ Dentistry since 2006. Watching the patients and families grow is what I love the most about working here! It is very rewarding to see a patient come in as a young child and watch them grow into a young adult. Helping each child with his or her individual needs makes my job so enjoyable.
Being a Seattle native, it is always fun to share what the Pacific Northwest has to offer. I love traveling the world and exploring new areas, although I also enjoy staying local, and spending time with family and friends.
Sheryl Dental Assistant
Working as a dental assistant since 1989, in all different dental fields has taken into me to so very many dental offices around King, Sno and Skagit county.
But the happiest day of my career was finding and being hired at RKD. I started here in 2009, then work in orthodontics for two years . But now, I'm so glad to have returned to my wonderful co-workers and two of the most excellent doctors I've ever worked with....Dr. S and Dr. M are the best there is.
All the great kids and their parents make this job so fun. Everyone has an interesting story to tell. It's very enjoyable for me, listening to what people have to say about their hobbies, travels and general opinions about things as we have the most wonderful mix of cultures in this area.
My family and I emigrated to the U.S. from England. We moved to WA in 1978, at 8 yrs old . I grew up in Marysville. Where I met my husband of now, 26 yrs together. We have a grown son (22) and daughter (21) who both plan to be RNs.
Justine Patient Services Coordinator-Front Desk
Hi there! I have lived in the Seattle area for over 10 years now. Originally from Montana, I was searching for a bit more city life but still having the beautiful outdoors to enjoy. In Seattle, I found the perfect combination! Here, I pursued a dental assisting program, and out of school I worked at an orthodontic office. Then, I found Redmond Kids' Dentistry! When I decided to work in the dental field, my desire was to work with children. I had been a nanny for years and knew that any career I pursued needed to revolve around kids!
While at Redmond Kids' Dentistry, I gained experience both on the clinical and administrative sides. I throughly enjoyed knowing both sides of the practice. In 2016, after seven years here, I left to pursue other endeavors and also accomplish the best thing, having my son Enzo.
It has been a privilege to find my way back to Dr Stephanie, Dr Merchant and all of the RKD team.
When not working, I enjoy spending time with my son, husband and our pug, Mochi.
Brooke Dental Assistant
I'm Texas born and raised but just recently moved to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I've been in dentistry for the last two years and have loved every minute of it. Redmond Kids' Denistry has given me the opportunity to be the kids' biggest supporter in their dental journey, and to me that makes it all worth while! When I'm not chasing my two toddlers around I enjoy live music, traveling, and eating my way through the city.
Kim Front Desk Administrator
Hello! My name is Kim. I was born in South Dakota, and my family moved to Washington when I was 5. As a kid, I spent my time at the beach or at O'Brian's barn cleaning the horse stalls to earn riding time. During high school at Everett High, I got my first dental assistant job and loved it.
I later left Washington to attend college in Missouri, then returned here to continue my dental career. I now have 10 years of experience in orthodontics and over 20 years in general dentistry! My passion for dentistry includes not only the science behind dental health but also providing exceptional care for patients. Redmond Kids' Dentistry is my dream job. Every person on the RKD team is amazing, talented, and caring. I hope to retire here!
Kari Front Desk and Clinical Assistant
I'm a native of Washington and have lived on the Eastside for many years. My educational background is in Environmental Science and I also worked in the healthcare field before having kids. My boys keep me busy with martial arts and swimming during the week, and we love to spend time at the beach or a fun museum on the weekend. I enjoy cooking and gardening when I can squeeze it in.
I am so proud to be a part of the RKD team! I love supporting the excellent care we provide for kids every day. My two boys have been patients here for years, and this office remains my gold standard for dental care.
Nicole Dental Assistant
Hi! I've been part of the RKD family since October 2019. Pediatric dentistry is a perfect mix of two of my favorite things, working hands on and being around kids! I’m lucky to be part of such a fun team that has awesome patients.
I am an eastside native, born and raised in Bellevue. Playing tourist around the PNW, trying new restaurants, and attending local events are some things I enjoy the most. On the weekends you can find me spending lots of time with my big family, testing out different recipes, or wandering the aisles of Target and Whole Foods.
Acacia Dental Assistant
Hello! I have been working as a dental assistant since 2017 and have officially found the dream team at Redmond Kids Dentistry! I feel one of the most important parts of working in pediatric dentistry is making sure children feel safe and comfortable during their appointments. It makes me happy when kids are proud of themselves after their appointments!
I grew up in Poulsbo, WA and moved to King County a few years ago with my husband. We recently welcomed our golden doodle (Wilson) home to join our family. In our free time we like to play board games, go to dog parks, camp, and visit family.
Here we are at the 2013 Foster Kids 5K race, doing our part to help local kids in need. Dr. Charoenkul and staff from Lake Hills Orthodontics joined us as well!
The Redmond Reporter featured this photo of us in its Best of Redmond survey in 2016. We have a lot to smile about!
(From left to right) Staci, Andrea, Courtney, Justine, Jodi, Erin, John, Amber
(Front row) Dr. Stephanie, Dr. Merchant
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