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We’ll help to make your next visit to the dentist something to smile about.

Meet Our Front Desk


Meet Lauren, Financial Coordinator for Deschutes River Dentistry.

Lauren - office manager/Financial Coordinator 

Hi! My name is Lauren, your financial coordinator and office manager.  I'm originally from southern CA, my family relocated here in 2014 and loving it!! I love being a part of such a fun team! I enjoy helping patients with financial and insurance questions. In my free time I like hiking, painting and taking yoga classes along with spending time with my family. I'm looking forward to meeting you!!

Debbie- Treatment Coordinator 

I enjoy  making sure all of the patients needs are met at each visit and that the office runs smooth and efficiently. I have lived in Lacey about 30 years and graduated from North Thurston and St. Martin's. I started working with this great group of people over 20 years ago. Sports and music have always been a big part of my life – as I spend most of my time attending my kids games in high school and college. I enjoy spending time with my family, love to exercise and be involved with anything related to sports or music, watching movies and love homemade popcorn. 

Tamiah – Hygiene Coordinator 

Hi! I’m the Hygiene Coordinator in the office. This means I’ll be the first face you see when you enter our office. I’ll help check you in and make sure we have all information needed to make your visit with us as stress free and pleasant as possible from the get go. I’ll work with you to coordinate optimal times for upcoming appointments for any treatment or regular/deep cleanings needed. This includes getting you or your family in for urgent tooth situations as promptly as possible. I love meeting new people, and making sure everyone feels welcome from the minute they step through the door! I grew up in Olympia, lived in Oregon for 5 years and       recently moved back home. I’m not only lucky but very happy to have found such an talented and motivating team of individuals to work aside as the business grows. I enjoy bowling, hiking, and a good cup of coffee! Can't wait to meet you!

Meet our Hygienists


Meet Gail, Dental Hygienist for Deschutes River Dentistry

Gail – Dental Hygienist

I am a dedicated dental hygienist with 15 years experience and strive to provide thorough, yet gentle care to help patients feel comfortable. I enjoy having the opportunity to educate my patients on oral health and feel communication is of utmost importance. After raising my family, I returned to school and graduated from Lake Washington Technical College in 2001. My husband and I decided to return to Centralia in 2006. When not working, I spend time with family, enjoy reading, gardening and landscaping.

Mary- Dental Hygienist 

I have been a dental hygienist for over twenty years. I have known many of my patients for a long time and they are more like friends than patients. I started out interested in nursing but with a young family I changed to dentistry due to much better hours and couldn't be happier. My family is my first joy and I love ballroom dance, biking, hiking, really all sports outside. 

MARY JO- DENTAL HYGIENIST

My favorite part about being a hygienist is interacting and caring for my longtime patient's health care. I grew up with a father that was a pediatric dentist and orthodontist. I graduated from UW in 1987 with my bachelors and decided to pursue a career in DH so I then went back to school at Clark College in Vancouver.  Started as a DH in July 1991, have been at this office with the same folks for 26 years! I enjoy playing the violin. (Was a concert violinist in college.) Showing dressage horses at a national level, judging dressage shows and scent tracking competitions (“nose works”) with my beautiful Akita, I love camping, entertaining, cooking and spending time with family & friends.

Meet Our Assistants


LEANNE- DENTAL ASSISTANT 

 Hi! My name is Leanne and I was born and raised right here in Tumwater. I have been a national board certified expanded functions dental assistant since 2012. My #1 goal is to make my patients comfortable and confident that they are getting the quality treatment they deserve. I thrive on continually learning and growing within my role in the dental office. I love to help my team be successful everyday! Outside of work, I spend a lot of time with my husband and two young Australian Cattle dogs, Emmylou and Sissy. I also love spending time outdoors: hiking, floating the river, camping, and playing disc with my dogs. I look forward to meeting you! 

FELICIA- DENTAL ASSISTANT 

I have been a dental assistant since teeth were carved out of ivory and toothbrushes were made from pine cones. Actually, went to school in Spokane back in the crazy 1970’s years. My husband had a job transfer in 1986 and we have called Olympia our home ever since. I Like working out in the yard and wandering around junk shops and unique stores. My goal has been to make our patients happier and more comfortable than when they came into our office. Hopefully big smiles in, bigger and better smiles out. 

Meet Edwina, Expanded Duty Dental Assistant for Deschutes River Dentistry

Edwina – Dental Assistant 

I have worked at this practice for many many years as an assistant. Dr. Edwards bought it 4 years ago and I love assisting him. He has a great sense of humor and we work very well together. My favorite part of working here is our staff all gets along and I love our patients. It is a great place to spend my days. In my off time, I like to enjoy the outdoors and time with my best friend and husband, Larry. I'm always looking for a little spice in my life because you can't relive today.