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Our Office Manager, Kayla Palmer, standing outside the office smiling while wearing a black shirt
Our Office Manager, Kayla Palmer, standing outside the office smiling while wearing a black shirt

Kayla - Office Manager

I love my hometown of Vashon, WA. It is where my friends and family live and means I only have a short ten-minute commute to work.

My love for dentistry started early with a much desired play-dough dental toy. It went from that to wanting to try a version of the real thing.

So, I began attending college and completed courses with the intention of entering the hygiene program. However, life had it’s own plan for me because I found an opening here at Dental Care for VashonLearn more about our practice. It is the perfect fit and feels like I found my new home.

Since then, I found my real passion is in administration and helping people feel prepared for their visit. I share my knowledge so our patients can understand each procedure, their financing options, and the treatment timeline.

Outside of the Office:

I am an avid movie buff with my favorite genre is comedy. When I’m not watching movies, I like to cook and try things I find on Pinterest.

Bucket List Item:

One thing I would love to do is go to New Zealand to see the beautiful sites.

Kayla
Office Manager

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Our Dental Assistant, Christina Gaylead, standing outside the office smiling while wearing a black shirt and a necklace
Our Dental Assistant, Christina Gaylead, standing outside the office smiling while wearing a black shirt and a necklace

Christina - Dental Assistant

I grew up in a small town in Southern California before moving to Washington.

I have been a dental assistant for more than 20 years! It is a job that really suits my gentle and compassionate side.

I love bringing happiness to peoples’ lives. It is such a great feeling when a patient shows appreciation for what we have done for them. I enjoy making people more confident in themselves and helping families achieve better oral health.

Outside the Office:

I love spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy hiking, sports, keeping fit, and spending time with my pets.

Christina
Dental Assistant

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Our Registered Dental Assistant, Hannah Winteround, smiling while she wears a black sweater
Our Registered Dental Assistant, Hannah Winteround, smiling while she wears a black sweater

Hannah - Registered Dental Assistant

I recently moved to Vashon, WA to be near my family and I love it here!

I started in dentistry by working at the front desk and really enjoyed the experience. It gave me the motivation to learn more, so I enrolled in Dental Assisting School. I love to learn and help people, so it felt like a perfect fit.

Since graduating, I have become a Registered Dental Assistant and am also certified in Radiology Safety. I worked at one practice in Seattle and another in Oregon before working at Dental Care of Vashon.

The best parts of my job are the wonderful patients I have the privilege of helping and our fantastic team.

Outside of the Office:

I like spending time with my partner and our puppy. We go for walks on the beach, hike, camp, and enjoy catching up with friends.

Bucket List Item:

I want to go backpacking across Europe.

Hannah
Registered Dental Assistant

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Our Hygiene Coordinator, Molly A. Bode, standing outside the office and smiling
Our Hygiene Coordinator, Molly A. Bode, standing outside the office and smiling

Molly - Hygiene Coordinator

I grew up in the small town of Orting, WA. I have a large family with six sisters, which means I have a lot of nieces and nephews.

When I was young, I was very much into competitive soccer but always had an interest in dentistry. My mother always promoted good dental hygiene, and this led me to appreciate a beautiful smile. Dentistry just came naturally to me. I feel very spoilt to work in this industry and with our team.

I previously worked at an Optometrist and gained a lot of experience in medical billing and coding. I have continued to increase my knowledge of this area through education courses, including CareCreditOpens in a new window to the CareCredit website certification, CMA training, and more.

Being part of a team who make such a difference to our patients’ lives is so rewarding. Whether it is through some cosmetic change, pain relief, or just making them feel comfortable to see us, I love contributing to these excellent outcomes.

I try to present a relaxing, chairside manner and strive to help patients overcome dental anxiety.

Outside the Office:

I like to stay active by hiking and love spending time with my family. Cooking has always been a passion for me, especially Mexican food.

Bucket List Item:

I would love to have coffee in Paris with good friends. I’d also like to go sightseeing in Ireland.

Molly
Hygiene Coordinator

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Our Dental Hygienist, Wanda L. Kanjorski, standing and smiling outside the dental office
Our Dental Hygienist, Wanda L. Kanjorski, standing and smiling outside the dental office

Wanda - Dental Hygienist

I grew up in Pennsylvania but now live on Vashon Island. I am married with two young daughters. I have been in the dental field since 1996.

I found dentistry while at college. I was searching for a career path and happened to be sat in the dental chair. As usual, I had a great experience with the hygienist and began asking her about her profession. It was then that I decided to apply to a dental program, and now it is my real passion.

I love the day-to-day interactions with my patients, especially when they show or express their gratitude for having a stress-free visit. I make it my goal to help everyone overcome their dental fears and achieve a beautiful smile.

Wanda
Dental Hygienist

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Our Dental Hygienist, Cheryl outside the office and smiling
Our Dental Hygienist, Cheryl outside the office and smiling

Cheryl - Dental Hygienist

I grew up in a small town called Mountain Iron, MN. I then lived in Indonesia before coming to the Pacific Northwest. Now, I live in Gig Harbor, WA, with my husband and two sons.

I have always been interested in healthcare. After job shadowing, I decided on the dental field. I have worked in five dental offices in Minnesota and worked with the Medical Teams International’s dental van.

I have an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene and graduated from the University of Minnesota.

The best part of my job is developing ongoing relationships with our wonderful patients. I treat each visitor with love and attention so you can get the very best care.

Outside the Office:

I enjoy traveling, cooking, kayaking, and spending time with my family and friends.

Cheryl
Dental Hygienist
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