Building Friendships While Improving Smiles
After 19 years of practicing dentistry, I’ve discovered that I truly love people and learning about them. Everyone has so many amazing experiences to share! My profession has made it possible for me to meet so many wonderful people, hear their incredible life stories, and, at the end of the day, know I’ve made a difference in their lives.
I’m a second-generation dentist: My father started Green Lake Dental Care in 1983 and retired in 2010. It’s an honor now to be caring for some of his first patients and their families; they all feel like part of my family! The best compliment I can receive from patients is to hear they are relaxed and enjoy visits. Many say they look forward to coming to see us and offer hugs on their way out!
Being a dentist is more than fixing teeth and improving smiles; it’s about connecting with people and helping each lead a healthier, happier, fuller life. I find I get so much from my patients and the relationships I have with them. I treasure each friendship we’ve built.
I view my team as an extension of myself. We all have unique personalities, yet share the common goal of ensuring every patient leaves with “A smile on their face and joy in their heart.” I trust each team member to care for our patients as they would care for their own family.
We are an all-female team and many of us are moms to two- or four-legged babies. We always strive to give our best selves to the patients, with excellent customer and clinical care in a warm, compassionate, and friendly environment.
Education and Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Science in cell and molecular biology – Tulane University
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of Washington School of Dentistry
- General practice residency – University of Washington
I’m passionate about constantly expanding my knowledge and skills. Through continuing education, I’m able to provide the best care options for each patient’s specific needs. Each year I take courses through the University of Washington, and local, state, and national dental organizations, to learn about new technology, procedures, and materials. Whether I’m attending a lecture, participating in a hands-on seminar, or discussing cases with a study group, I absorb information that allows me to provide the best care to patients.
- American Dental Association
- Washington State Dental Association
- Seattle-King County Dental Society
- University of Washington Dental Alumni Board
- Pierre Fauchard Academy
- International College of Dentists
Beyond the Practice
I grew up in Seattle and have called Mukilteo home for the last 15 years. When I’m not caring for patients, I’m a busy soccer mom with a husband, Jim Jenson, who travels often for his work. Our two sons, James and Grant, keep me on the move with all their activities. We share our home with two cats, Hendrix and Savannah, and a German Shepherd, Sadie Belle.
I enjoy spending time at the soccer field, swimming pool, ski slopes, yoga studio, beaches, and in my own garden. I love working in my yard during the summer months, cooking year round, and wine tasting and spending time with friends in the winter. I also love to travel and explore new places, cultures, and history.
I’m involved in many community outreach activities through different local dental groups. It is an amazing experience to help restore oral health for someone who has no means to pay for the care. I also donate care in my office and in my city; and in the near future, I hope to travel to other countries to help more people.
One More Thing
For the first half of my life I trained as a classical ballerina with Pacific Northwest Ballet. When I started high school I had to choose between pursuing a career as a professional ballerina and a more traditional education route.
I loved science and math from an early age and stopped dancing in high school and participated in crew instead. There I learned about teamwork and how the sum of our effort is often greater than the individual parts. This lesson has carried over into my professional life and the care my team and I provide.
I have discovered that the most important things in life aren’t things; they are relationships and experiences. When you are healthy, you can fully enjoy life. I want to help my patients — my friends — attain and maintain a healthy, truly enjoyed life.