Our Dental Team in Bellevue

Grace, BA, MBA, Office Manager

I grew up right here in Bellevue and went to Newport High School. I then graduated from the University of the Pacific in CA in 2001 with a degree in accounting. After working in an accounting firm in Cupertino, CA for a few years I moved back to Washington and got a degree in MBA from the City University of Seattle in Bellevue.

I am in dentistry because of Dr. Chen! I love meeting new patients and I always enjoy helping them with their scheduling and administrative needs. It is truly an honor to be able to assist many people while at the same time making new friends.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my kids and reading. I also enjoy cooking and watching movies while I have time.

 

Erika, BS, Registered Dental Hygienist

I am originally from the beautiful island of Guam. In 2005, I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Guam. My passion for helping others and desire to promote health and wellness inspired me to change my career field and pursue dental hygiene. I moved to Washington in 2008 and graduated with honors from Columbia Basin College in 2011. Right after graduation I joined Dr. Chen's hygiene team. I thrive on learning, and in my quest to bring my patients the best dental care, I continue to pursue continuing education courses to enrich my knowledge and improve my skills.

I am dedicated to providing excellent care and believe the scope of my profession goes beyond cleaning teeth. I feel it is also about establishing trusting relationships, educating and empowering patients to value their oral health to improve their overall quality of life.

During my spare time I enjoy working out, hiking, snowboarding and being a foodie with my husband, Johnny.

 

Jodie, BS, Registered Dental HygienistBellevue dentist dental hygienist

I am originally from Saigon, Vietnam and have been in the Pacific Northwest for over seven years. I attended Portland Community College in Oregon where I earned my Associate Degree in Science and Certificate in Dental Assisting in 2009. I continued my studies at Pacific University in Hillsboro, Oregon graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. I moved to Seattle in early 2013 and joined Dr. Chen's hygiene team shortly thereafter. Prior to this, I practiced Dental Assisting for four years.

Patient-centered care is most important to me. I believe in maintaining excellent rapport with patients. I want all my patients to feel that a visit to the dentist can be a positive and enjoyable experience.

In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, reading, and traveling. I also volunteer for Medical Teams International's dental van occasionally throughout Washington. I consider serving the uninsured and underserved population as a mission of my hygiene career as well as a way to give back to the community.

 

Katrina, Lead Certified Dental Assistant, Office Assistant

I was born and raised in Northern California in the East Bay for ten years then moved to Renton, WA in 2002.

I attended Highline Community College in 2010 for a year and a half after high school until I discovered what I wanted to further my education in.  Then in September of 2012 I attended Renton Technical College, a year long program for dental assisting, where I found my passion in dentistry.  Then in August of 2013, I graduated with a certificate as a certified and registered dental assistant. I chose my path in dentistry because I love the esthetics of teeth and making people feel comfortable during each dental visit by getting to know them on a deeper level.  Also, I like knowing that I was able to make a difference in their dental experience.

On my spare time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family members, reading, watching movies, and exploring new places and different cuisines.

 

Ellie, Registered Dental Assistant

My name is Ellie.  I have been a dental assistant in this office since 2016.  I love what I do and look forward to coming to work each and every day.

Prior to receiving my dental assistant degree, I obtained my bachelors degree in nursing from University of Isfahan, Iran, where I served as a surgical nurse at the hospital for a few years.

I feel very privileged to work side by side with Dr. Chen and be part of such a wonderufl and supportive dental team which goals are to provide our patients with beautiful and healthy smiles.  My goal as a dental assistant is to make sure that every patient who comes into our dental office feels very comfortable and is provided with an exceptional dental experience.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.  I love cooking, hiking, trying new and interesting restaurants, going to movies and traveling. 

 

Norma, Certified Dental Assistant

Hello my name is Norma! I was born and raised in Seattle, and currently reside in the Auburn area. While in high school, I discovered my passion for the dental field. I attended "Occupational Skills Center" and was able to learn the aspects of dentistry and helping patients. Then, in 2009 I graduated from Renton Technical College as a DANB certified dental assistant. I have been in the dental field for 11 years and enjoy the interaction I get with each patient and getting to know them! 

I enjoy working alongside Dr. Chen because of his gentle care and concern for every patient. We always put the patient and their concerns as top priority.  

Outside of my dental assisting life I enjoy spending my time with my loving husband and our fur babies Roxy (dog), Garfield (cat), and Dory (cat). I also enjoy painting, and going on road trips. 

 

Sarah, AAS, Registered Dental Hygienist

I was born and raised here in the Pacific Northwest.   I graduated from Bellevue College with my Associates of Arts and Sciences in 2009; while working towards my associates degree and completing pre-requisite classes for the Dental Hygiene program I worked as a Sterilization Tech and Hygiene Assistant.  This gave me a good background for what it was like to work in a dental office and helped prepare me for Hygiene school.  In 2012 I graduated with honors from Lake Washington Institute of Technology with my Associates of Arts in Dental Hygiene.

Helping my patients feel comfortable in the dental chair is one of my top priorities, along with helping them achieve their oral health and smile goals are some of my favorite aspects of my profession.  Overall health can start with a healthy mouth, so If I can help start a positive trend for a patient, this makes me happy.

When I'm not at work you will likely find me with family and friends.  My husband and I have two young kids who keep us very busy.  I also love to cook, take cooking classes, read, and enjoy being outdoors. 

 

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