Kiera (Dental Hygienist)
Kiera grew up in Arizona where she was very outgoing in sports, school and competitive horseback riding. After high school, she served eight years in the U.S. Navy, which sparked her love for the ocean and adventure. After seeing parts of the world, her last duty station assignment brought her to Washington. Kiera fell in love with the forests and mountains and has been exploring the Pacific Northwest ever since! In conjunction with her time in the service, she worked as a personal trainer for about three years and enjoyed helping people attain healthy lifestyles.
After the service, Kiera attended Eastern Washington University, receiving her Bachelors in Dental Hygiene with top honors. She moved to the Tri-Cities in 2013 and alongside her husband and two children, continues to explore the outdoors any chance they get.
Kiera enjoys meeting new people and learning about each individual she sees in the office. Going above and beyond for patients to provide a dental experience that they enjoy and remember is always her goal.
Stace (Dental Hygienist)
A native of Washington, Stace has enjoyed living on both sides of the state. She attended Clark College in Vancouver, WA and graduated the Dental Hygiene program with honors.
With almost 20 years in the dental field, Stace is an excellent source of knowledge and experience in what makes a great dental practice! She enjoys the one-on-one time with patients and fostering trust through positive dental experiences.
If she is not at work, Stace can be found riding and competing on her horses, running occasional 10K’s, carving leather, or attempting some small renovation on her house.
Katie (Dental Hygienist)
Working in dentistry since the age of 17, Katie started as a Dental Assistant while perusing her degree in Dental Hygiene from Columbia Basin College. As a Dental Hygienist, Katie strives to make all her patients comfortable by providing gentle and compassionate care, while educating them on their oral health.
Katie and her husband, Edward, enjoy to spend their free time together working out, exploring the outdoors and binge watching TV shows with their Corgi.
Tori (Dental Assistant)
Born and raised in the Tri-Cities, Tori has been a registered dental assistant since 2012 when she completed the Tri-Tech Dental Assisting course. She has enjoyed learning all aspects of general dentistry and loves working closely with patients to achieve their dental goals.
Tori is married and has two beautiful daughters. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling around to watch her husband race his hydroplane, and being outdoors.
Amanda (Dental Assistant)
Amanda grew up in the Tri-Cities, then moved to Portland, Oregon for a few years. After she and her husband married, they came back home to the Tri-Cities to settle down near family and friends. Amanda and her husband have 2 adorable dogs, love music, art, craft projects of any kind, and are foodies at heart.
Amanda has been working with Southridge Dental since 2015 and she greatly enjoys the team, the patients and the atmosphere. Prior to working at Southridge Dental, she worked as an orthodontic assistant and as a pediatric dental assistant, as well as years of retail positions and nanny jobs. She enjoyed these positions as well, but she loves the variety her current position has to offer, and the opportunity she has every day, getting to know and help our great patients!
Tera (Front Desk)
Tera was born and raised in Kennewick, graduating from Kennewick High School in 2004. During her junior year she attended the Tri-Tech Skill Center’s Dental Assisting program and she knew then, she wanted to be in dentistry. Tera graduated from Charter College Dental Assisting program in 2011. After that, she spent a couple years in a pediatric office as an assistant. Tera loved working with children and helping them overcome their fears and give them a great experience at the dentist, but she wanted to broaden her horizon. That is why she switched to general dentistry. In general dentistry, Tera can work with children and adults, along with many new procedures. When she started at Southridge Dental, she got to learn the front office duties and fell in love. Now she works as a receptionist, insurance coordinator, scheduler and assistant, when needed. Tera believes it is helpful that she knows what happens in the clinic to ensure that our patients are scheduled correctly. She is happy to help our patients understand procedures and costs, and she enjoys being able to ease patients minds with the procedures and helping them come up with an affordable treatment plan.
Outside of work Tera enjoys spending time with her husband, their three dogs and their pre-teen! They enjoy camping, taking trips and exploring new things.
Krissy (Office Manager)
Kristina, or Krissy as she’s known by patients and friends, was born and raised in the Tri-Cities and has been in the dental field since 2004. Having worked her way up in the field, she started her career as a dental assistant. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration/Business Management, she furthered her dental career in practice management. Krissy focuses on delivering the highest quality of care and compassion to our patients. Her experience in all aspects within the dental office ensures that everything goes smoothly at every visit allowing our patients to have a wonderful experience in which they look forward to seeing us again.
Krissy is married with three wonderful children who keep her busy. In her free time, you will find her with her family or on the soccer field cheering on our local teams!