“Patients may be surprised to learn that I am even more enthusiastic about dentistry than I was when I graduated from dental school twenty years ago! I have seen first-hand the joy and confidence that comes with a beautiful new smile and take pride in my expertise and artistry as a cosmetic dentist. My true fulfillment comes in treating TMJ disorders and witnessing the life-enhancing effects of neuromuscular dentistry.” – Dr. Nathe, Yakima Dentist
Dr. Nathe is a believer in the power of education and technology. He is one of only 600 dentists nationwide to be admitted as a fellow to the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, where he has completed rigorous post-graduate clinical training. In his office, he uses digital radiography and photography, laser detection of decay, and K-7 computer technology for the diagnosis of TMJ problems and for the establishment of the ideal and most comfortable bite.
“In many ways, my dental education began in 2000 when I took my first course at LVI. I became convinced of the extreme importance of experience and training in the more complex dental disciplines of advanced cosmetic dentistry, full mouth rehabilitation, and TMJ treatment and diagnosis. I believe my investment in continuing education at LVI over the past several years has been invaluable. I am also thrilled to be able to offer the very latest technology in my practice.”
In addition to his years of experience, Dr. Nathe has completed advanced training in the following areas:
- Advanced Functional Aesthetics Course
- Practical Occlusion Course
- Full Mouth Reconstruction Training at LVI
- Comprehensive Aesthetic Reconstruction Training at LVI
- Physiological Approach to Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea Course
- Physiologic Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Course
- Full Face Orthodontics Training at LVI
- Controlled Arch Orthodontics and Case Finishing Course at LVI
- Training in Six Month Smiles Orthodontics
- Myofunctional Training at LVI
- TMD: Diagnosis Course
- TMD: Advanced Clinical Applications Course
- Oral Conscious Sedation
Dr. Nathe understands the fears of the high anxiety dental patient and feels a deep sense of compassion for those who suffer from dental pain and disease because they are too fearful to seek treatment. He and his staff have been trained by the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS) and offer oral sedation to their patients.
Achieving and maintaining optimal health is the entire focus of Dr. Nathe’s dental philosophy. He is a cosmetic dentist who believes that a healthy smile can be a lifelong gift, and it is his mission to help each of his patients get their dream smile and keep that smile healthy for the rest of their lives.
“I am very proactive when it comes to dental health. I use a laser to detect the early stages of decay while it can still be treated with air abrasion technology, which involves gently removing decay with a stream of air and powder and then sealing the tooth with a tooth-colored resin. I have developed a special protocol for my patients at high risk of dental decay or periodontal disease. We take a “cosmetic line” measurement to screen children for abnormal growth of the face and jaw due to breathing disorders (as simple as a chronic stuffy nose) and evaluate adult patients for possible sleep apnea or breathing disorders. My computer technology, including jaw tracking and EMGs, allows me to diagnose and treat debilitating TMJ problems. I am 100% dedicated to helping my patients achieve the highest level of dental health that they desire.”
What does Dr. Nathe do when he is not practicing dentistry? He loves road and mountain biking, and water and snow skiing. In the last two years, Pete has competed in the 12-mile Tough Mudder Extreme Obstacle Challenge with his boys. He recently completed the Tri-Pass Challenge, riding more than 110 miles in one day over Cayuse, Chinook, and White Pass. He is also a Seahawks fan and has been at every home game for the last five years.
But the greatest joy of his life is his family that includes his wife and five children. He is also the proud “Papa” to 6-year-old Kian, 4-year-old Ameera, 1-year-old Rohan, and newborn Greyson.
Meet Our Team
Our amazing team at Yakima Smiles works hard to provide you with the highest quality of service, providing comfortable and ethical care in a warm, supportive, and non-judgmental atmosphere. We love what we do, and have fun helping you care for your smile. Give us a call today at (509) 941-2957 to learn more and make your appointment with our dentist in Yakima, Washington!
Penny – Patient Treatment Coordinator
Welcome to Yakima Smiles! We all look forward to meeting you. I am the first person you meet when you walk in our front door, and my mission is to make your appointment as easy and comfortable as possible. Excellent customer service is my specialty and I love the challenge of scheduling, coordinating insurance, and acting as the ambassador and concierge for one of the best dentists in Yakima.
I joined Yakima Smiles in 2006 and enjoy the challenging aspects of this practice, such as neuromuscular dentistry and sleep apnea treatment. I like working in a practice on the cutting edge of technology. I love the team atmosphere at Yakima Smiles, where we all work to provide our patients with the highest quality care. We have a lot of fun doing it, too! You will notice how professional we are and the big smiles on everyone’s face.
Outside of work, my husband of 18 years and I are super busy with our two boys, age 15 and 16. I love the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
Janice – Registered Dental Assistant
Hello and welcome! I can’t believe I have been a dental assistant at Yakima Smiles for 20 years! I love working for Dr. Nathe because he is such a nice person and a fantastic dentist. It’s fun and challenging to work at Yakima Smiles because he always keeps up on the latest technology. We truly have an awesome team and we love to work together to help our patients. A supportive work environment is so important and we really have that here.
I find dentistry to be so rewarding. I think oral health contributes to the overall health of an individual and I love seeing how a patient’s confidence changes with a new smile!
I have a wonderful husband and two awesome adult sons (who were just babies) when I joined Yakima Smiles I love spending time with my family and enjoy playing tennis in my free time. I usually have a knitting project going in the winter months. I like to stay fit by running and lifting weights which is a good thing because I also love to bake!
Jenna Landers – Registered Dental Assistant and Sleep Apnea/TMJ Patient Coordinator
Welcome to Yakima Smiles! I have had the privilege of working with Dr. Nathe for about nine years. I enjoy interacting with patients and providing excellent care. One of my greatest joys as an assistant is getting to know new patients and helping them feel at ease during their dental visits.
I believe we have an exceptional team and enjoy working with everyone! I appreciate Dr. Nathe’s concern for our patients’ overall health–not just their dental health. I am especially involved with patient care for TMJ problems and sleep apnea treatment with oral appliances, and absolutely LOVE this challenge. I thoroughly enjoy assisting Dr. Nathe, especially with our cosmetic and neuromuscular cases. To be able to witness the results from start to finish has been an incredibly rewarding part of my assisting career.
Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with my husband Randy and our two boys, Logan and Cale. We love the outdoors and being surrounded by family and friends.
Ashley Merz – Registered Dental and Assistant Patient Coordinator
Hello! I can’t wait to meet you. I joined the Yakima Smiles team in 2010. I love working for Dr. Nathe because he combines the highest quality products with superior patient care. He truly values education and always implements the latest techniques when treating patients. I am passionate about helping patients create and maintain beautiful healthy smiles!
Besides dentistry, I am find meaning in volunteering and love mountain climbing, golfing and traveling to exotic locations with my husband of five years.
Amanda Walker – Registered Dental Assistant and Hygiene Coordinator
Hello and welcome to Yakima Smiles! I am a graduate of Naches Valley high school class of 2007 and the Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center in 2007 with a certification in dental assisting. I have been a dental assistant for about eight years now. I love being a part of a team that is dynamic, fun, and where the patients are the focus. I recently joined the Yakima Smiles team in October 2016, and am very excited I found such an exceptional doctor and team to work with and am looking forward to growing with this practice.
Outside of work, I enjoy anything outdoors from camping, traveling, kayaking, snowboarding in the winter, and spending quality time with my family and friends. I am also a proud parent of an outgoing and hilarious five-year-old boy named Zachary.
Rebecca Thomas – Registered Dental Hygienist
Welcome and thank you for choosing Yakima Smiles as your dental practice! I truly believe in the philosophy of Yakima Smiles and have been here since BEFORE Dr. Nathe joined the practice as owner. In fact, I worked with Dr. Nathe at the Yakima Valley Farm Worker’s Clinic and recruited him to come on board at Yakima Smiles! From the very beginning, I have admired Dr. Nathe’s ethical ideals to delivering the best dentistry possible including the all the latest in technology. He sets the highest standards and I have never seen him waiver from these goals. We have a great team who enjoy each other and working together which reflects in our patient care.
The connection between good oral health and overall health becomes more apparent daily. Our goal is to help our patients achieve and maintain optimal dental health. We have seen such positive life changing experiences and I love being a part of that.
My husband, Dale, and I have been married for 32 years. We have a daughter and three grandchildren to which we are devoted. Having family gatherings is our focus outside of work.
Danielle Strutner – Registered Dental Hygienist
Yakima Smiles is thrilled to introduce Danielle, our new dental hygienist! While Danielle is new to us, she has been a dental hygienist for over eight years. She is a graduate of the Yakima Valley Community College Dental Hygiene School. Danielle is passionate about dental hygiene and enjoys helping others obtain their oral health goals. Away from the office you will find her in the mountains, fishing, hiking, riding horses and spending time with her husband and young son.
Cheryl Farr – Bookkeeper and Insurance Coordinator
Welcome! I love the challenge of working for Yakima Smiles and think we have the greatest team! It means a lot for me to work for the finest dentist in Yakima with expertise in working with children, doing cosmetic dentistry and sleep apnea treatment.
I love to act! I like to be funny, though I’m not always sure I succeed! I enjoy walking, flowers, musicals, beautiful sunshine and my one and only granddaughter, Lauren…. just not in that order!