Meet Our Dental 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!

Penney, the patient treatment coordinator of Yakima Smiles

Penney – 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 23 years and I are super busy with our two boys, age 20 and 21. I love the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Janice, a registered dental assistant at Yakima Smiles

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!   Most of all, I love spending time with my baby granddaughter!

Jenna, a registered dental assistant and patient coordinator for Yakima Smiles

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. Most of my free time is watching my boys play basketball and baseball.

Ashley, a registered dental assistant and patient coordinator for Yakima Smiles

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, a registered dental assistant and hygiene coordinator for Yakima Smiles

Amanda Dereeper – 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 8-year-old boy named Zachary. 2019 has been an exciting year for me. I married the love of my life June 2019!

Rebecca, a registered dental hygienist

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.

Breezy Byrne, a registered dental hygienist for Yakima Smiles

Breezy Byrne – Registered Dental Hygienist

I am thrilled to establish my career as a Dental Hygienist here at Yakima Smiles. I started working for Dr. Nathe in 2018, and I absolutely love being a part of a team that is patient care focused.

I am very passionate about helping people, and dental hygiene allows me to do just that. I value the importance of educating our patients on the link between oral and systemic health, and I strive to ensure that they feel comfortable by using a gentle touch while attending to detail for a thorough dental visit. It gives me great joy to experience the confidence attained by patients from improving their smile and overall health.

Outside of the office, I love to travel, stay active, and spend time with my family and friends. I also enjoy working as a skincare consultant with Rodan and Fields.


Cheryl, the bookkeeper and insurance coordinator for Yakima Smiles

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!

Sandra, a dental hygienist and patient coordinator for Yakima Smiles

Sandra – Dental Hygiene and Patient Coordinator

Welcome and thank you for choosing Yakima Smiles! I started my career in the dental field as an assistant in 1992; however, I quickly realized my passion was being in the front office. If you asked, I would tell you one of the most enjoyable parts of my job is creating wonderful relationship with our patients and their families. I come to join the Yakima Smiles team with over 23 years of experience and feel blessed to be working with such a passionate and professional office. I strive to go above and beyond to always meet the needs of the patients and keep the office running smoothly.

On my time off, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband Don. We love to go fishing, camping or just about anything outdoors. We have two wonderful children and three grandbabies.