Meet the Yakima Smiles Team

Yakima dentist serving the entire Yakima Valley from Ellensburg to Sunnyside

Our team at Yakima Smiles is nothing short of amazing. They will provide you with excellent concierge-level service, comfortable and ethical high quality care in a warm supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere and have FUN doing it. The smiles here are all genuine and I am so fortunate to work with this inspiring group of women.

Front Desk

Penny | Patient and 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 am 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 dentisty 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 2 boys age 15 and 16. I love the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Registered Dental Assistants

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 | Registered Dental Assistant & Sleep Apnea and TMJ Patient Coordinator

Welcome to Yakima Smiles! I have had the privilege of working with Dr. Nathe for about 9 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 also for Sleep Apnea treatment with oral appliance 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 | Registered Dental Assistant and 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 | 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 8 years now. I love being apart 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 5 year old boy named Zachary.

Danielle | Dental Assistant

I am new to yakima smiles, but not new to dentistry! I have been a registered dental assistant for 8 years. Outside of work, my passion is riding, training and showing Arabian horses as well as giving riding lessons!

Hygienists

Rebecca | 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 patient 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 3 grandchildren to which we are devoted. Having family gatherings is our focus outside of work.

Danielle | 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 8 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.

Sleep Apnea/TMJ Coordinator

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 not always sure I succeed! I enjoy walking, flowers, musicals, beautiful sunshine and my one and only granddaughter – Lauren….just not in that order!