Meet the Dental Staff

Dental Hygienists:


Amber was a Certified Dental Assistant for 6 years before becoming a Dental Hygienist. Amber graduated with honors from Yakima Valley Community College’s Dental Hygiene program in 2009. Amber was on the Dean’s List over half of the months she attended hygiene school. Amber worked in our other office as both a dental assistant and dental hygienist. She always has a smile on her face and is quick to joke and make you feel at ease.

Amber and her husband have two beautiful children and live close by. They enjoy outdoor activities like hunting, hiking, and riding quads.


Amanda joined our team right after graduation. She graduated from Grays Harbor College in 2014 with her associates in Pre-Dental Hygiene and completed her Hygiene Degree from Pierce College – Fort Steliacoom in June of 2016.

Amanda enjoys preventative dentistry and will work hard to give you the tools to help you maintain or improve your oral health, all while providing a caring environment to help you be more comfortable.

Amanda has been married for ten years and has a blended family with three step children, a daughter, and one grandchild. She enjoys traveling, snorkeling, outdoor adventures, and sports. You might run into her at the Softball field where her daughter plays ball.


Lindsey joined our team in 2020 when she moved back to her home town of Olympia. She started her dental career in 2008 as a Dental Assistant and has been practicing Dental Hygiene since 2010. Lindsey has made a commitment to providing quality care that emphasizes proactive oral hygiene to promote dental awareness and healthy checkups.

Lindsey lives in Olympia with her husband and three kids; Sadie, Mason, and Kaede. In her free time she enjoys camping, boating, and spending time with her family and friends.

Dental Assistants:


Melissa was born and raised in Illinois and came to the Harbor in high school. Melissa has been a dental assistant for 13 years with a background of community health & private practice. She says private practice is by far her favorite.

Melissa and her husband have been married for 11 years and have 3 children, and two dogs. Melissa can be found cheering on her kids at the football or baseball field.


I graduated from the Dental Assisting program at South Puget Sound Community College in 2011 and have been working in the field ever since. I have lived in Grays Harbor my entire life and I love being able to serve so many of my family and friends here at the office. My husband and I have two amazing boys that keep us on our toes. Our oldest loves sports, so we look forward to baseball, football, and wrestling seasons. In my spare time you can find me gardening. Our family enjoys being outdoors; we spend a lot of time fishing and hunting. We often take our yellow lab Nala exploring with us.


My name is Andee. I went to school in Tacoma at Everest College for the Dental Assisting Program. I have been a dental assistant for about 4 years. And absolutely love patek philippe watches!

I grew up in Grays Harbor and moved away. I’m happy to be back in Grays Harbor. I have been blessed to join the team here at Elma Family dental and look forward for years to come. I enjoy spending time outdoors with my two boy’s, camping, swimming, and hiking.


Ontayah graduated from Centrailia Dental Assisting School in 2020 and has joined our team helping the front office while occasionally assisting when needed.

“Becoming a Registered Dental Assistant has unlocked my passion! I love interacting and building relationships with my community while helping achieve their goals! I’m so excited to be back working in the town I was raised in and give back to my community.”

Ontayah was born and raised in Grays Harbor but moved to Centralia about four years ago to grow her family. She is a mother of four amazing children with a super supportive boyfriend. As a family they enjoy being outdoors and using their creative skills together.


My name is Karina , I was born in El Salvador but raised in the United states since I was 8 years old. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be in the dentistry field. I graduated from SPSCC Dental assisting program in august 2022. I have so far enjoyed what I’ve been learning and I’m eager to gain more experience. When I’m not working, I enjoy traveling and exploring new places.


Andrea began as a Sterilization technician and translating for Spanish speaking patients in our Shelton office during her Senior year. As her interest peaked for dentistry, She attended Olympia Dental Assisting school, and has been an assistant with our Elma team ever since. Andrea enjoys traveling, dancing as well as hiking with her Corgi, Cooper!

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