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meet the staff

MaryEllenMaryEllen – Office Manager

MaryEllen is our Office Manager. She has been in the dental field for over 30 years. Her experience includes 10 years as a dental assistant and 20 years in dental sales for both manufacturing and retail companies. MaryEllen has been working in our office since 1999. Over the years she has attended numerous workshops to increase her extensive knowledge in practice management and dealing with dental insurance. MaryEllen is our resident expert on customer relations and is available to assist our patients with any questions they may have. “The most fun part of my job is interacting with the patients and getting to know them. I love seeing the transformation from a first visit of apprehension to the final treatment resulting in a gorgeous smile and confidence when they leave.”

Doreen VagueDoreen Vague RDH – Hygienist

Doreen has been a Dental Hygienist for over 30 years, and worked in the same practice for over 25 years.  In her prior practice she worked with a children’s Dentist, so is well practiced in the art of treating both young and old, and making all of her patients at ease with any dental procedure. As a Dental Hygienist, Doreen’s philosophy has always been for the comfort and the care of all your dental needs.

ShawnShawn – Clinical Assistant

Shawn is Dr Nicolini’s registered dental assistant. She grew up and went to school in Ohio where she received her training in dental assisting. Shawn has almost 20 years experience as a dental assistant and has been working with Dr Nicolini since 2006. Shawn says she enjoys assisting Dr Nicolini who has a gentle conservative approach while providing the utmost dental care for our wonderful patients. When away from the office Shawn enjoys walking, hiking, and cooking with her dog, Tinker.

JohnJohn – Laboratory Technician

John has over 40 years experience as a Dental Technician and has been the Dental Technician for this practice since 1990. John began his training in the US Navy in 1968 and worked as a Navy Dental Laboratory Technician in Japan until 1972. After John completed his service in the Navy he worked for a Lab on the East Coast. In 1979 John and his wife moved to Seattle where he worked in Bothell until 1981 after which he started and continues to operate his own Dental Laboratory business. John is married to his wife Yuko and has 2 children. Outside of work John likes to hike, camp, fish, and bike. John commutes around 17 miles round trip on his bike to work every day. John is an excellent organic gardener, growing most of his own produce in his back yard. He also voluntarily grows organic vegetables at a Pea Patch in Seattle and donates the fresh produce to those in need.