Shawnna graduated with her Bachelors degree of science in 1996 and had the opportunity to practice dental hygiene in several states before settling in Washington.
She became part of the Tyee Dental team in 2011. She enjoys building relationships with her patients & helping them achieve & maintain healthy smiles. It is important to her that everyone knows how their oral health impacts their overall health.
Shawnna is happily married and they have 5 grown children between them. Hanging out with their grandkids is one of their favorite pastimes! They also enjoy boating, camping, and time at the beach during our beautiful northwest summers.
Meagan is a Certified Dental Assistant that has been with us since 2017. She was hand picked while still a student and continues to shine bright as our lead assistant. Meagan was born, raised, and still resides in Aberdeen, Washington. She likes hiking, crafts, and spending time with her parents with her finance, Scott. On the weekends she enjoys working at Billy’s Bar and Grill as a server. She highly recommends the Chicken Almond Bacon Salad. Yumm. Meagan is also an Adjunct Professor for Radiology Lab at South Puget Sound Community College. We are so blessed to have her excellence and expertise here at Tyee Dental to share with all our patients.
Kerri started in the dental field in 2007, before joining the dental field she worked for the public school system, she has an AA degree in Early Childhood Education. Kerri just recently joined the Tyee Dental family, however she and Dr. Merrell had the privilege of working together for another practice in Kelso, WA. She enjoys building relationships with her team and patients, and loves a good laugh. Kerri wants to make sure everyone feels comfortable when they come to the dental office. In 2012 she moved to Olympia with her two children, Ethen and Raven, who are now adults and has fallen in love with the area. She is now the proud Gigi of some sweet grandbabies. When Kerri is not at work she likes to get together with her family for BBQ’s and outings. She and Jon enjoy getting in the car and going for drives and finding cute little towns to walk and shop. They also love to get in their trailer and go camping. They just like to find the fun in everything!
At 50 years old, Pat decided to change her career path and enter into the dental field. Pat graduated from SPSCC and the dental assisting program in 2019. She has also been an adjunct instructor at the SPSCC dental program since 2020. Pat joined our Tyee dental team in 2021 and has found her “home away from home”. She and her boyfriend love to travel, go camping, hiking, and explore to the U.S. She has two children and 3 grandchildren with whom she loves to spend as much time as possible.
Whitney joined our team in 2020. She graduated with honors from Eastern Washington University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Dental Hygiene.
She was born and raised here in Tumwater. The small town, family-centered feeling is what brought her back to Tumwater and to Tyee Dental. She tries to ease stress with her bubbly personality to make your appointment as easy as visiting a friend.
Whitney enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 small children. They enjoy gardening, waterskiing, boating, hiking, and board games together.