Meet The Team

Oral Surgery Staff in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Vashon Island WA

Marika — Treatment Plan Coordinator

Marika, is the scheduling coordinator for Sound Implant and Periodontics – Dr. Silvia La Rosa.  She joined our team in 2009 and our office hasn’t been the same! Marika’s friendly voice will answer your phone calls and her smiley face is the first thing that greet you as you arrive.  She works closely with your general dentist to ensure your transition into our office is pleasant.  Marika will put any worries of seeing a Periodontist at ease. Marika and her Significant other, Adam, Reside in Gig Harbor.  Marika has four wonderful children, whom are very active in all sports and school activities.  Depending on the season at least three of her kids are playing a sport, but baseball is the favorite hands down.  She and her family also enjoy spending time camping and are avid hikers.


Jessica, Oral Surgery Staff in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Vashon Island WA

Jessica – Treatment Plan Coordinator

Jessica has worked in the orthodontic field for over 20 years before joining our Sound Surgical Arts team. “I married my high school sweetheart, Jeff, and together we have three boys: Parker, 17 and twins Austin and Blake: 14. We enjoy bowling and watching the twins play baseball. I have worked as an orthodontic assistant and office administrator and I am thrilled to join this warm and welcoming team!


Deanna, Oral Surgery Staff in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Vashon Island WA

Deanna – Scheduling Coordinator

I have worked in the general dentistry field for over 20 years before joining Sound Surgical Arts. What I enjoy most is working with patients. I take pleasure in getting to know them and help put them at ease. I have recently moved to the Tacoma area to be with my finance, Christian. Outside of the office nothing makes me happier than spending as much time as possible with my four wonderful children. Over the years, I have enjoyed the many sporting and social activities that my children were in involved in. A true party planner at heart, I enjoy cooking and love hosting many family and friend functions.


Isabel, Oral Surgery Staff in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Vashon Island WA

Isabel – Scheduling Coordinator

Isabel originally began working for Sound Implant and Periodontics as a part-time employee during her high school years. She enjoyed her time with the practice so much, she took on the full-time position as scheduling coordinator for Dr. Silvia La Rosa in 2017. Isabel currently resides on the Key Peninsula, but plans to move into the Tacoma area with her significant other, Dustin, upon his graduation from Western Washington University in March 2019. In her spare time, Isabel enjoys reading, traveling, socializing, and collecting anything Marvel-related.


Rylee, Oral Surgery Staff in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Vashon Island WA

Rylee – Patient Care Coordinator

I currently attend Tacoma Community College pursuing a degree in radiologic science. I enjoy learning new things and challenging experiences. My happy place is taking care of those around me, including patients, family, and friends. In my free time I like to travel to new places, spend time with my family, and enjoy life itself. To work with the most talented people and doctors in the dental field is a true blessing! Our team at Sound Surgical Arts have helped me grow and learn in ways I could have never imagined and I will be eternally grateful!


Oral Surgery Staff in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Vashon Island WA

Carolyn — Bookkeeper

Carolyn is a graduate of Central Washington University, and also attended the University of Washington.  She has been a bookkeeper in the dental field since 1994.  She has been a part of Sound Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Sound Implant & Periodontics since 2007.  She has experience with several different dental and accounting software systems.  She grew up in Sumner and currently resides in Bonney Lake with her 19 year old daughter and 14 year old son.  When she is not working she is either at a soccer, baseball, basketball game or golf match.  She enjoys sports, outdoor activities, cooking, and traveling but most important is spending time with family.


Linda, Oral Surgery Staff in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Vashon Island WA

Linda —Account Specialist

I have been in General Dentistry for 45 years. I love helping the patients and getting to know them.I retired in 2013 and in 2015 I decided that I missed working with people and came to Sound Surgical Arts in 2016 . I love working for both Drs and there great staff they make everyone feel like family.Outside the office I enjoy my time with my husband Doug my 4 children and 7 grandchildren we love the outdoors and we have property in Northern Idaho that we spend as much time as possible.


Russlyn, Oral Surgery Staff in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Vashon Island WA

Russlyn —Surgical Treatment Coordinator

Russlyn joined our practice earlier this year, with her she brings 30 years of experience twelve of which in oral surgery.

“When I first met Dr. Mannuel and Dr. Silvia La Rosa I knew this was the perfect place for me!  I love everyone in the office especially our patients.  I try to bring a positive perspective in the investment of our patient’s oral health and no one leaves without a gift from me.”

I am Kanaka Mauoli (native Hawaiian) born and raised in Hawai’i nei.  I recently moved to Washington state from the east-coast.  In my spare time I enjoy traveling with the love of my life Kenny.


Oral Surgery Staff in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Vashon Island WA

Denise — Surgical Assistant

Denise has been a certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery surgical assistant since 1994 and has been working along side Dr. Manuel La Rosa since 1999.  Denise admires Dr. La Rosa’s knowledge, high quality patient care, willingness to keep up with today’s technology and compassion he brings to Oral Surgery.  Denise has worked with the same surgical team for 12 years and loves most that she is able to work with her identical twin sister every day.  Denise strives daily at putting a nervous patient’s mind at ease and making their experience a pleasant one. Denise was born is San Diego, California and moved to the Northwest at the age of 14.  She is married with four step-kids and five grandchildren.  Nothing makes her happier than spending time with her family and friends.


Oral Surgery Staff in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Vashon Island WA

Laura — Surgical Assistant

Laura is a registered dental assistant who has worked in the periodontal and oral and maxillofacial fields since 2004 and is very excited to be part of our team since 2012. When not in the office she enjoys spending time with her significant other/best friend, Tim, and her teenage sons, Colin and Nate. She is very active with her boys’ activities, sports, music and also, enjoys the outdoors.


Katy, Oral Surgery Staff in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Vashon Island WA

Katy — Surgical Assistant

Katy graduated from the Clover Park Technical College Dental Assisting Program in 2014 with her Associates and has been working in the Oral and Maxillofacial surgery field since 2015. Katy’s favorite part of being in Oral Surgery is making sure that patients get the best care possible while making them feel confident and comfortable with their treatment.  Katy loves working at Sound Surgical Arts because she feels that “working here is a tremendous blessing, it’s not just a job, it’s a family!” Katy is happily married with two children and a dog. When she’s not working, Katy enjoys exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her family!


Paxson, Oral Surgery Staff in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Vashon Island WA

Paxson – Surgical Assistant

Paxson received his Certificate of Dental Assisting from Bates Technical College.  He also holds national board certifications on infection control, radiation health and safety, and HIV/AIDS education and awareness.  While in school he was active in the Tacoma community, spending volunteer time assisting with dental hygiene at local primary schools.  Paxson is very passionate about the field of dentistry, and loves being part of a team that focuses on the complete health of each individual patient.  His time at home is spent with his beloved wife and daughter.  In his free time Paxson restores vintage bicycles, rides mountain bikes, plays drums, and records music.


Tatiana, Oral Surgery Staff in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Vashon Island WA

Tatiana — Surgical Assistant

Tatiana has been working in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery since 2008. She started working at Sound Surgical Arts in 2014.  She takes pride in her patient patient care and truly enjoys her profession. In her spare time Tatiana is fond of performing arts, music and is an outdoor enthusiast.


Colette, Oral Surgery Staff in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Vashon Island WA

Colette — Surgical Assistant

Colette has been in the dental field since 1985.  She worked in general dentistry for 10 years then her family moved to Silverdale where she worked for 12 years in an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery practice followed by 6 years at Madigan Hospital Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency program.  “I love working at Sound Surgical Arts, everyone here is so caring to each other and most importantly to our patients.  My favorite part of my job is helping patients understand their treatment and making them feel comfortable along the way”.  Colette loves living in Washington and enjoys the outdoors and being with her friends and family.


Lauryn, Oral Surgery Staff in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Vashon Island WA

Lauryn — Surgical Assistant

 Lauryn is a certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery assistant who recently entered the dental field.  “After interning at this office I knew it was where I wanted to be.  Dr. La Rosa is very talented and compassionate in his work and I love the quality of care our team provides.  I truly love what I do here and look forward to coming to work everyday!  I strive to learn and expand my education in oral surgery.  Outside of work, I take pleasure in outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, playing tennis and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  I also, enjoy supporting local sports teams including our Seattle Seahawks!”


Jennifer – Surgical Assistant, Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Vashon Island WA

Jennifer – Surgical Assistant

I have been working in General Dentistry for over 20 years before joining my new family at Sound Surgical Arts. I take pride in giving excellent patient care. The key to that is always keeping an upbeat, positive attitude. In my free time I spend all of it with my 3 beautiful children. We enjoy spending time in the outdoors. Most of our time is fishing, crabbing, and shrimping.


Oral Surgery Staff in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Vashon Island WA

Deanna — Surgical Assistant

Deanna has worked with Dr. Manuel La Rosa since 1999 and enjoys the family like relationship she has with her boss and co-workers.  Her favorite part of the job is building a long-term relationship with her patients.  Deanna feels she is blessed to be working in an office that delivers high quality patient care and is privileged to be doing a job she truly enjoys. Deanna has been working for 18 years as a Certified Oral & Maxillofacial surgical assistant.  She lives in Bonney Lake with her husband, Kim, and their precious  daughter Kaylee.  On Deanna’s free time she loves supporting her local Seattle Thunderbirds hockey team, hiking and camping with her family in the great out doors.


Oral Surgery Staff in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Vashon Island WA

Esther — Registered Dental Hygienist

Esther is a valuable asset to our practice as she has over 30 years of experience in dentistry; 20 of those in Dental Hygiene.  Her skills include proficiency in Orthodontics, Pedodontics and Periodontics.   “Dental Hygiene is a broad profession , where providers are utilized in numerous settings.  Being a member of Dr. La Rosa’s team is both a privilege and a pleasure.  It is my hope to educate, motivate and improve my patients oral and systemic health”.  With her eye on continuing her education, she strives for excellence in all areas of her life.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene.  Esther serves her profession in the greater community, and her love of the Pacific Northwest entices her to explore all that life has to offer.


Alice – Registered Dental Hygienist, Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Vashon Island WA

Alice – Registered Dental Hygienist

Alice has been a practicing hygienist for 35 years. In 2008, Alice wanted to expand her professional opportunities and return to school to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Eastern Washington University. Consequently, in addition to working in private practice, she is an adjunct clinical instructor at Pierce College in the dental hygiene department. One of the most rewarding aspects of practicing dental hygiene for Alice has been the wonderful relationships she has made with her patients along the way, and she looks forward to the opportunity to meet and forge new relationships in our practice. Outside of work, Alice is actively involved in her professional association, and has been married for 35 years, has 3 great children and a precious, yet precocious, 3 year old grandson who is the apple of her eye. She loves spending time with family and friends.


Sherry, Oral Surgery Staff in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Vashon Island WA

Sherry —Surgical Assistant

Sherri is a registered dental assistant.  She joined our team in May 2018.  She enjoys getting to meet and interact with such a wide variety of people.  She is passionate about helping patients feel comfortable and helping them throughout their treatment.  Sherri has lived in California and Hawaii and now calls the Pacific Northwest home.  She is married and a mother of four children in a blended family.  In her spare time she likes the beach (rain or shine), camping, biking, kayaking and spending time with friends and family.