Meet The Team

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Marika — Treatment Plan Coordinator

Marika, is the treatment plan coordinator for – 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 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.

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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.

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Anna – Scheduler Coordinator

Anna is currently a senior at Pacific Lutheran University. She is a psychology major with a minor in religion, as well as being a research assistant working with children. In the free time she has she loves to spend time with her family and friends. She also loves sporting events, especially the Seattle Sounders. She has played soccer and also golfed for her high school and college teams. She is very grateful for the opportunity to work for Sound Surgical Arts and for the opportunity to grow her experience in the work force. She also hopes to go to graduate school to earn a masters in counseling.

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Janet – Scheduling Coordinator

Janet has over 16 years of experience in the dental field. Her last 12 years has been spent working side by side as a surgical assistant with Dr. Silvia La Rosa. She has just recently made the transition to the front office to do administration for both doctors. With her wonderful sense of humor she will put you at ease in our office; her quick wit livens up our practice! With her many years of surgical and front office experience Janet provides support for your general dentist, both doctors and our amazing team, ensuring that you  will receive the best experience in our office. She comes in every day with a smile excited to provide the best possible care to our patients. When asked why she enjoys working here Janet responded with this comment, “I have the greatest respect and admiration for both doctors they have tremendous compassion for people and the work they do for them.

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Jessica – Clinical Care 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!

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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.

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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.

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Bobbie Jo — Surgical Assistant

Bobbie has worked in Oral Surgery since 1999.  She is certified as both Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery assistant and Dental Anesthesia assistant.  One of her favorite aspects of working for Sound Surgical Arts is getting to meet so many wonderful people.  While not working Bobbie Jo enjoys spending time with her husband of 20 years and her two boys.  Some of her favorite activities are dirt bike riding and camping.  Her weekends are usually spent going to lacrosse and football games to watch her boys play.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.