Giving you first-class care and a positive experience right from your first visit.


Instantly feel at ease as our team welcomes you with a smile and answers all your questions.

Ermine Erickson
Office Manager
Andrea Stinebiser
Hygiene Coordinator
Travis Oertling
Treatment Coordinator
Jacqui Henry
Treatment Coordinator
Ariana Velazquez
Patient Coordinator


We all take a listen-first approach and ensure you feel comfortable during each stage of your visit.

Karen Tinker
Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary
Melissa Gusaas
Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary
Kendal Langer
Samantha Fettig
Aleacia Jenkins


Making oral hygiene easy and enjoyable through our upbeat care.

Terrie-Ann Heasley
Stephanie Norcott
Erin Boyd
Seattle Dentist , Ballard Dental Art Team
Seattle Dentist , Ballard Dental Art Team


We want to guide you along your journey to dental success.

Ballard dental arts team, Seattle

Karen Tinker - Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary

I am a mother of two children, Courtney and Eain. I also have four grandchildren, Alex, Jade, Christian, and Violet. I spend the majority of time with my boyfriend, Joe. We love to travel.

As an Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary (EFDA), I am the one who will take your impressions. I have more than 25 years of dental experience since graduating from Spokane Community College with a certificate in Dental Assisting. In 2016, I returned to school to train for my EFDA license, and since receiving my license, I have worked with all of our dentists.

I love all of the assisting team here at Ballard Dental Arts and enjoy working with our expert dentists too. I really enjoy being creative and restoring teeth to their optimal state. But my favorite thing is to catch up with my patients and chat about their lives. As a positive and fun person, I love to build strong relationships and help patients enjoy their visit.

Away from the office, I enjoy hiking, exercise, traveling, and spending time with my wonderful family. My kids and my grandkids are my inspiration as I see them overcome their own challenges every day.

Melissa Gusaas

I have been a dental assistant since 1999 and originally started in Endodontics, which I did for more than 18 years. After a while, I realized I wanted something more and found the MOST awesome place, Ballard Dental Arts!

I actually first became interested in dentistry when I had my wisdom teeth pulled at 19 years of age. I was fascinated with what the assistants were able to do, and the rest is history.

As an assistant, I get to work with amazing people and have found the saying, “your environment makes you” to be extremely true. The people around me constantly make me better and provide the best support.

I try to pass this onto our patients through empathy and make it a goal to make your experience the best possible.

Outside the office, I spend lots of time with my family and enjoy life. I hope to one day go to Hawaii; it’s my dream!

Tanisha Lewis


Virginia-DiCecco Ballard dental arts team, Seattle

Virginia DiCecco
- Dental Hygienist

My husband Mike and I have three children and five grandchildren. We own a Plant Nursery in Edgewood, WA, where we are continually working to grow our business.

I am originally from Massachusetts but moved to the west coast in 1979, which is when I began my dental career as a receptionist and then assistant. I moved to Seattle in 1983 and graduated from Shoreline Community College in Dental Hygiene in 1998.

I absolutely love my position as a dental hygienist because I get to educate patients and help them achieve good health. I feel so close to my patients and love to hear about their lives and have bonded with so many. I also love working at Ballard Dental Arts with all our quality team. We have a great, supportive team, and I feel fortunate to be working with them.

Working in the dental field is so rewarding because I can educate the patient about the importance of good oral care and see the effects of their good work with subsequent dental visits. I love meeting new patients, and they quickly start to feel like family.

Outside of the office, I do Bikram Yoga, enjoy gardening, and love to travel. I hope to visit Ireland one day. 

Linhphuong-Tran, Ballard dental arts, Seattle

Linhphuong Tran
- Dental Hygienist

I live in Forest Park with my husband and daughter. I really enjoy living near Seattle and the various seasons it has. I obtained an Associate Degree from North Seattle Community College in 2006 and graduated the Dental Hygiene Program in Seattle Central Community College in 2008.

I chose dentistry because I have a lot of siblings in the medical field and wanted to explore something new in healthcare. I found dentistry and love to help people save their teeth. In fact, the best part of my job is helping patients change their dental health for the better through improvements over time.

Outside of the office, I love yoga, biking, swimming, and eating Asian food. I also like cooking and preparing yummy homemade lunches in the morning.

Jennifer-Porter Ballard dental arts, Seattle

Jennifer Porter
- Dental Hygienist