Dental Faculty & Staff
Rosie Bellert, RDH, BS - Program Director
Rosie Bellert graduated in 1974 from Shoreline Community College Dental Hygiene Program and earned a Bachelor Degree at the University of Washington in 1981. She has practice traditional and restorative hygiene for that many years, her expertise and passion is in restorative practice. She worked with a University of Washington Kellogg Grant traveling to private dental practices throughout the state teaching expanded duties to dental assistants, hygienist and dentists. Rosie started her teaching career in the Shoreline Dental Hygiene Program shortly after graduation instructing in the restorative clinic. She has extensive experience in restorative dentistry and has also taught Dental Anatomy, Restorative Materials and Procedures and Advanced Pain Control. Rosie also teaches restorative skill with the EFDA program at Seattle Central Community College. Rosie received the 2011 Summer Institute award with the IPAC (International Education Advisory Committee). Students enrolled in the new 2011 study abroad program, "Oral Health Training in Bolivia: Increasing the Opportunity for Young Women Living in Poverty," will work in the Smiles Forever Dental Hygiene School in Cochabamba, Bolivia, the first and only dental hygiene training facility and clinic in Bolivia.
Rosie is currently director of the program and clinical instructor for second year clinic. She is co-chair of SMODA and advocate of Dental Hygiene Association membership.
Nikki Honey, DDS
Dr. Honey graduated from the University of Washington School of Dentistry, and is a member of the Dental Alumni Association. Besides being the supervising dentist at Shoreline's Dental Hygiene Program, she teaches Local Anesthesia and Pain Control, Oral Pathology and Periodontology. She enjoys working with both the first and second year students, and teaches students while doing dental exams for patients at the Shoreline dental hygiene clinic. In her teaching style, she likes to emphasize current concepts and their applications in clinical practice. Her clinical focus is early detection and treatment of oral diseases, as well as the connection of oral and systemic diseases.
Melinda Lane, RDH, BS
Melinda earned an AAAS in Dental Hygiene from Shoreline Community College in 1975 and a BS in Dental Hygiene from the University of Washington in 1987. She has worked in private practice in various dental offices since 1975. She has also worked at the University of Washington, Department of Oral Medicine doing TMD research since 1987. Melinda began teaching in the Dental Hygiene Program at Shoreline Community College part-time in 1988, and became full-time first year lead faculty and clinic coordinator in 2007. She teaches first year Clinical Dental Hygiene, first year Fundamentals, Patient Records and is coordinator of the Screening Clinic, and Dental Radiology. "It is my hope that all of our students become the best dental hygienists they can be, achieving excellence in their chosen profession."
Mary Dever, RDH
Mary attended Seattle Pacific University, University of Washington, and Shoreline Community College Dental Hygiene program. She has been continuously involved as a hygienist since 1974, combining private practice and teaching. She taught at Yakima Valley Community College until 1999 when she and her family returned to Seattle. Currently she teaches at Shoreline Community College and Lake Washington Institute of Technology, and maintains one day a week in private practice.
"Teaching has given me the opportunity to be involved in a community of motivated students who are enthusiastic about learning. As part of the teaching team I get to share my knowledge and experience to promote a stimulating and safe place to learn the values and skills that create leaders in Dental Hygiene."
Katie Fleming RDH, BS
Katie graduated from Clark Community College Dental Hygiene Program in Vancouver, Washington in 1996 and earned her Bachelors' of Science in Dental Hygiene from University of Washington in 1997. Katie worked as a full-time clinical dental hygienist in the Vancouver/Portland area and the Greater Seattle area for 11 years before expanding her career into teaching. Additionally, Katie served a 1 year internship through University of Washington working in their DECOD clinic and various community clinics providing specialized treatment to mentally and physically challenged individuals. Katie began teaching at Shoreline Community College in 2005. She is a 2nd year Clinic and Screening Clinic instructor and specializes in Perioscopy instruction. “I enjoy being part of a wonderful team of instructors and love helping students develop into high caliber dental hygienists.”
Kelle Moore, RDH, BS
Kellee's dental hygiene career began with receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Washington University in 1980. She has spent close to 30 years in clinical practice in Washington and Florida, gaining valuable knowledge and experience. Kellee began teaching 1st year Clinic part-time in Spring 2009 and will continue with Dental Radiology and Fundamentals. Kellee recognizes the sharing of ideas, discussion and analysis with hands on application results in stimulating trial and error outcomes, a good learning outline. Believing education is a life-long, integral part of a positive and productive journey, Kellee keeps an enthusiastic outlook daily. "Compassion for each individual I reach to achieve optimal oral health is my goal and I hope to instill this in my interaction with students."
"I respect each of my students as capable individuals who can contribute unique perspectives, experiences, knowledge and skills. Students are active participants in the learning process and are responsible for their own learning. I foster critical thinking and prepare my students to function effectively as dental hygienists. Teaching is a process of encouraging students to make connections between their experiences and new information and skills. When this 'discovery process', or connections happen, true education takes place, cultivating the life-long learning skills in our students."
Hanna Krupa, RDH, DDS
Hanna graduated from Medical Academy in Gdansk, Poland in 1982 with the degree in dentistry. She graduated in 2004 from the Shoreline Dental Hygiene program after getting settled in Seattle. Hanna began her teaching career in 2005 as a clinical instructor for Restorative Dentistry Clinic at Shoreline. To expand her medical training she completed courses in natural medicine at Bastyr University. Hanna has over 25 years of experience working with patients in Poland and US. She has traveled and volunteered with the International Medical Teams treating patients in Central and South America. She currently works as a clinical and restorative hygienist at Integrative Dentistry, providing Regenerative Periodontal Therapy using holistic modalities.
"Teaching restorative dentistry gives me the opportunity to share my passion and knowledge with the students and provide them with solid training in restorative techniques. My primary goal in my involvement here at Shoreline is seeing students become responsible, caring, knowledgeable and skillful clinicians."
Patrick Kintner, DDS, BSPH
Dr. Kintner graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. degree in public health. After serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa he returned to the U. of W. to obtain his dental degree in 1983. He then worked for Puget Sound Neighborhood Health Centers for 8 years. While working for PSNHC's he started his private dental practice in the Laurelhurst neighborhood of Seattle where he enjoyed doing restorative and family dentistry for 26 years. In 1990 he had the opportunity to be a visiting instructor at the dental school at the University of Manipal in India. Dr. Kintner teaches the Restorative Dentistry class as well as being one of the clinical instructors. What Dr. Kintner likes best about being at the dental hygiene school is the enthusiasm students show for learning new skills. "Nothing is more fun that being in a room filled with young people excited about learning", he says.
Jeffrey Janison, DDS
Dr. Janison received both his bachelor's in chemistry and his doctor of dental science from the University of Washington.He serves as a supervising dentist in the restorative dentistry clinic at S.C.C., where he enjoys working one-on one with the hygiene students. He also maintains a full time private practice in Edmonds.
Divya Rao, DDS
Dr.Rao has been practicing Dentistry in Washington state since 2006. She has a postgraduate degree in Oral Medicine and Oral Biology from University of Washington school of Dentistry.Currently she is working as a restorative dentist at Seattle central and Shoreline community college dental clinics.She also enjoys teaching basic and advanced pain control procedures and restorative techniques to dental hygiene students.
Margarita Koutsoumbas, DD
Margarita Koutsoumbas received her Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University and her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a supervising dentist at Shoreline Community College, Seattle Central Community College and Lake Washington Technical College. She is also the lead instructor of the Expanded Functions Dental Assistant program at Seattle Central Community College.
Lori Simicich, RDH, BS
Jennifer Dyke, RDH, BS
Jennifer earned an AAS in Dental Hygiene from Community College of Philadelphia in 1996 and a BS in Dental Hygiene from the University of Washington in 2001. She has worked for 17 years as a clinical dental hygienist in a variety of private practice settings including pediatric, periodontal and general dentistry. Jennifer joined the Shoreline Community College dental hygiene faculty in 2013 as a second year clinical instructor.She is excited to be part of the Shoreline Community College dental hygiene program team and to bring her experience to a program that continually produces educated and well trained dental hygienists.
David Apatoff, DDS
Following his graduation from the University Of Maryland School Of Dentistry, Dr. Apatoff served twenty years as a dentist with the U.S. Public Health Service. He has a wide range of experience in providing comprehensive, high-quality dental care to patients of all ages. His professional memberships include: Fellow--Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, Washington State Dental Association, and Snohomish County Dental Society.
Valerie Herring, RDH, BS
Valerie has been in the dental community since 1992. As a dental assistant in Montreal she was in school finishing her dental hygiene degree at John Abbott College (an affiliate of McGill University) in 1996. In Montreal, Valerie was certified in myofunctional therapy and Quest dental management. From her move to the West Coast she has been pursuing various certification from soft tissue Lasers, to the Las Vegas Institute, JP Institute, and the use of the PerioScope. In 1993 to 1995 she was a researcher for the Philips Company, researching various uses of the Sonicare toothbrush. In 2007, she left the United States for a little over a year to help open the first Westernized dental practice in the country of Oman. There she helped develop a program to help the
dental office succeed and train the staff on American OSHA standards and volunteered her dental prevention plans to various local schools. After her return to the United States she received her second degree, Bachelors in Business Management and just recently completed her Masters in Adult Education and Training, both from the University of Phoenix. Valerie was invited to join the International Honors Society only offered to the top 10% of the graduating class. She is now an honorary member of Delta Mu Delta. Valerie has been published in the Canadian Dental Hygiene Association quarterly magazine, RDH Magazine, and a UK based online dental resource: Dentinal Tubules. She loves to volunteer and was a recent recipient of a community service award from her Alma Mater.
Steven Stanley, DDS
Steven is an expert in modern dentistry who has been practicing for over thirty years. He graduated from the University of Washington Dental School in 1981, and established his current office in 1982. In recent years, the quality of his work has been acknowledged by Seattle MET magazine, which has recognized him as one of Seattle’s top dentists. His notable associations include the Seattle King County Dental Society, American Dental Association, the Washington State Dental Association and Jet City Study Club. Dr. Stanley is a Shoreline dentist whose dental expertise and desire to help improve the life of each patient continuously puts smiles on the faces of his loyal patients.
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