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Dr. Melissa J. Spaulding was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada and moved to the Eastern Washington town of Walla Walla when she was a teenager. After completing her undergraduate degree at Walla Walla University, Melissa went on to pursue a degree in dentistry. She received her doctorate of dental surgery degree with honors from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 2008, and has since found her home in the lovely community of Gig Harbor, Washington. Dr. Spaulding is an active member of the ADA and WSDA, as well as a member of the SPEAR dental study club and is committed to a life-time of learning and growth through advanced education to better support and treat her patients.
Dr. Spaulding prides herself in helping patients achieve their dental health goals by providing options that meet their individual needs and providing care at the highest level possible. Dr. Spaulding also believes in empowering patients to make informed decisions about their oral health and individual needs.
Dentistry has been a rewarding career choice for Dr. Spaulding as it combines three of her life’s passions: Art, science, and education. In addition to her excitement about dentistry, she and her husband have a young daughter and are very excited to be a part of the Gig Harbor community.
Jill E. Hansen, DDS
Dr. Hansen has been practicing in Gig Harbor since 2000. She earned her graduate degree at the University of Washington Dental School. She carries a deep commitment to advancing her clinical skills and techniques as a dentist and advancing the education of her staff and patients. In addition to her working with the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona and the Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education in Biscayne, Florida, her training also includes hands-on coursework at the Newport Coast Oral Facial Institute.
Dr. Hansen is a Charter Member of the Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry (AMED). This international organization founded in 2002, is committed to serving the dental profession and the public it serves as a source of scientific evidence-based information on micro-dentistry and is a resource for the support and education of microscope dentists. In addition, Dr. Hansen served on the Pierce County Dental Board of Directors from 2006-2009, the Board for the AMED from 2008-2010 as well as the Chief Editor of the AMED Vision Newsletter.
On a personal note, Dr. Hansen spent most of her childhood in Alaska. She moved to the Northwest in 1993 and completed her Bachelors of Science in Biology at Pacific Lutheran University. She has twin daughters, Meghan and Elle, and a son, Jan Michael who goes by the alias "Dutch". Most of her spare time is enjoyed with family. She takes pleasure in cooking, reading, running, skiing, and traveling. She is incredibly thankful and proud to be part of the professional dental community in Gig Harbor.
We approach patient care with some particular goals in mind.
We believe that comprehensive care extends far beyond treating the teeth and do our best to develop life-long relationships with our patients. We recognize that people have individual needs and promise to provide an approach that meets these needs while taking into consideration factors such as systemic, psychological and financial health.
I became interested in dentistry at an early age. I began my career as a pediatric dental assistant in 2000. I have since settled into an administration role of treatment and schedule coordinator. I love helping make patients comfortable, getting to know them personally and seeing how happy they are when they finish with our team at the end of an appointment. I am honored to be part of the Spaulding Dental Co. team providing dental services in the Gig Harbor community that set us apart from other dental offices. I have three children. We enjoy skiing, camping, boating, fishing and just about everything outdoors. I am a farm girl at heart. We love animals and have yellow labs, horses, chickens and cats. In the summer, we enjoy working in our vegetable garden. If I am not working or at my children’s sporting events you can find me at church, running, or with a cup of coffee and a book.
From my very first dental appointment as a child I fell in love with dentistry. As a dental assistant, I enjoyed helping patients care for their teeth and get the smile they have always wanted! After 10 years of assisting I moved my knowledge of chair-side assisting and patient care to an administrative role and have been helping patients with this aspect of their care for almost 30 years. I enjoy interacting with patients and getting to know them and their families. I grew up in the small town of Sumner and raised my family there. I have 5 children, 3 daughters and 2 sons. I have been blessed with 4 beautiful granddaughters who take up most of my spare-time! I am currently working on my “Bucket List” which always has some fun and daring adventures! When I am home I enjoy reading, bike riding, gardening and watching my hummingbirds off my deck while my little Chiweenie “Buddy” keeps me company!
Kristi Boschetti, RDH
Dentistry has always been my passion. I have been in Dental Hygiene for 11 years and it only continues to challenge and amaze me. Helping people is what I love, and being a part of this amazing team gives me the chance to do that to the fullest. The opportunities for continuing education have only made me better at what I do. I am thankful to be a part of this amazing team and community of patients! Spaulding Dental Co. is like a family to me and I feel blessed to be a part of that. On a personal note, I am a busy mother to twin girls. Between chasing around my girls, being a wife, owning a personal training business with my husband, working out, family, and friends you can say life is busy! However, I also feel very blessed. I am surrounded by amazing people in my life and enjoy life to the fullest. My husband and I are very active. We enjoy hiking, water sports, and particularly working out!! Our girls have already started trying to mimic some of our workouts, which warms my heart!! Our hope is they grow up living an active healthy lifestyle enjoying all the Pacific Northwest offers!
Olesja Byers, RDH
When I was ten years old my family moved to the U.S. from Estonia in hopes of a good future for the children. Now married and with a carrier in dental hygiene, I can say these hopes came true! I am a graduate of TCC and received my Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene from Pierce College in 2015 and absolutely love what I do! It’s building relationships with my patients and helping them achieving their oral health and aesthetic goals excites me most about my position. On a personal note, my husband Tyler and I are newlyweds and fell in love over a shared passion for mission work. We love serving the community as well as traveling to impoverished areas of Mexico and Argentina for mission work; we have been involved with several local organizations such as the Tacoma Rescue Mission, Homeless Connect Project and programs through the Catholic Community Center. We own a construction business that focuses on remodeling houses and this past year we endeavored on a few trips and worked directly with orphanages and local churches. On these trips, we remodeled torn walls of an orphanage, built a roof in a church and most importantly built friendships with the children in the orphanages. In the future, we hope to bring a larger team to continue remodel work, and provide programs for kids that include some dental and medical education. I am excited to be a part of the outstanding team at Spaulding Dental Co. and the opportunities that it will bring!
Brianna Zottman RDH
Growing up in the Gig Harbor area, I’m happy to be back doing what I love. While completing my degree in kinesiology from Western Washington University, I found my passion for dentistry. During my final year, I not only underwent dental implant surgery but was fortunate to intern with a local dentist. Both experiences were incredibly intriguing, seeing dentistry from a patient perspective and providing care. My journey began! Graduating from dental hygiene school in 2015, my love for the profession continues to grow, and I’m elated to continue my journey with Spaulding Dental Co! I’m thankful to be part of such an amazing team, sharing the same passion of truly loving helping others. As well as the opportunities for continuing education, being able to provide the best care for an awesome community! Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking, reading, and running. Keeping active and healthy is a second passion. Rain or shine, you may pass me running through beautiful downtown Gig Harbor!
I grew up here in Gig Harbor. I lived here from 1977 until 2000, when I got married and moved to Bonney Lake. I graduated from Peninsula High School, where I participated in Volleyball, Basketball and Softball. After high school, I attended Tacoma Community College, played Volleyball and was heading toward a career in education. I got side tracked and decided to go to Bates Technical College and enroll in the Dental Assisting program where I graduated in 1994. When I am not working, I will be enjoying: my family, Guerin, Nicolette, and Aydin. In the summer, we spend most our time in Eastern Washington at our second home, in Sunland Estates by The Gorge Amphitheatre. There, we boat on the Columbia River and hang out at the beach in the nice warm climate. I look forward to the future with my family, where I plan to have fun in the sun and continue to learn about life!
Dental Assistant - Sterilization Tech
I grew up in the small town of Graham. After graduating I had the opportunity to move to Tulsa, Oklahoma where I continued my education and graduated as a surgical technologist. When I moved back home after graduating I was offered a job here at Spaulding Dental Co. as a sterilization tech but quickly wanted to learn more about dentistry. It is exciting applying the things I learned as a surgical technologist to dentistry. When I am not working, I enjoy traveling. I have been to 26 states and hope to visit all 50. I also enjoy spending my time outdoors, rock climbing, hiking, swimming, fishing, and camping.
I've always been intrigued by the medical field, having spent my 3 years in high school doing sports medicine. After I graduated, I knew I wanted to continue in the field, helping patients improve their health and function. I attended Olympic College and received my associates degree. From there, I enrolled in Everest College's dental assisting program, graduating in 2008. I had the chance to shadow my sister, who was also a dental assistant at the time, and saw how fascinating dentistry was and how grateful patients were for the time and care they were provided. Almost 12 years later, I am still as excited and fascinated with dentistry. I am so thankful to be apart of a great dental family here at Spaulding Dental Co.! When I'm not at the office, I am spending time with my fiancé, Ben, and our son, Ronin. Ronin keeps us quite busy and we spend a lot of time outdoors at the local parks and beaches, or spending time with our families.