Meet the Team
Dr. Scott Studerus
A native of Auburn, WA, Dr. Studerus did his undergraduate work at Washington State University. He earned his DDS degree at the University of Texas School of Dentistry. He maintains memberships in the Washington State Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Studerus lives in Belfair with his wife Kimberly. They have a daughter named Jillian and a son named Houston. In his free time, Dr. Studerus enjoys rowing, boating, jogging, and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Leslie Whalen
Dr. Whalen was raised in Gig Harbor, WA and is pleased to be practicing dentistry back in her community. She completed her undergraduate studies at Western Washington University and earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Marquette University School of Dentistry. She completed advanced training in general dentistry through the Northwest Dental Residency in Yakima, WA.
Outside of dentistry, Dr. Whalen enjoys playing tennis, hiking, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Tiffani - Office Coordinator
I have been in dentistry for more than 12 years and have enjoyed being a part of Dr. Studerus' great team since 2007. Dentistry is my passion; Dr. Studerus keeps all of us learning, improving and growing. I couldn't ask for a better job or team to spend my day with! I enjoy talking to patients, getting to know them and their families and being able to help in any way I can. I love my job because I get to teach patients about their most important asset, their smile! My job is rewarding both professionally and personally because of the overall end result that our team provides for our patients.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, family & friends. I enjoy activities such as 4 wheeling, bowling, walking around downtown gig harbor or simply sitting on a nice big comfy chair at Starbucks sipping on a white chocolate peppermint mocha.
Jackie - Dental Assistant
I've worked as a dental assistant for over 23 years, and have been a part of Dr. Studerus' dental team since 2009. With the work we do, we are able to help people reach their dental goals.
I participate in numerous charity fundraisers to help many. I ran my first marathon a few years ago for the American Cancer Society. I had so much fun I ran a few more. I've raised four amazing boys, who have kept me busy. I enjoy outdoor activities, especially riding my Harley-Davidson Motorcycle.
Carly - Dental Assistant
I'm happy to have found such a great team to work with! I have been a dental assistant since 2003 and truly love my job. Helping patients achieve their dental goals is very rewarding. When I'm not at work I'm spending time with my son Jaxon, having get togethers with family, and enjoying each day that I'm blessed with!
Rami - Front office/Assistant
Dr. Studerus generously offered to let me do my internship here and I've been with his team ever since. I started as an assistant in 2012 and started working in the front office early in 2014. It feels great to be excited to come to work each day with a team that is enthusiastic and efficient.
I got married in November 2014 to the most amazing man ever and look forward to starting a family. In our free time we like to help at our church in Seabeck and spend time outside! Being a North Mason graduate I really enjoy working in our community and getting to know all our patients. It's a blessing to be able to meet patients on the phone, and help them with their treatment while they are in our office.
Brianna - Hygienist
After growing up in the Gig Harbor area, I'm happy to be back in the area and to be a part of the Studerus Dental team! Graduating from Western Washington University in 2011, I went on to further my education and pursue a degree in dental hygiene. By 2015 I graduated at the top of my class and was ready to start my career in hygiene. My love for dentistry sparked after having dental implants placed and being amazed by the process and the advancements in dentistry. I truly enjoy helping people achieve their oral health goals and providing exceptional care for their beautiful smiles.
Outside of the office and dentistry, you'll find me out on a run or in the kitchen cooking. Nutrition and overall health is my secondary passion to teeth!
Anna - Dental Assistant
I've been in the dental field since early 2016 as an assistant. I enjoy being a part of team Studerus and helping our patients meet their needs/goals while helping them understand their dental care. It makes me feel very grateful to work with a team that is so motivated in providing exceptional care through the latest treatment advancements.
I was born and raised in Gig Harbor. I come from a large family and have a twin sister. In my spare time I enjoy having fun in the sun, hiking, camping and also enjoy drawing and painting.
Jennifer - Hygienist
As a dental hygienist, since 1993, one of my goals is to help our patients become comfortable and relaxed while exceeding their dental expectations. It is important for me to help patients not only discover, but achieve their dental goals. Assisting patients in accomplishing their goals, seeing the results of treatment, and building trusting relationships are the most important aspects of my job. I believe that good hygiene is the cornerstone to overall dental health. Remaining current on the latest treatment modalities, and taking pride in preventative care allows me to be able to partner with our patients to create a foundation for a higher level of dental health.
I am happily married to a wonderful supportive man. I have 2 kitties that are our "fur babies". In my free time I love crafting, especially making jewelry. I also like gardening, going to the movies, and watching reality tv.
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