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Hood River Staff

Katie Leininger - Expanded Functions Dental Assistant, Expanded Functions Orthodontic Assistant

Hello, my name is Katie. I have been working, as a dental assistant, for A Kidz Dental Zone since January 2012. I enjoy working for A Kidz Dental Zone because I love children and I like to be a positive influence to their lives. I was born and raised in Hood River. Throughout my life I have been involved in many community organizations such as 4-H, FFA and various sports teams. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my dogs, hiking, camping, snowboarding, and anything to do with outdoors. I love living in Hood River because I like being able to experience all of the changing seasons throughout the year and because Hood River has a variety of activities and events to be involved in.

Sonia - Hygiene Assistant, Sterilization Technician

Hi, my name is Sonia, and I have been working for A Kidz Dental Zone for the last five years. I really enjoy the opportunity to use my Spanish language skills to help native Spanish speaking children understand what is going on during their dental appointment. It is so rewarding to help kids become confident at the dentist, even with a language barrier. One of my favorite things is helping parents with nutritional counseling and how to prevent caries. In my free time, I enjoy photography, seeing live musicians, visiting my family in Mexico and spending time outdoors..

Holly Webster- Expanded Functions Dental Assistant, Expanded Functions Orthodontic Assistant

Hi, my name is Holly and I was born and raised in the Columbia River Gorge. I am a wife and mother of 3 boys. My interests are whatever sport my boys are involved. I love knitting, baking and watching my boys grow up and succeed in life. I am an active member in my local church and love to help where I am needed. I have worked for A Kidz Dental Zone for over 16 years and love my job. I am a first aid/CPR instructor and I also teach dental education in the local elementary/pre-schools in the area during children's dental health month.

Desi Zeller- Expanded Functions Dental Assistant, Expanded
Functions Orthodontic Assistant

My name is Desi. I have been in Hood River area since 1988. When I moved, I knew it was the location for me to raise my family. Lucky for me, life has led me to continue my journey here in Hood River. I live with my husband (Jeff) and my two kids, Makena and Ryan. We all have a strong community interest and love growing with Hood River as it changes. I have been active in Hood River Wrestling. My interests are any and all sports. I love working with kids. I enjoy reaching out in the community and educating families on dental care, dental protection and nutrition for dental health. My favorite thing is being a parent, being active, and playing with my dogs. Working with kids on a daily basis either at work or outside of work is definitely rewarding. My favorite time of year is fall, especially in the gorge. My Favorite movie is Kung Fu Panda. I just love Po!


My name is Liz, I was born and raised in this beautiful Hood River Valley. I am married and have 4 wonderful children. I have been working for A Kidz Dental Zone 7yrs. I enjoy spending time with my family as well as outdoor activities. I love working with kids, getting to know them as well as watching them grow up.

Sue Fogle

I have had the pleasure of working for A Kidz Dental Zone for more than five years! I enjoy coming to work every day and look forward to seeing all the smiling and happy faces. I have worked in the dental industry for over 20 years. I have been employed in both General Dentistry and Pediatric practices. I have three wonderful boys who have grown up and left the nest. My oldest is an Architect, my middle son is a Navy Corpsman, and my youngest will be graduating from Fire Fighting School very soon. My husband of thirty-two years is currently refereeing football My husband and I are avid Oregon Duck Fans. So I would have to say my favorite season of the year would have to be Oregon Duck football season. I love living in the Columbia Gorge. I grew up in Hood River, traveled for a number of years, and then moved back to Hood River to raise my family. We live in such a beautiful place with two majestic mountains, a couple of fantastic rivers, lots of lakes, and a metropolitan area a short distance away. I could not have asked for a better community to live, raise a family, and work in every day. I am looking forward to seeing all of you at your next dental appointment. As always--keep smiling and show those pretty teeth.

Pat Turner

Hi, my name is Pat and I have been with A Kidz Dental Zone for a little over a year now. I really enjoy being able to see the children come in excited to see their dentist and leaving with bright, white smiles! I was born and raised in Hood River and have always loved the area and community. I always knew it was where I would raise my family as well. I have two children that were also born and raised in Hood River, they are now grown and living out on their own. I also have two (soon to be three!) grandbabies that live in Indiana, which means I visit as often as possible! When I am with my grandbabies we love to watch Cat in the Hat and Toy Story. We all also make sure to brush our teeth at least twice a day! My favorite toothpaste is anything minty fresh; of course the kid’s favorite is the sparkly blue bubble gum so I always have to make sure to have some on hand.

Alondra Rodriquez (photo coming soon)

Hello, my name is Alondra Rodriguez and I’m the Schedule Coordinator at A Kidz Dental Zone in Hood River, I was born in Mexico but grew up in Hood River. I am married and have 2 children Ricky and Jaylin. After high school, I moved away for 5 years and decided to move back to town when my son would start kindergarten. Soon after my return I was hired to be a part of this great office. Being a part of this team, I have been able to get involved with community events. What I enjoy the most about working at A Kidz Dental Zone is, seeing and hearing the patient and doctor interaction that goes on in our office as well as the happy smiles as they check out with me. When I’m not at work I like to watch movies on Netflix, spend time with my family and coupon with my sisters. My family and I like all toothpastes by Crest and floss picks can be found around the house and in our car.

Martha Barajas (photo coming soon)

My name is Martha, I’ve Been living in Hood River for as long as I can remember. I am very fortunate to live in a town with amazing people, whom are willing to help each other in any possible way. Some of my interests include being outdoors; either playing soccer on a sunny day or snowboarding on a snowy one. Watching live games has always been fun. Especially when rooting for the Portland Blazers or the Timbers! I am very outgoing and love meeting new people. Summer in Hood River is wonderful! With its growing community there’s always more time to help other people explore and enjoy our town.

The Dalles Staff

David Crawford - Practice Manager

Hi! My name is David Crawford and I started working for A Kidz Dental Zone of The Dalles in summer of 2013. I love being part of a team that is dedicated to the overall health and wellness of children. I love to continue my education in dentistry and have worked in field for 10 years now in general and pediatric offices. I am excited to work for a company that not only cares about our amazing patients but also for the community we live in, it makes me enjoy coming to work every day! I have a beagle son named Ben that I love dearly! I enjoy spending time with my friends, being outdoors hiking and swimming. A few of my favorite things are clean healthy teeth, the color green, cooking, summertime, music and coffee. I look forward to meeting you and your children so we can keep those beautiful teeth happy and healthy!


My name is Erin, and I've been working for a Kidz Dental Zone since 2003. I've always enjoyed working with kids and find this job very rewarding. It feels great to help children have a positive dental experience, and to see them come into our office, and leave, with a smile (and a prize!). One of my favorite things is to help kids improve on brushing & flossing. "Floss is your friend" is a saying I often share with boys and girls who need a little extra encouragement, and there's always room for improvement, myself included! Outside the office, I enjoy hiking and flat water kayaking with my husband, spending time with my extended family, and teaching 1st & 2nd grade Sunday school.


My name is Alisha and I have been with A Kidz Dental Zone for almost a year now. I moved to the gorge 5 years ago and fell in love with the area. I currently reside in Goldendale, WA. with my 4-year-old daughter, Kayden. I am fortunate enough to have found a career I absolutely love in this area. Working with children has always been a desire of mine and I couldn't imagine working anywhere else. From educating both children and parents on oral health, to the look on a child’s face when they do something they thought they could not, every aspect of this job is rewarding. I am so honored to be part of the Kidz Dental Zone family. It is truly amazing to be able to work with such a knowledgeable, professional, and helpful group of people.

Griselda Cuevas

Hi, my name is Griselda I initially started working at A Kidz Dental Zone in 2006. I then moved to Beaverton, where I continued my education. I have been working with A Kidz Dental zone once again since 2013. I love working here with all the kids and providing them with a great dental experience. I love my job and being part of a great team. On my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Stephanie Lopez

My name is Stephanie. I’ve been working at A Kidz Dental Zone for about 6 month. I was born and raised in The Dalles. I have two younger brothers and also have a cat and dog! I graduated from The Dalles High School in 2014. I was lucky enough to find such a fun and rewarding job! I enjoy learning new things everyday and being able to work with kids. When I’m not at work I like to spend time with my family.

Paloma Rodriguez - Scheduling Coordinator (photo coming soon)

Hello, my name is Paloma I am the Scheduling Coordinator for A Kidz Dental Zone in The Dalles. I enjoy working with children and watching them come in excited for their appointment. I was born and raised in Hood River. It is a beautiful town to have grown up in with a wonderful community as well and I’m glad to be able to share the experience and be able to raise my 4 year old son, Eduardo in the same town I grew up in. I enjoy spending time with my son, family, and friends enjoying everything that the Gorge has to offer, traveling to Mexico to visit family down there and watch sibling’s softball/baseball games and pretty soon my little ones games as well. My favorite season is Fall and seeing all the beautiful trees here in the gorge change.

Jasmine - (photo coming soon)

Hello, my name is Jasmine I am a receptionist for A Kidz Dental Zone in The Dalles. I was born in Los Angeles, CA, but was raised in The Dalles. I am married and have two sons Alejandro and Axel. I enjoy going out to parks with my children especially here in the lovely Gorge. I love reading and being able to read to my children. Coming into this job has allowed me to get more involved with the community that I live in. Now that I am part of the team, I can see how much effort and love is put into our community events and the services we provide for our patients. The most satisfying part of my job is seeing the patients run up to the entrance with big grins on their faces ready for their fun filled visit.