Meet the Dental Staff
Meet the team at Simply Smiles!
Dr. Jennifer Fields
Welcome to Simply Smiles! Thank you for choosing our office for your family’s comprehensive dental care. I am excited to have the opportunity to be your dentist. Dentistry is an ideal profession in my mind. I love the way that it blends art with science, while giving me the opportunity to work with my hands and meet a wide variety of patients every day.
I grew up in Minneapolis, MN and graduated from The Blake School in 2001. Following this, I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating with distinction with a B.S. in Biology and Certificate in Business in 2005. After receiving my undergraduate degree, I continued my studies at the University of Minnesota – School of Dentistry, where I obtained my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. For the past 4 years, I have been practicing full-time as a general dentist in a large group practice setting in Minneapolis. This has given me the opportunity to gain invaluable experience working with a patient population with a wide variety of dental needs, and has included seeing many children, treating an assortment of dental emergencies, and providing comprehensive care with a preventative based approach. I focus on providing patients with thorough examinations, and enjoy explaining treatment options and educating patients on how to achieve optimal and lasting oral health. Delivering high quality care in a comfortable setting is always my number one priority.
As an active member of the American Dental Association, Washington State Dental Association, and Academy of General Dentistry, I value the importance of lifelong learning. I have completed over 250 hours of continuing education since graduation and am working towards my Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. I enjoy all aspects of dentistry and have taken courses on a wide variety of topics, including completion of the University of Minnesota’s Post-Graduate Program for Esthetic Dentistry Level I. Volunteering every year as a provider in the Give Kids a Smile Program has also been a very rewarding portion of my career.
Outside of the office, I enjoy all aspects of outdoor life in the Pacific Northwest. You can find me hiking, waterskiing, kayaking, downhill skiing, scuba diving, and exploring the many beautiful areas nearby with my husband, Derek. We are new to Washington and love to cook while entertaining family and friends. I am especially excited about all of the fresh fish and local produce that this area has to offer!
Ashley - Registered Dental Hygienist
Hi, I'm Ashley and I joined the Simply Smiles team in early 2012. I feel so fortunate to be a part of the excellent here. I love being able to personally connect with the patients while encouraging and educating them about the importance of their oral health. I also really love working with children when I get the chance. I am excited to meet you and keep you and your mouth healthy, together!
I grew up locally, in Renton and currently live in the Kent area with my husband, Andrew, and our not-so-little puppy, Duke! We have 16 nieces and nephews that I love as if they were my own. I love spending time with them. the rest of our families and our friends. I enjoy playing soccer (indoor & outdoor), watching and going to soccer, hockey or football games, reading, bike riding, and running or walking with Duke. I also enjoy volunteering and spending time with Judy at Christ Community Free Clinic here in Auburn.
Kaylee, RDA - Certified Dental Assistant
Hi my name is Kaylee , and I joined this amazing team in late 2011. I graduated from Renton Technical College 's Dental Assisting program in 2010. I love my career choice because I get to spend my days making people smile, and my day-to-day goal is to have our patient s walk out of our office with a new view on going to the dentist. Our entire team is passionate about what we do and gives 110% every day to keep our patients happy and healthy.
I was born in Federal Way and currently live in Auburn. In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, watching movies, playing video games and playing with my kitten Zoey! I also love to travel and enjoy going new places and meeting new people.
Kelly - Registered Dental Hygienist
Hello, I'm Kelly and I am part of the great hygiene team, seeing people for care and maintenance appointments. I love making connections with people and getting to be a little part of their lives. Having grown up in Auburn, it's been fun to become reacquainted with some faces from my past. The team we have here is so wonderfully supportive of each other and honestly enjoys spending time with each other that it makes coming to work a joy! We love to treat our patients as if they are part of the family. Our front office and restorative staff are always there to aid the hygiene department in any way they can.
I am married to my husband, Larry, and we have two children, Bailey and Clara. I enjoy hiking, camping, bicycling with my family, and I love reading and music of many kinds. I volunteer at our church, St. John the Baptist in Covington, as well as at my daughters' school.
Kimberley, RDA - Certified Dental Assistant & Hygiene Coordinator
Hi my name is Kim and I joined the Simply Smiles team in 1997 as Dr Rich's chair side assistant where I worked for over 11 years caring for patients. I transitioned to the front office where I manage the schedule for our four Hygienist and special projects for Dr Rich. I want to change any negative perceptions patients may have about dental offices by giving them a one of a kind exceptional experience I get to change people's lives by helping them achieve good dental health and wash away any negative experiences from their past. I am lucky enough to have served our patients for so many years that I have formed lasting friendships, I feel like I have a big extended family here. We are a diverse and talented team of professionals, we enjoy working and playing together and you will often hear the sounds of laughter in our practice along with smiling faces because we believe energy, passion, and fun must be part of our daily lives.
I am a Federal Way native. I am married to the love of my life, Will, a Lt. Firefighter for the city of Renton. We have a love bird named Cuddles and a Shiloh Shepherd named Ryker, we enjoy exploring new dog parks and hiking. I enjoy cooking, baking, gardening, photography, jewelry making and art projects. I am very passionate and active in animal rights and I believe we can make the world a better place by teaching others how to care for and be compassionate to animals.
Lita, RDA - Certified Dental Assistant & Sleep Apnea Coordinator
Hi, I'm Lita. I have been working in dentistry since 1998, and joined the Simply Smiles team in early 2011. It is exciting to work with a team that is truly dedicated to their patients, and determined to give the best care possible. I love dentistry and am passionate about meeting people's needs, and will make every effort to help you be comfortable with your treatment in our office.
As a military kid growing up, I have lived in California, Florida, Germany and, since grade school, in Puyallup. I enjoy traveling, reading, gardening and spending time with my wonderful teenage son Kyle, my fiance Jake and our two dogs Stella and Bonzai.
Lori - Registered Dental Hygienist
Hi, my name is Lori, and as an Hygienist I spend my day educating patients on how they can best care for their mouths and provide polishing and periodontal therapy to help them achieve optimal health. Having the privilege of working in one location for so many years has given me a sense of a second family. Seeing some of my younger patients grow up and bringing their children in to be seen as patients is gratifying. I love building relationships with my patients. I work with a great team of professionals with Dr. Rich leading our way. We love what we do and are eager to see that our patients get the best care possible.
I am originally from Salem, Oregon, and have lived in Tacoma since 1988. When I have free time I like to travel and explore, work in the garden, sew and do paper crafting.
Nicole, RDA - Certified Dental Assistant & New Patient Coordinator
Hi, I'm Nicole and I have been creating a welcoming and caring environment for our patients since 2009. My part in the Simply Smiles team began as one of Dr Rich's chair side assistants where I worked for over 5 years caring for patients. I transitioned to the front office where I manage the New Patients coming in to our practice, and Marketing. I have enjoyed having such a diverse role in the practice. Our team is so great because we all want our patients to be healthy and happy. Dr. Rich is very comforting to the patients and explains things very easily. Our entire team works so well together because we all agree to coach each other and ask for help!
I am a native to the South Seattle area and have lived in Auburn since May 2011. My husband Tim and I welcomed our first child in October 2012. We are enjoying all of the new parent experiences with our Daughter, Madeleine. We also have two dogs, Brewser, a Chinese Crested/Yorkie mix, and Farley, a Pug/Beagle mix. We love spending time with our family and friends.
Shawna - Restorative Coordinator
Hi, my name is Shawna. I am blessed to be part of an amazing team. i love my position as a restorative coordinator and I am excited to help our wonderful patients achieve their dental goals. I am happy to go above and beyond to make that possible. I have been in the dental field since 1998 and joined Simply Smiles in the fall of 2012. Helping our patients is my passion and the smile at the end is my reward.
I currently live in Auburn and I have a 2 year old shitzhu/poodle named Layla that is my heart! My other passions include drag racing, family, camping, having fun and relaxing in the sun!
Traci - Registered Dental Hygienist
Hello, I'm Traci and I have worked in the field of dentistry for over 25 years. My job involves teaching and helping people take care of their mouths and learn what it takes to achieve a healthy smile. If people have healthy teeth and gums, they have a better chance of having a healthy body overall. I feel that we have one of the most caring and helpful teams that I have ever worked with. We all work well together and really care about patients and their comfort. Dr. Rich is such a gentle man who cares about his patients and his team. He is so knowledgeable about all aspects of dentistry and communicates that knowledge to his patients with a caring and gentle attitude. We truly care!
I am married to my husband, Keith, and we have a son. Kendall. I enjoy playing golf, softball, scrapbooking, photography, and travel. I am involved with my church as an advisor on many of the retreats and mission trips for the junior high and high school age youth. It is wonderful to be a mentor to our young people. I also volunteer in the Medical Teams International Mobile Dental Van where I care for people that don't have any way of getting dental care of any kind. It is so rewarding to help people in the community that need our help.