Jessie Banks, DDS
"The Big Kahuna"
Dr. Jessie Banks completed her pediatric dental residency and internship at Texas A&M University – Baylor College of Dentistry and received her DDS from the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Banks has extensive experience in working with children who require special needs through her residency training at Baylor’s Dental Clinics, Children’s Medical Center and at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Dr. Banks has also completed her Board Certification in Pediatric Dentistry and is now a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She was the recipient of the Richard C. Pugh Achievement Award for scoring in the top 3% of the nation for the written board exam.
The education required to practice pediatric dentistry includes specialized training of two or more years beyond dental school. Pediatric dentists such as Dr. Banks often work with pediatricians, physicians and other dental specialists in order to best provide the total health care necessary for the development of a child.
It is Dr. Banks’ true joy to work with and inform patients and parents on dental issues pertaining to oral health. Her goal is to increase awareness and provide education in anticipatory guidance of pediatric dental care in areas such as oral development, fluoride adequacy, oral hygiene and health, oral habits, nutrition, diet, and injury prevention. By doing so, she hopes to establish positive partner relationships with her patients, parents and community.
Dr. Banks has a strong commitment to education and community service. She is an active member in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, and the Kitsap County Dental Society. She is also a member of a local pediatric study group, where she and other pediatric specialists meet to discuss topics in pediatric dentistry. Additionally, Dr. Banks is a member the American Academy of Clear Aligners, and is a member of the Galler ReIngage Invisalign Provider Group.
Dr. Banks enjoys spending her free time with her husband and her two sons. Her hobbies include reading, walking, paddle-boarding, and hanging out with her boys!
Megan Miller, DDS
"The Wisdom Tooth"
Dr. Megan Miller was in second grade when she realized she loved teeth and decided to become a dentist. Dr. Miller earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas. While completing her undergraduate degree at Texas A&M, Dr. Miller worked as a pediatric dental assistant. There she discovered how rewarding it is to work with children every day and make going to the dentist fun. Dr. Miller has also completed her Board Certification in Pediatric Dentistry and is now a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Since 2008, Dr. Miller has traveled each spring with Tejas Missions to Central America to serve the dental needs of the people of southern Belize. While she lived in Texas, Dr. Miller volunteered each year with the Texas Smile Foundation at Texas Missions of Mercy events that provided dental services to qualifying patients. Dr. Miller believes "to whom much is given, much is expected," and she is grateful to be a member of a profession that enables her to care for others.
In her free time, Dr. Miller enjoys reading non-fiction, hiking, cycling and traveling with her husband. She is a member of both the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association.
Fun Fact: Dr. Miller loves all things Disney and is a regular at the happiest places on earth: Disney World and Disneyland!
"The Sweet Tooth"
When you meet our dental assistant Haley, you may think her life is full of lollipops, rainbows, and bubblegum and, while she does indulge sometimes, she is really the sweet tooth in our office because of her amazing, kind personality. In addition to being full of sweet words and actions, Haley loves to make sure she imparts the importance of oral hygiene to our patients. She wants to help them keep those silly sugar bugs away! In her spare time, Haley loves to snuggle with her pet rats, shop for purses and shoes, and root for her favorite team. Go Bulldogs!
"Miss Fix It"
When something needs to be fixed in our office, who do we call? Miss Fix It! Allison is our Safety Officer and a dental assistant, and she makes sure our office is in tip top shape. She solves almost all mechanical and maintenance issues in our office with a flourish of duct tape, the pounding of a hammer, or the twist of a screw. No problem is too big or too small for Miss Fix It! When she is not here keeping our office up to date, Allison loves being outside with her family, digging in her garden, and taking long naps in her hammock.
"The Prize Princess"
Judy, one of our wonderful dental assistants, lives in a far away castle isolated by water, has a pet dragon that protects her prizes from evil monsters, and has a magic laugh that will brighten your whole day. Judy picks the best prizes possible for all of our amazing patients. From bracelets, to dinosaurs, magic rings to bouncy balls, Judy makes sure her treasure is ready for your magic coin at each appointment. She loves to see children smile with happiness when they do a good job, and being the prize princess is the best part of her day. When Judy is not in her castle staring at clouds or feeding her dragon, she loves playing with her friends, spending time with her family and two beautiful little boys, and laughing at silly jokes.
How do you put an obsessive organizer and lover of all things labeled to good use? Make her an office manager. While she never realized that her devotion to alphabetization, yellow Post Its, and Clorox Disinfectant Wipes (the ocean fresh scent) would lead her to a career in dentistry, Laura loves working with a menagerie of team members and helping them accomplish their professional goals while putting our amazing patients first. When Laura is not at work, she loves to lay on her yoga mat in child's pose and reward her hard work with extra hot fudge on her Bluberry Fro Yo. She also loves spending time with her amazing (and very laid back) husband, Ryan, and their beautiful puppies, Sam the Dog, and Mr. Wilson.
Crystal graduated from dental assisting school, but found her passion in dental office administration. Now she is our amazing Treatment Coordinator! While she isn't a "know it all," she does know it all! With her background in dental assisting and now as a Treatment Coordinator, Crystal is able to help parents navigate both clinically and financially through their child's appointments. She was born and raised in Bremerton and, while she loves this area, she refuses to wear socks with sandals. When not at work, Crystal enjoys spending time with her husband, Alex, and watching re-runs of "Friends."
"The Pink Plumeria"
Just like the pink plumeria, Olivia is sweet and girly and one of our fantastic dental assistants. Plus, she loves everything pink! She loves interacting with the kiddos at our office, and sharing healthy brushing habits with them. When not at work, Olivia loves shopping, going to the movies, and playing tennis. She also loves staying pretty, just like the plumeria!
"The Go To Gal"
Miss Kelsey is one of our most amazing dental assistants! If you are ever in need of a smile or a word of encouragement, she is your go-to gal! Kelsey is our office cheerleader, and she is always reassuring our patients, their families and her co-workers that they are doing great at achieving their goals. Kelsey loves getting to build relationships with our patients and their families, and she loves teaching great oral hygiene habits. Kelsey was born and raised in Poulsbo, WA and after graduating from Washington State University, she made her way back home and found her love for the dental field. In her spare time, she enjoys adventuring and watching movies with her husband and their dog Jax, as well as going on long refreshing runs and unwinding at the gym.
"Sugar Bug Sleuth"
Miss Jessica, one of our amazing hygienists, loves solving problems and being a detective! She finds her passion in spying on kiddo's teeth, and helping the solve cavity crimes as our Sugar Bug Sleuth. Miss Jessica is always brainstorming different ways to help kids stay one step ahead of tooth dirt and silly sugar bugs. Whether by teaching fun ways to brush, creative ways to remember our daily flossing or even introducing healthy eating habits, Miss Jessica believes we can always find a way to snag the sugar bugs and beat down the dirt. When we work together as a team, any crime is stoppable, and nothing is impossible! Miss Jessica was a dental assistant for seven years before she graduated from dental hygiene school at Seattle Central College. Not capturing cavities and cracking difficult hygiene cases, Miss Jessica loves spending time with friends and family, including her wonderful son, Liam! She loves to laugh during game night, enjoys sports seasons, and spending her summers at the lake.
Ready for a laugh? This girl has a joke for you. Along with providing a treatment for your kiddos teeth, Asia, one of our fantastic treatment coordinators, delivers a punchline that will crack you up. Even though she's not blowing bubbles or throwing a party in your mouth, Asia finds a way to make your smile grand. Asia is from Augusta, Ga, home of the Masters Golf, 70 degree winters, and sweet tea. When shes not at KKD she enjoy watching college football (Roll Tide), spending time with family, and running with her dog Cooper.
Miss Tiffany left Kistap Kid’s Dentistry for a year to be with her family in Georgia, but missed being home and with the team so much that she came right back to dental paradise! She is one of our amazing, fun, and energetic dental assistants, and we couldn’t be more happy she is working with our team. Tiffany loves chatting with her patients about the importance of brushing and flossing and helping them to keep their teeth sparkling everyday! In her spare time, Tiffany loves being with her husband Jerry and two beautiful daughters Aaliyah and Stella. Together, they love to go camping, play games, and hang out in the sun!
"Burst of Sunshine"
Skyler is one of our wonderful dental assistants, and she was born and raised right here on the Peninsula! Her personality and enthusiasm for the dental industry and for patient care is a burst of sunshine that brightens like the dawn. We know we can feel the warmth of her smile as it reflects radiant beams of brightness through the Kitsap Kids Dentistry office. As a mother of a daughter, Skyler strives to demonstrate daily dental care through her peppy personality. She encourages kids to keep sugar bugs at bay through interactive play and can’t wait to welcome your child to our office.
Britt enjoyed growing up in an island in the Puget sound. She loved the breeze of childhood freedom as she rode her dirt bike, played at the park or splashed at the beach with her friends and family. Britt loves interacting with children, and happily heads to Kitsap kids each day, excited to assist our patients, play with new friends, and pass on the important knowledge of oral hygiene to create happy and healthy smiles. So far on Britt’s journey at Kitsap Kids, she is having a whale of a good time and is ready to make a huge splash for smiles with her easy going and “breezy” personality.
Corals are fundamental to marine life, building beautiful reef habitats for many kinds of sea life. Like coral, Jess strives to support the Kitsap Kids team in creative and fun ways, and she is always ready to adapt to her surroundings. Jess has lived all over the Puget Sound, continuing her education after graduating from Cornish College of Arts by swimming from Tacoma to Everett, then to Seattle and she has now has joined us at Kitsap Kids Dentistry. Friendly and soft spoken Jess is here to make appointment scheduling a breeze. When she is not at the practice she enjoys creating art, studying, and spending time with her family combing our local beaches.
"The Sand Dollar"
Want to know what fish use for money? It’s sand dollars! Chrissy, one of our Financial Coordinators, is always on the hunt for seashells. When she isn’t kelp-ing parents and patients, you can find her on a sandy beach scouring for sand dollars and other beach treasures. Chrissy’s three daughters Brooke, Harley, and Lily Bug, are always up for the sand-venture and tag along, with husband Richie in tow. This Pacific Northwest native is always up for a good laugh and a little sunshine!
"The Giggling Dolphin"
Brandie is our wonderful dental assistant who loves to make you smile and show off those beautiful pearly whites! She knows the importance of a good laugh as well as a good smile. Brandie is the perfect person to get tips and tricks from on how to have the best oral care routine through fun team work with mom and dad. Brandie loves to giggle and play, just like a Dolphin, but when she stays home with her family loves to watch a good Disney movie!
"The Jumping Jellyfish"
Abby is one of our amazing dental hygienists. You may remember her from a long time ago as one of our dental assistants, but after moving away for some time, she came back and is here to stay! Abby loves jumping like a jellyfish from room to room every day searching for tricky tooth dirt and blowing glitter bubbles. When she finds any tooth dirt, she enjoys making it disappear! Miss Abby is originally from Kansas City, MO, but loves WA state so much she decided to make this her forever home. She loves volunteering and most recently volunteered at the Special Olympics in Seattle, giving dental cleanings to all of the athletes. In her spare time, Miss Abby enjoys crafting and DIY, hiking, working out and spending time with her family. She especially loves snuggles from her little boy, Paxton.
"Helpful Honey Bee"
When you see Virginia, a dental assistant, flying fast around the office, you know she is on her way to be a helpful honey bee to one of our patients or our team members. Virginia always puts others first and she loves to care for everyone she meets! She is buzzing with excitement and passion for dental assisting and for spending time with our amazing patients. In her spare time, Virginia loves to hike, craft and fish. She loves to spend time with her husband, their beautiful daughter, and their two dogs.
Bridget is our lead Scheduling Coordinator! She was born and raised in Bremerton and enjoys the wonderful landscapes of the PNW. Bridget went to a performing arts college in Hollywood, CA and earned her BFA in Musical Theater. After college her family and the trees called her back home where, when she’s not at the office, she can be found teaching acting and dance at a local dance studio! Bridget loves exploring with friends and spending time with family. She is happy to help you with all of your scheduling needs!
"The Tidy Tidepool"
Kimberly, our incredible Sterilization Technician, has a deep connection to the ocean and being tossed on the waves because she is a Navy veteran and has traveled the world by ship! She recently graduated from Columbia Southern University with a degree in business administration but decided to try something a little more hands on. She fell in love with Kitsap Kid’s Dentistry and her work as a sterilization technician. She loves to make sure our practice is prepared for your kiddo’s appointment! Sterilization, organization, and helping others makes her happy! In her spare time, Kimberly enjoys music, all things pink, refurbishing furniture, and spending time with her husband and two children.
"The Calming Wave"
It has been said that the ocean has a calming effect on your mind. Just like a calming wave, Brandi, our Financial Coordinator, is here to help with her friendly and relaxed personality. She strives to assist patients and her team members anyway she can to make sure everything for your account and our practice is “smooth sailing.” You can typically find Brandi boating around the ocean of insurances fishing for those hard to find sand dollars. When she’s not at work, she loves to spend time adventuring with her family, crafting and organizing, and newly trying to figure out how to garden.
On the days Andrea, one of our wonderful scheduling coordinators, is not in the front office working with the team to schedule cleanings or prepare for upcoming appointments, she can be found hiking, backpacking and dirt biking! She loves the outdoors and is always up for exploring and adventures! And her Chocolate Lab named Beau is always doubly up for an adventure. Andrea is excited to be a part of the KKD family where she can learn more about the office portion of dentistry and all that it entails. It is yet another adventure in which she is excited to explore.
"Ray of Sunshine"
Miss Yvonne is one of our amazing expanded function dental auxiliaries. Miss Yvonne loves to shine around the office, singing songs and making patients smile with her vibrant personality. It’s no wonder we call her our “Ray of Sunshine.” She brightens up each of our days! Yvonne has over 20 years of experience in the dental field and has lived in the PNW her entire life. In her spare time, she loves anything chocolate, hiking, hanging out by the ocean, and spending time with her 14 grandchildren. Miss Yvonne is also very passionate about volunteering with outreach programs in our community.
Alisha has been a member of the KKD team from the very beginning, as she was a patient of Dr. Banks' as a mini penguin. Working here has always been her dream! She loves assisting Dr. Banks and gives her own version of a “love pebble” by helping to create happy and healthy smiles. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest and volunteered as a camp counselor for 6 years, establishing amazing relationships with many children. Alisha is our team sparkle, and keeps all our team members "Positively Poppin!"
Erin, one of our wonderful dental assistants, was born in Guam and lived there for a total of 5 years. She has traveled to 12 different countries and is always on the move! At the office, you can spot her moving from one patient to the next, helping to create magical dental experiences for each kiddo she meets. Erin Ioves to cook, bake, go hiking, and snuggle with Rex, her kitty cat. Also, Erin feels like a safari girl in her (new to her) 91' Jeep Wrangler.
Just like mermaids swim around the whole ocean spreading beautiful smiles and happiness; if you look around our tropical get away you will be sure to see Amber, our lovely dental assistant, firing up motivation with her teammates. She has moved many times around Kitsap County just like the ocean waters move all around the Kitsap Penninsula. Amber loves her home in Kitsap County and plans on treading the waters at the greatest dental practice ever: Kitsap Kids Dentistry! She has a little one-and-a-half-year old little merman of her own named Lucas, and when Amber is not at work she enjoys spending time with her son swimming in life's beautiful waters.
Mackenzie is one of our wonderful dental assistants and she dedicates her time into making sure that our patients/ her teammates are happy and well taken care of. She loves looking for ways to make everybody feel just at home at Kitsap Kids Dentistry as she does. She is always excited to try new ideas around the office and never hesitates to lend a hand to help. Mackenzie has lived in Washington her whole life, and when she is not busy using her (8) arms at the office, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, crafting, and spending time with her sisters and her puppy, Bentley.