Jessie Banks, DDS
"The Big Kahuna"
Dr. Jessie Banks earned her DDS from the University of Washington in Seattle and completed her pediatric dental residency and internship at Texas A&M University – Baylor College of Dentistry. 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 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 providero 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 the community.
Dr. Banks has a strong commitment to education and community service. She has gone above and beyond the requirements of continuing education for a dentist, with hundreds of hours in advanced training in pediatric dentistry, TMJ disorders, orthodontics (including Invisalign®), and sleep apnea. She is also a member of a local pediatric study group, where she and other pediatric specialists meet to discuss topics in pediatric dentistry.
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Washington State Pediatric Dental Association
- American Dental Association
- Washington State Dental Association
- Kitsap County Dental Society
- American Orthodontic Society
- American Academy of Clear Aligners
- Galler ReIngage Invisalign Provider Group
- American Academy of Sleep Medicine
- American Academy of Physiological Medicine & Dentistry
Dr. Banks enjoys spending her free time with her two sons. Her hobbies include reading, walking, paddle-boarding, and hanging out with her boys!
"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 rabbits, 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.
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 daughters.
Crystal graduated from dental assisting school, but found her passion in dental office administration. Now she is our amazing Orthodontic Coordinator! While she isn't a "know it all," she does know it all! With her background in dental assisting and now as an Orthodontic 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 is happy to be raising her family here as well. When not at work, Crystal enjoys spending time with her husband, Alex, and their three beautiful girls.
"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 children, Asia, one of our fantastic treatment coordinators, delivers a punchline that will crack you up. Even though she's not blowing bubbles or painting pictures on your pearly whites, 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. She is quite the smarty-pants with a BS in Biology and an MS in Kinesiology. When she's not at KKD she enjoys watching college football (Roll Tide), trying new foods and restaurants with her husband, singing the ABCs with her niece, and running with her dogs Cooper and Kareem.
Miss Tiffany left Kitsap 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, Stella and TT. 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 two daughters, 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.
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!
"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!
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.
Miss Courtney was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She loves to be in the sun, whether it be gardening or out on the water! Courtney also loves to lend a helping hand and always does so with a smile. She is always on the move with positive energy that she loves to share with her teammates and patients. Courtney loves to support kids to ensure their smiles are as happy and healthy as can be. If you ever see Miss Courtney around the office, give her a smile and she will give you one right back. In her free time, Miss Courtney enjoys playing soccer, paddle boarding and spending time with her wife and family.
"The Colorful Chameleon"
Emma was born and raised right here in Bremerton and was one of Dr. Banks' patients as a child. She enjoys helping and taking care of people and has a soft spot for children. She is excited to share her passion for dentistry and for our office with you! Miss Emma loves to spend time with her family. She likes traveling and exploring new places, like the beach! In her spare time, she likes to swim and soak up the sun. She expresses her creativity though doing her make up. She can’t wait to welcome you to our office!