Meet The Team



Office Manager/Registered Dental Assistant

My name is Amy Christian. I am a life long resident of Humboldt County. I graduated from the dental assisting program at College of the Redwoods in 2002 and have worked in the dental field since then. I started working at Growing Smiles in May of 2010. I enjoy working with the staff at Growing Smiles, they have become part of my family. Having the opportunity to work with the children and their families truly makes my job



Marketing Manager

I am the lucky one that gets to do all the fun marketing and promotions for Growing Smiles. I love working with our team, parents, local businesses, community, and schools. My family and I really enjoy living here in the Redwood curtain and look forward to becoming more familiar with the area and local activities. I have three amazing kids, two dogs, and a two pigs named Winston and Tiny.

Office Manager/Registered Dental Assistant



Registered dental hygienist

My name is Emily. I graduated from Shasta College, where I received my Dental Hygiene Degree and was awarded Clinician of the Year. Prior to obtaining my license, I worked as a dental assistant for three years. During that time as a dental assistant for a general and pediatric dentist, I gained experience working with people of all ages, but my passion is working with children. As a Humboldt County native, I am honored to practice dental hygiene here and give back to the community. I am a devoted mother to my daughter and I love spending time with my family.



Registered Dental assistant

Hello there! My name is Tia and I have been working at Growing Smiles Dentistry since 2002. I was born and raised here in Eureka where I met my husband Bryan. We have two children, a boy and a girl. I enjoy working with children because of their honesty and they say the funniest things!



Front Office/Insurance & Billing
I have lived in Humboldt County most of my life and enjoy many of the outdoor activities our area has to offer. I love hiking, fishing, camping and am also a Zumba fitness instructor with two beautiful daughters. I enjoy meeting all our wonderful patients and getting to know so many great families in our community. It's a pleasure to help make it possible for them to get the dental care they need. I coordinate patient benefits, billing matters, schedule patients, and am otherwise here to make sure everything runs smoothly in the financial aspect of the practice.



Registered Dental Hygienist
I enjoy working at Growing Smiles Dentistry because it is important to me that children get early dental care. My hope is to motivate children through education and demonstration thereby leading to good oral hygiene practices that result in healthy teeth and gums throughout their lifetime.




Reception/Check In
My name is Heather and I have been working at Growing Smiles since 2015. I am a life long resident of Humboldt County and have a fifteen year old son. I enjoy coming to work everyday because of the wonderful staff we have and I love seeing all the kids come in, it puts a smile on my face.



Registered Dental Assistant

Hi my name is Katherine. I was raised in Humboldt County since the age of 4.  I graduated from College of the Redwoods dental assisting program last year. As a part of the program I interned at Growing Smiles and never left. I enjoy working with all the children and love to hear the stories they tell.




Bridgette Benson

Registered Dental Assistan

Hello! I'm Brigitte. I am the second oldest of eight children and that has definitely made an impact on my character. I am a 2009 Del Norte High graduate from Crescent City, CA. I moved to Eureka in 2010 where I met and fell in love with my husband. Although I do not have children of my own, I love and care for children like they are my own. I graduated from College of the Redwoods Dental Assisting program in 2012 and have been working as an RDA for 5 years in general practice. I am excited to be a part of the team at Growing Smiles Dentistry and look forward to helping children understand their oral care.

Jennifer Wheeler

Registered Dental Assistant