ABOUT US Meet our team

Friendly, compassionate care

Our dedicated team of dental professionals is committed to making you proud of your smile. Our focus is on providing preventive and comprehensive care in a friendly and personal setting. We look forward to building lasting relationships with you, your family and friends!

Friendly, compassionate care

Our dedicated team of dental professionals is committed to making you proud of your smile. Our focus is on providing preventive and comprehensive care in a friendly and personal setting. We look forward to building lasting relationships with you, your family and friends!

Jenny Nguyen, DDS

Jenny Nguyen, DDS

Dentist and owner of Seattle Smiles Dental

Dr. Jenny Nguyen was born and raised in Iowa. She studied biochemistry at the University of Iowa where she also researched gene therapy for cystic fibrosis. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she moved to Ecuador to teach English to children in an underserved rural community and learned Spanish in return. Thereafter, Dr. Nguyen studied at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and earned her Doctor in Dental Surgery. After practicing dentistry in Minneapolis for a number of years, she and her husband moved to Seattle to enjoy the outdoor activities of the Pacific Northwest and for her husband’s work as a health economist.

I chose to go into dentistry because of my love of the health sciences and dentistry’s unique blend of science and artistry.

Dr. Nguyen has extensive experience caring for people of all ages and backgrounds having worked in private practice, non-profit organizations, pediatric clinics and nursing homes. She has treated patients ranging from six-month old babies to nursing home residents to patients with special needs. Dr. Nguyen is committed to providing the highest quality dentistry while creating a comfortable and caring environment for her patients and also for her team of dedicated dental professionals.

In her leisure time, she enjoys backpacking, skiing, traveling, playing guitar and piano and spending time with her husband, daughter, family and friends.

Elizabeth Criswell, DDS

Elizabeth Criswell, DDS

Dentist, joined team in 2017

Dr. Elizabeth Criswell grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and moved to Seattle for undergraduate studies at the University of Washington. She studied biology and Spanish at the UW and developed a true fondness for the Pacific Northwest. After college, she followed her beau, now husband, to San Francisco and then onward to dental school at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. She has since returned to her adopted home of Seattle to practice dentistry closer to friends and family. While she loves to celebrate her New Mexican heritage, Seattle is home and she is here to stay.

Dr. Criswell loves to treat patients of all ages and has extensive training in all aspects of dentistry. From fillings and crowns, to root canals and extractions, Dr. Criswell enjoys working with her patients to develop personalized treatment plans. She is committed to providing the highest standard of care and loves to continue her training through lectures and workshops on the latest technology and dental research.

She is also a new proud parent of a beautiful baby girl and loves spending time with family and friends. She and her husband have a real fondness for travel, both near and far, and are always dreaming about their next great trip. She enjoys cooking and taking long walks with her two amazing pups.

Brittany Amos, Patient Coordinator

Brittany Amos

Front Office Coordinator, joined team in 2017
  • Brittany was born and raised in Seattle just minutes from downtown where she grew up playing soccer and enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest. After obtaining her Associate of Arts with an emphasis in business she felt cubicle life wasn’t for her and went to school for dental assisting where she could work hands-on with people daily. Several years of working chairside with patients gave her the experience and knowledge to also work at the front office efficiently. Her favorite part of dentistry is patient education and helping patients understand their oral health.

    Outside of work, when she’s not nose deep in a book, you can find Brittany driving to all parts of Washington to hike, shop, play and explore with her wife and pet Jayda.

Alison Balcom, Dental Hygienist

Alison Balcom

Dental Hygienist, joined team in 2013
  • Alison graduated from Wenatchee Valley College with an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree at age 17 and then continued on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene at Eastern Washington University. She relocated to Seattle in 2010 after practicing dental hygiene in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

    I love creating an environment where anyone can truly feel at ease in the dental chair.

    Outside of the office, Alison enjoys hiking, visiting Pike Place Market, painting, biking, running, kayaking and taking long walks around Seattle.

Josie Bulyar, Dental Assistant

Josie Bulyar

Dental Assistant, joined team in 2013
  • Josie was raised in Bremerton, Washington. Prior to receiving her dental assisting certificate from the Seattle Vocational Institute, she earned her Associate of Science from Lake Washington Technical College. Josie wanted to go into the dental field at a very young age, stating,

    As a child, I liked the smell of dental offices.

    As an adult, she enjoys the variety that dentistry has to offer, the fun working environment, meeting new people and helping people maintain and improve their oral health.  Josie also enjoys the outdoors, going on hikes with friends, golfing and barbequing in the summer.

Anna Onewein, Dental Hygienist

Anna Onewein

Dental Hygienist, joined team in 2016
  • Anna was born and raised in Seattle and graduated from Seattle Preparatory School in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.  Anna received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene in 2009 from Eastern Washington University with Alison Balcom, one of our other great hygienists. She also has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington.

    Anna has a passion for dentistry and continues to enhance her skills by attending continuing education courses.

    I look forward to meeting you and making a difference in your life through improving your oral health.

    When not working, you can find Anna cheering on her Seattle teams.

    Go Hawks, Dawgs and M’s!

Cheyenne Shores, Dental Assistant

Cheyenne Shores

Dental Assistant, joined team in 2016
  • Cheyenné is originally from Oregon and moved to the Seattle area as a child. After high school she graduated from Pima Medical Institute’s dental assisting program. In Cheyenné’s free time she enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, painting and knitting.

Rim Souaiaia, Dental Hygienist

Rim Souaiaia

Dental Hygienist, joined team in 2017
  • Rim moved to Seattle as a baby with her family from Tunisia and has called Seattle home ever since.  During her senior year at Roosevelt High School, she had an opportunity to take part in the Bright Future Program in which she earned a certificate of completion in a vocational program of her choice while simultaneously earning her high school diploma.

    She decided to try dental assisting, and it quickly became clear that she had made the right choice.  She discovered that she loved dentistry and decided to further her education in dental hygiene as she wanted to be able to provide care in a different capacity to her patients.  She earned her Associate of Science Degree in dental hygiene from Seattle Central College.  Rim’s training as a dental hygienist has granted her the privilege of working with a wide variety of people including medically and culturally diverse populations.

    What I love about being a hygienist is meeting new people, building lasting relationships and creating pleasant experiences all while providing the best in preventive dental care.  I love hearing from my patients that a homecare tip or technique I shared with them has made a difference that they can see or feel.

    Outside of work, Rim loves to hike and walk.  She enjoys Seattle summers and is frequently found walking around Green Lake or soaking up the sun at Golden Gardens.  Much of her free time is spent with her two little nieces who love to explore with her.  If she’s not watching every Seahawks game from home, she is cheering them on from the stadium!

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