Meet the Team

 

CLINICAL TEAM

Kim, Dental Assistant

The best part of my job is getting to know patients, and helping them have a happy and memorable dental experience. I started working in the dental field in the early 90's and I love helping people change their smile. I really enjoy working with Dr. Aland. Not only is he a great dentist, but he is very genuine and caring with his patients, and he goes out of his way to make them comfortable.

I have a grown daughter and a three-year-old grandson, whom I adore. When I'm not in the office, I enjoy spending time with my family and taking my dog to the lake or river with my boyfriend.

Katy, Dental Assistant

I feel privileged to be a part of the AFD team since May 2019. I have worked in the dental field for 13+ years and absolutely love it! When I was younger, I went to the orthodontist quite a bit, and through that experience, I knew I liked dentistry. I attended San Jose State from 2000-2004 and received my RDA license in 2005.

I love Dr. Aland’s sense of humor – he is fun AND funny! He can make a joke out of anything, which puts his staff and patients at ease. What I enjoy most about my job is meeting new people and connecting with them. I feel one of my greatest strengths is the ability to talk with others and build a relationship with them quickly.

I was born and raised in San Jose, California. I moved to Nevada about a year ago and have enjoyed exploring the outdoors. Sand Harbor at Lake Tahoe is one of my favorite spots. I enjoy getting out with my family and friends so I can get to know Reno better!

Jen, Hygienist

Bettering the lives of my patients by delivering the best cleaning and polishing, periodontal therapy, and providing education, is so fulfilling. Seeing their oral health improve and self-esteem grow as they begin to feel better about their appearance, makes me smile. What we do here makes a positive difference. The relationships we form with one another and the real friendships that develop, mean that each day I get to see and help people I care about.

Because I find my work so rewarding, I go home each night in a good mood. A native of Reno, my husband and I have been married for nine years. We have three beautiful daughters. I love being with my family and traveling.

Caitlin, Hygienist

Getting to know my patients and connecting with them is why I love what I do! I enjoy brainstorming with my patients to find ways each individual can implement great homecare. I get excited about the results and teaching my patients something they didn't know before.

 

Dr. Aland is a patient dentist with an attention to detail. He values each team member's strengths to give our patients the best comprehensive care. I have worked in the dental field since 2006, starting my career at the front desk. My experiences there led me to pursue becoming a hygienist, completing my education in 2010. 

 

When I'm not at work, I enjoy anything outdoors, including running and playing with my dog, Berkley. I also enjoy traveling and experiencing a change of scenery.

 

 

Merilyn, Hygienist

Bio coming soon!

 

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Tasha, Patient Care Coordinator

I joined AFD as Patient Care Coordinator in June 2019. I previously worked in California as a Dental Assistant and most recently worked as a Unit Clerk at Renown. My unique perspective from both the Medical and Dental aspects of patient care have shaped my approach to helping our patients have a wonderful experience.

I love the variety of each day and the ability to help others. I enjoy being given the chance to learn something new -- there is never an end to discovering new techniques, technology or clinical aspects of the dental field.

I love Dr. Aland’s ability to create a relationship with his patients and staff. His passion and dedication to helping patients get the smile they love make him a wonderful dentist.

I keep busy with my husband, two children, and our chocolate lab named Marley. We love going to the lake, hiking and bike riding. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and I spend a lot of time with my kids’ sports. Snowboarding, baseball and cheerleading are just a few of our activities!

Bree, Insurance and Billing

I have been a part of the AFD family since 2017 and have experienced both the clinical and administrative side of this practice. My knowledge as a dental assistant helps me better understand the insurance billing process, which is helpful in communicating with our patients about their benefits. 

What I love most about AFD is the welcoming atmosphere and humor with which we approach our daily interactions. Dr. Aland has a way of making us laugh or feel at ease even during moments that feel stressful.

I am enjoy spending time with my baby girl, husband, and my 2 dogs. We enjoy the Reno Rodeo, Balloon Races, Reno Aces games and support Nevada Wolfpack sports. Back the pack!! I love Harry Potter, Friends and Star Wars.

Lisa, Practice Manager

I have been a part of AFD since the beginning. Did you know that Dr. Aland and I designed the first draft of our logo together at our dining room table? That version didn't make it to our business cards, but demonstrates the family in Aland Family Dentistry. We have built this practice together, as a couple, as a team and as a family of patients. Each person who visits our office is a part of that!

Dr. Aland has a gentle touch that is unmatched by other dentists. He has a specific technique to administer anesthesia (numb you up,) and the patient doesn't even realize it. This is extremely important to our younger patients, or those who struggle to even come to the dental office.

The practice keeps us pretty busy, along with our 4 wonderful kids! We enjoy playing board games, watching sports games (often the Cubs,) and going on trips together. I have lived in Reno most of my life and love it here!