Feliciea King, Lead Dental Assistant: Feliciea began working with Dr. O’Keefe in 2007 after completing her senior project in dental assisting at Liberty Bell High School. She is especially gifted at soothing young patients and educating them to practice excellent home care. A Methow Valley native, Feliciea enjoys outdoor adventure, hiking and fishing.
Sara Crum, Office Manager:
Sara spent a number years working as a front office assistant at a busy dental practice in Redmond, WA. After her first child was born she returned to the Methow Valley with her husband to raise their children in the same great community in which Sara was brought up. Sara is a great asset to Sawtooth Dental Care and enjoys the interaction with patients, many of whom she has known since she was a child. When not working, Sara loves spending time doing anything outdoors in the beautiful surroundings in which she lives.
Norma Shull, RDH: Norma has been a hygienist for 16 years. She has been providing meticulous hygiene care for Okanogan County residents’ since 1996. Norma has the knack for enabling patients to feel welcome and safe. She takes time to ensure her patients are comfortable and understand the dental hygiene process. She believes education in home health care plays a vital role in oral health success. Norma enjoys playing violin with the Pipestone orchestra, downhill skiing, gardening and playing with her grandchildren.
Jessie Sullivan, Dental Assistant: Jessie has been assisting the Methow Valley community in the health care field for over 22 years. While most of those years have been in veterinary service, Jessie feels that patient care and compassion spans the gap of human and pet needs. A graduate from Washington State University, Jessie has a solid background in science and biology and is very skilled in applying that knowledge to dental assisting at Sawtooth Dental Care. She enjoys gardening, hiking and experiencing all the outdoor wonders the Methow has to offer.
Kami Copenhaver, RDH: Kami has been a dental hygienist for 8 years. She graduated from Shoreline Community College in 2005. After moving back to the eastside of the Cascades she helped start the North Central Washington Dental Hygiene Society. She loves to work with people and strives to be gentle, caring and compassionate. Kami particularly likes to work with kids. She resides at Alta Lake with her husband and two boys, age 7 months and 3 years. In her free time, Kami loves to camp, fish and play guitar.
Jeanette O’Keefe, RDH: Jeanette has 32 years experience in the field of dental hygiene. She was on the Washington State Board of Dental Hygiene Examiners and taught in the Dental Hygiene program at Shoreline Community College for 12 years. She has specialized in the periodontal field and enjoys helping people improve their dental health. Since moving to the Methow Valley in 2000, Jeanette has fallen in love with riding and camping with her horses, in addition to hiking and nordic skiing with her dog Boomer.
Patty Christensen, Front Desk: Patty moved to the Methow Valley in 1996 from the foothills of Mt. Rainer National Park where she spent 10 years working for a guide service. She has enjoyed the natural beauty of the valley hiking with her son who is now majoring in Engineering at the UW , and with her happy dog, Emma. Patty has served the community at Winthrop Physical Therapy and Fitness and continues her compassionate care for the valley’s patients’ health and happiness at Sawtooth Dental Care. Other passions include gardening, line dancing and fun times with friends.
Jennifer Elden, Front Desk: Jennifer and her family have owned a home in the Methow Valley since 2004. They moved here on a full time basis in 2011. Jennifer volunteers in the Methow Valley School district and for The Cove as the program manager of Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Prior to having children, Jennifer worked in sales & marketing in the Colorado ski industry and was also a corporate meeting planner. Jennifer has two daughters and spends her free time cycling, hiking, nordic skiing and gardening. Jennifer is outgoing and loves interacting with people and therefore thoroughly enjoys assisting the team at the front desk of Sawtooth Dental Care.
Drew Varrelman, Dental Assistant: Drew spent most of her life growing up in the Methow Valley helping with the family business, Sawtooth Outfitters. Drew decided she was interested in the dental field after being helped with her oral health by her dental hygienist. She then enrolled and completed a dental assisting program. Drew is starting out in our office as a sterilization assistant and hopes to eventually go back to school and further her career as a dental hygienist. In her free time, she enjoys; horse riding, playing with her red healer mix, camping and hanging out with friends.
Boomer, Therapy Dog: Boomer has been providing anxious patients comfort and compassion for over 9 years. He is dedicated to relaxing, which enables his patients to feel more at ease. Boomer is always chipper and more than willing to accommodate anyone offering belly rubs. Boomer enjoys taking hikes, swimming and hunting vermin in his free time.