Kari graduated from Apollo College for Dental Assisting in 1995, and then went on to graduate from Laney Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene in 2004. Kari has worked in dentistry for over two decades and has been a valuable member of the Ponderosa Dental Center team since 2017. Kari says she loves the one-on-one relationships she has with her patients that being a dental hygienist offers. She enjoys getting to know people and helping them learn about their dental health. Kari will tell you her dental career started early when she was in high school and her family dentist hired and trained her to work in the sterilization department. She says this is when she fell in love with the dental profession. Kari loves that our office is unique because of how the team genuinely enjoys working together and providing the level of dentistry that they do. Everyone strives to have a stress-free and fun working environment. Outside of work, Kari enjoys spending time with her husband Steve and their two kids. Her hobbies include reading, hiking, fishing, paddle boarding, and camping.