Doctor Staci Whitman
Doctor Anastacia “Staci” Whitman grew up in Holden, Maine, receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maine and her Dental Degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. She then went on to additional education in a General Practice Residency at the University of Massachusetts Hospital in Worcester, MA. It was during this residency that she grew to love to work with children and wanted to seek an opportunity to better children’s oral health and attitudes toward their smiles. After visiting friends in Portland, Dr. Staci fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and made the move out west looking for a change of pace and a better lifestyle. She worked as a general dentist for two years before being accepted into Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU). There, she completed an additional two years of pediatric dental training, earning a certificate in pediatric dentistry from OHSU.
After experiencing the loss of her mother, Doctor Staci committed to taking a more whole body and holistic approach to life. She is committed to finding only the most up-to-date treatments and most non-toxic options for children and their families, all while offering education, support, and love to her patient families.
Doctor Staci became a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in 2012 and is a Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She is also involved in many organized dentistry groups, having served as President of the Oregon Association of Pediatric Dentistry and as a member of the Board in Multnomah Dental Society, as well as an active member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, Oregon Dental Association, the Holistic Dental Association, the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, and the American Association of Ozonotherapy.
When Doctor Staci is not making smiles more beautiful and healthy, she enjoys the amazing outdoor offerings of the Pacific Northwest. She loves to snowboard, run long distances, practice yoga, and dance, cook nutritious meals with her family, and bike around Portland and beyond with her husband, Josiah, and her two daughters, Sloan and Selma. She aspires to someday learn to juggle, author children’s books, open a Bed and Breakfast, and be a member of a band. All in good time!
Karina – Office Manager
Karina is a Portland native who grew up in SE Portland. She worked in the Accounting field before attending Concorde Career College where she obtained her Sealant Certification, Expanded Function Dental Assistant, and Expanded Function Orthodontic Dental Assistant Certifications.
Karina has a passion for working with children and making a positive experience for them and their parents. Karina has carved out quite a career for herself. Beginning in 2012 as a dental assistant, she was later promoted to Lead Assistant. After serving in that role for a few years, she started with Dr. Whitman where she has been our Office Manager since 2015!
When not working, she spends time with her charismatic daughter. She has said that since becoming a Mom her life is one fun “Playdate”. Her daughter attends a Spanish Language school and does piano lessons. Karina also enjoys seeing new movies, dining out, and spending time with her family. After recently becoming a first-time homeowner 2015 in the NoPo area, she has become passionate about home improvement projects.
When it comes to her work life at NoPo Kids, Karina says, “I feel blessed to be able to get up and go to such a fun place. It’s hard to not enjoy what you do, but when you get to be around children it’s amazing, they see life the way we as adults should… so carefree”.
Wendi – Financial Coordinator
Wendi, our Financial Coordinator extraordinaire, comes to us with over 15 years of dental experience. She is the mother of three wonderful daughters, one son and five amazing grandchildren who are the light of her life.
Wendi loves to travel and is on the go every chance she gets. Locally she loves to hike our PNW mountains, run and enjoy the wonderful things Portland has to offer. In her downtime she spoils her kiddos-at-home which just happen to be two Boston Terriers and a Canadian Lynx.
When asked why she enjoyed working in a pediatric dental office, she replied, “Children never cease to amaze me, from their quick wit to their brutal honesty and not a day goes by that one of the kids from NoPo Kids doesn’t bring a smile to my face!”
As our Financial Coordinator, Wendi can answer any questions you may have about your account and she will work with you to process your insurance claims in a timely manner.
Baiylie – Restorative Assistant
Baiylie is a small town girl from Washougal, WA with a passion for working with children. Although Baiylie does not have children of her own yet, she hopes to in the near future with her husband. In the meantime, she has two dogs that she loves dearly. Baiylie was actually the very first assistant hired. She later received a promotion after completing further education to become a Restorative Assistant, allowing her to perform restorations on patients during treatment.
When she is not working with our adventurous patients she is making adventures of her own, riding quads and going to the dunes in her RZR with her husband. Baiylie is also a lover of all things crafty! She lives through the love of her mother, who gained her wings in March of last year.
Baiylie always strives to do her best. Her life quote is “when life throws you curves, you learn to swerve.”
Kristy – Lead Administrative Coordinator
Kristy comes with 13 years of experience in pediatric dentistry. She grew up in Puyallup, WA where earned her EFDA through on the job training during her years of experience.
Kristy is a mother of two very active, athletic children who play soccer year around. Her son is 20 and soon to leave to college. Her baby girl is 14 years old and enjoying middle school.
When asked what she likes to do for fun, she laughed as her husband is the soccer coach year around to her high spirited children, which keeps the calendar pretty full. But when she does have free time she enjoys reading, crafts, going to Timbers games, camping, and hiking. She said, “Anything outside!”
She has always worked with children since picking a career in the dental field and says she would have it no other way.
Candice – Lead Dental Assistant, EFDA, EFODA
Candice is an Oregon native with nearly 12 years of experience as a Dental Assistant, having completed the dental assisting program at Concorde Career Institute back in 2007. In addition, she has completed her certification to become a licensed Esthetician, so it is clear that Candice likes to keep busy!
She says that the best part of her job is all of the wonderful patients she gets to meet, adding that kids make her days great! In her own words: “I hope to share my loving nature to help keep the kids comfortable”.
When she is not busy cleaning teeth and educating parents, Candice enjoys arts and crafts, hiking, cooking and spending time with her family – her husband of 16 years, two children(a violin playing daughter & soccer playing son), and a kitty named Meowzer.
Jessica – EFDA, EFODA
A true Portland native, Jessica attended Madison high school before progressing to PCC where she completed the Dental Assisting program. She participated in a 4 year program through her high school that was medical focused and sparked her interest in the Dental field. While completing some training in the pediatric department at OHSU, she solidified her love of working with kids. Jessica says, “My goal is to make sure all kids walk away knowing they have an amazing smile, that all smiles are different and unique, and that the dental office is always a fun and safe place for all.”
In her free time, she loves to keep active in all that Oregon has to offer, always looking for new adventures to explore. Jessica also has a true love of all things Disney!!!
Roxy – Dental Assistant
Was born and raised in Medford Oregon. Moved to Portland summer 2018.
Roxy is our amazing Dental Assistant. She comes to NoPo with experience as a sterile tech from an Externship in Medford.
On her downtime she loves to be outdoors, she likes fishing and loves trying new restaurants in Portland.
Roxy finished school this year and is scheduled to take her test to become and EFDA in the next two months.
She thinks kids are funny, and spontaneous which helps her to not take things so seriously.
She been with her boyfriend Melvin for 3 years and hopes to get a pet soon to add to the family.
Christina- Director of First Impressions
Christina comes to NoPo Kids Dentistry with 7 years of experience in the dental field. She started in a dental office doing marketing and was so in love with every part of pediatric dentistry and helping families directly that she eventually transitioned into Patient Relations. She truly enjoys interacting with patients and their families because she loves being social and feels fulfilled spending time with new people.
She is fluent in Spanish being born in Mexico. We love to hear her beautiful and amazing language every day!
She is the mother of 4 beautiful children whom she loves to be with when not in the office. One of the things she does often with her family is travel. She is always looking for fun things to do on the weekends with her family and friends, locally or out-of-state.
One of the best parts of being in a pediatric dental office is that, although she is working and away from her family, she gets to show love to other children, our amazing patients, on a daily basis
Come check out Christina at the front desk! She’ll ready to check you in with a huge smile!
Kiar – EFDA
Kiar was born and raised In Portland, Oregon, living right here in the North Portland area very near our office!!
Kiar went to Jefferson High School and graduated as a Dental Assistant with her Expanded Function certifications from Concorde Career College in 2003.
She has 4 lovely daughters with whom she loves to spend most of her time with. They love to shop and are always trying to find fun things to do around town. One of their favorite places to hang out at is the Avalon Theater which has been around since 1912!!
Kiar has always loved working with children in her dental career, even when she was not in a pediatric-specific dental practice.
One of her favorite things about working with the patients here at NoPo is their energy level. “ They are always so excited!”
Salena – Sterile Tech
Salena was born in Oakland, CA and moved to Portland from Sacrmento earlier this year.
When she was younger, she went between California and Oregon a lot and ended up graduating in Hillsboro at Liberty High School.
After high school, she started down her dental career path and attended Carrington Collage fro Dental Assisting, graduating in 2012.
Salena has two children whom she loves to spend her time with. They have a passion for cooking and love to watch new movies. They are soon to visit Disneyland for the first time for a fun-filled vacation!!
She loves being in pediatric dentistry because she loves working with children and loves to teach them starting from a young age. She is attentive and light-hearted and feels these are qualities of great value when understanding and connecting to patients.