Dr. Erin Johnson DDS, MS is a native of Grand Rapids Michigan, where she competed as a competitive swimmer while spending her summers teaching swimming lessons. She continued her swimming career during her 4 years at Calvin College, graduating with degrees in biology and biochemistry. During Erin's years training in the pool, she first realized her desire to pursue a career working with children.
Dr. Erin combined her interest in science and medicine with that of working with kids with her decision to become a pediatric dentist. She graduated from The University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2006, and completed her Master's Degree and residency in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Michigan in 2008. Her graduate research involved sedation, and was published in the Journal of Pediatric Dentistry in 2010. She has published articles in Northwest Kids Magazine and Spokane Family Magazine, and was named a "Top Dentist" in the field of Pediatric Dentistry in the Spokane Coeur d Alene Living magazine in 2012 and 2013.
Dr. Erin became Spokane's first Board Certified female Pediatric Dentist in 2009, and has physician privileges at Sacred Heart Hospital, Valley Hospital and Holy Family Hospital. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Washington State Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Washington State Dental Association, and the Spokane District Dental Society. She has volunteered for Special Olympics Special Smiles, as well as Give Kids A Smile.
Dr. Erin met and married her husband, Spokane native Dr. Bret Johnson, while in dental school in Michigan. They welcomed Charlotte to their family in March of 2012. Dr. Erin and Dr. Bret enjoy spending time with Maizie their Golden Retriever, and Blue their Vizsla (named as a salute to The University of Michigan). They also enjoy backpacking, camping, skiing and hiking.
Dr. Becky Van Gemert Coombs, DDS was raised in Spokane the second of five children. She attended Cataldo Catholic School, Gonzaga Prep High School and graduated from the University of Washington in 1998. She spent her summers working in an orthodontic office where her tremendously rewarding experiences in patient care ultimately led to her desire to become a pediatric dentist.
Dr. Becky graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2002 and worked as a general dentist until 2008. Throughout this time, she particularly enjoyed working with children and decided to further her training by completing a residency in pediatric dentistry in 2011 through the University of Washington. Her research focus during residency was early access, a plan designed to facilitate dental visits for all children before the age of one as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists.
Dr. Becky served as a part-time clinical faculty member at Eastern Washington University's School of Dental Hygiene and has physician privileges at Sacred Heart Hospital and Valley Hospital. Dr. Becky is currently a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists, the Washington State Dental Association, the Washington State Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Spokane District Dental Society. She spent a year volunteering on the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile and participates in Give Kids a Smile Day.
Dr. Becky is very excited to be settling in her native Spokane with her husband, Cody, and son, Sawyer. She takes immense pleasure in the many outdoor activities and natural beauty of the Inland Northwest and may often be found at the lake surrounded by family.
"It is my passion to be able to work with children, and ensure that they have positive and fun visits." Denise is originally from the Tri-Cities, and moved to Spokane in 1999 to attend college. She has over 18 years of involvement working with children, including those with special needs, and has been a part of our team since January of 2012. She excels at going the extra mile to make sure her patients have a great experience and are comfortable throughout their appointment. She loves to spend time creating fun activities for her two sons; Renn and Lennon.
"Being able to see a child leave the office with a smile is a great reward." Amber has been an assistant since 2011 and with our team since January 2012. She enjoys working with children and creating a positive experience at the dentist for them. She enjoys going to hockey games and cheering on the Seattle Sounders wtih her husband. Her hobbies include snowboarding, painting and coffee.
"I can't wait to meet you and your child! Let's make it a memorable experience for everyone!" Mimi has been working as a dental assistant since 2008, and has been working with children for the entirety of that time. We were excited to welcome Mimi to our team in July of 2012. She enjoys boating the Columbia River with family and friends. Mimi and her husband also welcomed a baby girl to their family in August, 2015.
"I love seeing our patients smile at the end of their appointment and wanting to come back." Tara joined our team in February 2013, but has been working with children in the dental field since 2008. She and her husband have 2 daughters, with whom they spend as much time as possible. Tara taught both of her daughters how to ski, and her hobbies include skiing, running, riding ATV's, and spending time at the lake with family.
"Creating a comfortable and positive experience for children at the dentist has always been a joy of mine. It is so rewarding to see families leave the office with a bright smile!" Heidi joined our dental team in May 2014 and has been working with children as a dental assistant since 2009. She enjoys visiting her sister in Friday Harbor, playing games, dancing and cheering for the Seahawks! Most of all, she loves spending time with her family.
"I have always wanted to work with children; they bring so much joy to the work environment and it is important to me to make sure they have a great experience at SHPD." She loves seeing their excitement when they first walk through the door! She is a former barrista and coffee stand manager, and we are so lucky to have her in the dental world! She enjoys baking (and we enjoy her baking), being outdoors, spending time with her family and friends, and cuddling with her golden retriever.
"I love seeing the transformation in a child from the beginning to the end of their appointment; watching a child blossom from their initial hesitation into a confident patient is awesome." Renae joined our team in early 2015. She has been working with children in pediatric dentistry for almost 6 years. She enjoys working on projects on her home. Some of her favorite time is spent with her nieces and her dog, Lexi.
Kym fell in love with Spokane after moving here to attend Eastern Washington University. She has specialized in treating children since 2006, and has been part of the South Hill Pediatric dental team since we opened our doors in 2011. She is an adjunct professor at EWU in the dental hygiene department. She and her husband have two young boys who keep her very busy when she's not in the office or the classroom. She enjoys the outdoors, reading and crafting.
Michael is our Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). He has been in practice since 1986, and has been treating children exclusively for much of that time. He received his masters degree in Anesthesiology from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and is board certified by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. He has done all types of anesthesia, but most enjoys working with pediatric patients in a private office setting. He and his wife have three sons with whom they love spending their time.
"My favorite moments are watching our patients cling to the door begging their parents to stay at the dental office!" Julie has been with South Hill Pediatric Dentistry since we opened in 2011, and it is likely her voice you'll hear on the phone when you call! Her job involves scheduling patients, verifying insurance and maintaining/implementing our office policies, but you'll often see her playing with our patients or inviting them to color with her at her desk. She and her husband have one daughter, and they enjoy boating, skiing, traveling, and spending time with their family and friends.
"I am privileged to work with the most energetic and dedicated team I've ever met. Dr. Becky and Dr. Erin are committed to forging nurturing relationships with the families we serve, and our office truly reflects that." Deborah is our office manager, and has been with South Hill Pediatric Dentistry since we opened our doors. She coordinates patient appointments, files insurance claims, manages the doctor's schedules so that Dr. Becky and Dr. Erin can focus all of their attention on your child. She and her husband have 3 adult children, and enjoy being outdoors, caring for their garden, and cheering for the Zags!