Meet the Staff
It is a privilege for us to highlight our dental staff members at work.
Jacob Atkinson DMD
Hillary Morales, Office Manager
Lauren Hoshaw, Front Office Reception
Christi Phillips, RDH
Lori Church, RDH
AnaLaura Juarez Gonzalez, Dental Assistant
Ricky Leyva, Dental Assistant
Dr. Atkinson is glad to be back in his home territory. Having graduated from both Ontario High School (he won’t admit it during football season) and Treasure Valley Community College in 1999. He then served a church mission in Santa Cruz, Bolivia for two years. He is fluent in Spanish. Next He graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in Zoology. Finally he attended the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Dental Medicine and graduated in 2008. In November of 2008 he moved to Vale and started his dental practice.
Now he is happy to have time to spend with his beautiful wife and six children. He enjoys music and playing with the Treasure Valley Symphony. He also spends his time with his other “full time job” of spending time with his family. Whether its hiking camping or going to a little league game it keeps him very busy.
Hillary Morales (Office Manager)
Hillary joined our staff in August, 2012 as our office manager. She graduated from Vale High School in May of 2008. In June of 2008 she graduated with her Associates Degree from Treasure Valley Community College. In 2010 she married Lucas Morales III of Vale and they have 5 kids, Bahlie, Anthony, Bronc, Journey and their bonus baby Sparrow. She is an avid hunter and loves being outdoors, camping, watching her children play sports, enjoys playing softball, coaching volleyball and spending time with family and friends! If she isn't here at work she is at home on their small farm working, in the mountains hunting, doing a DIY project or at her kids games! She loves her job and is very passionate about her patients at Atkinson Dental and along with the patients she also loves the challenge insurance brings! She is a fan of numbers and she gets the best of both worlds with her job! She also values a smile and is always ready to see one!
Lauren Hoshaw (Front Office Reception)
Lauren joined our staff in February 2020 after moving back from Pendleton! She grew up in Vale/Ontario and graduated from Ontario High School in 2007. She married her husband Jered in 2012 and have 2 wild boys! Jered works locally as the Water Master for the State of Oregon. They love being outdoors, gardening, riding four wheelers and chasing their wild kids around! Lauren has been an awesome asset to our team and is willing to help out with any of your dental questions!
Christi Phillips (Hygienist)
Christi moved here from Louisville, Kentucky in 2008 with her family. Her husband Bob teaches at Vale Middle School. He also coaches Girls Viking Basketball and High school Track. They have four children ranging from college age to high school. Christi has been working with Dr. Atkinson since September 2009 as a full-time hygienist. She graduated from University of Louisville Dental school in May 1995. She has been practicing for over 25 years- and she still loves it because she has great patients and there is always something new to learn! She loves reading, taking walks, hiking, flower gardening and spending time with family and friends. She is very blessed to call Vale home! She is part of Vales City Council and Vale Coalition and volunteers her time to all things Vale! She has a heart of gold and truly cares for our small town and our amazing patients! We are so lucky to have her on our team!
Lori Church (Hygienist)
Lori joined the Atkinson family in early 2019 as a fill in/part time Hygienist and we just keep her busy! Lori graduated from Vale High School in 1998, and from American Institute of Health Technology Dental Hygiene Program in 2001. She has been a dental Hygienist for 20 years and is very happy to live in Vale once again. Lori and her husband CJ, have two young boys who keep them very busy! Their family spends their time watching/playing sports, camping, biking and kayaking. Lori also coaches cheer and dance at Vale High School and volunteers in her community as much as possible!
Ana Gonzalez (Dental Assistant)
Ana joined the Atkinson Family in January 2019 as a new dental assistant with 1 year under her belt! She is now going in her 4th year of dental assisting! She graduated from Vale High School in 2015 where she did cheer leading for 1 year! In July 2017 she married her husband Fernando! They have 1 daughter and are expecting their second baby in September! She is hoping for a boy!!! We all are! She loves spending time with her hubby, camping in the summer and taking walks! She is the only girl in her family and has 3 brothers! She brings so much happiness to our office and is so fun to be around! She is bilingual and is teaching us new things everyday!
Ricardo Leyva (Dental Assistant)
Ricky is our newest staff member! He joined our office in October of 2020 and has kept us on our toes ever since! He is so fun to be around and Dr. A truly appreciates not being the only male in the office now! Ricky graduated from Vale High School in 2019 and later graduated from Assist to Succeed in 2019. He is the baby and has 1 brother! He enjoys playing soccer, tennis! He likes to skateboard and loves everything marvel and superhero!