Meet the Staff
It is a privilege for us to highlight our dental staff members at work.
Jacob Atkinson DMD
Hillary Morales, Office Manager
Christi Phillips, RDH
Lori Church, RDH
Rachel Phillips, Dental Assistant
AnaLaura Juarez Gonzalez, 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 four kids, Bahlie, Anthony, Bronc, and Journey. 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 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!
Christi Phillips (Hygienist)
Christi moved here from Louisville, Kentucky in 2008 with her family. Her husband Bob teaches 5/6 grade at Vale Elementary School. He also coaches Girls Viking Basketball and High school Track. They have four children ranging from college age to middle 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 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!
Lori Church (Hygienist)
Lori joined the Atkinson family in early 2019 as a fill in/part time Hygienist! 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 17 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!
Rachel Phillips (Dental Assistant)
Rachel joined the Atkinson family in early spring of 2018 as a seasoned Dental Assistant. She graduated from Lehi High in 2008 and soon after, graduated from Mountain and Applied Technology College. In 2019 she became DANB certified as a national dental assistant!!! In 2010 she married her high school sweetheart and they have one child who lights their world up! She enjoys cattle ranching, hiking, camping and service projects with the community! She plays softball in her spare time and finds every opportunity to teach her son the sport of baseball. Her passion has been from the beginning helping others smile, however she spent some valued time giving back by teaching new assistants as well to pass along her passion of dentistry! She is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to serving her patients and she loves the opportunity to give back to her community!
Ana Gonzalez (Dental Assistant)
Ana joined the Atkinson Family in January 2019 as a new dental assistant with 1 year under her belt! 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 are expecting their first baby in November! She is hoping for a boy!!! 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!