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
Jacqueline Mendiola, RDH
Karen Morcom, CDA, EFDA
Shannon King, CDA, EFODA, EFDA
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 five 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 has been the office manager since August of 2012. 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! Her passion is patients and she loves the challenge insurance brings. She is a fan of numbers and she gets the best of both worlds with her job!
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 grade 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!
Jacqueline Mendiola (Hygienist)
Jacqueline joined our office in 2016 shortly after graduating from Dental Hygiene school in November of 2015. Jacqueline works in our office part time on Monday's and every other Friday. She has one daughter named Bianca. They both enjoy being outside, hunting, fishing and volleyball! Her first priority is being a Mom and spending time with her daughter and family.
Karen Morcom (Dental Assistant)
Karen has been with our office since February 2017. She attended Assist to Succeed Dental school in Boise Idaho. Graduating in 2009 with her CDA and EFDA certifications. Originally from Ontario, Oregon Karen recently moved to Vale with her husband Ian, and two kids Ella and Eli. She enjoys all things outdoors and loves to shop. She loves her job because she gets to help people and has a blast doing it.
Shannon King (Dental Assistant)
Shannon has been with our office since August of 2014. She went to school for dental assisting at Linn Benton Community College and graduated in 2001 from their Dental Assisting Program. She has been assisting for over 15 years now and is CDA, EFDA and EFODA certified. In 1987 she moved from West Virgina to Albany, Oregon with her parents. In 2008 she moved to Vale, Oregon. Her family includes her fiancé Chris Faughn and her step-daughter Kaylie Faughn. She loves horses, dairy goats, cattle and in her spare time teaches and owns Belles & Gents Dance Studio here in Vale.