Meet the Staff

Front Desk Team:


Front Desk

Kari manages the Caring Smiles Clinic. She is most passionate about building relationships and connecting with patients by remembering names and details about them. She’s been in the dental industry for over 16 years.
When not working you can usually find Kari at the gym, cooking with her family, or practicing her faith. She also enjoys watching the Seahawks, college basketball, and playing games with her kids. Guilty pleasures include caffeine, working out, and reading The Bible.


Front Desk

Penny has been in the Dental industry for over 20 years, and loves it. She has a great desire to give our patients a wonderful experience. Her energy and easy going attitude makes people smile. Penny loves to help solve problems and help patients get the best treatment possible.

Penny is most passionate about her family and loves spending time with them outdoors, camping, fishing, and sports. She also loves to try new recipes and enjoys cooking with her kids. She is always up for a potluck. She loves working in our office and truly enjoys working with the people around her.


Billing Specialist

Sonia has been in the dental industry for 10 years and loves working in our front office. She specializes in Medicaid billing, and is fluent in Spanish, and loves seeing patients leave the clinic happy and healthy!

Sonia has a daughter and grandson that she loves spending time with. She loves hot yoga and good horror films. She loves to vacation on the coast. When she grows up, Sonia wants to be a body builder.

Clinical Team:


Dental Assistant

At work she is known for being the life of the office. She also loves to bake treats and share them with her co-workers. She is passionate about working with the little kids that visit our office. She has been in the dental industry for 7 years total, and received her Expanded Functions certification through ISU

Personally she is passionate about traveling and spending as much time as possible with her husband and kids. Favorite way to spend a weekend is camping in McCall or vacationing in Maui. When not at work you can find her at a cross-country or a swim meet cheering on her kids. She grew up in Pocatello, Idaho. It would be impossible for her to give up fun runs, 5k’s, and teaching aerobics.


Dental Hygienist

Professionally Sheli is known for being kind, patient, and gentle with her patients. She is passionate about the overall health of her patients as well. Seeing the healing and end results after treatment makes her excited that she helped out! She has been in the dental industry for 15 years, first as an assistant then as a hygienist.

Personally she enjoys gardening, camping, and swimming at the lake. She enjoys being outside as much as possible and playing with her kids who love to visit the lake often when it’s warm. Her favorite way to spend a weekend is at home with no chores to do so she can play with her family all weekend! She grew up in Emmett, Idaho and says it would be impossible for her to give up chocolate and Laffy Taffy.


Dental Hygienist

At work Jeneal is known for her upbeat personality and gentle cleanings. She is eager to help educate her patients so that their smile is the best it can be. Her patients mean the world to her she loves getting to know each one of them, and their special interests. She’s been a hygienist for 8 years now. Working both in general practice and teaching clinical hygiene. She graduated from Oregon Institute of Technology with her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene, later went on and pursued a Master’s degree in education.

She enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children. When not working, you can find her hanging out at her children’s sporting events, golfing, or shopping. Her favorite weekend pastime is spending time traveling with her family. She claims it would be impossible for her to give up her reality TV, caffeine, and shoes.


Dental Assistant

Kristen graduated with a dental assisting certificate from Carrington College in May 2015. She is fun, full of energy, and loves helping people out on a daily basis. She loves how everyone at Caring Smiles is working together to improve people’s oral hygiene and overall health.

Kristen was born in raised in Idaho, and loves it here. She enjoys being outdoors, camping, hiking, fishing, yardwork, and cheering her football teams (go BSU and Seahawks!). Kristen could not live without her coffee and music.